Dear WHI's,

One of my all time favourite books are the Harry Potter ones, written by J. K. Rowling. And while rereading them, I was amazed by how well she is able to intertwine words into wise sentences. While she is most notorious for her Harry Potter books, she made perfect commends on many more occasions. So today I want to look at my favourite quotes from Harry Potter, interviews and other books, about self love, acceptance and failure. I hope you enjoy!

“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.”

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"What's coming will come and we'll just have to meet it when it does."

"The most important thing is to read as much as you can, like I did. It will give you an understanding of what makes good writing and it will enlarge your vocabulary."

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"I was set free because my greatest fear had been realised, and I still had a daughter who I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life."

"It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."

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“The world is full of wonderful things you haven’t seen yet. Don’t ever give up on the chance of seeing them.”

“We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same and worth saving.”

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"And the idea of just wandering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me for a while is just bliss."

"If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals."

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"Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power to that enables us to empathise with humans whose experiences we have never shared."

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"It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default."

"Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain."

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"The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that you are, ever after, secure in your ability to survive."

"As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters."

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"We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better."

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

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"Are you the sort of person who gloats when they see a woman fall, or the kind that celebrates a magnificent recovery?"

“The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with caution.”

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"You will never truly know yourself, or the strength of your relationships, until both have been tested by adversity."

"Whatever money you might have, self-worth really lies in finding out what you do best."

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"It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be."

"I have never been remotely ashamed of having been depressed. Never. What’s to be ashamed of? I went through a really rough time and I am quite proud that I got out of that."

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"Is ‘fat’ really the worst thing a human being can be? Is ‘fat’ worse than ‘vindictive’, ‘jealous’, ‘shallow’, ‘vain’, ‘boring’ or ‘cruel’? Not to me."

"You’ve got to work. It’s about structure. It’s about discipline. It’s all these deadly things that your schoolteacher told you you needed… You need it.”

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"I don’t think there’s any harm at all in allowing a kid to fantasize. In fact, I think to stop people from fantasising is a very destructive thing indeed."

"Sometimes, you have to stop trying to force it, walk away and let your subconscious show you the way. Fill up on life for a while.”

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“Wit beyond measure is a man’s greatest treasure.”

“Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”

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“If someone asked for my recipe for happiness, step one would be finding out what you love doing most in the world and step two would be finding someone to pay you to do it.”

“Secretly we’re all a little more absurd than we make ourselves out to be.”

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“Sometimes you have to choose between what is right, and what is easy.”

“The truth is always easier than a lie or an evasion -easier to deal with and easier to live with.”

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“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

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“What’s most important in a friendship? Tolerance and loyalty.”

“To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”

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“We can’t choose our fate, but we can choose others. Be careful in knowing that.”

“I find that discussing an idea out loud is often the way to kill it stone dead.”

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“Achievable goals are the first step to self-improvement.”

“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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“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

“Do not pity the dead. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love.”

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"I would like to be remembered as someone who did the best she could with the talent she had.”

“Humans have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them.”

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“We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.”

"Luck can only get you so far."

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"There is an expiration date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction; the moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you.”

“Curiosity is not a sin…. But we should exercise caution with our curiosity."

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“I think the willfully unimaginative see more monsters. They are often more afraid.”

“If it's a good book, anyone will read it. I'm totally unashamed about still reading things I loved in my childhood.”

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“It was strange how your brain could know what your heart refused to accept.”

“Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.”

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“It is a curious thing, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it.”

“The stories we love best do live in us forever.”

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There are so many more amazing things that J. K. Rowling wrote, so if I missed any let me know! I hope you enjoyed this article. If you have any suggestion let me know!

Loads of love,
Mieke