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I am told that I talk in shorthand and then smudge it. ...
by J. R. R. Tolkien

I am told that I talk in shorthand and then smudge it.
- J. R. R. Tolkien

"Good morning!" he said at last.
"We don't want any adventures here, thank you!
You might try over The Hill or across The Water."
- J. R. R. Tolkien

Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.
- J. R. R. Tolkien

Courage is found in unlikely places.
- J. R. R. Tolkien

 

Still round the corner there may wait,
A new road or a secret gate.
- J. R. R. Tolkien

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

It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations,
if you live near him.
- J. R. R. Tolkien

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Go not to the elves for counsel, for they will say both yes and no.
- J. R. R. Tolkien

It's the job that's never started takes longest to finish.
- J. R. R. Tolkien

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold,
it would be a merrier world.
- J. R. R. Tolkien

Not all who wander are lost.
- J. R. R. Tolkien

A box without hinges, key, or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hid.
- J. R. R. Tolkien

Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards,
for they are subtle and quick to anger.
- J. R. R. Tolkien

I don't know half of you half as well as I should like;
and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.
- J. R. R. Tolkien

Re-examine all that you have been told...
dismiss that which insults your soul.
- Walt Whitman

In all of his bestsellers, the Divine has told the truth,
custom-tailored to the comprehension of the times.
- Ernest Holmes

If someone had told me I would be Pope one day,
I would have studied harder.
- Pope John Paul I

No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.
- C. S. Lewis

Most of us believe that we have
been betrayed by someone outside of us -
in other words someone has done something to hurt us,
been dishonest or broken a promise made:
some trust in some concept was broken.
Indeed someone may have taken an action
that took only their needs into consideration,
they may have not followed through on a promise made,
and they may have not told you the truth.
But their actions have nothing to do with you
and have everything to do with them.
That's why no one can do anything TO you.
They can take actions that involve you that you may not like -
according to your point of view.
But you are not a victim, no way, no how.
- Sheri Rosenthal

Life is about more than today, and more than yourself.
What will your legacy be?
What will your great-grandchildren be told about you?
Creating a legacy does not have to be a burden,
it can be your joy and can create
your satisfaction with living each day.
What kind of world do you want to leave your great-grandchildren?
What can you do today to help create that world?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult.
It's not.
Mine had me trained in two days.
- Bill Dana

I wanted to take up music, so my father bought me a blunt instrument.
He told me to knock myself out.
- Jay London

I told my doctor I get very tired when I go on a diet,
so he gave me pep pills.
Know what happened? I ate faster.
- Joe E. Lewis

All that glisters is not gold;
Often have you heard that told.
Many a man his life hath sold
but my outside to behold.
Gilded tombs do worms enfold.
- William Shakespeare

I know that God made the whole world in 4004 BC.
I know because my preacher told me. He's a good man.
He's even saving up all the money we give him
to go to bible college someday.
- Anonymous Humor

When I told my doctor I couldn't afford an operation,
he offered to touch-up my X-rays.
- Henny Youngman

I have this theory - that if we're told we're bad,
then that's the only ideal we'll ever have.
- Jewel

I have never been a material girl.
My father always told me never to love anything that cannot love you back.
- Imelda Marcos

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President;
I'm beginning to believe it.
- Clarence Darrow

I want to have children, but my friends scare me.
One of my friends told me she was in labor for 36 hours.
I don't even want to do anything that feels good for 36 hours.
- Rita Rudner

I've never really had a hobby, unless you count art,
which the IRS once told me I had to declare as a hobby
since I hadn't made money with it.
- Laurie Anderson

Books! I dunno if I ever told you this,
but books are the greatest gift one person can give another.
- Bono

When I was a kid, I used to imagine animals running under my bed.
I told my dad, and he solved the problem quickly.
He cut the legs off the bed.
- Lou Brock

History is a pack of lies about events that never happened
told by people who weren't there.
- George Santayana

My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four.
Unless there are three other people.
- Orson Welles

My father always told me that
all businessmen were sons of bitches,
but I never believed it till now.
- John F. Kennedy

The Moon Cannot Be Stolen:
A thief entered the little hut of a Zen Master,
but discovered there was nothing to steal.
The Zen Master discovered the thief.
"You have come a long way to visit me," he told the prowler,
"and you should not return empty-handed.
Please take my clothes as a gift."
The thief was bewildered,
but he took the clothes and slunk away.
The Zen Master sat naked, watching the moon.
"Poor fellow," he mused,
"I wish I could have given him this beautiful moon."
- Traditional Zen Koan

