30 J.K. Rowling Quotes on Living, Dreaming, and Turning On the Light

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When it comes to finding hope, take it from someone who had actually lived a hard life before accomplishing massive success. These thirty J.K. Rowling quotes reveal a lot of the person behind the legendary Harry Potter world.

Born Joanne Rowling on 31 July 1965, J.K. Rowling is the acclaimed author of the Harry Potter fantasy series. Her work has since earned her numerous awards and sold more than 500 million copies worldwide. Prior to her international fame, Rowling worked for Amnesty International.

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While on a delayed train in 1990, the idea for the Harry Potter novels came about. The first Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was ultimately published in 1997. However, the seven-year period that preceded her big break was not without personal struggles.

She lost her mother, gave birth to her first child, divorced from her first husband, and lived in poverty before gaining success as a writer. Rowling’s life has since become the perfect epitome of a “rags to riches” story. The books have also been adapted for the big screen, which garnered her greater popularity. Eventually, Rowling became the world’s first billionaire author.

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Rowling isn’t just a wealthy, influential figure, she’s also one who shares her blessings to those who need it. Proof of her compassion is the fact that much of her earnings were given to charities. Nonetheless, she remains one of the wealthiest people in the world. Not to mention one of the most generous, too.

Here are 30 J.K. Rowling quotes to help you get through a challenging phase in your life.

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

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. – J.K. Rowling

Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light. – J.K. Rowling

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Life is difficult, and complicated, and beyond anyone’s total control, and the humility to know that will enable you to survive its vicissitudes. – J.K. Rowling

Secretly we’re all a little more absurd than we make ourselves out to be. – J.K. Rowling

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I have never been remotely ashamed of having been depressed. Never. What’s to be ashamed of? I went through a really rough time and I am quite proud that I got out of that. – J.K. Rowling

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. – J.K. Rowling

You will never truly know yourself, or the strength of your relationships, until both have been tested by adversity. – J.K. Rowling

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I don’t think there’s any harm at all in allowing a kid to fantasize. In fact, I think to stop people from fantasizing is a very destructive thing indeed. – J.K. Rowling

What’s coming will come and we’ll just have to meet it when it does. – J.K. Rowling

I would like to be remembered as someone who did the best she could with the talent she had. – J.K. Rowling

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We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same and worth saving. – J.K. Rowling

We have to choose between what is right, and what is easy. – J.K. Rowling

Whatever money you might have, self-worth really lies in finding out what you do best. – J.K. Rowling

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Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences. – J.K. Rowling

The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that you are, ever after, secure in your ability to survive. – J.K. Rowling

The world is full of wonderful things you haven’t seen yet. Don’t ever give up on the chance of seeing them. – J.K. Rowling

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Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keep its brain. – J.K. Rowling

Sometimes, you have to stop trying to force it, walk away and let your subconscious show you the way. Fill up on life for a while. – J.K. Rowling

It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live. – J.K. Rowling

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Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open. – J.K. Rowling

What’s most important in a friendship? Tolerance and loyalty. – J.K. Rowling

You sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve. – J.K. Rowling

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I find that discussing an idea out loud is often the way to kill it stone dead. – J.K. Rowling

Achievable goals are the first step to self-improvement. – J.K. Rowling

If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals. – J.K. Rowling

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Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young. – J.K. Rowling

Imagination is the foundation of all invention and innovation. – J.K. Rowling

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I’ve been writing since I was six. It is a compulsion, so I can’t really say where the desire came from; I’ve always had it. My breakthrough with the first book came through persistence because a lot of publishers turned it down! – J.K. Rowling

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. – J.K. Rowling

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