Gandalf Quotes Full Of Inspiration & Humor

Gandalf Quotes

Gandalf is one the wisest wizards in J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous The Lord of the Rings series. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the most loved classics and movie adaptations. Gandalf is a wise and powerful wizard, known as Gandalf the Grey/White. Being old, thousands years old will certainly give you grey hair and also, experience and wisdom. He is one of the wisest ones as the members of the Fellowship often concede to him for counsel. Gandalf is always offering his wisdom to his companions. We have collected some of the best Gandalf Quotes to share his wisdom.

Inspirational Gandalf Quotes

“I will not say ‘do not weep,’ for not all tears are an evil.”

“Even the very wise cannot see all ends.”

“Do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment.”

“Death is just another path – one that we all must take.”

“It is the small things, everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keeps the darkness at bay. Simple acts of love and kindness.”

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“Fight! Fight to the last man! Fight for your lives!”

“The world is not in your books and maps. It is out there.”

“It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.”

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”

“It’s the deep breath before the plunge.”

“Fly, you fools!”

“The board is set. The pieces are moving.”

“It is a comfort not to be mistaken at all points. Do I not know it only too well!”

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“Let folly be our cloak, a veil before the eyes of the Enemy! For he is very wise, and weighs all things to a nicety in the scales of his malice. But the only measure that he knows is desire, desire for power; and so he judges all hearts. Into his heart the thought will not enter that any will refuse it, that having the Ring we may seek to destroy it. If we seek this, we shall put him out of reckoning.”

“He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.”

“It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.”

“Then darkness took me, and I strayed out of thought and time, and I wandered far on roads that I will not tell. Naked I was sent back – for a brief time, until my task is done.”

“Yet it has a bottom, beyond light and knowledge.”

“It is not our part here to take thought only for a season, or for a few lives of Men, or for a passing age of the world. We should seek a final end of this menace, even if we do not hope to make one.”

“To me it would not seem that a Steward who faithfully surrenders his charge is diminished in love or in honour.”

“The treacherous are ever distrustful.”

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“And he that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.”

“Well, here at last, dear friends, on the shores of the Sea comes the end of our fellowship in Middle-earth. Go in peace!”

“Who knows? Have patience. Go where you must go, and hope!”

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“Only a small part is played in great deeds by any hero.”

“Yet a treacherous weapon is ever a danger to the hand.”

“Courage will now be your best defense against the storm that is at hand-—that and such hope as I bring.”

“Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”

“That wound will never fully heal. He will carry it the rest of his life.”

“May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.”

“The wise speak only of what they know.”

“To crooked eyes truth may wear a wry face.”

“I’m looking for someone to share in an adventure.”

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“Many are the strange chances of the world, and help oft shall come from the hands of the weak when the wise falter.”

“Pity? It was Pity that stayed his hand. Pity, and Mercy: not to strike without need. And he has been well rewarded, Frodo. Be sure that he took so little hurt from the evil, and escaped in the end, because he began his ownership of the Ring so. With Pity.”

“Generous deed should not be checked by cold counsel.”

“…remember this: true courage is about knowing not when to take a life, but when to spare one.”

“Go back to the shadow. You shall not pass!”

“Don’t underestimate the evil of gold.”

“Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement.”

Funny Gandalf Quotes

“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?”

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“Don’t… tempt me!”

“You can learn all there is to know about their ways in a month, and yet after a hundred years they can still surprise you.”

“I suppose you think that was terribly clever?”

“If in doubt… always follow your nose!”

“I was talking aloud to myself. A habit of the old: they choose the wisest person present to speak to.”

“Send these foul beasts into the abyss.”

“It will be very good for you, and most amusing for me.”

“If we are to be successful, this will need to be handled with tact, and respect, and no small degree of charm…which is why you will leave the talking to me.”

“All good stories deserve embellishment.”

“Be silent. Keep your forked tongue behind your teeth. I did not pass through fire and death to bandy crooked words with a witless worm.”

“Oh, it’s quite simple. If you are a friend, you speak the password, and the doors will open.”

“I am Gandalf, and Gandalf means me.”

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Best Gandalf Quotes

“There is only one lord of the ring. Only one who can bend it to his will. And he does not share power!”

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“Understand, Frodo – I would use this ring from a desire to do good, but through me… It would wield a power too great and terrible to imagine!”

“Bilbo Baggins! Do not take me for some conjurer of cheap tricks! I am not trying to rob you! I’m trying to help you.”

“A wizard is never late, nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.”

“I do not ask for pardon, master Elrond, for the black speech of Mordor may yet be heard in every corner of the west!”

“Understand, Frodo – I would use this ring from a desire to do good, but through me… It would wield a power too great and terrible to imagine!”

“Bilbo Baggins! Do not take me for some conjurer of cheap tricks! I am not trying to rob you! I’m trying to help you.”

“A wizard is never late, nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.”

“I do not ask for pardon, master Elrond, for the black speech of Mordor may yet be heard in every corner of the west!”

“All we have to do is decide what to do with the time that is given to us.”

best gandalf quotes

“I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor. You cannot pass. The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udûn. Go back to the Shadow! You cannot pass.”

“Something has crept, or has been driven out of dark waters under the mountains. There are older and fouler things than Orcs in the deep places of the world.”

“I must rest here a moment, even if all the orcs ever spawned are after us.”

“It may be your task to find the Cracks of Doom; but that quest may be for others: I do not know. At any rate you are not ready for that long road yet.”

“With a terrible cry the Balrog fell forward, and its shadow plunged down and vanished. But even as it fell it swung its whip, and the thongs lashed and curled about the wizard’s knees, dragging him to the brink. He staggered and fell, grasped vainly at the stone, and slid into the abyss. ‘Fly, you fools!’ he cried, and was gone.”

“This is the Master-ring, the One Ring to rule them all. This is the One Ring that he lost many ages ago, to the great weakening of his power. He greatly desires it — but he must not get it.”

“If you wish to change the weather of the world, you should find yourself another wizard.” 

” I think there’s more to this Hobbit than meets the eye.”

” I did not give you that map and key for you to hold on to the past.”

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