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Everything I Ever Needed To Know I Learned From The Hobbit

(Part 2 of 3)

May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks. *** Don’t be a fool if you can help it. *** It is some good being a wizard. *** Don’t stray off the track. *** Don’t leave the path! *** You cannot quench a terrible thirst by standing under giant oaks and waiting for a chance drip to fall on your tongue. *** Don’t tell us about dreams – dream dinners aren’t any good and we can’t share them. *** It is horrible being all alone. *** No spider ever like being called Attercop and Tomnoddy of course is insulting to anybody. *** Long noses are sometimes useful. *** There is nothing in the feeling of weight in an idle toss-pot’s arms. *** There is no knowing what a dwarf will not dare and do for revenge or the recovery of his own. *** May your beard grow ever longer. *** Third time pays for all. *** There it is: Dwarves are not heroes, but calculating folk with a great idea of the value of money; some are tricky and treacherous and pretty bad lots; some are not, but are decent enough people if you don’t expect too much. *** It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him. *** Dragons may not have much real use for all their wealth, but they know it to an ounce as a rule, especially after long possession. *** Every worm has his weak spot. *** Lucky numbers don’t always come off. *** Don’t let your imagination run away with you!

And in case you’re interested – here’s Part 1 and Part 3

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