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J. K. Rowling
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Choosing to live in narrow spaces leads to form of mental agoraphobia and that brings its own terrors. I think the willfully unimaginative see more monsters, they are often more afraid. What is more, those who choose not to empathize enable real monsters. For without ever committing an act of outright evil ourselves, we collude through our own apathy.
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J. K. Rowling, Harvard Commencement Address, 2008
Climbing out of poverty by your own efforts that is something on which to pride yourself, but poverty itself is romanticized only by fools.
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J. K. Rowling, Harvard Commencement Address, 2008
Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than I was and began diverting all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me.
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J. K. Rowling, Harvard Commencement Address, 2008
Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and, therefore, the foundation of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and relevetory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.
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J. K. Rowling, Harvard Commencement Address, 2008
It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not lived at all. In which case, you've failed by default.
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J. K. Rowling, Harvard Commencement Address, 2008
It is not an ennobling experience. Poverty entails fear and stress and sometimes depression. It means a thousand petty humiliations and hardships.
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J. K. Rowling, Harvard Commencement Address, 2008
Life is difficult and complicated and beyond anyone's total control, and the humility to know that will enable you to survive its vicissitudes.
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J. K. Rowling, Harvard Commencement Address, 2008
Personal happiness lies in knowing that life is not a checklist of acquisition or achievement. Your qualifications are not your life.
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J. K. Rowling, Harvard Commencement Address, 2008
Talent and intelligence never yet inoculated anyone against the caprice of the fates.
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J. K. Rowling, Harvard Commencement Address, 2008
The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that you are, ever after, secure in your ability to survive.
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J. K. Rowling, Harvard Commencement Address, 2008
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, the responsibility lies with you.
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J. K. Rowling, Harvard Commencement Address, 2008
Ultimately, we all have to decide for ourselves what constitutes failure, but the world is quite eager to give you a set of criteria if you let it.
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J. K. Rowling, Harvard Commencement Address, 2008
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.
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J. K. Rowling, Harvard Commencement Address, 2008
We touch other peoples lives simply by existing.
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J. K. Rowling, Harvard Commencement Address, 2008
You will never truly know yourself or the strength of your relationships until both have been tested by adversity.
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J. K. Rowling, Harvard Commencement Address, 2008
Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.
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