Gabriel García Márquez
Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez (born March 6, 1927) is a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist, known affectionately as Gabo throughout Latin America. Considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century, he was awarded the 1972 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature, and is the earliest remaining living recipient.1 He pursued a self-directed education that resulted in his leaving law school for a career in journalism. From early on, he showed no inhibitions in his criticism of Colombian and foreign politics. In 1958, he married Mercedes Barcha; they have two sons, Rodrigo and ... more »
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''A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father.''Gabriel García Márquez (b. 1928), Colombian writer. Love in the Time of Cholera (1985, trans. 1988).
''Necessity has the face of a dog.''Gabriel García Márquez (b. 1928), Colombian author. Mina, in In Evil Hour (1968, trans. 1979).
''A person doesn't die when he should but when he can.''Gabriel García Márquez (b. 1928), Colombian author. Quote taken from Picador edition (1978). Colonel Aureliano Buendia, in 100 Years of Solitude, p. 1...
''Injections ... are the best thing ever invented for feeding doctors.''Gabriel García Márquez (b. 1928), Colombian author. Doctor Giraldo, in In Evil Hour (1968, trans. 1979).
''The problem with marriage is that it ends every night after making love, and it must be rebuilt every morning before breakfast.''Gabriel García Márquez (b. 1928), Colombian writer. repr. In Penguin edition (1988). Dr. Urbino, in Love in the Time of Cholera, p. 09 (1985).
If for a moment God would forget that I am a rag doll and give me a scrap of life, possibly I would not say everything that I think, but I would definitely think everything that I say.
I would value things not for how much they are worth but rather for what they mean.
I would sleep little, dream more. I know that for each minute that we close our eyes we lose sixty seconds of light.
I would walk when the others loiter; I would awaken when the others sleep.
I would listen when the others speak, and how I would enjoy a good chocolate ice cream.
If God would ...