Last weekend, the world lost one of its best-loved writers, Gabriel García Márquez. I have fond memories of reading his books at university, especially my favourite, Cien años de soledad (One hundred years of solitude). I remember it as epic, beautiful, heartbreaking and completely, brilliantly random. It’s pretty rare for me to re-read books that I’ve studied, because I find it takes the enjoyment out of them, but this is one of the few exceptions.
And then there’s El amor en los tiempos de cólera (Love in the time of cholera), the story of a love that lasts a lifetime. I challenge anyone to read this and not get a lump in their throat: “Florentino Ariza had kept his answer ready for fifty-three years, seven months and eleven days and nights. ‘Forever,’ he said.”
So, as a small tribute, here are some great García Márquez quotes; hopefully you’ll find them as inspiring as I do.
“Nobody deserves your tears, but whoever deserves them will not make you cry.”
“No matter what, nobody can take away the dances you’ve already had.”
“Crazy people are not crazy if one accepts their reasoning.”
“Age isn’t how old you are but how old you feel.”
“Never stop smiling, even when you’re sad, because you never know who might fall in love with your smile.”
“It is life, more than death, that has no limits.”
“What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.”
“Even when the winds of misfortune blow, amazing things can still happen.”
“I must warn you that the books I like are not necessarily the ones I think are the best. I like them for various reasons not always easy to explain.”
And my favourite:
“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”