Gabriel García Márquez
WORDS ABOUT WORDS
When I was 12 I was almost run down by a bicycle. A passing priest saved me by shouting, "Watch out!" The cyclist fell to the ground. Without stopping, the priest called to me, "Did you see the power of the word?" I learned it that day. And we now know that ever since the time of Christ that Mayans had known it too, and with so much clarity that they even had a special god of words. That power has never been as great as it is today. Humankind will enter the third millennium under the sway of words. It is not true that images are replacing them or can ever eradicate them.
Gabriel García Márquez, The New York Times
Posted on November 29, 2001 at 7:48 AM