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Advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise.

J. R. R. Tolkien

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.

J. R. R. Tolkien

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

J. R. R. Tolkien

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

J. R. R. Tolkien

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

J. R. R. Tolkien

The deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.

J. R. R. Tolkien

But I expect they had lots of chances, like us, of turning back, only they didn't. And if they had, we shouldn't know, because they'd have been forgotten. We hear about those as just went on -- and not all to a good end, mind you; at least not to what folk inside a story and not outside it call a good end.

J. R. R. Tolkien

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

J. R. R. Tolkien

The world changes, and all that once was strong now proves unsure.

J. R. R. Tolkien

'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.'

J. R. R. Tolkien

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

J. R. R. Tolkien

With hope or without hope we will follow the trail of our enemies. And woe to them, if we prove the swifter!

J. R. R. Tolkien

Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.

J. R. R. Tolkien

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.

J. R. R. Tolkien

I love you. I used to pity your sorrow. But now, were you sorrowless, without fear or any lack, still i would love you.

J. R. R. Tolkien

The world has changed. I see it in the water. I feel it in the Earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost, For none now live who remember it.

J. R. R. Tolkien

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

J. R. R. Tolkien

Courage is found in unlikely places.

J. R. R. Tolkien

It's wisdom to recognize necessity, when all other courses have been weighed, though as folly it may appear to those who cling to false hope.

J. R. R. Tolkien

For though I do not ask for aid, we need it.

J. R. R. Tolkien

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

J. R. R. Tolkien

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

J. R. R. Tolkien

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

J. R. R. Tolkien

I have no help to send, therefore I must go myself.

J. R. R. Tolkien

Their Oath shall drive them, and yet betray them, and ever snatch away the very treasures that they have sworn to pursue.

J. R. R. Tolkien
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