When someone mentions 'romance', Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet pop up in your brain. His words remind you of the love story that spanned decades and eras, showing you what eternal love was supposed to feel like.
Call me crazy, but for me, there hasn't been a more potent and incredible kind of love than the one that beloved Gabriel Garcia Márquez has penned in some of his most beautiful works. From One Hundred Years Of Solitude to Love In The Time Of Cholera and even The Autumn of the Patriarch, Márquez pushed the Latin American narrative to the forefront of world literature and gave us the beauty of his words.
To honour the Colombian literary figure, Google doodle celebrated what would have been Márquez's 91st birthday.
Márquez started as a journalist and wrote many acclaimed non-fiction works and short stories. His works have achieved significant critical acclaim and widespread commercial success, most notably for popularising a literary style known as magical realism - a technique that uses magical elements and events in otherwise ordinary and realistic situations. Some of his works are set in the fictional village of Macondo and most of them explore the theme of solitude.
Márquez was awarded the 1972 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Upon Márquez’s death in April 2014, Juan Manuel Santos, the President of Colombia, called him "the greatest Colombian who ever lived."
Here are some of the most extraordinary quotes about love by Gabriel Garcia Márquez that are going to leave you stunned beyond words!
1. It was the time when they loved each other best, without hurry or excess, when both were most conscious of and grateful for their incredible victories over adversity.
2. It’s enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment.
3. The girl raised her eyes to see who was passing by the window, and that casual glance was the beginning of a cataclysm of love that still had not ended half a century later.
4. There is always something left to love.
5. Nobody deserves your tears, but whoever deserves them will not make you cry.
6. If I knew that today would be the last time I’d see you, I would hug you tight and pray the Lord be the keeper of your soul. If I knew that this would be the last time you pass through this door, I’d embrace you, kiss you, and call you back for one more. If I knew that this would be the last time I would hear your voice, I’d take hold of each word to be able to hear it over and over again. 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.
7. Nothing in this world was more difficult than love.
8. It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.
9. Think of love as a state of grace; not the means to anything but the alpha and omega, an end in itself.
10. They were so close to each other that they preferred death to separation.
Images: Giphy, Agencia Literaria Carmen Balcells