The way to love someone
is to lightly run your finger over that person's soul
until you find a crack,
and then gently pour your love into that crack.
~Keith Miller

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

J.R.R. Tolkien quotes

“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 still grows, perhaps, the greater.”
"Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate."

"Courage is found in unlikely places."
"A box without hinges, key, or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hid."
“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.” 
Languages take such a time, 
and so do all the things one wants to know about."
“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.” 

“A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities."

“Little by little, one travels far.”

“May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.” 

“What do you fear, lady?" [Aragorn] asked. 
"A cage," [Éowyn] said. 
"To stay behind bars, 
until use and old age accept them, 
and all chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire.

“A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it.” 
"You can only come to the morning through the shadows.” 
“In sorrow we must go, 
but not in despair. 
Behold! we are not bound for ever to the circles of the world, 
and beyond them is more than memory.” 

"He that breaks a thing to find out what it is
has left the path of wisdom."

“Don't go where I can't follow!” 

“How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on, when in your heart, you begin to understand, there is no going back? There are some things that time cannot mend. Some hurts that go too deep...that have taken hold.”

“Where did you go to, if I may ask?' said Thorin to Gandalf as they rode along.
To look ahead,' said he.
And what brought you back in the nick of time?'
Looking behind,' said he.” 

“His grief he will not forget; but it will not darken his heart, it will teach him wisdom.” 

“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.” 

“Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.” 

“Living by faith includes the call to something greater than cowardly self-preservation.” 


My son, One, has left the Ring Collection on DVD here for me to see again
a rainy day like today seems a good time to  sit again with Tolkien 
I was 13 the first time I read this through ... Daddy  encouraged it.
I like that they both appreciate these words.

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