81 Gabriel García Márquez Quotes from Famous Colombian Novelist

Born in Colombia’s Aracataca, Gabriel García Márquez grew into a literary titan, penning landmark magical realism novels, notably the acclaimed “One Hundred Years of Solitude.”

Initially a law student, García Márquez’s journalistic journey commenced at 13 in Bogotá, eventually globetrotting as a correspondent before full-time authorship beckoned.

His narrative mastery, exhibited in timeless works like “Love in the Time of Cholera,” earned him a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982, cementing his legacy as a paramount figure in Latin American literature.

Gabriel García Márquez

García Márquez, whose life mirrored the intricate, magical tapestry of his tales, departed in 2014, leaving an indelible literary imprint.

I have curated the top quotes by Gabriel García Márquez.

Best Gabriel García Márquez Quotes


Always tell what you feel. Do what you think. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.


Age isn’t how old you are but how old you feel. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.


To oppression… we respond with life. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.


An early-rising man is a good spouse but a bad husband. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.


Life is the best thing that has ever been invented. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.


I don’t believe in God, but I’m afraid of Him. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.


Even when the winds of misfortune blow, amazing things can still happen. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

For those who may be hurting over lost love: Don’t cry because it is over… smile because it happened. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.


I would give wings to children, but I would leave it to them to learn how to fly by themselves. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

Famous Gabriel García Márquez Quotes

I have learned that a man has the right and obligation to look down at another man, only when that man needs help to get up from the ground. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.


Always remember that the most important thing in a good marriage is not happiness, but stability. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

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 García Márquez.

But when a woman decides to sleep with a man, there is no wall she will not scale, no fortress she will not destroy, no moral consideration she will not ignore at its very root: there is no God worth worrying about. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

Human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but … life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

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 García Márquez.

Fiction was invented the day Jonah arrived home and told his wife that he was three days late because he had been swallowed by a whale… ~ Gabriel García Márquez.


Injections are the best thing ever invented for feeding doctors. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

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 García Márquez.

Top Gabriel García Márquez Quotes

Perhaps this is what the stories meant when they called somebody heartsick. Your heart and your stomach and your whole insides felt empty and hollow and aching. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.


The first of the line is tied to a tree and the last is being eaten by the ants. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

To oppression, plundering and abandonment, we respond with life. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

Fame is very agreeable, but the bad thing is that it goes on 24 hours a day. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.


There is no greater glory than to die for love. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

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 García Márquez.

What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

There is always something left to love. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

Popular Gabriel García Márquez Quotes

Everyone has three lives: a public life, a private life, and a secret life. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

A true friend is the one who holds your hand and touches your heart. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

It had to teach her to think of love as a state of grace: not the means to anything but the alpha and omega, an end it itself. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

No, not rich. I am a poor man with money, which is not the same thing. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

The secret of a good old age is simply an honorable pact with solitude. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

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 García Márquez.

Those who wanted to sleep, not from fatigue but because of the nostalgia of dreams… ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

She was lost in her longing to understand. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

Give me a prejudice and I will move the world. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

Great Gabriel García Márquez Quotes

Morality, too, is a question of time. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

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 García Márquez.

Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

Life is not what one lived, but what One remembers and how One remembers it in order to recount it. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

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 García Márquez.

A lie is more comfortable than doubt, more useful than love, more lasting than truth. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.


Wisdom comes to us when it can no longer do any good. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

Become a better person and be sure to know who you are, before meeting someone new and hoping that person knows who you are. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

Powerful Gabriel García Márquez Quotes

Never stop smiling not even when you’re sad, someone might fall in love with your smile. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

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 García Márquez.

The spirit of her invincible heart guided her through the shadows. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

Crazy people are not crazy if one accepts their reasoning. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

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 García Márquez.

No matter what, nobody can take away the dances you’ve already had. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

Tell him yes. Even if you are dying of fear, even if you are sorry later because whatever you do, you will be sorry all the rest of your life if you say no. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

For you was I born, for you do I have life, for you will I die, for you am I now dying. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

Inspiring Gabriel García Márquez Quotes

Don’t struggle so much, the best things happen when not expected. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

If God hadn’t rested on Sunday, He would have had time to finish the world. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

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.

The problem in public life is learning to overcome terror; the problem in married life is learning to overcome boredom. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

No medicine cures what happiness cannot. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

Love becomes greater and nobler in calamity. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

If I knew this is the last time I see you, I’d tell you I love you, and would not just assume foolishly you know it already. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

They were so close to each other that they preferred death to separation. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

Nobody deserves your tears, but whoever deserves them will not make you cry. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

Then he made one last effort to search in his heart for the place where his affection had rotted away, and he could not find it. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

Insightful Gabriel García Márquez Quotes

A person doesn’t die when he should but when he can. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

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.


Only God knows how much I love you. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

Necessity has the face of a dog. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

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 García Márquez.

The only regret I will have in dying is if it is not for love. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

He who awaits much can expect little. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

It’s enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

Do not allow me to forget you. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

Cease, cows, life is short. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

Very well, I will marry you if you promise not to make me eat eggplant. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

She would defend herself, saying that love, no matter what else it might be, was a natural talent. ~ Gabriel García Márquez.

So these were the 81 top Gabriel García Márquez quotes and sayings.

If you like these quotes and sayings, then you can also read my other posts on Fyodor Dostoevsky quotes and Gabourey Sidibe quotes.

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