A Year of Creating Dangerously, Day 329: Saturday Life Quotes from Harry Potter

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“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
― Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

J.K. Rowling has gained such an iconic status in pop culture that it is easy to forget she is also an extremely gifted writer who excels at communicating wit and wisdom through her characters. Her personal story is well known in a rags-to-riches way but it is plain that what she endured gave her insight into life that most of us completely miss.

As I was reading through quotes from her Harry Potter books (most of them put into the mouth of Albus Dumbledore), I was once again so thankful to her and the gift she gave to all of us in the form of her wizarding world series of books. I read those books aloud to my kids and was always impressed by the truly good and beautiful truths that were woven throughout the stories. Not to mention them being some ripping yarns!

It should never be lost in all the Harry Potter hoopla and fan-mania that J.K. Rowling is a wonderful artist. Below are the Saturday Life Quotes for today, drawn from all seven books of her Harry Potter series…

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“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
― Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
― Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

“To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”
― Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

“When in doubt, go to the library.”
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
“You think the dead we loved truly ever leave us? You think that we don’t recall them more clearly in times of great trouble?”
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
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“Curiosity is not a sin…. But we should exercise caution with our curiosity… yes, indeed.”
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
― Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”
― Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
“Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.”
― Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

“Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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“Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.”
― Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
“Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.”
“Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.”
― Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
“Youth can not know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.”
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
“You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it.”
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
“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.”
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
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“It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”
― Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
“Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.”
― Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
“Dumbledore says people find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right.”
― Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
“I make mistakes like the next man. In fact, being–forgive me–rather cleverer than most men, my mistakes tend to be correspondingly huger.”
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.”
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”
― Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

“Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love.”
― Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
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