As we remember the Colombian magic realism literary icon Gabriel García Márquez, we reminisce about his words that spoke to us — words that encourage our spirits and continuously spark conversations both within ourselves and with others.
His words have often made us question everything, from our existence to the politics around us — but more importantly, his words have provoked us to dissect and look deeper into the small things in life beyond his books.
In honor of García Márquez’s death anniversary on April 17, let’s take a look at thought-provoking quotes that can change your life.
Quote #1: “It’s enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment.” ― Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
A powerful word to know and study is impermanence. It’s 100 percent enough to be mindful at this moment, right here and right now. No past and no present — once you understand that the present is the only thing that matters, that’s when you realize that the Universe exists for you and is on your timeline.
Nothing is rushed, and nothing is pure coincidence. What would you do in this mindset? Would you slow down time a little more and actually enjoy time ticking slow? Notice your everyday habits — it’s surprising how much the small things shape the bigger picture.
Quote #2: “All human beings have three lives: public, private, and secret.” ― Gabriel García Márquez, Gabriel García Márquez: a Life
A simple change that goes a long way is establishing hard boundaries and respecting them enough to treat them as such. While living in a social media-driven era has its advantages, it also has its pressures to showcase your career, relationships, and personal life when there’s actually no real reason to do so if you don’t want to.
There are many benefits to keeping those details private and only showing what is “necessary” to the public (if you must post anything). As far as secrets go, it is not essential for anyone to know everything about you. You are your own person and should create these boundaries to cater to your needs (yes, yours! Not your family’s, not your friend’s, not your significant others’)!
Quote #3: “Human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but … life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.” ― Gabriel García Márquez
Lastly, this is the quote that could provoke your thoughts the most — a quote about altering your life completely. The beauty of life is that you can recreate yourself as many times as you want to. What’s stopping you? Are you over your career? Save up and apply elsewhere. Are you tired of your surroundings?
Make a realistic plan and depart. We shouldn’t be conditioned to choose one path and stick to it when there’s constant change happening around us: everyone and everything changes. Remember, the keyword of it all is impermanence.