32 Tolkien Quotes for Hobbit Day and Your Next Adventure

Hobbit Day

September 22nd is Hobbit Day, the birthday of both Frodo and Bilbo Baggins. Author J.R.R. Tolkien continues to inspire the imaginations of writers of all ages.  These quotes can spark in us that hidden flame for adventure that he created all those years ago in the magical world of Middle Earth. Just be careful if you wander too far from The Shire and too close to Mordor.

 

“A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.” –J.R.R. Tolkien

 

“Courage is found in unlikely places.” –J.R.R. Tolkien

 

 

“I will not say, do not weep, for not all tears are evil.” –J.R.R. Tolkien

 

“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost.” –J.R.R. Tolkien

 

“And some things that were not meant to be forgotten were lost.” –J.R.R. Tolkien

 

“I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.” –J.R.R. Tolkien

 

“There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.” –J.R.R. Tolkien

 

“If most of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold it would be a merrier world.” –J.R.R. Tolkien

 

“You can only come to the morning through the shadows.” –J.R.R. Tolkien

 

“This is a story of how a Baggins had an adventure, and found himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected.” -J.R.R. Tolkien

 

“I feel that as long as the Shire lies behind, safe and comfortable, I shall find wandering more bearable: I shall know that somewhere there is a firm foothold, even if my feet cannot stand there again.” –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

 

“And then her heart changed, or at least she understood it; and the winter passed, and the sun shone upon her.” –J.R.R. Tolkien

 

“It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life.” –J.R.R. Tolkien

 

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” –J.R.R. Tolkien

 

“I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay, small acts of kindness and love.” –J.R.R. Tolkien

 

“A safe fairyland is untrue to all worlds.” –J.R.R. Tolkien

 

“Darkness must pass, a new day will come. And when the sun shines, it will shine out the clearer.” –J.R.R. Tolkien

 

“It’s the job that’s never started that takes the longest to finish.” –J.R.R. Tolkien

 

“May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.” –J.R.R. Tolkien

37 Quotes on the Creative Force Within

 

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” –Albert Einstein

 

“Creativity doesn’t just love constraints; it thrives under them.” -David Burkus

 

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” –Joseph C. Pearce

 

“Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play.” –Henri Matisse

 

“Quiet people have the loudest minds.” –Stephen Hawking

 

“Creating open teamwork is the best way to encourage innovation.” -Kay Koplovitz

 

“You can’t harvest big ideas unless you sow the right seeds.” -Rowan Gibson

 

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” –Dr. Seuss

 

“A thousand dreams within me softly burn.” –Arthur Rimbaud

 

“The earth has music for those who listen.” –Shakespeare

 

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” –Robin Williams

 

“Creativity takes courage.” –Henri Matisse

 

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” -Albert Einstein

 

“Innovation is the act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.” -Peter Drucker

 

“The world is but a canvas to the imagination.” –Henry David Thoreau

 

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” –Alan Kay

 

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” –Vincent Van Gogh

 

“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” -Thomas Edison

 

“Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.” –Carl Sandburg

 

“Every artist was first an amateur.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

33 Inspirational Quotes

The Right Words

Below are 33 opportunities for you to be inspired, change direction, or reflect on words of wisdom.  One of the reasons I love quotes is that the right words, at the right time, can provide the right inspiration for something new.

 

“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Christopher Columbus

 

“There are no mistakes, just happy accidents.” –Bob Ross

 

“Don’t look back, you’re not going that way.” –Unknown

 

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” -Abraham Lincoln

 

“Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.” –Tyrion Lannister

 

“There is freedom waiting for you,

On the breezes of the sky,

And you ask ‘What if I fall?’

Oh but my darling,

What if you fly?” –Erin Hanson

 

“I feel as though someone’s handed me the moon and I don’t exactly know what to do with it.” –L.M. Montgomery

 

“Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” –Mark Twain

 

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.” –F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

“Ask yourself if what you’re doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.” –Unknown

 

“Do something instead of killing time. Because time is killing you.” –Paulo Coelho

 

“We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.” – Helen Keller

 

“Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same.” –The Fray

 

“She took the leap and built her wings on the way down.” –Kobi Yamada

 

“If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.” –Lemony Snicket

 

“Sometimes the strongest people are the ones who love beyond all faults, cry behind closed doors, and fight battles that nobody knows about.” –Unknown

28 Quotes to Celebrate Earth Day

Our planet Earth has its own day of celebration: April 22nd.  In 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day.  Now celebrated around the world, it’s a day when we pause to think about the environment.

 

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”-John Muir

 

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.”-Gandhi

 

“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”-Rachel Carson

 

“Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better.”-Einstein

 

“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” -Henry David Thoreau

 

“Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.”-Walt Whitman

 

“Earth laughs in flowers.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“Where flowers bloom, so does hope.”-Lady Bird Johnson

 

“The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.”-J.R.R. Tolkien

 

“He that plants trees loves others beside himself.”-Thomas Fuller

 

“The world is not in your books and maps, it’s out there.”-J.R.R. Tolkien

 

“Be the change you wish to see in this world.”-Gandhi

 

“Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.”-C.S. Lewis

 

“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.”-Benjamin Franklin

Quotes and Leadership Lessons from Joel Osteen

Qualities of A Winner

You Can, You Will: 8 Undeniable Qualities of a Winner is the latest book by Joel Osteen. Fans of Joel Osteen’s positive message will enjoy the stories throughout the book of inspiration and encouragement.

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to talk with Joel, who is the pastor of Lakewood, the largest church in the U.S. He’s immediately recognizable from his television ministry, bestselling books and stadium appearances. Not too long ago, I noticed he has his own SiriusXM station.

My Mistakes

9781455575718As I look back on my earliest interviews for this website, I laugh. My first three in-person interviews included Pastor Joel Osteen, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and writer and producer John Carter Cash, the son of Johnny and June Carter Cash.

Let me be frank: I didn’t know what I was doing. I wasn’t a professional interviewer. My colleague, Drew Bordas, had vast video and audio experience.  At that point, I think his total experience was that he occasionally videotaped his kids at home. Looking at this interview, I am thankful that Joel was so kind, so encouraging, and so forgiving to allow us to stumble through it. What makes it more remarkable is if you know Joel Osteen’s backstory. Joel is a true pro when it comes to production. Before he stepped up to minister after his father passed away, he worked behind the scenes and became a video and audio expert.

Here are some lessons I learned from that visit.

 

6 Leadership Lessons

 

1. Don’t condemn and judge others.

He says it, but my visit proves he lives it, too.

How often we waste time condemning, criticizing and complaining.  It wastes time, drains energy, and is counterproductive.

 

2. Encourage others.

Not only was he unaffected by his platform and position, humbly spending time with us, but he also was incredibly encouraging. He frequently quotes Proverbs 15:4:  “A gentle tongue brings healing.”

Organizations thrive when individuals are recognized and encouraged.

“A gentle tongue brings healing.” -Prov. 15:4

 

3. Find your life purpose.

Whatever you do, you want it to be in line with your life purpose. Observing Joel, I can see that he knows his own gifts and his purpose.  He focuses his energy and talent on it.  He genuinely wants everyone to have a blessed life, and he believes in the positive nature of people.

An organization with a unifying purpose will galvanize everyone to achieve.

 

4. Choose happiness.

As he says, “Whatever challenges you may face, whatever circumstances are weighing you down, you can choose your response.  How you live your life is totally up to you.”  His books are full of strategies on how to live a happier, more abundant life.

 

5.  Know what to ignore.