36 Incredible J.K. Rowling Quotes On Success & Living Your Best Life

  1. “As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.”
  2. “Curiosity is not a sin…. But we should exercise caution with our curiosity… yes, indeed.”
  3. “I mean, you could claim that anything’s real if the only basis for believing in it is that nobody’s proved it doesn’t exist!”
  4. “I would definitely see what Harry sees. I would have seen my mother. I would have been able to talk to my mother. Definitely [my] mum dying had a profound influence on the books because I had been writing about Harry for six months when she died. In the first draft his parents were disposed of in almost a cavalier fashion. Six months in and my mother dies, and I really think from that moment on death became a central, if not the central, theme of the seven books.” (Today)
  5. “I’ve no idea where ideas come from and I hope I never find out; it would spoil the excitement for me if it turned out I just have a funny little wrinkle on the surface of my brain which makes me think about invisible train platforms.” (Amazon.co.uk)
  6. “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.”
  7. “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 fail by default.”
  8. “It was a bereavement. It was huge. Although I knew it was coming, we all know that the people we love are mortal, we all know we’re mortal, we know it’s going to end; you can’t prepare yourself for it. So even though I always knew it would be seven books, that was it, I knew how it was going to end, and when it ended I was in a slight state of shock.” (Oprah)
  9. “It was simultaneously terrifying and one of the most wonderful things I’ve done in my life. It was wonderful. The British aren’t very good at celebrating themselves. We have quite a complex view of ourselves, I think. And that was one evening where we got it right, and we celebrated being British in a way that we all felt comfortable with.” (CBS News)
  10. “Of course one could be cynical and say it was a marketing ploy, but I don’t want the kids to know what’s coming because that’s part of the excitement of the story. I’ve sweated blood creating all my red herrings and lay all my clues.” (Newsnight)
  11. “Some failure in life is inevitable. 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 fail by default.”
  12. “The best of us must sometimes eat our words.”
  13. “The only way out is through.”
  14. “The worst that can happen is that everyone says, ‘That’s shockingly bad.”
  15. “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.”
  16. “There’s nothing better when something comes and hits you and you think ‘YES’!”
  17. “This may surprise people, but in many, many ways Hufflepuff is my favorite house.” (Scholastic Inc.)
  18. “Those are the indulgences you can have before you have children. Now I don’t have time to obsess. All that stuff about, ‘I need to go this certain way and do that’ was an indulgence of my youth.” (The Guardian)
  19. “Three, six, and seven have been the best to write. That’s Azkaban, the Half-Blood Prince, and Deathly Hallows.” (Wit Beyond Measure)
  20. “We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.”
  21. “Whatever money you might have, self-worth really lies in finding out what you do best.” (Mugglenet.com)
    “Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.”
  22. “I think the single biggest thing that money gave me — and obviously I came from a place where I was a single mother, and it really was hand to mouth at one point. It was literally as poor as you can get in Britain without being homeless at one point. If you’ve ever been there you will never, ever take for granted that you don’t need to worry. Never.'”
  23. “I wish you all very good lives.”
  24. “I’ve got two daughters who will have to make their way in this skinny-obsessed world, and it worries me, because I don’t want them to be empty-headed, self-obsessed, emaciated clones; I’d rather they were independent, interesting, idealistic, kind, opinionated, original, funny — a thousand things before ‘thin.’ And frankly, I’d rather they didn’t give a gust of stinking chihuahua flatulence whether the woman standing next to them has fleshier knees than they do. Let my girls be Hermiones, rather than Pansy Parkinsons.'”
  25. “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 that enables us to empathise with humans whose experiences we have never shared.”
  26. “It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”
  27. “Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.”
  28. “Personal happiness lies in knowing that life is not a checklist of acquisition. Your qualifications are not your life.'”
  29. “Poverty entails fear and stress and sometimes depression; it meets a thousand petty humiliations and hardships. Climbing out of poverty by your own efforts, that is something on which to pride yourself, but poverty itself is romanticised by fools.'”
  30. “The truth is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with caution.”
  31. “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.”
  32. “We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better.”
  33. “You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable. 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 fail by default.”
  34. “You place too much importance… on the so-called purity of blood! You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be!”
  35. “You sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.”
  36. “You will never truly know yourself, or the strength of your relationships, until both have been tested by adversity. Such knowledge is a true gift, for all that it is painfully won, and it has been worth more than any qualification I ever earned.”
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