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J.R.R. Tolkien Quotes

36 of the best book quotes from J.R.R. Tolkien
  1. #1
    “Not all those who wander are lost.”
  2. #2
    “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.”
  3. #3
    “Never laugh at live dragons...”
    author
    Tolkien
    book
    The Hobbit
    character
    Bilbo
    concept
    Humor
  4. #4
    “It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.”
  5. #5
    “Courage is found in unlikely places.”
  6. #6
    “War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.”
  7. #7
    “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.”
  8. #8
    “Deserves it! I daresay he does. 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.”
  9. #9
    “The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.”
  10. #10
    “Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.”
  11. #11
    “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
    author
    Tolkien
    book
    The Hobbit
    character
    Thorin
    concepts
    Being HappyFood
  12. #12
    “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.”
  13. #13
    “I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
  14. #14
    “Short cuts make long delays.”
  15. #15
    “I was talking aloud to myself. A habit of the old: they choose the wisest person present to speak to.”
    author
    Tolkien
    book
    The Two Towers
    character
    Gandalf
    concept
    Humor
  16. #16
    “His grief he will not forget; but it will not darken his heart, it will teach him wisdom.”
  17. #17
    “All’s well that ends better.”
  18. #18
    “And then her heart changed, or at least she understood it; and the winter passed, and the sun shone upon her.”
  19. #19
    “Go back?” he thought. “No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!” So up he got, and trotted along with his little sword held in front of him and one hand feeling the wall, and his heart all of a patter and a pitter.”
    author
    Tolkien
    book
    The Hobbit
    character
    Bilbo
    concept
    Courage
  20. #20
    “Oft hope is born when all is forlorn.”
  21. #21
    “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.”
  22. #22
    “I warn you, if you bore me, I shall take my revenge.”
  23. #23
    “Where there’s life there’s hope.”
    author
    Tolkien
    book
    The Hobbit
    concept
    Life
  24. #24
    “May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.”
    author
    Tolkien
    book
    The Hobbit
    character
    Gandalf
    concept
    Life
  25. #25
    “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”
    author
    Tolkien
    book
    The Hobbit
    character
    Thorin
    concept
    Life
  26. #26
    “May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.”
  27. #27
    “A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it.”
    author
    Tolkien
    book
    The Children of Húrin
    character
    Sador
    concept
    Fear
  28. #28
    “In this hour, I do not believe that any darkness will endure.”
  29. #29
    “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.”
  30. #30
    “Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?”
    author
    Tolkien
    book
    The Hobbit
    character
    Gandalf
    concept
    Humor
  31. #31
    “I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.”
  32. #32
    “The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.”
  33. #33
    “And he took her in his arms and kissed her under the sunlit sky, and he cared not that they stood high upon the walls in the sight of many.”
  34. #34
    “It is useless to meet revenge with revenge; it will heal nothing.”
  35. #35
    “It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.”
  36. #36
    “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.”
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