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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (January 3 1892 – September 2 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor, most famous for his classic high fantasy works.

Below are 30 of 68 sourced J. R. R. Tolkien quotes. Sources and related information appear under each quote. Use the 'Cite this quote' link to get citation references.

“Wars are not favourable to delicate pleasures.”

— J. R. R. Tolkien

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Quote source: "A Secret Vice" (lecture, 1931) published in The Monsters And The Critics And Other Essays (1983), edited by Christopher Tolkien

“The significance of a myth is not easily to be pinned on paper by analytical reasoning. It is at its best when it is presented by a poet who feels rather than makes explicit what his theme portends; who presents it incarnate in the world of history and geography, as our poet has done. Its defender is thus at a disadvantage: unless he is careful, and speaks in parables, he will kill what he is studying by vivisection, and he will be left with a formal or mechanical allegory, and what is more, probably with one that will not work. For myth is alive at once and in all its parts, and dies before it can be dissected.”

— J. R. R. Tolkien

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Quote source: "Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics" (1936), p. 14

“My advice to all who have the time or inclination to concern themselves with the international language movement would be: 'Back Esperanto loyally.'”

— J. R. R. Tolkien

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More on this quote: "A Philologist on Esperanto" in The British Esperantist (May 1932).
• Years later, in a 1956 letter (quoted more extensively below) he stated that Esperanto and other constructed languages were "dead, far deader than ancient unused languages, because their authors never invented any Esperanto legends."

“Nearly all marriages, even happy ones, are mistakes: in the sense that almost certainly (in a more perfect world, or even with a little more care in this very imperfect one) both partners might be found more suitable mates. But the real soul-mate is the one you are actually married to.”

— J. R. R. Tolkien

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Quote source: Letter to Michael Tolkien (March 1941)

“There was a solemn article in the local paper seriously advocating systematic exterminating of the entire German nation as the only proper course after military victory: because, if you please, they are rattlesnakes, and don't know the difference between good and evil! (What of the writer?) The Germans have just as much right to declare the Poles and Jews exterminable vermin, subhuman, as we have to select the Germans: in other words, no right, whatever they have done.”

— J. R. R. Tolkien

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Quote source: Letter (September 1944)

“Well, the first War of the Machines seems to be drawing to its final inconclusive chapter — leaving, alas, everyone the poorer, many bereaved or maimed and millions dead, and only one thing triumphant: the Machines. As the servants of the Machine are becoming a privileged class, the Machines are going to be enormously more powerful. What's their next move?”

— J. R. R. Tolkien

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Quote source: Letter to his son, Christopher (30 January 1945); published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (1981), Letter 96

“That story was the only thing I have ever done which cost me absolutely no pains at all. Usually I compose only with great difficulty and endless rewriting. I woke up one day (more than 2 years ago) with that odd thing virtually complete in my head. It took only a few hours to get down, and then copy out.”

— J. R. R. Tolkien

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Quote source: About "Leaf by Niggle", in a letter to Stanley Unwin (18 March 1945)

“You can make the Ring an allegory of our own time, if you like: an allegory of the inevitable fate that awaits all attempts to defeat evil power by power. But that is only because all power magical or mechanical does always so work.”

— J. R. R. Tolkien

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Quote source: Letter to his publisher (31 July 1947); published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (1981), Letter 109

“I should say that, in addition to my tree-love (it was originally called The Tree), it arose from my own pre-occupation with the Lord of the Rings, the knowledge that it would be finished in great detail or not at all, and the fear (near certainty) that it would be 'not at all'. The war had arisen to darken all horizons. But no such analyses are a complete explanation even of a short story...”

— J. R. R. Tolkien

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Quote source: About "Leaf by Niggle", in a letter to Caroline Everett (24 June 1957)

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“I have the hatred of apartheid in my bones...”

— J. R. R. Tolkien

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Quote source: Valedictory address to the University of Oxford (1959)

“Every morning I wake up and think good, another 24 hours' pipe-smoking.”

— J. R. R. Tolkien

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Quote source: A rare interview with Tolkien (1966) — "Tolkien's shire" by John Ezard, The Guardian (28 December 1991)

“If you really come down to any large story that interests people – holds the attention for a considerable time ... human stories are practically always about one thing, aren't they? Death. The inevitability of death.”

— J. R. R. Tolkien

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Quote source: Tolkien in Oxford (1968), a BBC 2 television documentary (at 21:49)

“It gives me great pleasure, a good name. I always in writing start with a name. Give me a name and it produces a story, not the other way about normally.”

— J. R. R. Tolkien

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Quote source: 1964 BBC Interview with Denys Gueroult, first broadcast on the BBC Radio 4 programme "Now Read On" (January 1971)

“I do so dearly believe that no half-heartedness and no worldly fear must turn us aside from following the light unflinchingly.”

— J. R. R. Tolkien

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Quote source: Letter to Edith, as quoted in J. R. R. Tolkien: a biography (1977) by Humphrey Carpenter, p. 66

“"I wish life was not so short," he thought. "Languages take such a time, and so do all the things one wants to know about."”

— J. R. R. Tolkien

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Quote source: "Alboin Errol", in The Lost Road (1987). Compare this with "The lyf so short, the craft so longe to lerne" by Geoffrey Chaucer

“"[M]y friend Professor Tolkien asked me the very simple question, 'What class of men would you expect to be most preoccupied with, and most hostile to, the idea of escape?' and gave the obvious answer: jailers."”

— J. R. R. Tolkien

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“The heart of man is not compound of lies, but draws some wisdom from the only Wise, and still recalls him. Though now long estranged, man is not wholly lost nor wholly changed.”

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“All wishes are not idle, nor in vain fulfilment we devise — for pain is pain, not for itself to be desired, but ill; or else to strive or to subdue the will alike were graceless; and of Evil this alone is deadly certain: Evil is.”

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“Though all the crannies of the world we filled with elves and goblins, though we dared to build gods and their houses out of dark and light, and sow the seeds of dragons, 'twas our right (used or misused). The right has not decayed. We make still by the law in which we're made.”

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“Blessed are the legend-makers with their rhyme of things not found within recorded time.”

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“In Paradise perchance the eye may stray from gazing upon everlasting Day to see the day-illumined, and renew from mirrored truth the likeness of the True. Then looking on the Blessed Land 'twill see that all is as it is, and yet made free: Salvation changes not, nor yet destroys, garden nor gardener, children nor their toys. Evil will not see, for evil lies not in God's picture but in crooked eyes, not in the source but in malicious choice, and not in sound but in the tuneless voice. In Paradise they no more look awry; and though they make anew, they make no lie. Be sure they still will make, not being dead, and poets shall have flames upon their head, and harps whereon their faultless fingers fall: there each shall choose for ever from the All.”

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“The mind that thought of light, heavy, grey, yellow, still, swift also conceived of magic that would make heavy things light and able to fly, turn grey lead into yellow gold, and the still rock into a swift water. If it could do the one, it could do the other; it inevitably did both. When we can take green from grass, blue from heaven, and red from blood, we have already an enchanter's power.”

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“In such 'fantasy', as it is called, new form is made; Faerie begins; Man becomes a sub-creator.”

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“Small wonder that spell means both a story told, and a formula of power over living men.”

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“The story-maker proves a successful 'sub-creator'. He makes a Secondary World which your mind can enter. Inside it, what he relates is 'true': it accords with the laws of that world. You therefore believe it, while you are, as it were, inside. The moment disbelief arises, the spell is broken; the magic, or rather art, has failed.”

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