November 30, 2016

J. R. R. Tolkien Quotes

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

“All that is gold does not glitter; not all those that wander are lost.”

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

“All your words are but to say: you are a woman, and your part is in the house. But when the men have died in battle and honour, you have leave to be burned in the house, for the men will need it no more. But I am of the House of Eorl and not a serving-woman. I can ride and wield blade, and I do not fear either pain or death.”

“Courage is found in unlikely places.”

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

“Elves seldom give unguarded advice, for advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill. But what would you? You have not told me all concerning yourself; and how then shall I choose better than you?”

“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.”

“Fantasy remains a human right: we make in our measure and in our derivative mode, because we are made: and not only made, but made in the image and likeness of a Maker.”

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

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

“His house was perfect, whether you liked food, or sleep, or work, or story-telling, or singing, or just sitting and thinking, best, or a pleasant mixture of them all.”

“I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations, and always have done since I grew old and wary enough to detect its presence.”

“I desired dragons with a profound desire. Of course, I in my timid body did not wish to have them in the neighborhood, intruding into my relatively safe world, in which it was, for instance, possible to read stories in peace of mind, free from fear. But the world that contained even the imagination of Fáfnir was richer and more beautiful, at whatever cost of peril.”

“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 speak no comfort to you, for there is no comfort for such pain within the circles of the world. The uttermost choice is before you: to repent and go to the Havens and bear away into the West the memory of our days together that shall there be evergreen but never more than memory; or else to abide the Doom of Men.”

“I think we shall have to give the region a name. What do you propose? The Porter settled that some time ago, said the Second Voice. Train for Niggle’s Parish in the bay.”

“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.”

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”

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

“It was like discovering a complete wine-filled cellar filled with bottles of an amazing wine of a kind and flavor never tasted before. It quite intoxicated me….”

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door, he used to say. You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

“It’s a gift! he said. He was referring to his art, and also to the result; but he was using the word quite literally.”

“It’s the job that’s never started takes longest to finish.”

“Little by little, one travels far.”

“Many that live deserve death. And some die that deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then be not too eager to deal out death in the name of justice, fearing for your own safety. Even the wise cannot see all ends.”

“My advice to all who have the time or inclination to concern themselves with the international language movement would be: ‘Back Esperanto loyally.”

“Nearly all marriages, even happy ones, are mistakes: in the sense that almost certainly (in a more perfect world, or even with a little more care in this very imperfect one) both partners might be found more suitable mates. But the real soul-mate is the one you are actually married to.”

“No language is justly studied merely as an aid to other purposes. It will in fact better serve other purposes, philological or historical, when it is studied for love, for itself.”

“Not all those who wander are lost.”

“One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.”

“Remember what Bilbo used to say: It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

“Some who have read the book, or at any rate have reviewed it, have found it boring, absurd, or contemptible; and I have no cause to complain, since I have similar opinions of their works, or of the kinds of writing that they evidently prefer.”

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

“The Hobbits are just rustic English people, made small in size because it reflects the generally small reach of their imagination.”

“The Road goes ever on and on Down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, And I must follow, if I can, Pursuing it with eager feet, Until it joins some larger way Where many paths and errands meet. And whither then? I cannot say.”

“There was once a little man called Niggle, who had a long journey to make. He did not want to go, indeed the whole idea was distasteful to him; but he could not get out of it. He knew he would have to start some time, but he did not hurry with his preparations.”

“There was one picture in particular which bothered him. It had begun with a leaf caught in the wind, and it became a tree; and the tree grew, sending out innumerable branches, and thrusting out the most fantastic roots.”

“Wars are not favourable to delicate pleasures.”

“You can only come to the morning through the shadows.”