Thursday, July 25, 2024

J.K. Rowling 100 Quotes


1.“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”

2.“You haven’t got a letter on yours,” George observed. “I suppose she thinks you don’t forget your name. But we’re not stupid-we know we’re called Gred and Forge.”

3.“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

4.“You know, Minister, I disagree with Dumbledore on many counts…but you cannot deny he’s got style…”

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

6.“Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.”

7.“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”

8.“Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.”

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

10.“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already.”

11.“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”

12.“Why are they all staring?” demanded Albus as he and Rose craned around to look at the other students.
“Don’t let it worry you,” said Ron. “It’s me. I’m extremely famous.”

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

14.“Dumbledore says people find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right.”

15.“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.”

16.“Cinderella? Snow White? What’s that? An illness?”

17.“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”

18.“Albus Severus,” Harry said quietly, so that nobody but Ginny could hear, and she was tactful enough to pretend to be waving to Rose, who was now on the train, “you were named for two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them was a Slytherin and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew.”

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

20.“I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.”

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

22.“Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.”

23.“Remember, if the time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right and what is easy, remember what happened to a boy who was good, and kind, and brave, because he strayed across the path of Lord Voldemort. Remember Cedric Diggory.”

24.“Holey? You have the the whole world of ear-related humor before you, you go for holey?”

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

26.“The thing about growing up with Fred and George,” said Ginny thoughtfully, “is that you sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.”

27.“Just because you have the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn’t mean we all have.”

28.“Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.”

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

30.“Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.”

31.“Oh well… I’d just been thinking, if you had died, you’d have been welcome to share my toilet.”

32.“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.”

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

34.“Yeah, Quirrell was a great teacher. There was just that minor drawback of him having Lord Voldemort sticking out of the back of his head!”

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

36.“One can never have enough socks,” said Dumbledore. “Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.”

37.“He can run faster than Severus Snape confronted with shampoo.”

38.“It was, he thought, the difference between being dragged into the arena to face a battle to the death and walking into the arena with your head held high. Some people, perhaps, would say that there was little to choose between the two ways, but Dumbledore knew – and so do I, thought Harry, with a rush of fierce pride, and so did my parents – that there was all the difference in the world.”

39.“It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”

40.“It is my belief… that the truth is generally preferable to lies.”

41.“Of all the trees we could’ve hit, we had to get one that hits back.”

42.“Not my daughter, you bitch!”

43.“He was my mum and dad’s best friend. He’s a convicted murderer, but he’s broken out of wizard prison and he’s on the run. He likes to keep in touch with me, though…keep up with my news…check if I’m happy…”

44.“Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out.”

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

46.“Percy wouldn’t notice a joke if it danced naked in front of him wearing one of Dobby’s hats.”

47.“There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.”

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

49.“Youth can not know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.”

50.“From now on, I don’t care if my tea leaves spell ‘Die, Ron, Die,’ I’m chucking them in the bin where they belong.”

51.“Honestly, if you were any slower, you’d be going backward.”

52.“Sometimes you remind me a lot of James. He called it my ‘furry little problem’ in company. Many people were under the impression that I owned a badly behaved rabbit.”

53.“It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.”

54.“Does it hurt?” The childish question had escaped Harry’s lips before he could stop it.

55.“Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!”

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

57.“Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!”

58.“Don’t put your wand there, boy!” roared Moody. “What if it ignited? Better wizards than you have lost buttocks, you know!” “Who d’you know who’s lost a buttock?” the violet-haired woman asked Mad-Eye interestedly. “Never you mind, you just keep your wand out of your back pocket!” growled Mad-Eye. “Elementary wand safety, nobody bothers about it anymore . . .” He stumped off toward the kitchen. “And I saw that,” he added irritably, as the woman rolled her eyes at the ceiling.”

59.“The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well.”

60.“You should write a book,” Ron told Hermione as he cut up his potatoes, “translating mad things girls do so boys can understand them.”

61.“Ginny!” said Mr. Weasley, flabbergasted. “Haven’t I taught you anything? What have I always told you? Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain?”

62.“According to Madam Pomfrey, thoughts could leave deeper scars than almost anything else.”

63.“What happened down in the dungeons between you and Professor Quirrell is a complete secret, so, naturally the whole school knows.”

