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J. R. R. Tolkien Quotes


John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was an English author and philologist.
(1892 - 1973)

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A box without hinges, key, or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hid.
 

Courage is found in unlikely places.
 

Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.
 

Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.
 

Generous deed should not be checked by cold counsel.
 

Go not to the elves for counsel, for they will say both yes and no.
 

I am told that I talk in shorthand and then smudge it.
 

I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.
 

I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.
 

I wish life was not so short, he thought. languages take such a time, and so do all the things one wants to know about.
 

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
 

It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.
 

It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.
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It's the job that's never started as takes longest to finish.
 

Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.
 

Not all who wander are lost.
 

Short cuts make delays, but inns make longer ones.
 

Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate.
 

Such is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere.
 

The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.
 


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