“There’s something about this area – the lake and the land around it – that’s like a haven. I’m not hiding from the skyscrapers and parking lots and the craziness of the rest of the world by living here year round. I’m just, like, getting closer to the real world.”
-Charles de Lint – Mulengro (Orb 2003)
“In a world as pessimistic as this has become, that collective story is all that’s left to guide people through the encroaching dark. It serves to create a sense of options, the possibility of permanence out of nothing.”
-Charles de Lint – “The Conjure Man” In The Very Best of Charles de Lint.
“I think their stories are what got me writing. First in journals, accounts as truthful as I could make them, then as stories where actuality is stretched and manipulated, because the lies in fiction are such an effective way to tell emotional truths.”
-Charles de Lint – The Fields Beyond the Fields. In The Very Best of Charles de Lint.
“You just have to pay attention. If you don’t you’ll miss them, or see something else – something you expected to see rather than what was really there. Fairy voices become just the wind, a bodach,… scurrying across the street becomes just a piece of litter caught in the backwash of a bus.”
-Charles de Lint – In The House of My Enemy In The Very Best of Charles de Lint.
“That’s all we are. Just stories. You and me, everybody, we’re a set of stories, and what these stories are is what makes us what we are…. Same thing for a tribe and a city and a nation and a world. It’s all these stories and how they braid together that tells us who and what and where we are. We got to stop forgetting and get back to remembering. We got to stop asking for things, stop waiting for people to give us the things we think we need. All we really need is the stories. We have the stories and they’ll give us the one thing nobody else can, the thing we can only take for ourselves, because there’s nobody can give you back your pride. You’ve got to take it back yourself. You lose your pride and you lose everything. We don’t want to know the stories, because we don’t want to remember. But we’ve got to take the good with the bad and make ourselves whole again, be proud again. A proud people can never be defeated. They lose battles, but they’ll never lose the war, because for them to lose the war you’ve got to go out and kill each and every one of them, everybody with even a drop of the blood. And even then, the stories will go on.”
-Charles de Lint – “Coyote Stories” In The Very Best of Charles de Lint.