One Hundred Years of Solitude

by

Gabriel García Márquez

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Colonel Aureliano Buendía Character Analysis

The first person born in Macondo. He is silent and withdrawn even before he is born, as his fetus was said to weep inside Úrsula. When he was born, his eyes were open, indicating the gift of clairvoyance. He falls in love with Remedios Moscote while she is still a child and marries her when she is of age, but she dies in childbirth. He does not remarry, but he does father a child with the older Pilar Ternera, who names the child Aureliano José. The Colonel’s personality and politics position him as the most central figure of the book. Throughout the book he oscillates between a violent dedication to the cause of the Liberal Party or the rebels, and cynical view of the purposelessness of the war.

Colonel Aureliano Buendía Quotes in One Hundred Years of Solitude

The One Hundred Years of Solitude quotes below are all either spoken by Colonel Aureliano Buendía or refer to Colonel Aureliano Buendía. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 1  Quotes

Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.

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Chapter 4  Quotes

“Love is a disease,” he thundered. “With so many pretty and decent girls around, the only thing that occurs to you is to get married to the daughter of our enemy.”

Page Number: 68
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Chapter 7 Quotes

“Tell me something, old friend: why are you fighting?”

“What other reason could there be? Colonel Gerineldo Márquez answered. “For the great Liberal party.”

“You’re lucky because you know why,” he answered. “As far as I’m concerned, I’ve come to realize only just now that I’m fighting because of pride.”

“That’s bad,” Colonel Gerineldo Márquez said.

Colonel Aureliano Buendía was amused at his alarm. “Naturally,” he said. “But in any case, it’s better than not knowing why you’re fighting.” He looked him in the eyes and added with a smile:

“Or fighting, like you, for something that doesn’t have any meaning for anyone.”

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Chapter 8  Quotes

They became great friends. They even came to think about the possibility of coordinating the popular elements of both parties, doing away with the influence of the military men and professional politicians, and setting up a humanitarian regime that would take the best from each doctrine.

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Chapter 9  Quotes

And normality was precisely the most fearful part of that infinite war: nothing ever happened.

Page Number: 167
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Chapter 13  Quotes

He grew harder and harder ever since Colonel Gerineldo Márquez refused to back him up in a senile war. He locked himself up inside himself and the family finally thought of him as if he were dead.

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Colonel Aureliano Buendía Character Timeline in One Hundred Years of Solitude

