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    j. r. r. tolkien Quotes

    Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: fantasy 
     
    I have an unsatisfied desire to shoot well with a bow.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: desires 
     
    We don't want any adventures here! You might try over the Hill or Across the Water.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: adventure  water 
     
    Those were happier days, when there was still close friendship at times between folk of different race, even between Dwarves and Elves.' It was not the fault of the Dwarves that the friendship waned,' said Gimli. I have not heard that it was the fault of the Elves,' said Legolas. I have heard both,' said Gandalf[.]
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: friendship  time  race 
     
    It gives me great pleasure, a good name. I always in writing start with a name. Give me a name and it produces a story, not the other way about normally.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    Life is rather above the measure of us all (save for a very few perhaps). We all need literature that is above our measure-though we may not have sufficient energy for it all the time.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: time  energy  literature 
     
    There is no ship now that can bear me hence
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    The greatest adventure is what lies ahead
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: adventure  lies 
     
    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
    tags: world  care  real  marriage 
     
    It is mine, I tell you. My own. My precious. Yes, my precious.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    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.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: comfort 
     
    Never laugh at live dragons.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: live  dragon 
     
    Eastward the dawn rose, ridge behind ridge into the morning, and vanished out of eyesight into guess; it was no more than a glimmer blending with the hem of the sky, but it spoke to them, out of the memory and old tales, of the high and distant mountains.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: memory  sky 
     
    He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: wisdom  path 
     
    The romantic chivalric tradition takes, or at any rate has in the past taken, the young man's eye off women as they are, as companions in shipwreck not guiding stars.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: women  past  young  star  companion  eyes  romantic 
     
    Stir not the bitterness in the cup that I mixed for myself,' said Denethor. 'Have I not tasted it now many nights upon my tongue, foreboding that worse lay in the dregs?
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: night 
     
    Where did you go to, if I may ask?' said Thorin to Gandalf as they rode along. To look ahead,' said he. And what brought you back in the nick of time?' Looking behind,' said he.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    True courage is about knowing not when to take a life, but when to spare one.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: true  knowing  courage 
     
    The Nazgul they were; the Ringwraiths, the Enemy's most terribly servants; darkness went with them and they cried with the voices of death.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: death  darkness 
     
    To whatever end. Where is the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing? They have passed like rain on the mountains. Like wind in the meadow. The days have gone down in the west. Behind the hills, into shadow. How did it come to this?
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: gone  rain 
     
    Maybe the paths that you each shall tread are already laid before your feet though you do not see them
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: path 
     
    Cold be hand and heart and bone, and cold be sleep under stone: never more to wake on stony bed, never, till the Sun fails and the Moon is dead. In the black wind the stars shall die, and still on gold here let them lie, till the dark lord lifts his hand over dead sea and withered land.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: heart  lies  sleep  star  dark  die  moon  black  fail 
     
    He found himself wondering at times, especially in the autumn, about the wild lands, and strange visions of mountains that he had never seen came into his dreams.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: time  wild  vision  dreams 
     
    Adventures only make you late for dinner.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: adventure 
     
    Hobbits delighted in such things, if they were accurate; they liked to have books filled with things that they already knew, set out fair and square with no contradictions.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: book 
     
    Tears unnumbered ye shall shed....
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: tears 
     
    American English is essentially English after having been wiped off with a dirty sponge.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: american 
     
    It seemed like all the way to tomorrow and over it to the days beyond.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: tomorrow 
     
    I will not give you counsel, saying do this, or do that. For not in doing or contriving, nor in choosing between this course and another, can I avail; but only in knowing what was and is, and in part also what shall be.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: knowing  saying 
     
    For so sworn good or evil an oath may not be broken and it shall pursue oathkeeper and oathbreaker to the world's end.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: evil  world  broken 
     
    I want to be a healer, and love all things that grow and are not barren.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    I am old, Gandalf. I don't look it, but I am beginning to feel it in my heart of hearts. Well-preserved indeed! Why, I feel all thin, sort of stretched, if you know what I mean: like butter that has been scraped over too much bread. That can't be right. I need a change, or something.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: heart  right 
     
    For the less even as for the greater there is some deed that he may accomplish but once only; and in that deed his heart shall rest.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: heart 
     
    Eomer said, 'How is a man to judge what to do in such times?' As he has ever judged,' said Aragorn. 'Good and evil have not changed since yesteryear, nor are they one thing among Elves and another among Men. It is a man's part to discern them, as much in the Golden Wood as in his own house.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: evil  men 
     
    grows like a seed in the dark out of the leaf-mould of the mind: out of all that has been seen or thought or read, that has long ago been forgotten, descending into the deeps.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: thoughts  dark  read 
     
    There are other men, and other lives, and time still to be.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: time  men  live 
     
    Don't the great tales never end?" "No, they never end as tales," said Frodo. "But the people in them come, and go when their part's ended. Our part will end later " or sooner.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: people 
     
    Where there are so many, all speech becomes a debate without end. But two together may perhaps find wisdom.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: speech  wisdom 
     
    I hope I never smell the smell of apples again!" said Fili. "My tub was full of ut. To smell apples everlastingly when you can scarcely move and are cold and sick with hunger is maddening. I could eat anything in the wide world now for hours on end - but not an apple!
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: world  hunger  hope 
     
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