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All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost.


Not all those who wander are lost.


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


Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate. Courage is found in unlikely places.


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


Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.


It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.


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.


The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out. Short cuts make long delays.


You have been chosen, and you must therefore use such strength and heart and wits as you have.


The proper study of Man is anything but Man; and the most improper job of any man, even saints (who at any rate were at least unwilling to take it on), is bossing other men. Not one in a million is fit for it, and least of all those who seek the opportunity.


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.


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


A box without hinges, key, or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hid.


Hobbits are an unobtrusive but very ancient people, more numerous formerly than they are today; for they love peace and quiet and good tilled earth: a well-ordered and well-farmed countryside was their favourite haunt.


So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their ending!


It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.


They say it is the first step that costs the effort. I do not find it so. I am sure I could write unlimited ‘first chapters’. I have indeed written many. Go not to the Elves for counsel, for they will say both no and yes.


A pen is to me as a beak is to a hen.


A safe fairyland is untrue to all worlds.


It may be the part of a friend to rebuke a friend’s folly.


I should like to save the Shire, if I could – though there have been times when I thought the inhabitants too stupid and dull for words, and have felt that an earthquake or an invasion of dragons might be good for them.


Myth and fairy-story must, as all art, reflect and contain in solution elements of moral and religious truth (or error), but not explicit, not in the known form of the primary ‘real’ world.

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