The problem with marriage is that it ends every night after making love, and it must be rebuilt every morning before breakfast.
Time was not passing… it was turning in a circle...
The world must be all fucked up," he said then, "when men travel first class and literature goes as freight.
Then he made one last effort to search in his heart for the place where his affection had rotted away, and he could not find it.
It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.
wisdom comes to us when it can no longer do any good.
A true friend is the one who holds your hand and touches your heart
The only regret I will have in dying is if it is not for love.
All human beings have three lives: public, private, and secret.
My heart has more rooms in it than a whore house
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nobody deserves your tears, but whoever deserves them will not make you cry.
There is always something left to love.
Perhaps this is what the stories meant when they called somebody heartsick. Your heart and your stomach and your whole insides felt empty and hollow and aching.
It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.
sex is the consolation you have when you can't have love.
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.
It's enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment.
No medicine cures what happiness cannot.
What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.
I don't believe in God, but I'm afraid of Him.
The truth is that I know very few novelists who have been satisfied with the adaptation of their books for the screen.
A person doesn't die when he should but when he can.
An early- rising man is a good spouse but a bad husband.
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.
Always remember that the most important thing in a good marriage is not happiness, but stability.
If God hadn't rested on Sunday, He would have had time to finish the world.
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.
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.
Fame is very agreeable, but the bad thing is that it goes on 24 hours a day.
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.
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.
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.
Injections are the best thing ever invented for feeding doctors.
A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father.
He who awaits much can expect little.
The interpretation of our reality through patterns not our own, serves only to make us ever more unknown, ever less free, ever more solitary.