There’s nothing as painful in life quite as the realization that the person you love does not feel the same way about you. You want to light up their world, shower them with all the happiness and be with them through thick and thin, but when none of that gets reciprocated, it leaves you incomplete. And the worst part is that there’s nothing you can do about that.

Love in the Time of Cholera – the book by Gabriel García Márquez – is the tale of Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza. The two fall in love as teenagers and dream of living a life together. They wish to grow old together but unfortunately life has other plans for them. Ariza continues to pine for the lady who he fondly addresses as ‘crowned goddess’. He has seen her through everything: her marriage, her kids and even her husband’s death and still hopes to be with her one day.

This story of unrequited love leaves you questioning if one must always keep the faith of being united with the one they love or let life take its course.

These 15 quotes from Gabriel García Márquez’s masterpiece describe the pain of unrequited love in a hauntingly beautiful way:

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