I searched the web for someone to trust to make a transliteration in Tengwar and no one that I have asked has gotten back to me, so here I am.

I want to make a tattoo in Tengwar (preferably the italic/annatar style) with the quote by Gandalf “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us”.

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    Related, possible duplicate. Jul 27, 2022 at 18:35
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    There are many tengwar fonts available free by asking the bingleduck; perhaps if you download one of them, use a graphic program to design your tattoo, and bring it to a reputable tattooist near you, you can get what you want. Jul 27, 2022 at 18:37
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    Danger! Danger, Will Robinson! Beware of getting a tattoo in a language you can't read at sight; it's frightfully easy to go the rest of your life with the equivalent of Engrish on your skin. Easy enough even in your native language...
    – Zeiss Ikon
    Jul 27, 2022 at 19:02
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    ^_^ And if you're really unlucky, you wind up with "Translator not available" or "Apply to rear" because the wrong thing got translated.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Jul 27, 2022 at 19:55
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    @FuzzyBoots "I am not in the office as I am singing praises to Elbereth"
    – SusanW
    Jul 27, 2022 at 20:09

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I checked out this: www.tecendil.com and a quick scan of the text seems to look right:

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us, written in Tengwar of Fëanor

This is assuming you want English, using Tengwar script, of course. If so, it's quite easy to fully verify the script just from details widely available, eg the LoTR Apppendix E.

They have a translation into Quenya, though that's courtesy of <someone on Reddit>, so obviously caution would be advised.

People cite Tecendil in relation to Tengwar tattoos, and the home page includes the text:

...perhaps you're looking for inspiration for your next tattoo

although I doubt they're offering warranties.

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