“But,” said Sam, and tears started in his eyes, “I thought you were going to enjoy the Shire, too. for years and years, after all you have done.”
“So I thought too, once. But I have been too deeply hurt, Sam. I tried to save the Shire, and it has been saved, but not for me. It must often be so, Sam, when things are in danger: some one has to give them up, lose them, so that others may keep them.”
The Return of the King: “The Grey Havens,” p. 209
vía Frodo Baggins.