Gabriel García Márquez Will Live On Forever With These Words Of Wisdom

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In memory of Gabriel García Márquez, who passed away on Thursday, we're revisiting a post we originally published for the author's birthday in March.

As Gabriel García Márquez, a man who heightened our reality and pushed the boundaries of our imagination through his writing, expressed in Love in the Time of Cholera "I discovered to my joy, that it is life, not death, that has no limits."

In many ways, the Colombian novelist and Nobel laureate's life did seem limitless. 'Gabo,' as he was often called, pioneered the magical realism genre and gave literature a whole new perspective on the world and the written word -- but his works also held nuggets of wisdom about love, war and life that are immortalized in the pages of One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera and other classics.

Here are lessons from 'Gabo' that will live on forever:

  • "No, not rich. I am a poor man with money, which is not the same thing." -- From Love in the Time of Cholera
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    Portrait of Colombian author and journalist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, May 1972. (Katherine Young/Getty Images) Quote Source
  • "Life is not what one lived, but what one remembers and how one remembers it in order to recount it."-- From his autobiography Living To Tell The Tale
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    Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez answers journalists' questions after being announced the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature on Oct. 25, 1982 in Mexico City. (Hasse Persson/AFP/Getty Images) Quote Source
  • "He who awaits much can expect little" -- From No One Writes To The Colonel
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    Gabriel Garcia Marquez (L) shakes hands with French writer Regis Debray (R) while Danielle Mitterrand, the wife of French President Frantois Mitterrand, looks on. (STF/AFP/Getty Images) Quote Source
  • "A person doesn't die when he should but when he can." -- From One Hundred Years of Solitude
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    A young Mexican sitting in a cafe reads a newspaper which offers a special supplement dedicated to Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez on the day of his 80th birthday, March 6, 2007, in Mexico City. (Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images) Quote Source
  • “Sex is the consolation you have when you can’t have love.” -- From Memories Of My Melancholy Whores
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    Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez bows after receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature, Dec. 10, 1982, in Stockholm. (Bertil Ericson/AFP/Getty Images) Quote Source
  • "I discovered to my joy, that it is life, not death, that has no limits." -- From Love in the Time of Cholera
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    Gabriel Garcia Marquez, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, shows his award to the audience, following the ceremony in the Concert Hall, Stockholm, Oct. 12, 1982. (AP Photo/Pool) Quote Source
  • "No medicine cures what happiness cannot." -- From Of Love and Other Demons
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    Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez is all smiles after the announcement that he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, Oct. 19, 1982, in Mexico City. (Stefan Wallgren/AFP/Getty Images) Quote Source
  • "A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father." -- From Love in the Time of Cholera
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    Gabriel Garcia Marquez pictured at the University of Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico, Nov. 23, 2007. (Ivan Garcia, AFP Photo) Quote source
  • "Freedom is often the first casualty of war." -- From The General In His Labyrinth
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    Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize-winning author, is seen in this 1982 file photo. (AP Photo)
  • “Wisdom comes to us when it can no longer do any good.” -- From Love In The Time Of Cholera
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    Former U.S. President Bill Clinton (R) speaks with Colombian writer and 1982 Literature Nobel Prize laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez during the IV International Congress of the Spanish Language. (Cesar Carrion-Presidencia/AFP/Getty Images) Quote Source
  • “There is always something left to love.” -- From One Hundred Years Of Solitude
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    Gabriel Garcia Marquez poses for a portrait session on Feb. 20,1991, in Cartagena, Colombia. (Ulf Andersen/Getty Images) Quote Source

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