In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.

The war on privilege will never end. Its next great campaign will be against the special privileges of the underprivileged.

One may have good eyes and yet see nothing.

That that comes of a cat will catch mice.

The fear of war is worse than war itself.

Voice of one, voice of none.

What shall I say when it is better to say nothing?

When a man has fallen into the mire, the more he flounders the more he fouls himself.

When wine sinks, words swim.

Aragorn threw back his cloak. The elven-sheath glittered as he grasped it, and the bright blade of And£ril shone like a sudden flame as he swept it out. 'Elendil!' he cried. 'I am Aragorn, son of Arathorn, and am called Elessar, the Elfstone, D£nadan, the heir of Isildur Elendil's son of Gondor. Here is the Sword that was Broken and is forged again! Will you aid me or thwart me? Choose swiftly!

But it is the way of my people to use light words at such times and say less than they mean. We fear to say too much. It robs us of the right words when a jest is out of place.

Criticism - however valid or intellectually engaging - tends to get in the way of a writer who has anything personal to say. A tightrope walker may require practice, but if he starts a theory of equilibrium he will lose grace (and probably fall off).

Don't ever laugh at live Dragons, Bilbo you fool!