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10 J.R.R. Tolkien Quotes to Live By

Peter Jackson has made a pretty sweet living off of J.R.R. Tolkien books — turning one little Hobbit story into 3 giant, money-making blockbusters. You could do a lot worse than hitching your wagon to the Tolkien star. In fact, you could formulate a whole philosophy of life around the words of J.R.R. Tolkien. It’s not just about finding the perfect Gandalf costume for Comic-Con 2014. Even if, for me, it is a little bit about that.

People love the world of Tolkien because it’s full of hope and wisdom where little people and small gestures take on great meaning in a world where good and evil are going to battle it out.

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien lived from 1892 to 1973. He lived through world wars and his family saw both lean and fat times. He was married for over 50 years, dying 21 months after his wife passed away, and he raised 4 children. He lived a full, successful, interesting life. Tolkien knows what he’s talking about.

Take a look at these 10 Tolkien quotes to live by.

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  • The Time That Is Given to Us 2 of 11
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    It's pretty simple: What will you do with the time you have? (Personally, I'll spend mine watching, reading, and re-watching The Hobbit.)

  • Value Food and Cheer 3 of 11
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    Good advice from a man who saw the devastation of two world wars, and no one exemplifies this better than a hobbit like Bilbo Baggins.

  • Love Grows Greater 4 of 11
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    Tolkien is not blind to difficulties and hardship of life, but there is good in the world too, and focusing on it helps.

  • Follow the Light 5 of 11
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    Tolkien is not a fan of the half-hearted, luke-warm, and non-commital. Hipsters, pick a side.

  • Flying from Fear 6 of 11
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    Tolkien would encourage you to face your fear, whether it takes the shape of a giant, iron-scaled, fire-breathing dragon or going back to school and finishing up that degree. Whatever it is, meet it head on.

  • Even the Smallest Person. . . 7 of 11
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    You know, small people like Nelson Mandela, Pope Francis, or Gandhi.

  • I Will Not Walk Backward 8 of 11
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    A reminder to move forward, from The Children of Hurin, a story that takes place before The Hobbit.

  • Wander 9 of 11
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    It might take a bit of wandering to get where you are going. That's OK.

  • Not All Tears Are Evil 10 of 11
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    It's alright to cry. It might make you feel better. Plus, sad things happen. That's normal.

  • Through Shadows 11 of 11
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    This gives hope to those who are currently facing shadows. Morning will come. It always does.

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