CHARLES DE LINT QUOTES

Canadian writer (1951- )

Charles de Lint quote

I don't think the world works on merit.

CHARLES DE LINT, The Onion Girl

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I've always been aware of the otherworld, of spirits that exist in that twilight place that lies in the corner of our eyes, of fairie and stranger things still that we spy only when we're not really paying attention to them, whispers and flickering shadows, here one moment, gone the instant we turn our heads for a closer look. But I couldn't always find them. And when I did, for a long time I thought they were only this excess of imagination that I carry around inside me, that somehow it was leaking out of me into the world.

CHARLES DE LINT, The Onion Girl

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God doesn't do anything to us. He doesn't have to. We're too busy doing it to each other.

CHARLES DE LINT, The Onion Girl

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I don't want to live in the kind of world where we don't look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand. I cant change the way anybody else thinks, or what they choose to do, but I can do my bit.

CHARLES DE LINT, Someplace to Be Flying

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The trouble with advice is that it's usually something you don't want to hear.

CHARLES DE LINT, The Onion Girl

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You can't stand up to the night until you understand what's hiding in its shadows.

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Sculptors, poets, painters, musicians--they're the traditional purveyors of Beauty. But it can as easily be created by a gardener, a farmer, a plumber, a careworker.

CHARLES DE LINT, The Onion Girl

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We're so quick to cut away pieces of ourselves to suit a particular relationship, a job, a circle of friends, incessantly editing who we are until we fit in.

CHARLES DE LINT, Happily Ever After

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There's stories and then there's stories. The ones with any worth change your life forever, perhaps only in a small way, but once you've heard them, they are forever a part of you. You nurture them and pass them on, and the giving only makes you feel better. The others are just words on a page.

CHARLES DE LINT, Dreams Underfoot

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The thing with pretending you're in a good mood is that sometimes you can actually trick yourself into feeling better.

CHARLES DE LINT, "Journal Entries", Memory and Dream

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When you're touched by magic, nothing's ever quite the same again. What really makes me sad is all those people who never have the chance to know that touch. They're too busy, or they just don't hold with make-believe, so they shut the door without really knowing it was there to be opened in the first place.

CHARLES DE LINT, What the Mouse Found and Other Stories

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The trouble with magic is that there's too much it just can't fix. When things go wrong, glimpsing junkyard faerie and crows that can turn into girls and back again doesn't help much. The useful magic's never at hand. The three wishes and the genies in bottles, seven-league boots, invisible cloaks and all. They stay in the stories, while out here in the wide world we have to muddle through as best we can on our own.

CHARLES DE LINT, The Onion Girl

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People who've never read fairy tales ... have a harder time coping in life than the people who have. They don't have access to all the lessons that can be learned from the journeys through the dark woods and the kindness of strangers treated decently, the knowledge that can be gained from the company and example of Donkeyskins and cats wearing boots and steadfast tin soldiers. I'm not talking about in-your-face lessons, but more subtle ones. The kind that seep up from your subconscious and give you moral and humane structures for your life. That teach you how to prevail, and trust. And maybe even to love.

CHARLES DE LINT, The Onion Girl

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You back down and they're gonna walk all over you. Not just today, but every goddamn day.

CHARLES DE LINT, The Onion Girl

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I believe in a different kind of magic. The kind we make between each other.

CHARLES DE LINT, The Onion Girl

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You know how we'd get along better? If everybody'd just remember how we're all related. White, black, Asian, skin. No difference. All the bloodlines go back to that one old mama in Africa.

CHARLES DE LINT, The Onion Girl

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What I want to do is travel deep and deeper into the dreamlands, to find that place that I know is waiting for me here. My home.

CHARLES DE LINT, The Onion Girl

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I don't know what's waiting for us when we die--something better, something worse. I only know I'm not ready to find out yet.

CHARLES DE LINT, The Onion Girl

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Children are the brightest treasures we bring forth into this world, but too large a percentage of the population continues to treat them as inconveniences and nuisances, when they're not treating them as possessions or toys.

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Thing is, while I know better, I like sounding ignorant. Talk like this and people figure you're about as dumb as a fencepost, which suits me fine. Makes it all that much easier to take advantage of 'em.

CHARLES DE LINT, The Onion Girl

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