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15 Inspiring Quotes From The Harry Potter Series

15 Inspiring Quotes From The Harry Potter Series

“The greatest thing Harry Potter has given the world, is the freedom to use our imagination” – Oprah Winfrey.

The Harry Potter books penned by the prolific wordsmith J.K. Rowling are one of the most imaginative, magical and captivating stories ever written.

Hidden in this beautiful series of books are messages of love, friendship, family, courage and many more inspiring life lessons. The books and movies have touched millions of people all over the world. The strong characters have inspired many to take up debates and issues which the book addresses – from libertarianism to feminism to civil rights to raising their voices against power struggles, bigotry, and violence.

J.W. Eagan sensibly said, ‘Never judge a book by its movie.” However, the Harry Potter series is a rare instance of the films complementing the books exceedingly well. Yes, they do not cover all the details, but they do justice to most of the books in the 2-3 hours that is the length of a feature film. The level of detail from art design, to sets, to special effects, to the conviction of the characters portrayed bring alive the enchanting world of Harry Potter. I suspect the close association of the author with the films might have something to do with this.

J.K. Rowling’s sparkling wit, humor and exceptional ability to deliver simple insights with great impact are seen in these several quotes that went on to become extremely popular with fans. Notable among these are those belonging to Albus Dumbledore, who in many ways was her voice in the books.

Here is a pick of some of the best quotes about life lessons relating to different topics:

On coping with loss:

Dumbledore reminds Harry to live in the present moment and not dream of a past gone or a future that could have been.

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

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    On courage:

    Courage comes in various forms, it’s not just about fighting your enemies like Harry, Ron and Hermione demonstrate, but also about confronting your friends like Neville shows us.

    “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 Sorcerer’s Stone

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      On death:

      Dumbledore points out to Harry the wisdom of accepting our mortality and not fearing the end but looking upon it as an opportunity for a new beginning.

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

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        On choices:

        You are a consequence of your choices in life. It doesn’t matter how capable or talented you are, it’s what you do that makes a difference in the world. We are who we choose to become.

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

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          On happiness:

          Happiness is an inside job. It is a conscious choice and lasting happiness emanates from within and is not affected by external circumstances. We all have it within us to find that hope in the midst of despair.

          “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if only one remembers to turn on the light” – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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            On character:

            Do unto others as you would want them to do unto you. Treating everyone with kindness is important, as Sirius Black points out.

            “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

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              On making the right decisions:

              When we are faced with problems, it’s only too easy to take the easy way out but this may not always be the right choice.

              “Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.” – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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                On being sensitive:

                Empathize with others and put yourself in their shoes to appreciate their point of view.

                “Just because you have the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn’t mean we all have.” – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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                  On accepting and understanding ourselves:

                  We have all experience positive and negative thoughts, emotions, and sensations. But we have a choice not to be swayed by them, through making independent decisions on how to act appropriately.

                  “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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                    On being human and recognizing the power of pain:

                    If we didn’t have problems, we wouldn’t appreciate the good things in life. Pain, loss, and failure is inevitable in life and brings perspective, clarity and is a catalyst for positive change, should you allow it to be.

                    “Harry, suffering like this proves you are still a man! This pain is part of being human … the fact that you can feel pain like this is your greatest strength.
” – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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                      On karma:

                      Everything will work out eventually and for the best, even if it’s not in the way we expected it.

                      “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

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                        On the fear of death:

                        It is the lack of knowledge and experience that makes us fear death and darkness, just like a child may fear the shadows but as she grows and understands more, she becomes fearless.

                        “It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.
” – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

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                          On reality and the mind:

                          Reality is but an illusion. Everything we experience in the world is a reflection of our mind. So our perception is colored by our internal makeup which is why different people see the same things, differently. This is J.K. Rowling’s favorite quote from the series.

                          “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

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                            On using words wisely:

                            Words can hurt or heal so choose yours carefully. Think before you speak.

                            “Words are in my not-so-humble opinion, the most inexhaustible form of magic we have, capable both of inflicting injury and remedying it.” ― Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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                              On love:

                              True love is unconditional and eternal.

                              “After all this time?”
                              “Always,” said Snape.” ― Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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                                The End of an Epic!

