The face of legendary author Gabriel García Márquez graced the front page of The New York Times last Friday, April 18th. García Márquez, affectionately known to his fans as “Gabo”, lost a long battle with cancer on Thursday at his home in Mexico City. From New York to Paris, literary enthusiasts and prominent writers alike were heartbroken by the news of his passing.
García Márquez was born in Aracataca, a small village quietly nestled between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Caribbean Sea in northern Colombia. He began his career as a journalist and was the deputy head of the Prensa Latina office in Midtown Manhattan for a short period of time.
Over the years, García Márquez began to craft a vast array of fictional novellas, often incorporating his trademark motif of magic-realism, coupled with a sensational depiction of life in Latin America. Gabo was undoubtedly an international literary pioneer and in 1982 he was awarded the prestigious Nobel Prize for Literature. García Márquez ‘s fictional works including his most famous novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude, have sold millions of copies worldwide and were translated into over 20 languages.
In memory of one of the utmost brilliant writers of our time, these are inspirational fragments of Gabriel García Márquez ‘s everlasting masterpieces.
1. “Age isn’t how old you are but how old you feel.”
2. “No medicine cures what happiness cannot.”
3. “What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.”
4. “It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”
5. “A true friend is the one who holds your hand and touches your heart.”
6. “It is life, more than death, that has no limits.”
7. “There is always something left to love.”
8. “He who awaits much can expect little.”
9. “The heart’s memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good.”
10. “No matter what, nobody can take away the dances you’ve already had.”
What’s your favorite quote by Gabo? Share with us in the comments below!
Edited by Madeehah Shaheed