I'm getting ready to reread the Harry Potter series. That preparation involves waiting on the hard cover boxed set of all seven books to arrive from Amazon, looking all over my book shelves for the paperback of the first book that I used to have, giving up, and seeing that I can pick it up at the local library tomorrow.
I had really hoped to start tonight and since I can't do so, I thought I'd share some of my favorite inspiring quotes from J.K. Rowling from The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination, the speech she gave as the Harvard commencement address in 2008 that showcase a wee bit of her wisdom and awesomeness.
- "Personal happiness lies in knowing that life is not a checklist of acquisition. Your qualifications are not your life."
- "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."
- "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 empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared."
- "Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life."
- "There is an expiry 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."
- "As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters." (She was quoting Seneca.)
You can see her full speech here:
J.K. Rowling speaks even more words of wit and wisdom through her characters, so I'm thinking of sharing favorites quotes from each book as I go.
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