You can't come in, colonel," she told him. "You may be in command of your war, but I'm in command of my house.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
At eighty-one years of age he had enough lucidity to realize that he was attached to this world by a few slender threads that could break painlessly with a simple change of position while he slept, and if he did all he could to keep those threads intact, it was because of his terror of not finding God in the darkness of death.
In his opinion a Liberal president was exactly the same as a Conservative president, but not as well dressed.
Little by little he idolized her, endowing her with improbable virtues and imaginary sentiments, and after two weeks he thought of nothing else but her.
The problem in public life is learning to overcome terror; the problem in married life is learning to overcome boredom.
You know better than I, he said, that all courts-martial are farces and that you're really paying for the crimes of other people, because this time we're going to win the war at any price. Wouldn't you have done the same in my place?