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    j. r. r. tolkien Quotes

    Adventures make one late for supper.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: adventure 
     
    Tell me, who are you, alone, yourself and nameless?
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: alone 
     
    What punishments of God are not gifts?
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: god  punishment 
     
    The greater part of the truth is always hidden, in regions out of the reach of cynicism.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: truth 
     
    A criminal who, having renounced reason ... hath, by the unjust violence and slaughter he hath committed upon one, declared war against all mankind, and therefore may be destroyed as a lion or tiger, one of those wild savage beasts with whom men can have no society nor security. JOHN LOCKE, Second Treatise of Civil Government Do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    This of course is the way to talk to dragons, if you don't want to reveal your proper name which is wise, and don't want to infuriate them by a flat refusal which is also very wise. No dragon can resist the fascination of riddling talk and of wasting time to trying to understand it.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: time  dragon  wise 
     
    It never does to leave a live Dragon out of the equation.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: live  dragon 
     
    You have to understand the good in things, to detect the real evil.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: evil  real 
     
    The main mark of modern governments is that we do not know who governs, de facto any more than de jure. We see the politician and not his backer; still less the backer of the backer; or, what is most important of all, the banker of the backer.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: government  banker 
     
    Fantasy (in this sense) is, I think, not a lower but a higher form of Art, indeed the most nearly pure form, and so (when achieved) the most potent.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: fantasy 
     
    Long ago certain truths were discovered... And must always reappear.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: truth 
     
    Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again shall be king.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: broken 
     
    The realm of Suaron is ended!' said Gandalf. 'The Ring-bearer has fulfilled his Quest
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    A year shall I endure for every day that passes until you return.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: year 
     
    For the rest, they shall represent the other Free Peoples of the World: Elves, Dwarves, and Men, Legolas shall be for the Elves; and Gimli son of Gloin for the Dwarves. They are willing to go at least to the passes of the Mountains, and maybe beyond. For Men you shall have Aragorn son of Arathorn, for the Ring of Isildur concerns him closely
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: men  son 
     
    "We will make such a chase as shall be accounted a marvel among the Three Kindreds: Elves, Dwarves and Men. Forth the Three Hunters!" Like a deer he sprang away. Through the trees he sped. On and on he led them, tireless and swift, now that his mind was at last made up. The woods about the lake they left behind. Long slopes they climbed, dark, hard-edged against the sky already red with sunset. They passed away, grey shadows in a stony land.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: men  dark  sky  mind 
     
    Splendid! They used to go up like great lilies and snapdragons and laburnums of fire and hang in the twilight all evening!
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: fire 
     
    It is mine to give to whom I will, like my heart.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: heart 
     
    The rule of no realm is mine. But all worthy things that are in peril as the world now stands, those are my care. And for my part, I shall not wholly fail in my task if anything that passes through this night can still grow fairer or bear fruit and flower again in days to come. For I too am a steward. Did you not know?
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: world  night  care  flowers  rules  fail 
     
    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
    tags: enemies  enemy  hope 
     
    Few can foresee whither their road will lead them, till they come to its end.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    I dislike allegory wherever I smell it.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    I am wholly in favour of 'dull stodges'. A surprising large proportion prove 'educable': for which a primary qualification is the willingness to do work.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: work 
     
    I sit beside the fire and think of people long ago, and of people who will see a world that I shall never know.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: people  world  fire 
     
    Who cannot understand your silence, cannot understand your words.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: silence 
     
    Valour needs first strength, then a weapon.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: strength 
     
    Look, up at the sky. There is a light, a beauty up there, that no shadow can touch
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: beauty  sky 
     
    See your road through.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    It was just as the 1914 War burst on me that I made the discovery that 'legends' depend on the language to which they belong; but a living language depends equally on the 'legends' which it conveys by tradition. ... Volapuk, Esperanto, Ido, Novial, &c &c are dead, far deader than ancient unused languages, because their authors never invented any Esperanto legends...
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    I have the hatred of apartheid in my bones...
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: hatred 
     
    I should say that, in addition to my tree - love (it was originally called The Tree), it arose from my own pre-occupation with the Lord of the Rings , the knowledge that it would be finished in great detail or not at all, and the fear (near certainty ) that it would be 'not at all'. The war had arisen to darken all horizons. But no such analyses are a complete explanation even of a short story...
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: fear  war  stories 
     
    My advice to all who have the time or inclination to concern themselves with the international language movement would be: 'Back Esperanto loyally.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: time  advice  language 
     
    Wars are not favourable to delicate pleasures.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: pleasure  war 
     
    Many evil things there are that your strong walls and bright swords do not stay.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: evil  strong 
     
    But it seems that the wind is setting East, and the withering of all Woods may be drawing near.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    Much of the same sort of degraded and filthy talk can still be heard among the orc-minded; dreary and repetitive with hatred and contempt, too long removed from good to retain even verbal vigour, save in the ears of those to whom only the squalid sounds strong.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: hatred  strong 
     
    And the Ring is so heavy, Sam. I begin to see it in my mind all the time, like a great wheel of fire.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: time  fire  mind 
     
    We are never late. We arrive precisely when we mean to.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    The Darkness has begun. There will be no dawn.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: darkness 
     
    The world changes, and all that once was strong now proves unsure.
    — J. R. R. Tolkien
    tags: world  strong 
     
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