The timeline below shows where the character Colonel Aureliano Buendía appears in One Hundred Years of Solitude. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1 
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One Hundred Years of Solitude begins with a flashback of Colonel Aureliano Buendía , facing the firing squad, remembering when his father showed him ice for the first... (full context)
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...José Arcadio (I), fourteen at the time, had been born on the way to Macondo. Aureliano Buendía , six years old, was the first human to be born in Macondo, and showed... (full context)
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...He pays for all three of them to touch it. José Arcadio (I) won’t, but Aureliano Buendía places his hand on the block and withdraws it, afraid that it is boiling. José... (full context)
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Aureliano Buendía has an intuition for the art of alchemy and he and José Arcadio Buendía set... (full context)
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...for her. José Arcadio dreams of her in the daytimes and visits her at night. Aureliano Buendía and José Arcadio Buendía announce that they have separated Úrsula’s gold. José Arcadio tells Aureliano... (full context)
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...empty-handed. He cares for baby Amaranta and Pilar Ternera offers to do the chores, but Aureliano Buendía can tell via his psychic powers that she is to blame for José Arcadio’s disappearance... (full context)
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Aureliano Buendía stays alone in the lab teaching himself the art of silver-smithing. He tells Úrsula that... (full context)
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...Ursula takes precautions to protect the other children. Soon enough, José Arcadio Buendía, Úrsula and Aureliano Buendía all find themselves unable to sleep for several days. They dream while awake. Úrsula continues... (full context)
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Aureliano Buendía begins to label objects with their names so that they wouldn’t be forgotten. They attempt... (full context)
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...to produce daguerreotypes. He takes a photo of José Arcadio Buendía and of the children. Aureliano Buendía has become a master silversmith, but the town begins to worry that he has not... (full context)
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...wanting to make trouble for Don Apolinar Moscote in front of his family, goes with Aureliano Buendía to visit him in his office. Two of his daughters are there with him, one... (full context)
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...daughters, Amparo, begins to visit and secretly delivers a letter to Rebeca from Pietro Crespi. Aureliano Buendía ’s hopes of being joined with Remedios Moscote are revived, believing that she will accompany... (full context)
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One day, while making little gold fish in the workshop, Aureliano Buendía hears Remedios’s voice outside and invites her in. He gives her a fish and she... (full context)
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Aureliano Buendía goes with this friends to Catarino’s store, where rooms have been added to serve as... (full context)
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...sees little Remedios, he goes home to confirm. When he returns to say that, yes, Aureliano Buendía would like to marry little Remedios, her parents counter that there are six older daughters... (full context)
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...often, bringing along gifts of mechanical toys that distract José Arcadio Buendía from his grief. Aureliano Buendía dedicates himself to teaching Remedios Moscote to read and write. Rebeca lives in fear of... (full context)
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...deep grief over those who have died and smashes everything in the laboratories, speaking gibberish. Aureliano Buendía calls the neighbors to help him and twenty men are needed to overpower José Arcadio... (full context)
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When Remedios Moscote gets her menstrual period, she and Aureliano Buendía are married by Father Nicanor Reyna in the parlor of the house. At the ceremony,... (full context)
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...son of her husband and Pilar Ternera, Aureliano José as her own. Remedios Moscote and Aureliano Buendía had made a very content life for themselves. Úrsula institutes a mourning period. She hangs... (full context)
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...on their wedding night, a scorpion bites Rebeca, but they make love all night anyway. Aureliano Buendía brings them some furniture and money. (full context)
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...but not until they know each other better. Úrsula is confused at this response, but Aureliano Buendía agrees it is not the time for a wedding. The death of Remedios Moscote has... (full context)
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Aureliano Buendía sympathizes with the Liberal point of view, but he can’t imagine fighting over ideals. Before... (full context)
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Soon after, when Gerineldo Márquez and Magnífico Visbal ask Aureliano Buendía if he is Liberal or Conservative, he says that he is a Liberal because “Conservatives... (full context)
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Aureliano Buendía promises he will not reveal the secret plan, though he won’t participate. When they go... (full context)
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Aureliano Buendía goes to the house of Gerineldo Márquez and tells him they will go to war... (full context)
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Colonel Aureliano Buendía loses all 32 of the armed uprisings he organizes. He fathers 17 sons with 17... (full context)
Chapter 7
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Colonel Aureliano Buendía is taken prisoner two weeks before the end of the war. Only Colonel Gerineldo Márquez... (full context)
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Colonel Aureliano Buendía thinks back to the time of the war, remembering how the enemy had tried to... (full context)
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...sleep with the Captain because they are sure he will die soon. Word arrives that Colonel Aureliano Buendía must be killed in the next 24 hours. The guards lead him through the streets... (full context)
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...approach Riohacha, they determine that the revolutionary leader has been shot and the troops declare Colonel Aureliano Buendía their leader. By the time he has gathered an army of 2000 well-armed Indians, the... (full context)
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A year after Colonel Aureliano Buendía ’s flight, José Arcadio (I) and Rebeca had gone to live in the home that... (full context)
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The town of Macondo is under the impression that Colonel Aureliano Buendía holds power because of his 5,000 troops, but the colonel knows different. He believes the... (full context)
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Colonel Aureliano Buendía asks his friend Colonel Gerineldo Márquez why he is fighting. His friend responds that he... (full context)
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A letter arrives from Colonel Aureliano Buendía advising Úrsula to take good care of José Arcadio Buendía because he is going to... (full context)
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...and Aureliano José leaves with them. After the opposition announces the end of the war, Colonel Aureliano Buendía attempts several more revolts and continuing on his expeditions. (full context)
