Quotes by: J. R. R. Tolkien
In October 1920 I went to Leeds as Reader in English Language, with a free commission to develop the linguistic side of a large and growing School of English Studies, in which no regular provision had as yet been made for the linguistic specialist.
It is plain indeed that in spite of later estrangement Hobbits are relatives of ours: far nearer to us than Elves, or even than Dwarves. Of old they spoke the languages of Men, after their own fashion, and liked and disliked much the same things as Men did. But what exactly our relationship is can no longer be discovered.
If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.
It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.
'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.'
Do not meddle in the affairs of Wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.
The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.
Many children make up, or begin to make up, imaginary languages. I have been at it since I could write.