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Quotes of the day: J.R.R. Tolkien

Published Friday, January 03, 2014 @ 3:35 AM EST
Jan 03 2014

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE (January 3, 1892 - September 2, 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it.

A safe fairyland is untrue to all worlds.

A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.

Advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill.

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost.

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.

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

Fair speech may hide a foul heart.

Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.

False hopes are more dangerous than fears.

Fear both the heat and the cold of your heart, and try to have patience, if you can.

He who breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.

His grief he will not forget; but it will not darken his heart, it will teach him wisdom

I believe that legends and myths are largely made of 'truth.'

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 warn you, if you bore me, I shall take my revenge.

I was talking aloud to myself. A habit of the old: they choose the wisest person present to speak to.

I will not say, do not weep, for not all tears are an evil.

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

In sorrow we must go, but not in despair. Behold! we are not bound for ever to the circles of the world, and beyond them is more than memory.

It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit.

It is perilous to study too deeply the arts of the Enemy, for good or for ill.

It's a dangerous business going out your front door.

It's the job that's never started as takes longest to finish.

Little by little, one travels far.

Living by faith includes the call to something greater than cowardly self-preservation.

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 judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.

Men's hearts are not often as bad as their acts, and very seldom as bad as their words.

Never laugh at live dragons.

Pay heed to the tales of old wives. It may well be that they alone keep in memory what it was once needful for the wise to know.

The world is full enough of hurts and mischances without wars to multiply them.

There is some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for.

Where there's life there's hope.

You can only come to the morning through the shadows.

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