Quotes from Love in the Time of Cholera

Gabriel García Márquez ·  348 pages

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“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, quote from Love in the Time of Cholera


“To him she seemed so beautiful, so seductive, so different from ordinary people, that he could not understand why no one was as disturbed as he by the clicking of her heels on the paving stones, why no one else's heart was wild with the breeze stirred by the sighs of her veils, why everyone did not go mad with the movements of her braid, the flight of her hands, the gold of her laughter. He had not missed a single one of her gestures, not one of the indications of her character, but he did not dare approach her for fear of destroying the spell.”
― Gabriel García Márquez, quote from Love in the Time of Cholera


“He was still too young to know that the heart's memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good, and that thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burden of the past.”
― Gabriel García Márquez, quote from Love in the Time of Cholera


“She would defend herself, saying that love, no matter what else it might be, was a natural talent. She would say: You are either born knowing how, or you never know.”
― Gabriel García Márquez, quote from Love in the Time of Cholera


“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, quote from Love in the Time of Cholera



“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, quote from Love in the Time of Cholera


“The only regret I will have in dying is if it is not for love.”
― Gabriel García Márquez, quote from Love in the Time of Cholera


“wisdom comes to us when it can no longer do any good.”
― Gabriel García Márquez, quote from Love in the Time of Cholera


“He is ugly and sad... but he is all love.”
― Gabriel García Márquez, quote from Love in the Time of Cholera


“Age has no reality except in the physical world. The essence of a human being is resistant to the passage of time. Our inner lives are eternal, which is to say that our spirits remain as youthful and vigorous as when we were in full bloom. Think of love as a state of grace, not the means to anything, but the alpha and omega. An end in itself.”
― Gabriel García Márquez, quote from Love in the Time of Cholera



“She felt the abyss of disenchantment.”
― Gabriel García Márquez, quote from Love in the Time of Cholera


“Amputees suffer pains, cramps, itches in the leg that is no longer there. That is how she felt without him, feeling his presence where he no longer was.”
― Gabriel García Márquez, quote from Love in the Time of Cholera


“With her Florentino Ariza learned what he had already experienced many times without realizing it: that one can be in love with several people at the same time, feel the same sorrow with each, and not betray any of them. Alone in the midst of the crowd on the pier, he said to himself in a flash of anger: 'My heart has more rooms than a whorehouse.”
― Gabriel García Márquez, quote from Love in the Time of Cholera


“She had never imagined that curiosty was one of the many masks of love .”
― Gabriel García Márquez, quote from Love in the Time of Cholera


“She knew that he loved her above all else, more than anything in the world, but only for his own sake.”
― Gabriel García Márquez, quote from Love in the Time of Cholera



“Only God knows how much I love you.”
― Gabriel García Márquez, quote from Love in the Time of Cholera


“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, quote from Love in the Time of Cholera


“Together they had overcome the daily incomprehension, the instantaneous hatred, the reciprocal nastiness, and fabulous flashes of glory in the conjugal conspiracy. It was time when they both loved each other best, without hurry or excess, when both were most conscious of and grateful for their incredible victories over adversity. Life would still present them with other moral trials, of course, but that no longer mattered: they were on the other shore.”
― Gabriel García Márquez, quote from Love in the Time of Cholera


“But that afternoon he asked himself, with his infinite capacity for illusion, if such pitiless indifference might not be a subterfuge for hiding the torments of love.”
― Gabriel García Márquez, quote from Love in the Time of Cholera


“Always remember that the most important thing in a good marriage is not happiness, but stability.”
― Gabriel García Márquez, quote from Love in the Time of Cholera



“There is no greater glory than to die for love.”
― Gabriel García Márquez, quote from Love in the Time of Cholera


“It was as if they had leapt over the arduous cavalry of conjugal life and gone straight to the heart of love. They were together in silence like an old married couple wary of life, beyond the pitfalls of passion, beyond the brutal mockery of hope and the phantoms of disillusion: beyond love. For they had lived together long enough to know that love was always love, anytime and anyplace, but it was more solid the closer it came to death.”
― Gabriel García Márquez, quote from Love in the Time of Cholera


“and the two of them loved each other for a long time in silence without making love again.”
― Gabriel García Márquez, quote from Love in the Time of Cholera


“He recognized her despite the uproar, through his tears of unrepeatable sorrow at dying without her, and he looked at her for the last and final time with eyes more luminous, more grief-stricken, more grateful than she had ever seen them in half a century of a shared life, and he managed to say to her with his last breath: “Only God knows how much I loved you”
― Gabriel García Márquez, quote from Love in the Time of Cholera


“Very well, I will marry you if you promise not to make me eat eggplant.”
― Gabriel García Márquez, quote from Love in the Time of Cholera



“Nothing resembles a person as much as the way he dies.”
― Gabriel García Márquez, quote from Love in the Time of Cholera


“أن النساء يفكرن بالمعنى الخفي للأسئلة أكثر من تفكيرهن بالأسئلة ذاتها”
― Gabriel García Márquez, quote from Love in the Time of Cholera


“Humanity, like armies in the field, advances at the speed of the slowest.”
― Gabriel García Márquez, quote from Love in the Time of Cholera


“The world is divided into those who screw and those who do not. He distrusted those who did not—when they strayed from the straight and narrow it was something so unusual for them that they bragged about love as if they had just invented it.”
― Gabriel García Márquez, quote from Love in the Time of Cholera


About the author

Gabriel García Márquez
Born place: in Aracataca, Magdalena, Colombia
Born date March 6, 1927
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