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I have read many books and watched many movies, and I just thought of a specific retort that a character made, possibly in the Harry Potter movies (I want to say this was Dumbledore), to being bid "Good morning" or "Good day":

Basically, it was very roughly along the lines of "Are you wishing that I will have a good morning, or are you stating that I should have a good morning whether I like it or not?"

I would almost have to re-watch all of the HP movies to find this, and even then, I could be wrong about the context.

Does anyone happen to remember this discussion in any of the movies?

Maybe it isn't even in Harry Potter. Its exact form, character, and story has escaped my figuring for the past few days, so I thought I might have some luck here, with the experts!

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This quote is from the beginning of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, when Bilbo first meets Gandalf (a character much similar to Dumbledore in looks and demeanor) in front of his house:

Bilbo: Good morning.

Gandalf: What do you mean? Do you mean to wish me a good morning or do you mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not? Or perhaps you mean to say that you feel good on this particular morning. Or are you simply stating that this is a morning to be good on?

Bilbo: All of them at once, I suppose.

In addition to that Walt was kind enough to provide the respective YouTube link for you to see the quote in action (around second 38).

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FWIW, this movie quote is also a near-quote of the book. – Tim S. May 22 '14 at 17:38

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