Note: The Lord of the Rings is my favorite book and I am currently reading it for the eighth or ninth time. I must say that Tolkein’s worldview is close to mine (or mine is close to his), as can be shown by what his characters say. 

Everything I ever needed to know I learned from “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” – Book 1

All we have to do is decide what to do with the time that was given us. ••• 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 judgment. ••• Even the very wise cannot see all ends.••• You have been chosen, and therefore you must use such strength and heart and wits as you have.••• The road goes ever on and on, down from the door where it began.••• It’s a dangerous business going out of your door. You step into the Road and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to. ••• A star shines on the hour of our meeting. ••• Others dwelt here before Hobbits were and others will dwell here again when Hobbits are no more. The wild world is all about you. You can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out. ••• It is said, “Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards.” ••• Seldom give unguarded advice, for advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill. ••• Is it not enough to know that they are servants of the Enemy? Flee them, speak no words to them. They are deadly! ••• Short cuts make long delays (but inns make longer ones) ••• His memory is like a lumber room, thing wanted, always buried. ••• 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. ••• Handsome is as handsome does. ••• I am Aragorn, Son of Arathorn and if by life or by death I can save you, I will.

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