Friday, June 20, 2014

Joy springs from sorrow

Shortlist.com provides a collection of quotations: "Wisdom From J.R.R. Tolkien's Works." "Proverbs and guiding words are scattered throughout The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and much of his academic writings — drawing on his faith and the vast mythology of the world of Middle-earth."
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” (The Hobbit)

"It's the job that's never started as takes longest to finish." (The Fellowship of the Ring)

“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.” (The Hobbit)

“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.” (The Fellowship of the Ring)

"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." (The Fellowship of the Ring)

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

“The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot for ever fence it out.” (The Fellowship of the Ring)

“For if joyful is the fountain that rises in the sun, its springs are in the wells of sorrow unfathomable at the foundations of the Earth.” (The Silmarillion) [more]