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...throne in her tribe for fear of the insomnia. She wanted her savings sent to Colonel Aureliano Buendía , but Úrsula doesn’t send them, having heard a rumor that the colonel has been... (full context)
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A woman arrives with a child she claims is the son of Colonel Aureliano Buendía , born with his eyes open and resembling his father. They christen him Aureliano with... (full context)
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...tries to run, but the captain shoots him, saying he only wishes that it were Colonel Aureliano Buendía instead. The captain is immediately shot and the Liberal party believes it has gained power. (full context)
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...are too hotheaded on their own. The regime won’t admit to a state of war. Colonel Aureliano Buendía seizes two states on the coast and returns to attack Macondo. General Moncada is disappointed... (full context)
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Colonel Aureliano Buendía replaces all of the Conservative laws with new ones. He reverts all the land his... (full context)
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...the execution of all of the regular army officers, including José Raquel Moncada. Úrsula begs Colonel Aureliano Buendía not to follow through, saying that the town had been its most peaceful under his... (full context)
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Colonel Gerineldo Márquez can see how empty the war is through his telegraphic conversations with Colonel Aureliano Buendía. As time passes, he can no longer identify the content from Colonel Aureliano Buendía, and... (full context)
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When Amaranta turns down Colonel Gerineldo Márquez for good, he has a call with Colonel Aureliano Buendía and tells him it’s raining in Macondo. Colonel Aureliano Buendía returns home, disinterested in the... (full context)
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Colonel Aureliano Buendía bristles at the way war has become normalized. A commission from the Liberal party arrives... (full context)
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...he allows Márquez to be shot, she will kill her son with her bare hands. Colonel Aureliano Buendía goes to his friend’s cell and releases him so that they can find a more... (full context)
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...Aureliano Segundo operate as mirrors of each other. Remedios the Beauty wanders the house naked. Colonel Aureliano Buendía looks at his mother, and all that she has gone through in her life, but... (full context)
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Pilar Ternera visits Colonel Aureliano Buendía and he is surprised at how old she is. On the fated morning, he joins... (full context)
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The bullet passed cleanly through Colonel Aureliano Buendía ’s chest without harming any organs. He immediately threatens war again trying to get pensions... (full context)
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Aureliano Segundo tries to learn how to create the gold fishes from Colonel Aureliano Buendía , but he grows quickly bored and returns to his livestock and Petra Cotes. He... (full context)
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Colonel Aureliano Buendía remains interested in only his gold fishes, shutting down all attempts to talk to him... (full context)
Chapter 11 
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A jubilee is held by the government for Colonel Aureliano Buendía , but none of the family attend. Seventeen men arrive to Macondo for the celebration.... (full context)
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When the sixteen sons of Colonel Aureliano Buendía return in February, Aureliano Triste recruits them to help repair the outside of Rebeca’s house.... (full context)
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...of Macondo know is that the gringos plan to plant banana trees. Two more of Colonel Aureliano Buendía ’s fifteen remote sons return because, they say, everyone is coming to Macondo. Remedios the... (full context)
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...only thing that overwhelms the talk of this miracle is the extermination of the Aurelianos. Colonel Aureliano Buendía had foreseen the tragedy. When he saw Mr. Brown arrive to town in the first... (full context)
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Colonel Aureliano Buendía thinks again that it was a mistake to end the war. A relative of his... (full context)
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The death of his sons causes rage, not sadness, in Colonel Aureliano Buendía. He halts production of his fishes and wanders the house aimlessly. He finds Úrsula in... (full context)
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Colonel Aureliano Buendía goes to Colonel Gerineldo Márquez to ask for help in starting the total war. Colonel... (full context)
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Úrsula reexamines her life and comes to the decision that Colonel Aureliano Buendía never loved anyone. She determines that he fought only out of sinful pride. She sees... (full context)
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The family pretends that Colonel Aureliano Buendía has died, until one day in October he goes to the street to watch a... (full context)
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When Colonel Aureliano Buendía wakes up, he sends away the barber reasoning that he can be shaved on Friday... (full context)
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Meme’s last vacations home occur while Colonel Aureliano Buendía is still being mourned. Fernanda and Aureliano Segundo have given birth to a new daughter... (full context)
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...her desires until she nearly acts out on them with her nephews. The way that Colonel Aureliano Buendía thought about his war until his death is the way that Amaranta thinks of her... (full context)
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...is able to keep the child a secret from everyone. She locks the child in Colonel Aureliano Buendía ’s old workshop and tells Santa Sofia de la Piedad and Amaranta Úrsula that she... (full context)
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...to thoroughly search it. An officer asks if he can take a golden fish from Colonel Aureliano Buendía ’s workshop as a relic. They ask to search Melquíades’s room again and turn on... (full context)
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...no food at all. He goes to show the children the encyclopedia, even claiming that Colonel Aureliano Buendía is featured there. When he goes out to the porch to sit with Fernanda afterward,... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...her own sayings back to her: “What did you expect? Time passes.” She responds with Colonel Aureliano Buendía ’s reply, “That’s how it goes, but not so much,” and realizes that time is... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...tatters, kept alive only by fear. It is Aureliano Amador, the only surviving son of Colonel Aureliano Buendía. José Arcadio (II) and Aureliano do not understand who he is though and refuse him... (full context)
Chapter 19
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...young men go to a brothel, which they continue to frequent together. When Aureliano discusses Colonel Aureliano Buendía , only his friend Gabriel Márquez believes him because he knows the man was a... (full context)
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...go to visit. Outside the entrance, an old woman exclaims, “Aureliano!” thinking she has seen Colonel Aureliano Buendía. It is Pilar Ternera, over 145 years old. Aureliano begins to visit her regularly to... (full context)