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Charles de Lint

Geburtstag: 22. Dezember 1951

Charles de Lint ist ein kanadischer Fantasy-Autor und Musiker.

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„Their hearts swelled with its beauty, its mystery. With all it revealed, and all that it hid.“

—  Charles de Lint

Part Two: The Lost Music, "The Touchstone" p. 507
The Little Country (1991)
Kontext: They stood and listened, arms around each other for comfort, as the sound washed over them. It reverberated in the marrow of their bones, sung high and sweet, heartbreakingly mournful, quick as a jig, slow as the saddest air. Their hearts swelled with its beauty, its mystery. With all it revealed, and all that it hid.

„Everybody makes the same mistake. Fortune-telling doesn't reveal the future; it mirrors the present.“

—  Charles de Lint

"Paperjack" in Dreams Underfoot : The Newford Collection (2003), p. 396
Kontext: Everybody makes the same mistake. Fortune-telling doesn't reveal the future; it mirrors the present. It resonates against what your subconscious already knows and hauls it up out of the darkness so you can get a good look at it.

„I love this world … That is what rules my life.“

—  Charles de Lint

Goninan in Part One: The Hidden People, "Border Spirit" p. 336
The Little Country (1991)
Kontext: I love this world … That is what rules my life. When I die, I want to have done all in my power to leave it in a better state than it was in when I found it. At the same time I know that this can never be. The world has grown so complex that one voice can do little to alter it any longer. That doesn't stop me from doing what I can but it makes the task hard. The successes are so small, the failures so large and many. It's like trying to stem a storm with one's bare hands.

„Let it go on record that any confusion arose simply because we lacked certain commonalities of reference.“

—  Charles de Lint

“Where Desert Spirits Crowd the Night”, p. 265
The Ivory and the Horn (1996)
Kontext: “You’re confusing me.”
“But not deliberately so,” Coyote says. “Let it go on record that any confusion arose simply because we lacked certain commonalities of reference.”

„Like legend and myth, magic fades when it is unused“

—  Charles de Lint

hence all the old tales of elfin Kingdoms moving further and further away from our world, or that magical beings require our faith, our belief in their existence, to survive. … That is a lie. All they require is our recognition.
Goninan in Part One: The Hidden People, "Border Spirit" p. 337
The Little Country (1991)

„I don't care what they might think of me; but I don't want lies about my life used to invalidate the stories. My characters seem real because they are drawn from the realities of my life.“

—  Charles de Lint

"Journal Entries", p. 188
Memory and Dream (1994)
Kontext: I don't know why I care what people write about me after I'm dead, except that since I invest so much of my time telling the truth in my fiction, I'd hate to see someone play fast and loose with the pieces of my life. I don't care what they might think of me; but I don't want lies about my life used to invalidate the stories. My characters seem real because they are drawn from the realities of my life. I didn't have to research their pain; I just tapped into my own.

„While you live … you have a duty to life. … The fey wonders of the world only exist while there are those with the sight to see them. … Otherwise they fade away.“

—  Charles de Lint

Quelle: Into the Green (1993), p. 26; This has also been misquoted as "The few wonders of the world only exist while there are those with the sight to see them."

„No matter the semantics, they are of a kind and it is legend and myth that binds us all together.“

—  Charles de Lint

Goninan in Part One: The Hidden People, "Border Spirit" p. 336
The Little Country (1991)
Kontext: Legend and myth are what we use to describe what we don't comprehend. They are out attempts to make the impossible, possible — at least insofar as our spirits interact with the spirit of the world, or if that is too animistic for you, then let's use Jung's terminology and call it our racial subconscious. No matter the semantics, they are of a kind and it is legend and myth that binds us all together. … Through them, through their retellings, and through those version that are called religion while they are current, we are taught Truth and we attempt to understand Mystery.

„It's the questions we ask, the journey we take to get to where we are going that is more important than the actual answer.“

—  Charles de Lint

"Paperjack" in Dreams Underfoot : The Newford Collection (2003), p. 396
Kontext: It's the questions we ask, the journey we take to get to where we are going that is more important than the actual answer. It's good to have mysteries. It reminds us that there's more to the world than just making do and having a bit of fun.

„Legend and myth are what we use to describe what we don't comprehend.“

—  Charles de Lint

Goninan in Part One: The Hidden People, "Border Spirit" p. 336
The Little Country (1991)
Kontext: Legend and myth are what we use to describe what we don't comprehend. They are out attempts to make the impossible, possible — at least insofar as our spirits interact with the spirit of the world, or if that is too animistic for you, then let's use Jung's terminology and call it our racial subconscious. No matter the semantics, they are of a kind and it is legend and myth that binds us all together. … Through them, through their retellings, and through those version that are called religion while they are current, we are taught Truth and we attempt to understand Mystery.

„I had the same questions for Superman as I did for God: If he was so powerful, why didn’t he deal with some real problems?“

—  Charles de Lint

“Bird Bones and Wood Ash”, p. 169
The Ivory and the Horn (1996)
Kontext: I had the same questions for Superman as I did for God: If he was so powerful, why didn’t he deal with some real problems? Why didn’t he stop wars, feed the starving in Ethiopia, cure cancer? At least God had the Church to do His PR work for Him — if you can buy their reasoning, they have any number of explanations ranging from how the troubles of this life build character to that inarguable catchall, “God’s will.” And the crap in this life sure makes heaven look good.
When I was growing up, the writers and artists of Superman never even tried to deal with the problem. And since they didn’t, I could only see Superman as a monster, not a hero. I couldn’t believe his battles with criminals, superpowered geniuses and the like.
I never believed in God either.

„Remember the quiet wonders. The world has more need of them than it has for warriors.“

—  Charles de Lint, buch Moonheart

Moonheart (1994), p. 386
Kontext: Remember the quiet wonders. The world has more need of them than it has for warriors. And this I will tell you as well: One cannot seek to uphold honor in a being that has none.

„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", p. 186
Memory and Dream (1994)
Kontext: I've always had these bouts of depression; I hide them well but doesn't mean they aren't there. … I didn't have anyone around for whom I had to put on a cheerful mask. The thing with pretending you're in a good mood is that sometimes you can actually trick yourself into feeling better.

„But this was different. He could sense something here, within the circle cast by the light of the fire. A presence.
Presences…“

—  Charles de Lint

Quelle: Into the Green (1993), Ch. 36 p. 233
Kontext: He had seen trances before — wise men far in the east, who could feign death; a herbwife as she bent over her patient, searching for invisible hurts.
But this was different. He could sense something here, within the circle cast by the light of the fire. A presence.
Presences...

„It may sound trite, but using the weapons of the enemy, no matter how good one's intentions, makes one the enemy.“

—  Charles de Lint

Goninan in Part One: The Hidden People, "Border Spirit" p. 336
The Little Country (1991)

„I'm not Chinese. I thrive in interesting times.“

—  Charles de Lint

Someplace to be Flying (2005), p. 130

„By enlarging your knowledge of things, you will find your knowledge of self is enlarged.“

—  Charles de Lint

“The Pochade Box”, p. 318
The Ivory and the Horn (1996)

„That's the thing with magic. You've got to know it's still here, all around us, or it just stays invisible for you.“

—  Charles de Lint

"Ghosts of Wind and Shadow" in Dreams Underfoot : The Newford Collection (2003), p. 183

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