I started reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez's books in my late teens. There's no way to say this without sounding dramatic, but his writing transformed me in my youth. Later, I discovered his journalism, which of course took on new meaning when I started working as a journalist, and I was inspired all over again. Garcia Marquez was as natural a journalist as he was a writer, and his thoughts on journalism, written in an article for the Index of Censorship magazine in 1997, ring so true and are so firmly what I believe:
"... “investigative” journalism is not something special, but that all journalism must, by definition, be investigative ... awareness that ethics are not merely an occasional condition of the trade, but an integral part, as essentially a part of each other as the buzz and the horsefly"
And I'll leave you with this quote, from Love in the Time of Cholera:
"It is life, more than death, that has no limits"