A lie is more comfortable than doubt, more useful than love, more lasting than truth.
A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father.
A man should have two wives: one to love and one to sew on his buttons.
A person doesn’t die when he should but when he can.
Age isn’t how you old you are but how old you feel.
Always remember that the most important thing in a good marriage is not happiness, but stability.
An early-rising man is a good spouse but a bad husband.
Crazy people are not crazy if one accepts their reasoning.
Everything that goes into my mouth seems to make me fat, everything that comes out of my mouth embarrasses me.
Fame is very agreeable, but the bad thing is that it goes on 24 hours a day.
Faulkner is a writer who has had much to do with my soul, but Hemingway is the one who had the most to do with my craft – not simply for his books, but for his astounding knowledge of the aspect of craftsmanship in the science of writing.
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.
Freedom is often the first casualty of war.
From the moment I wrote ‘Leaf Storm’ I realized I wanted to be a writer and that nobody could stop me and that the only thing left for me to do was to try to be the best writer in the world.
He who awaits much can expect little.
Home is where your books are, they say, but for me it’s where my recordings are. I’ve got more than five thousand of them.
Humanity, like armies in the field, advances at the speed of the slowest.
I don’t believe in God, but I’m afraid of Him.
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.
I don’t think you can write a book that’s worth anything without extraordinary discipline.
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.
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.
If God hadn’t rested on Sunday, He would have had time to finish the world.
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.
Injections are the best thing ever invented for feeding doctors.
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.
It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.
My literary background was basically in poetry, but bad poetry, since only through bad poetry can you get to good poetry.
Necessity has the face of a dog.
No medicine cures what happiness cannot.
No, not rich. I am a poor man with money, which is not the same thing.
Nobody deserves your tears, but whoever deserves them will not make you cry.
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.’
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.
The heart’s memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good.
The interpretation of our reality through patterns not our own, serves only to make us ever more unknown, ever less free, ever more solitary.
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.
The problem in public life is learning to overcome terror; the problem in married life is learning to overcome boredom.
The problem with marriage is that it ends every night after making love, and it must be rebuilt every morning before breakfast.
The secret of a good old age is simply an honorable pact with solitude.
The truth is that I know very few novelists who have been satisfied with the adaptation of their books for the screen.
The world is divided into those who screw and those who do not.
The world must be all fucked up when men travel first class and literature goes as freight.
There is always something left to love.
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.
Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood.
What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.
Wisdom comes to us when it can no longer do any good.