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You have been chosen, and you must therefore use such strength and heart and wits as you have.
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The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.
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If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
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Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.
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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.
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A safe fairyland is untrue to all worlds.
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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.
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It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.
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Myth and fairy-story must, as all art, reflect and contain in solution elements of moral and religious truth (or error), but not explicit, not in the known form of the primary 'real' world.
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I don't like allegories.
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A box without hinges, key, or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hid.
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Short cuts make long delays.
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Do not meddle in the affairs of Wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.
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A friend of mine tells that I talk in shorthand and then smudge it.
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I never liked Hans Christian Andersen because I knew he was always getting at me.
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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.
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Go not to the Elves for counsel, for they will say both no and yes.
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