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Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned From “The Children Of Hurin” – JRR Tolkien
(In in case you’re hesitant – there are no spoilers here)
Give with a free hand, but give only your own. *** A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to find it. *** Up-climbing is painful, and from high places it is easy to fall low. *** The lives of men are short and in them there are many ill chances, even in time of peace. *** If things do go ill, I will not say to you: Do not be afraid! For you fear what should be feared and that only, and fear does not dismay you. *** Steel serves only those that can wield it. *** An honest hand and a true heart may hew amiss; and the harm may be harder to bear than the work of a foe. *** False hopes are more dangerous than fears. *** The hours seemed pleasant. But all such things are short-lived; and the joy in the making is their only true end. *** A man does not take back his gifts. *** Whenever I say I will do this or that, it looks very different when the time comes. *** Outlaws know no law but their needs *** Petty victories will prove profitless at the last *** Victory is victory, no matter how small, nor its worth only from what follows from it. *** A man must speak as he sees, nor hide the truth that he believes for any private cause. *** Not all that speak the fair tongue are fair at heart. *** Fear not the worst until you must. *** Love may abide and suffer unwedded. *** A man may love war and yet dread many things. *** Where all lies on chance, to chance we must trust. *** On their deathbed men will speak true.