The Silmarillion/Quotations

From Tolkien Gateway theme may be played that hath not its uttermost source in me, nor can any alter the music in my despite. For he that attempteth this shall prove but mine instrument in the devising of things more wonderful, which he himself hath not imagined.
Ilúvatar in Ainulindalë

...for if joyful is the fountain that rises in the sun, its springs are in the wells of sorrow unfathomed at the foundations of the Earth.
Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Beginning of Days"

But the dawn is brief and the day full often belies its promise.
Quenta Silmarillion, "Of Men"

'...Thus even as Eru spoke to us shall beauty not before conceived be brought into Eä, and evil yet be good to have been.' But Mandos said: 'And yet remain evil...'
Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Sun and Moon and the Hiding of Valinor"

If it has passed from the high and the beautiful to darkness and ruin, that was of old the fate of Arda Marred; and if any change shall come and the Marring be amended, Manwë and Varda may know; but they have not revealed it, and it is not declared in the dooms of Mandos.
Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath"