03/06/2014 01:37 pm ET Updated Mar 06, 2014

Words Of Wisdom From Gabriel García Márquez (PHOTOS)

Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez has imparted many words of wisdom upon his readers throughout his career -- and what better way to celebrate his 87th birthday than with some of the novelist's best quotes.

An icon in the magical realism genre, Márquez has left his mark in Literature with classics such as Love in the Time of Cholera, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, and more. Gabo won the Nobel Literature Prize in 1982 for his work and continued to publish after the honor.

In 2012, Márquez's brother confirmed that the legendary novelist has been suffering from senile dementia "for a long time" though he was physically well. Many believe Gabo will never publish again and others continue to re-read his most memorable works.

In honor of Gabo's birthday, take a look at some of his wisest words:

Words Of Wisdom From Gabriel García Márquez