Gabriel García Márquez


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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).
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  • ''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. 199 (1967, trans. 1970).
  • ''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).
  • ''Justice ... limps along, but it gets there all the same.''
    Gabriel García Márquez (b. 1928), Colombian author. Guardiola, in In Evil Hour (1968, trans. 1979). To Judge Arcadio.
  • ''Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood.''
    Gabriel García Márquez (b. 1928), Colombian author. Interview in Writers at Work, Sixth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1985).
  • ''He repeated until his dying day that there was no one with more common sense, no stonecutter more obstinate, no manager more lucid or dangerous, than a poet.''
    Gabriel García Márquez (b. 1928), Colombian writer. Love in the Time of Cholera, p. 168 (1985, trans. 1988).
  • ''She discovered with great delight that one does not love one's children just because they are one's children but because of the friendship formed while raising them.''
    Gabriel García Márquez (b. 1928), Colombian writer. Love in the Time of Cholera (1985, repr. 1988). Said of Fermina Daza.
  • ''The world must be all fucked up when men travel first class and literature goes as freight.''
    Gabriel García Márquez (b. 1928), Colombian author. the Catalan bookstore owner in Macondo, in 100 Years Of Solitude, 1978 edition, p. 323 (orig. publ. 1967, trans. 1970).

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