John Ronald Reuel Tolkien quotes

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“It's a job that's never started that takes the longest to finish.”

— John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

“The Hobbits are just rustic English people, made small in size because it reflects the generally small reach of their imagination.”

— John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.”

— John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

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

— John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

“Little by little, one travels far.”

— John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

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

— John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

“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.”

— John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

“It's a dangerous business going out your front door.”

— John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

“Many that live deserve death. And some die that deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then be not too eager to deal out death in the name of justice, fearing for your own safety. Even the wise cannot see all ends.”

— John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

“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.”

— John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

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

— John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

“I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations, and always have done since I grew old and wary enough to detect its presence.”

— John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

“All that is gold does not glitter; not all those that wander are lost.”

— John Ronald Reuel Tolkien