"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the end of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing to sit down on or eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort."
The Hobbit (1937) ch. 1 An Unexpected Party
"What do you mean?"he said."Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?"
Gandalf to Bilbo The Hobbit (1937) ch. 1 An Unexpected Party
"Never laugh at live dragons."
The Hobbit (1937) ch. 12 Inside Information
"You don't really suppose, do you, that all your adventures and escapes were managed by mere luck, just for your sole benifit?"
Gandalf to Bilbo The Hobbit (1937) ch. 19 The Last Stage