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The Lord of the Rings Quotes

40 of the best book quotes from The Lord of the Rings
  1. #1
    “The counsel of Gandalf was not founded on foreknowledge of safety, for himself or for others,” said Aragorn. “There are some things that it is better to begin than to refuse, even though the end may be dark.”
  2. #2
    “In this hour, I do not believe that any darkness will endure.”
  3. #3
    “You cannot pass,” he said. The orcs stood still, and a dead silence fell. “I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor. You cannot pass. The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udûn. Go back to the Shadow! You cannot pass.”
  4. #4
    “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.”
  5. #5
    He is in great fear, not knowing what mighty one may suddenly appear, wielding the Ring, and assailing him with war, seeking to cast him down and take his place. That we should wish to cast him down and have no one in his place is not a thought that occurs to his mind. That we should try to destroy the Ring itself has not yet entered into his darkest dream.
  6. #6
    “The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.”
  7. #7
    “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.”
  8. #8
    “His grief he will not forget; but it will not darken his heart, it will teach him wisdom.”
  1. #9
    “All’s well that ends better.”
  2. #10
    “And then her heart changed, or at least she understood it; and the winter passed, and the sun shone upon her.”
  3. #11
    “It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.”
  4. #12
    “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.”
  5. #13
    “I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.”
  6. #14
    Let folly be our cloak, a veil before the eyes of the Enemy! For he is very wise, and weighs all things to a nicety in the scales of his malice. But the only measure that he knows is desire, desire for power; and so he judges all hearts. Into his heart the thought will not enter that any will refuse it, that having the Ring we may seek to destroy it. If we seek this, we shall put him out of reckoning.
  7. #15
    With a terrible cry the Balrog fell forward, and its shadow plunged down and vanished. But even as it fell it swung its whip, and the thongs lashed and curled about the wizard’s knees, dragging him to the brink. He staggered and fell, grasped vainly at the stone, and slid into the abyss. ‘Fly, you fools!’ he cried, and was gone.
  8. #16
    He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.
  1. #17
    “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.”
  2. #18
    “I am with you at present,” said Gandalf, “but soon I shall not be. I am not coming to the Shire. You must settle its affairs yourselves; that is what you have been trained for. Do you not yet understand? My time is over: it is no longer my task to set things to rights, nor to help folk to do so. And as for you, my dear friends, you will need no help. You are grown up now. Grown indeed very high; among the great you are, and I have no longer any fear at all for any of you.”
  3. #19
    “Oft hope is born when all is forlorn.”
  4. #20
    To me it would not seem that a Steward who faithfully surrenders his charge is diminished in love or in honour.
  5. #21
    “May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.”
  6. #22
    “Courage is found in unlikely places.”
  7. #23
    It is not our part here to take thought only for a season, or for a few lives of Men, or for a passing age of the world. We should seek a final end of this menace, even if we do not hope to make one.
  8. #24
    The treacherous are ever distrustful.
  1. #25
    Then darkness took me, and I strayed out of thought and time, and I wandered far on roads that I will not tell. Naked I was sent back – for a brief time, until my task is done.
  2. #26
    It is a comfort not to be mistaken at all points. Do I not know it only too well!
  3. #27
    “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.”
  4. #28
    “It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.”
  5. #29
    “Short cuts make long delays.”
  6. #30
    “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.”
  7. #31
    “Not all those who wander are lost.”
  8. #32
    “You are wise and powerful. Will you not take the Ring?”
    “No!” cried Gandalf, springing to his feet. “With that power I should have power too great and terrible. And over me the Ring would gain a power still greater and more deadly.” His eyes flashed and his face was lit as by a fire within. “Do not tempt me! For I do not wish to become like the Dark Lord himself. Yet the way of the Ring to my heart is by pity, pity for weakness and the desire of strength to do good. Do not tempt me! I dare not take it, not even to keep it safe, unused. The wish to wield it would be too great for my strength. I shall have such need of it. Great perils lie before me.”
  1. #33
    “It is useless to meet revenge with revenge; it will heal nothing.”
  2. #34
    “What a pity that Bilbo did not stab that vile creature, when he had a chance!”
    “Pity? It was Pity that stayed his hand. Pity, and Mercy: not to strike without need. And he has been well rewarded, Frodo. Be sure that he took so little hurt from the evil, and escaped in the end, because he began his ownership of the Ring so. With Pity.”
  3. #35
    “Deep is the abyss that is spanned by Durin’s Bridge, and none has measured it,” said Gimli.
    “Yet it has a bottom, beyond light and knowledge,” said Gandalf.
  4. #36
    “Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.”
  5. #37
    “It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.”
  6. #38
    “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.”
  7. #39
    “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.”
  8. #40
    “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.”
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