Gabriel Garcia Marquez Quotes

Home / Novelist / Gabriel Garcia Marquez Quotes
Gabriel García Márquez

Gabriel García Márquez in 2002
Born Gabriel José García Márquez
(1927-03-06)6 March 1927
Aracataca, Colombia
Died 17 April 2014(2014-04-17) (aged 87)
Mexico City, Mexico
Nationality Colombian
Alma mater Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Universidad de Cartagena
Genre Novels, short stories
Literary movement Latin American Boom, magic realism
Notable works One Hundred Years of Solitude, The Autumn of the Patriarch, Love in the Time of Cholera, Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Notable awards Neustadt International Prize for Literature
1972
Nobel Prize in Literature
1982
Spouse Mercedes Barcha Pardo
Children Rodrigo, Gonzalo

The problem with marriage is that it ends every night after making love, and it must be rebuilt every morning before breakfast.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Fiction was invented the day Jonas arrived home and told his wife that he was three days late because he had been swallowed by a whale.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
An early-rising man is a good spouse but a bad husband.
If God hadn't rested on Sunday, He would have had time to finish the world.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Always remember that the most important thing in a good marriage is not happiness, but stability.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
From the moment I wrote 'Leaf Storm' I realized I wanted to be a writer and that nobody could stop me and that the only thing left for me to do was to try to be the best writer in the world.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Necessity has the face of a dog.
What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The heart's memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good.
No, not rich. I am a poor man with money, which is not the same thing.
The truth is that I know very few novelists who have been satisfied with the adaptation of their books for the screen.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Fame is very agreeable, but the bad thing is that it goes on 24 hours a day.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
I don't believe in God, but I'm afraid of Him.
Faulkner is a writer who has had much to do with my soul, but Hemingway is the one who had the most to do with my craft – not simply for his books, but for his astounding knowledge of the aspect of craftsmanship in the science of writing.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
In journalism just one fact that is false prejudices the entire work. In contrast, in fiction one single fact that is true gives legitimacy to the entire work. That's the only difference, and it lies in the commitment of the writer. A novelist can do anything he wants so long as he makes people believe in it.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
He who awaits much can expect little.
Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Injections are the best thing ever invented for feeding doctors.
I must try and break through the cliches about Latin America. Superpowers and other outsiders have fought over us for centuries in ways that have nothing to do with our problems. In reality we are all alone.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
I don't know who said that novelists read the novels of others only to figure out how they are written. I believe it's true. We aren't satisfied with the secrets exposed on the surface of the page: we turn the book around to find the seams.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The interpretation of our reality through patterns not our own, serves only to make us ever more unknown, ever less free, ever more solitary.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Nobody deserves your tears, but whoever deserves them will not make you cry.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Tricks you need to transform something which appears fantastic, unbelievable into something plausible, credible, those I learned from journalism. The key is to tell it straight. It is done by reporters and by country folk.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
I think that the idea that I'm writing for many more people than I ever imagined has created a certain general responsibility that is literary and political. There's even pride involved, in not wanting to fall short of what I did before.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
People spend a lifetime thinking about how they would really like to live. I asked my friends and no one seems to know very clearly. To me it's very clear now. I wish my life could have been like the years when I was writing 'Love in the Time of Cholera.'
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A person doesn't die when he should but when he can.
Everything that goes into my mouth seems to make me fat, everything that comes out of my mouth embarrasses me.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The most important thing Paris gave me was a perspective on Latin America. It taught me the differences between Latin America and Europe and among the Latin American countries themselves through the Latins I met there.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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 Garcia Marquez
It always amuses me that the biggest praise for my work comes for the imagination, while the truth is that there's not a single line in all my work that does not have a basis in reality. The problem is that Caribbean reality resembles the wildest imagination.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez