February 13, 2006

"Forests of the Heart"

by Charles de Lint

Meaningful Quotes:
Mysteries break the patterns we impose upon the world - or maybe let us see them more clearly for a change.

Death is the gift we offer to the world in thanks for the life it has given us. But no one should see it out.

Luck is sweet, a gift, a loan. When you have made your use of it, it goes on, undiminished. Power is finite and when one has it, it means another doesn't.

The original instructions of the creator are universal and valid for all time. The essence of these instructions is compassion for all life and love for all creation. We must realize that we don't live in a world of dead matter, but in a universe of living spirit. Let us open our eyes to the sacredness of mother earth, or our eyes will be opened for us.

You must be careful of all the parts of yourself that you discard. It might make you feel good and strong, denying hatred and anger and whatever other base emotions you manage to set aside. But remember this: They can take on a life of their own. Better to hold these things inside, to accept that you feel such things the same as any other does, rather than deny them.

But, even those of us with less extraordinary origins - aren't we all pieces of those who came before us? We carry the bloodlines of our ancestors and we form our beliefs from what we learn from others as much as from what we experience ourselves. What is important is who we become - despite our origins as much as because of them.

Other books by Charles de Lint:
Spirits in the Wires
The Onion Girl
Moonlight and Vines