The Tolkien Quote Database
"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."
Bilbo
J.R.R. Tolkien, A Long-expected Party, The Fellowship of the Ring
"Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate
And though I oft have passed them by
The day will come at last when I
Shall take the hidden paths that run
West of the Moon and East of the Sun."
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Grey Havens, The Return of the King
"'I wish it need not have happened in my time,' said Frodo.
'So do I,' said Gandalf, 'and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.'"
Gandalf
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Shadow of the Past, The Fellowship of the Ring
"Seldom give unguarded advice, for advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill."
Gildor
J.R.R. Tolkien, Three is Company, The Fellowship of the Ring
"Short cuts make delays, but inns make longer ones."
Frodo
J.R.R. Tolkien, A Short Cut to Mushrooms, The Fellowship of the Ring
"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.
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, Strider, The Fellowship of the Ring
"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, The Window on the West, The Two Towers
"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."
Thorin
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return Journey, The Hobbit
"I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it's very difficult to find anyone."
Gandalf
J.R.R. Tolkien, An Unexpected Party, The Hobbit
"It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him."
J.R.R. Tolkien, Inside Information, The Hobbit