J. R. R. Tolkien (John Ronald Reuel Tolkien) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and academic best known for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, two high fantasy works.

From 1925 to 1945, he was the Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Pembroke College, Oxford, and from 1945 to 1959, he was the Merton Professor of English Language and Literature at Merton College, Oxford.

He was a personal friend of C. S. Lewis and a member of the Inklings, an informal literary discussion group.


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1. “Not all who wander are lost.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

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2. “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

3. “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.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

4. “There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

5. “Courage is found in unlikely places.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

6. “Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

7. “Who cannot understand your silence, cannot understand your words.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

8. “No victory without suffering.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

9. “The world is not in your books and maps, it’s out there.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

10. “The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

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11. “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

12. “From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again shall be king.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

13. “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

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14. “Above all shadows rides the sun.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

15. “May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

16. “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.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

17. “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, Pursuing it with eager feet, Until it joins some larger way Where many paths and errands meet. And whither then? I cannot say.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

18. “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?” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

19. “End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path. One that we all must take.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

20. “If you do not believe in a personal God, the question: ‘What is the purpose of life?’ is unaskable and unanswerable.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

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21. “It is no bad thing celebrating a simple life.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

22. “Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

23. “May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

24. “It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

25. “Look, up at the sky. There is a light, a beauty up there, that no shadow can touch.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

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26. “Home is now behind you, the world is ahead!” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

27. “True education is a kind of never ending story – a matter of continual beginnings, of habitual fresh starts, of persistent newness.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

28. “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

29. “One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

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30. “For even the very wise cannot see all ends.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

31. “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.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

32. “It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

33. “The world has changed. I see it in the water. I feel it in the Earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost, For none now live who remember it.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

34. “Never laugh at live dragons.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

35. “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.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

36. “I will not walk backward in life.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

37. “What punishments of God are not gifts?” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

38. “Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

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39. “I do not believe this darkness will endure.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

40. “No half-heartedness and no worldly fear must turn us aside from following the light unflinchingly.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

41. “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.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

42. “Home is behind, the world ahead, And there are many paths to tread Through shadows to the edge of night, Until the stars are all alight. Then world behind and home ahead, We’ll wander back and home to bed. Mist and twilight, cloud and shade, Away shall fade! Away shall fade!” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

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43. “The burned hand teaches best.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

44. “I’m looking for someone to share in an adventure.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

45. “Great heart will not be denied.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

46. “All that is gold does not glitter.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

47. “Oft hope is born when all is forlorn.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

48. “The stars are far brighter Than gems without measure, The moon is far whiter Than silver in treasure; The fire is more shining On hearth in the gloaming Than gold won by mining, So why go a-roaming? O! Tra-la-la-lally Come back to the Valley.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

49. “There is a place called ‘heaven’ where the good here unfinished is completed; and where the stories unwritten, and the hopes unfulfilled, are continued. We may laugh together yet.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).

50. “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” ~ (J. R. R. Tolkien).


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