64.“Dumbledore’s man through and through, aren’t you Potter?” “Yeah I am,” said Harry. “Glad we straightened that out.”

65.“I hope you’re pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed – or worse, expelled. Now if you don’t mind, I’m going to bed.”

66.“The world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters.”

67.“The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.”

68.“There is no good and evil, there is only power and those too weak to seek it.”

69.“You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it.”

70.“Don’t worry. You’re just as sane as I am.”

71.“Why are you worrying about YOU-KNOW-WHO, when you should be worrying about YOU-NO-POO? The constipation sensation that’s gripping the nation!”

72.“There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.”

73.“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.”

74.“Harry was left to ponder in silence the depths to which girls would sink to get revenge.”

75.“So light a fire!” Harry choked. “Yes…of course…but there’s no wood!” … “HAVE YOU GONE MAD!” Ron bellowed. “ARE YOU A WITCH OR NOT!”

76.“I want to commit the murder I was imprisoned for.”

77.“I’m going to keep going until I succeed — or die. Don’t think I don’t know how this might end. I’ve known it for years.”

78.“Every second he breathed, the smell of the grass, the cool air on his face, was so precious: To think that people had years and years, time to waste, so much time it dragged, and he was clinging to each second.”

79.“Don’t let the muggles get you down.”

80.“For instance, this new idea that You-Know-Who can kill with a single glance from his eyes. That’s a basilisk, listeners. One simple test: Check whether the thing that’s glaring at you has got legs. If it has, it’s safe to look into its eyes, although if it really is You-Know-Who, that’s still likely to be the last thing you ever do.”

81.“You think the dead we loved ever truly leave us? You think that we don’t recall them more clearly in times of great trouble?”

82.“The mind is not a book, to be opened at will and examined at leisure. Thoughts are not etched on the inside of skulls, to be perused by an invader. The mind is a complex and many-layered thing, Potter… or at least, most minds are…”

83.“A breeze ruffled the neat hedges of Privet Drive, which lay silent and tidy under the inky sky, the very last place you would expect astonishing things to happen. Harry Potter rolled over inside his blankets without waking up. One small hand closed on the letter beside him and he slept on, not knowing he was special, not knowing he was famous, not knowing he would be woken in a few hours’ time by Mrs. Dursley’s scream as she opened the front door to put out the milk bottles, nor that he would spend the next few weeks being prodded and pinched by his cousin Dudley…He couldn’t know that at this very moment, people meeting in secret all over the country were holding up their glasses and saying in hushed voices: “To Harry Potter – the boy who lived!”

84.“But Dumbledore says he doesn’t care what they do as long as they don’t take him off the Chocolate Frog cards.”

85.“Your mother died to save you. If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love. He didn’t realize that love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark. Not a scar, no visible sign… to have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever. It is in your very own skin. Quirrel, full of hatred, greed, and ambition, sharing his soul with Voldemort, could not touch you for this reason. It was agony to touch a person marked by something so good.”

86.“To hurt is as human as to breathe.”

87.“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.”

88.“I’ll be in my bedroom, making no noise and pretending I’m not there.”

89.“We did it, we bashed them wee Potter’s the one, and Voldy’s gone moldy, so now let’s have fun!”

90.“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.”

91.“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!”

92.“I make mistakes like the next man. In fact, being–forgive me–rather cleverer than most men, my mistakes tend to be correspondingly huger.”

93.“Look…at…me…” he whispered. The green eyes found the black, but after a second, something in the depths of the dark pair seemed to vanish, leaving them fixed, blank, and empty. The hand holding Harry thudded to the floor, and Snape moved no more.”

94.“Are you insane? Of course I want to leave the Dursleys! Have you got a house? When can I move in?”

95.“Just because it’s taken you three years to notice, Ron, doesn’t mean no one else has spotted I’m a girl!”

96.“Hogwarts was the first and best home he had known. He and Voldemort and Snape, the abandoned boys, had all found home here. ”

97.“Time will not slow down when something unpleasant lies ahead.”

98.“So that’s little Scorpious. Make sure you beat him in every test, Rosie. Thank god you’ve inherited your mother’s brains.”

99.“Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”

100.“By all means continue destroying my possessions. I daresay I have too many.”

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