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LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA

by: Gabriel García Márquez


The scalpel is the greatest proof of the failure of medicine.

--Chapter 1

There was no innocence more dangerous than the innocence of age.

--Chapter 1

Wisdom comes to us when it can no longer do any good.

--Chapter 1

It is a pity to still find a suicide that is not for love.

--Chapter 1

Most fatal diseases had their own specific odor, but ... none was as specific as old age.

--Chapter 1

The man who has no memory makes one out of paper.

--Chapter 1

The weak would never enter the kingdom of love, which is a harsh and ungenerous kingdom.

--Chapter 2

The heart's memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good, and ... thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burden of the past.

--Chapter 3

Nothing one does in bed is immoral if it helps to perpetuate love.

--Chapter 3

You have to know languages when you go to sell something ... But when you go to buy, everyone does what he must to understand you.

--Chapter 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.

--Chapter 4

A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father.

--Chapter 4

Nobody teaches life anything.

--Chapter 4

The problem with marriage is that it ends every night after making love, and it must be rebuilt every morning before breakfast.

--Chapter 4

A man should have two wives: one to love and one to sew on his buttons.

--Chapter 4

My heart has more rooms than a whorehouse.

--Chapter 5

Old age was not a rushing torrent but a bottomless cistern where ... memory drained away.

--Chapter 6

I do not believe in God, but I am afraid of Him.

--Chapter 6

Humanity, like armies in the field, advances at the speed of the slowest.

--Chapter 6

Love becomes greater and nobler in calamity.

--Chapter 6

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