My obsession with Gabriel Garcia Marquez is chronic, clandestine and obviously long-lived: more than a hundred years! All puns were intended in this introduction as his books redefine class and fascination. When I opened Chrome this morning, I saw Google’s beautiful doodle in the honor of Garcia Marquez’s 91st birthday. His beaming face and the image was a colorful reminder of weirdly wonderful his writings make me feel. And, I didn’t want to leave this day without a little post myself either.
I haven’t read a ton of his books but I quite love some of his quotes because they are simple and very apt. He’ll never see this but I wish him a very Happy Birthday and many more years of creative living. I thank him profoundly for touching so many lives through the written word and introducing us to the Columbian culture, lifestyle and traditions like no one had been able to do before. I remember reading Of Love and Other Demons and thinking that it was very ordinary and then I couldn’t stop thinking about it! I read more and more about his inspiration to write it, other interpretations of what it meant and I was blown away by its sheer brilliance. You can find my review of the book here.
Here are a couple of his quotes that I personally quite like:
There is always something left to love.
The heart’s memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good.
It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.
What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.
Nobody deserves your tears, but whoever deserves them will not make you cry.
Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood.
Life is not what one lived, but rather what one remembers, and how it is remembered to tell the tale.
No, not rich. I am a poor man with money, which is not the same thing.