Human beings are not born once… life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves

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He began at the beginning

He began at the beginning. He presented himself unannounced in the office of Uncle Leo XII, President of the Board of Directors and General Manager of the River Company of the Caribbean, and expressed his willingness to yield to his plans. His uncle was angry with him because of the manner in which he had thrown away the good position of telegraph operator in Villa de Leyva, but he allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves. Besides, his brother’s widow had died the year before, still smarting from rancor but without any heirs. And so he gave the job to his errant nephew.

by Gabriel García Márquez (born March 6, 1928)
from Love in the Time of Cholera (1985)
image – Kiwi Flickr

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One Response to “Human beings are not born once… life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves”

  1. Juanita Says:

    Good quote 🙂

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