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.
—"An Unexpected Party"
Gandalf! If you had heard only a quarter of what I have heard about him, and I have only heard very little of all there is to hear, you would be prepared for any sort of remarkable tale.
—Bilbo Baggins, "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 Baggins, "An Unexpected Party"
Never laugh at live dragons.
—Bilbo Baggins, "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 Baggins, "The Last Stage"