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J. K. Rowling
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Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.
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J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 2003
The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and must therefore be treated with great caution.
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J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
The consequences of our actions are so complicated, so diverse, that predicting the future is a very difficult business indeed.
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J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
There is no good or evil: only power and those too weak to seek it.
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J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone
Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here!
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J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, 1997
Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.
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J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, 1997
It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.
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J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, 1997
There are some things you can't share without ending up liking each other.
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J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, 1997
To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.
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J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, 1997
Achievable goals are the first step to self improvement.
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J. K. Rowling, Harvard Commencement Address, 2008
Choosing to live in narrow spaces leads to form of mental agoraphobia and that brings its own terrors. I think the willfully unimaginative see more monsters, they are often more afraid. What is more, those who choose not to empathize enable real monsters. For without ever committing an act of outright evil ourselves, we collude through our own apathy.
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J. K. Rowling, Harvard Commencement Address, 2008
Climbing out of poverty by your own efforts that is something on which to pride yourself, but poverty itself is romanticized only by fools.
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J. K. Rowling, Harvard Commencement Address, 2008
Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than I was and began diverting all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me.
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J. K. Rowling, Harvard Commencement Address, 2008
Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and, therefore, the foundation of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and relevetory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.
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J. K. Rowling, Harvard Commencement Address, 2008
It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not lived at all. In which case, you've failed by default.
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J. K. Rowling, Harvard Commencement Address, 2008
It is not an ennobling experience. Poverty entails fear and stress and sometimes depression. It means a thousand petty humiliations and hardships.
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J. K. Rowling, Harvard Commencement Address, 2008
Life is difficult and complicated and beyond anyone's total control, and the humility to know that will enable you to survive its vicissitudes.
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J. K. Rowling, Harvard Commencement Address, 2008
Personal happiness lies in knowing that life is not a checklist of acquisition or achievement. Your qualifications are not your life.
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J. K. Rowling, Harvard Commencement Address, 2008
Talent and intelligence never yet inoculated anyone against the caprice of the fates.
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J. K. Rowling, Harvard Commencement Address, 2008
The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that you are, ever after, secure in your ability to survive.
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J. K. Rowling, Harvard Commencement Address, 2008
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