                                This quote is not from the series and was spoken by JK Rowling at the premiere of the last film. It was the perfect way to bid a fond farewell to Potter fans who mourned the end of their childhood with the end of the series; as many of us grew up with this books and movies. However, they will stay with us forever.

                                “No story lives unless someone wants to listen. The stories we love best do live in us forever. So whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” ― J.K. Rowling

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                                  So, what is your favorite Harry Potter quote?

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                                  30 Powerful Success and Failure Quotes That Will Lead You to Success

                                  30 Powerful Success and Failure Quotes That Will Lead You to Success

                                  No one can live a positive life without failing. However, many people experience a fear of failure, despite its inevitability in life. Failure, as you will see from these 30 success and failure quotes, is the key ingredient for the recipe of success!

                                  Today’s society is obsessed with success and achievement, and failure is definitely NOT part of the equation. Failure and making mistakes is hidden away or seen as a human weakness.

                                  However, if you avoid making mistakes in life, struggle to do everything right, and are obsessed with perfection and order, then living and experiencing a successful and happy life is going to be impossible.

                                  Embrace your failure, whether it is one failure or many failures, because with the right attitude and a willingness to learn from your mistakes, you are guaranteed a lifetime of success. Here are some uplifting quotes about failure and success to help you get started.

                                  1. “Never let success get to your head; never let failure get to your heart.” -Anonymous

                                  This quote is important for those of us who feel downtrodden after every failure, heartbroken, if you will. If you let failure get you down for more than a couple of days, you’re wasting away your chance to bounce back from it.

                                  On the other hand, if you allow yourself to build an inflated ego after every success, future failures may be even harder to cope with. Maintain a sense of humility and gratitude for each success and failure you find.

                                  2. “Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie?” -Marilyn Monroe

                                  Marilyn Monroe is spot on with this one. The first person who should be there to catch you when you fall is you. You have to be your own best advocate, the person to build you up when it feels like everything is going wrong. The others in your support system are just icing on the cake.

                                  3. “You always pass failure on your way to success.” -Mickey Rooney

                                  In today’s competitive world, it’s hard to understand that almost no one experiences failure before they experience genuine, lasting success. Failure is what forces you to learn in order to achieve that goal you’ve been working up to.

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                                  4. “Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up.” -Chinese proverb

                                  Everyone falls. Those who refuse to pick themselves back up, no matter if it’s after two days or two years, are the true failures.

                                  5. “Successful people don’t fear failure but understand that it’s necessary to learn and grow from.” -Robert Kiyosaki

                                  There are many success and failure quotes on this idea, and that’s because it’s so very important. Learning doesn’t happen when things are easy. It happens when things get tough and you have to find a way through challenges.

                                  6. “The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.” -Barack Obama

                                  No one can escape failure. If you let it keep you down and shying away from achieving your goals, you’ve failed again. If you learn from it and continue on your path toward greatness, it wasn’t a true failure but a lesson.

                                  7. “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” -Og Mandion

                                  Determination is one of the best antidotes to failure. Even if you take two steps forward and one step back, you’re still moving forward with grit and determination. Keep going!

                                  8. “Fear regret more than failure.” -Taryn Rose

                                  At the end of your life, what do you think you’ll feel worst about, failing or never trying?

                                  9. “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” -Nelson Mandela

                                  If anyone has enough insight to offer us success and failure quotes, it’s Nelson Mandela. He learned that that path to success (and freedom) is full of setbacks. His determination, however, led him to make amazing changes in the world around him. Now that’s success.

                                  10. “The secret of life is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” -Paulo Coelho

                                  Each time you get back up, it will get easier and easier, and you’ll realize each time that those failures are the greatest lessons life will ever give you.

                                  11. “Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.” -Napoleon Hill

                                  Unfortunately, many people stop trying after a large failure comes their way. They lose their confidence, determination, and will. However, success usually follows quickly behind these huge failures because you’ve inevitably learned what not to do.

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                                  Don’t stop with the huge failure. Take a few more steps and see if it gets you where you wanted to go.

                                  12. I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” -Thomas Alva Edison

                                  Through his success and failure quotes, Thomas Edison shows us that failures are only truly failures if you don’t learn the lesson they offer.

                                  13. “It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” -Bill Gates

                                  Celebrating success feels good, but learning the lessons of failure is where growth occurs[1], which can lead you to even greater successes.

