Zitat des Tages von J. R. R. Tolkien:
It's the job that's never started as takes longest to finish.
It may be the part of a friend to rebuke a friend's folly.
Not all those who wander are lost.
Do not meddle in the affairs of Wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.
A friend of mine tells that I talk in shorthand and then smudge it.
Courage is found in unlikely places.
A box without hinges, key, or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hid.
Short cuts make long delays.
Many children make up, or begin to make up, imaginary languages. I have been at it since I could write.
I should like to save the Shire, if I could - though there have been times when I thought the inhabitants too stupid and dull for words, and have felt that an earthquake or an invasion of dragons might be good for them.
'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.'
If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
Don't go getting mixed up in the business of your betters, or you'll land in trouble too big for you.
It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.
Hobbits are an unobtrusive but very ancient people, more numerous formerly than they are today; for they love peace and quiet and good tilled earth: a well-ordered and well-farmed countryside was their favourite haunt.
Go not to the Elves for counsel, for they will say both no and yes.
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.
Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.
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.
Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate.
Middle English is an exciting field - almost uncharted, I begin to think, because as soon as one turns detailed personal attention on to any little corner of it, the received notions and ideas seem to crumple up and fall to pieces - as far as language goes, at any rate.
I dislike Allegory - the conscious and intentional allegory - yet any attempt to explain the purport of myth or fairytale must use allegorical language.
In October 1920 I went to Leeds as Reader in English Language, with a free commission to develop the linguistic side of a large and growing School of English Studies, in which no regular provision had as yet been made for the linguistic specialist.
They say it is the first step that costs the effort. I do not find it so. I am sure I could write unlimited 'first chapters'. I have indeed written many.