It was my father who taught me to value myself.
He told me that I was uncommonly beautiful and that
I was the most precious thing in his life.
- Dawn French

John Candy knew he was going to die.
He told me on his 40th birthday.
He said, well, Maureen, I'm on borrowed time.
- Maureen O'Hara

I've told my children that when I die,
to release balloons in the sky to celebrate that I graduated.
For me, death is a graduation.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Father told me that if I ever met a lady in a dress like yours,
I must look her straight in the eyes.
- Prince Charles

A stockbroker urged me to buy a stock that would triple its value every year.
I told him, "At my age, I don't even buy green bananas."
- Claude Pepper

Bobby Knight told me this: 'There is nothing that a
good defense cannot beat a better offense.'
In other words a good offense wins.
- Dan Quayle

I like not only to be loved, but also to be told I am loved.
- George Eliot

My neighbour asked if he could use my lawnmower and
I told him of course he could,
so long as he didn't take it out of my garden.
- Eric Morecambe

The best money advice ever given me was from my father.
When I was a little girl, he told me,
'Don't spend anything unless you have to.'
- Dinah Shore

Everyone told me to pass on Speed because it was a 'bus movie.'
- Sandra Bullock

I pressed my father's hand and told him I would protect his grave with my life.
My father smiled and passed away to the spirit land.
- Chief Joseph

Having achieved and accomplished love...
man...
has become himself, his tale is told.
- David Herbert Lawrence

I basically put myself into directors' hands and let them tell me what to do,
and the more they told me what to do,
the more I liked it.
- Julie Christie

The way that a handful of corporations in Los Angeles
dictate how our stories are told creates a real poverty
of imagination and it's a big problem.
- Alex Cox

I talked to Reagan for about six hours all told.
and Reagan was willing to go along with it.
He didn't look at his watch, and he didn't allow his
campaign aides to cut it off.
- Robert Scheer

I was told I had an overabundance of original sin.
- Susan Sarandon

I've been told by doctors and surgeons that I have
the energy of ten men who have normal jobs.
- Gary Busey

I told the students that we can exert pressure without resorting to violence,
and that we can move towards democracy without violence;
that way,
God will allow it.
- Abdurrahman Wahid

Calling it off comes easy enough if you haven't told
the girl you are smitten with her.
- Carl Sandburg

Little ol' boy in the Panhandle told me the other day
you can still make a small fortune in agriculture.
Problem is, you got to start with a large one.
- Jim Hightower

My psychiatrist told me I was crazy and I said I want a second opinion.
He said okay, you're ugly too.
- Rodney Dangerfield

James Caan told me at the end of filming 'Elf' that
he had been waiting through the whole film for me to be funny -
and I never was.
- Will Ferrell

I just want to be told a story, and I want to believe I'm living that story,
and I don't give a thought to influences or method
or any other writerly concerns.
- Anne Tyler

When I was a kid, my mother told me that if you could not be a good loser,
then there's no way you could be a good winner.
- Halle Berry

Each time I told them I didn't kill my wife.
- Sam Sheppard

A lot of compelling stories in the world aren't being told,
and the fact that people don't know about them compounds the suffering.
- Anderson Cooper

I was 30 years old and this girl I knew found out I had never gotten high.
Nobody had ever told me about marijuana.
- Jack Herer

The secrets of success are a good wife and a steady job.
My wife told me.
- Howard Nemerov

I told my dentist my teeth are going yellow.
he told me to wear a brown tie.
- Rodney Dangerfield

In basic training we had been told to watch out for Japanese spies.
- Jack Adams

She told fortunes for a living.
It's a wacky book and was great fun to write.
It is very much a look at what life was like for women
in Australia in the 1960's.
- Colleen McCullough

I put the cameras on her and told her to be obnoxious
as she could possibly could be.
She was.
- Keenen Ivory Wayans

Lionel Richie told me forget about the critics.
But if you come back with hit after hit,
you don't have to worry about anything.
- Brian McKnight

This is unusual for me.
I have given readings and not lectures.
I have told people who ask for lectures that I have no lecture to give.
And that is true.
- V. S. Naipaul


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