                                  14. “The only thing that separates success from failure is one last attempt. Try one more time and you will get lucky.” -Apoorve Dubey

                                  Every success comes from an attempt. If you don’t try one more time, you’ll never know if it could’ve been your big chance at big success.

                                  15. “Failure is a detour; not a dead-end street.” -Zig Ziglar

                                  Many people get impatient with failure. They feel that it’s a stopping point, or a road that’s too long to walk. However, the patience to take that new road is exactly what’s necessary to find success. If success is easy to find, it likely won’t last very long.

                                  16. “In the real world, very smart people fail, and mediocre people rise. Part of what makes people fail or succeed are skills that have nothing to do with IQ. Also, the idea that intelligence can be gauged by an IQ test is erroneous.” -Camille Paglia

                                  Failure is not a sign of a lack of intelligence, as Paglia suggests. Failure is a sign of great intelligence and great courage. She also points out the important point that intelligence takes many forms, and it’s often the grit and maturity to accept failure for the temporary setback that it is.

                                  17. “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” -Oprah Winfrey

                                  Queens will always be queens, no matter if they experience success or failure. And you will always be you, so use that to your advantage, and take the risk of failure in order to reach success.

                                  18. “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.” -J.K. Rowling

                                  Living a life free of failure generally means you have lived a boring, uneventful life. Is it really worth it?

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                                  19. “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.” -Richard Branson

                                  If you’ve ever watched a child learn to walk, you know that Branson’s success and failure quotes are true. Children are determined. They fall, and they get back up. And then they learn, and soon they’re running.

                                  20. “Success or failure is caused more by mental attitude than by mental capacity.” -Walter Scott

                                  Scott knows that intelligence is less of a determining factor in success than determination or ruthless optimism. Set yourself up for success by cultivating both.

                                  21. “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again. That is why I succeed.” -Michael Jordan

                                  Michael Jordan knows failure, and yet we know him as an incredibly successful person. Why? Because he never let the failures stop him from moving on.

                                  22. “There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.” -José N. Harris

                                  The secrets to success are pretty simple, and living a full life is only possible once you learn that getting up after a failure will bring a great sense of satisfaction and joy.

                                  23. “All people fail at certain instances in their lives, the only thing that makes them different is how they manage to stand up or how they choose to fail again.” -Unknown

                                  If you fail, you’re like the vast majority of the world. What makes you different is how you choose to respond.

                                  24. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” -Robert Kennedy

                                  If you aim high, even if you fall short you’ll still likely be ahead of the majority of people. Take the time in life to fail greatly because that’s where you’ll find your true self.

                                  25. “Failure is good as long as it doesn’t become a habit.” -Michael Eisner

                                  If you continue to make the same mistakes, you’re not learning from your failures. This is when it becomes a destructive habit instead of a moment to propel you toward success.

                                  26. “If you are afraid of failure, you don’t deserve to be successful.” -Charles Barkley

                                  Only those who are willing to accept the hard emotions that come along with failure will be those who will enjoy the good feelings of genuine success.

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                                  27. “Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. It is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead-end street.” -William A. Ward

                                  In his success and failure quotes, Ward points out something important. Failure is often seen as a death stroke, something that stops our success. If we shift our perspective and look upon failure as a teacher instead, we will likely feel very differently about those moments in our life and see that failure is delay, not death.

                                  28. “Courage allows the successful woman to fail and learn powerful lessons from the failure. So that in the end, she didn’t fail at all.” -Maya Angelou

                                  We’ve been here before. Failure is only failure if you don’t learn from it. Let yourself get a bad grade on the test; you’ll study differently next time. Let yourself fail at a relationship; you know how to build a healthier relationship next time.

                                  Every failure brings a lesson. Learn it and move on.

                                  29. “Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.” -William Saroyan

                                  If you think of the moments you learned and grew the most, were they easy times or hard times? Challenges make us better, smarter people[2]. You don’t get wise through an easy life.

                                  30. “Don’t fear failure—not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.” -Bruce Lee

                                  If you try to achieve something great, even a failure feels like a success. At least you had the courage to try. That’s more than most can say.

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                                  Reference

                                  [1] Harvard Business Review: Strategies for Learning from Failure
                                  [2] Psychology Today: How Greater Challenges Help You Grow

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