J.R.R. Tolkien remains one of my favorite writers/authors/story tellers and I have a long list of quotes I have from his work. These quotes inspire me, motivate me and gives me courage and hope in today’s world. I’m tempted to share all of them here at once but will try and put into words what each quote means to me, or my own story surrounding each quote.

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Good guy Gandalf. I love this quote. It is one of the more popular quotes from Tolkien. This quote is aimed at Hobbits who are as we all know the central race of the entire Hobbit and Lord of the Rings fantasy trilogies. This quote inspires me to do ordinary deeds of kindness knowing it has an effect and that it matters. No matter how small the deed, it matters. Its not the big popular rich important people that can make differences in this world, it is us… the ordinary small folk. We had to wait until this scene on The Hobbit before we finally had this quote on screen:

It is so easy to get bogged down and feel depressed in a world that is destroying this planet, raging war against itself, corruption prevalent everywhere. Humanity that simply do not seem to care no love for nature, animals and life. But, this quote inspires me to lift my head, look up and step forward out of my sadness with a clear and positive hope that my small deeds do make a difference. Like Sam and Frodo,  like Bilbo and the Dwarves. So many times these honorable hobbits showed character above any other with the smallest of deeds. A kind gesture, a smile or a word  of encouragement.

Take heart dear friend and know that every deed matters. Maybe not to you but there’s always someone out there that is in desperate need for something you can give freely.