"The problem in public life is learning to overcome terror; the problem in married life is learning to overcome boredom."

Fermina Daza, Love in the Time of Cholera

"Without realizing it, he was beginning to defer his problems in the hope that death would resolve them."

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

""Let time pass and we will see what it brings." For he was never as good a student as she was. His forced immobility, the growing lucidity of his conviction that time was fleeting, his mad desire to see her, everything proves to him that his fear of falling had been more accurate and more tragic than he had foreseen. For the first time, he began to thing in a reasoned way about the reality of death."

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

"With her Florentino Ariza learned what he had already experienced many times without realizing it: that one can be in love with several people at the same time, feel the same sorrow with each, and not betray any of them. Alone in the midst of the crowd on the pier, he said to himself in a flash of anger: ‘My heart has more rooms than a whorehouse.’"

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

"She was embarrassed when she greeted him, and he was more embarrassed by her embarrassment. The knowledge that they were both behaving as if they were sweethearts was even more embarrassing, and the knowledge that they were both embarrassed embarrassed them so much that Captain Samaritano noticed it with a tremor of compassion."

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

"It was against all scientific reason for two people who hardly knew each other, with no ties at all between them, with different characters, different upbringings, and even different genders, to suddenly find themselves committed to living together, to sleeping in the same bed, to sharing two destinies that perhaps were fated to go in opposite directions. He would say: “The problem with marriage is that it ends every night after making love, and it must be rebuilt every morning before breakfast.”"

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

"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."

Dr. Urbino, Love in the Time of Cholera

"What I would like is to walk out of this house, and keep going, going, going, and never come back."

Fermina Daza, Love in the Time of Cholera

"It is incredible how one can be happy for so many years in the midst of so many squabbles, so many problems, damn it, and not really know if it was love or not."

Fermina Daza, Love in the Time of Cholera

"In the plenitude of their relationship, Florentino Ariza had asked himself which of the two was love: the turbulent bed or the peaceful Sunday afternoons, and Sara Noriega calmed him with the simple argument that love was everything they did naked. She said: ‘Spiritual love from the waist up and physical love from the waist down.’"

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera