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|Wise Quotes from Tolkien's Books |
He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.
Even the most subtle spiders may leave a weak thread.
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.
It is wisdom to recognize necessity, when all other courses have been weighed, though as folly it may appear to those who cling to false hope. Well, 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 this 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.
Only a small part is played in great deeds by any hero.
A treacherous weapon is ever a danger to the hand.
It is wisdom to recognize necessity, when all other courses have been weighed, though as folly it may appear to those who cling to false hope.
The wise speak only of what they know
To crooked eyes truth may wear a wry face.
The treacherous are ever distrustful
He cannot be both tyrant and counsellor. (about Saruman)
Often does hatred hurt itself!
Perilous to us all are the devices of an art deeper than we possess ourselves.
The burned hand teaches best. After that advice about fire goes to the heart. (to Pippin after the palantir incident)
Generous deed should not be checked by cold counsel.
A traitor may betray himself and do good that he does not intend.
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.
All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.
I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.
Don't adventures ever have an end? I suppose not. Someone else always has to carry on the story.
There was only one Road; that it was like a great river: its springs were at every doorstep, and every path was its tributary. "It's a dangerous business, going out of your door. You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.
If you sit on the door-step long enough, I daresay you will think of something.
Now I know what a piece of bacon feels like when it is suddenly picked out of the pan on a fork and put back on the shelf! (after his encounter with wargs and eagles)
It is not your own Shire, Others dwelt here before hobbits were, and others will dwell here again when hobbits are no more.
The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot for ever fence it out.
Seldom give unguarded advice, for advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill.
Do not meddle with the affairs of the Wizards for they are subtle and quick to angre.
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Some things are ill to hear when the world's in shadow.
It is perilous to study too deeply the arts of the Enemy, for good or for ill.
Those who made [the three elven rings of power] did not desire strength or domination or hoarded wealth, but understanding, making, and healing, to preserve all things unstained.
Such is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere.
Let him not vow to walk in the dark, who has not seen the nightfall.
Oft in lies truth is hidden.
Valour needs first strength, and then a weapon.
Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.
Sworn word may strengthen quaking heart
It is ever so with the things that Men begin: there is a frost in Spring, or a blight in Summer, and they fail of their promise.
On nothing is the power of the Dark Lord more clearly shown than in the estrangement that divides all those who still oppose him.
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.
Do not trouble your hearts overmuch with thought of the road tonight. Maybe the paths that you each shall tread are already laid before your feet, though you do not see them.
Do not despise the lore that has come down from distant years; for oft it may chance that old wives keep in memory word of things that once were needful for the wise to know.
Do not cast all hope away. Tomorrow is unkown. Rede oft is found at the rising of the Sun.
Thus is it spoken: Oft hope is born, when all is forlorn.
Follow what may, great deeds are not lessened in worth.
'Hill. Yes, that was it. But it is a hasty word for a thing that has stood here ever since this part of the world was shaped.'
Things will go as they will; and there is no need to hurry to meet them.
The world is changing: I feel it in the water, I feel it in the earth, and I smell it in the air.
News from afar is seldom sooth.
oft evil will shall evil mar
Oft the unbidden guest proves the best company.
Hope oft deceives. ... Yet twice blessed is help unlooked for.
These are indeed strange days. ... Dreams and legends spring to life out of the grass.
So many strange things have chanced that to learn the praise of a fair lady under the loving strokes of a Dwarf's axe will seem no great wonder. (to Gimli about Galadriel)
None knows what the new day shall bring him.
The hasty stroke goes oft astray.
Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.
His grief he will not forget; bit it will not darken his heart, it will teach him wisdom. (of Pippin)
Do we walk in legends or on the green earth in the daylight?'
A man may do both, For not we but those who come after will make the legends of our time. The green earth, say you? That is a mighty matter of legend, though you tread it under the light of day! [answering Éothain of Rohan]
Good and ill have not changed since yesteryear.
There are some things that it is better to begin than to refuse, even though the end may be dark.
One who cannot cast away a treasure at need is in fetters.