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If Tolkien said this at all, and I think he did not, he was quoting Sallust. He was a 4th century philosopher who wrote what amounts to a catechism of classical Paganism called "Of Gods and the Cosmos" which includes a line more usually translated "All these things never happened, but always are."

Wikiquote: Now these things never happened, but always are. And mind sees all things at once, but reason (or speech) expresses some first and others after. Thus, as the myth is in accord with the cosmos, we for that reason keep a festival imitating the cosmos, for how could we attain higher order?

Some information, and pointers to several translations, are available here: Sallust Page



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Comparison with Patterns of Evidence 2138 drrayeye 09-Mar-17 18:40
Re: Comparison with Patterns of Evidence 265 gordonwhite 10-Mar-17 19:34
Re: Comparison with Patterns of Evidence 289 eyeofhorus33 11-Mar-17 14:20
Re: Comparison with Patterns of Evidence 185 gordonwhite 17-Mar-17 07:57
Re: Comparison with Patterns of Evidence 528 Nolondil 21-Mar-17 15:12
Try David Rohl 298 drrayeye 11-Mar-17 01:52
Re: Try David Rohl 243 gordonwhite 14-Mar-17 11:26
I've got a better appreciation of your approach 242 drrayeye 14-Mar-17 17:31
Re: I've got a better appreciation of your approach 219 gordonwhite 17-Mar-17 07:59


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