Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain.
It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.
I really don't believe in magic.
There are some things you can't share without ending up liking each other.
To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.
Talent and intelligence never yet inoculated anyone against the caprice of the fates.
I was set free because my greatest fear had been realized, and I still had a daughter who I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.
Never be ashamed! There's some who'll hold it against you, but they're not worth bothering with.
Failure means a stripping away of the inessential.
There is no good or evil: only power and those too weak to seak it.
Jane Austen is the pinnacle to which all other authors aspire.
If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.
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.
The moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you.
His priority did not seem to be to teach them what he knew, but rather to impress upon them that nothing, not even... knowledge, was foolproof.
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 romanticized by fools.
Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.
It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.
Humans have a knack for choosing precisely the things that are worst for them.
The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and must therefore be treated with great caution.
Hearing voices no one else can hear isn't a good sign, even in the wizarding world.
There's no formula.
If you're holding out for universal popularity, I'm afraid you will be in this cabin for a very long time.
It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.
Of all the subjects on this planet, I think my parents would have been hard put to name one less useful than Greek mythology to securing the keys to an executive bathroom.
Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.
The best of us must sometimes eat our words.
However my parents - both of whom came from impoverished backgrounds and neither of whom had been to college, took the view that my overactive imagination was an amusing quirk that would never pay a mortgage or secure a pension.
What's coming will come and we'll just have to meet it when it does.
I was convinced that the only thing I wanted to do ever - was write novels.
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