JK Rowling Quotes on Love, Life and Success

Top 90 J.K. Rowling Quotes about Love, Life and Success

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The Harry Potter series by J K Rowling is famous for a reason—it taught us from a young age the power of love.  Check out her best quotes for her wisdom in sailing through the hardships of life to find love and success.

J K Rowling Quotes about Love

1. “If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”

"If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals." JK Rowling

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

3. “Your mother died to save you. If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love. Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves it’s own mark. To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.”

4. “You’re the one who is weak. You will never know love or friendship. And I feel sorry for you.”

5. When you have seen as much of life as I have, you will not underestimate the power of obsessive love. J K Rowling Share on X

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

7. “Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears. “After all this time?” “Always,” said Snape.”

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

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

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

11. “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.”

12. “You are protected, in short, by your ability to love!”

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

14. “And without thinking, without planning it, without worrying about the fact that fifty people were watching, Harry kissed her.”

15. “Perhaps you have been looking in the wrong places.”

16. “The ones that love us never really leave us. You can always find them, in here.”


J K Rowling Quotes on Life (MOTIVATIONAL)

17. “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.

"Rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life." J K Rowling

18. “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.”

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

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

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

22. As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters. J K Rowling Share on X

23. “People find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right.”

24. “The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that you are, ever after, secure in your ability to survive.”

25. “Life is difficult, and complicated, and beyond anyone’s total control, and the humility to know that will enable you to survive its vicissitudes.”

26. “Whatever money you might have, self-worth really lies in finding out what you do best.”

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

28. I don’t go looking for trouble. Trouble usually finds me. J K Rowling Share on X

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

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

31. “You must accept the reality of other people. You think that reality is up for negotiation, that we think it’s whatever you say it is. You must accept that we are as real as you are; you must accept that you are not God.”


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

33. “The consequences of our actions are always so complicated, so diverse, that predicting the future is a very difficult business indeed.”

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

35. “We must try not to sink beneath our anguish”

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

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

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

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

39. “It is a strange thing, but when you are dreading something, and would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit of speeding up.”

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

41. There are always loose ends in real life. J K Rowling Share on X

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

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

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

45. “You are the true master of death, because the true master does not seek to run away from Death. He accepts that he must die, and understands that there are far, far worse things in the living world than dying.”

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

47. What would come, would come...and you would have to meet it, when it did. J K Rowling Share on X

48. “There’s nothing better when something comes and hits you and you think ‘YES’!”

49. “If someone asked for my recipe for happiness, step one would be finding out what you love doing the most in the world and step two would be finding someone to pay you to do it.”

50. “We have to choose between what is right, and what is easy.”

51. “What’s coming will come and we’ll just have to meet it when it does.”


J K Rowling Quotes on failure and success (INSPIRATIONAL)

52. 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 Share on X

53. “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.”

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

55. “Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I’ve met people who don’t want to try for fear of failing.”

56. “I would like to be remembered as someone who did the best she could with the talent she had.”

57. I had nothing to lose, and sometimes that makes you brave enough to try. J K Rowling Share on X

58. “Failure means a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me.”

59. “Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged.”

60. “Don’t you dare let their laughter extinguish your ambition. Turn it into fuel!”


J K Rowling Quotes about Reading and Writing

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

"Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out." J K Rowling

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

63. “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.”

64. “Writing for me is a kind of compulsion, so I don’t think anyone could have made me do it, or prevented me from doing it.”

65. “I always advise children who ask me for tips on being a writer to read as much as they possibly can. Jane Austen gave a young friend the same advice, so I’m in good company there.”

66. The stories we love best do live in us forever. J K Rowling Share on X

67. “You can have a very intense relationship with fictional characters because they are in your own head.”

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

69. “The most important thing is to read as much as you can, like I did. It will give you an understanding of what makes good writing and it will enlarge your vocabulary.”

70. “I didn’t write with a target audience in mind. What excited me was how much I would enjoy writing about Harry. I never thought about writing for children – children’s books chose me. I think if it is a good book anyone will read it.”

71. Writing and cafes are strongly linked in my brain. J K Rowling Share on X

72. “And the idea of just wandering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me for awhile is just bliss.”

73. “Some people do not seem to grasp that I still have to sit down in peace and write the books, apparently believing that they pop up like mushrooms without my connivance.”

74. “Read as much as you possibly can. Nothing will help you as much as reading.”

75. “There is no part of me that feels that I represented myself as your children’s babysitter or their teacher. I was always, I think, completely honest. I’m a writer, and I will write what I want to write.”

76. 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 Share on X

77. “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!”

78. “I’ve only suffered writer’s block badly once, and that was during the writing of Chamber of Secrets. I had my first burst of publicity about the first book and it paralysed me. I was scared the second book wouldn’t measure up, but I got through it!”


J K Rowling Quotes about Magic

79. “It is important to remember that we all have magic inside us.”

“It is important to remember that we all have magic inside us.” J K Rowling

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

81. “Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here!”

82. “There is a lot of comedy in magic, and magic going wrong, and also it is a dramatic subject.”

83. “We teachers are rather good at magic, you know.”

84. “Magic causes as much trouble as it cures.”

85. We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already. J K Rowling Share on X

86. “In magic, man has to rely on himself. So, in religion, of course, you’re looking for outside support but that’s the appeal of magic.”

87. “Apparently wizards poke their noses in everywhere!”

88. “Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic.”

89. “Magic has universal appeal. I don’t believe in magic in the way that I describe in my books, but I’d love it to be real.”

90. 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! J K Rowling Share on X


Fun Facts about J. K. Rowling

1. She moved to Porto, Portugal to teach English when she was 26 years old. She met her Portuguese husband Jorge Arantes and married after 18 months in Porto. The couple divorced after a year because of domestic abuse.

2. She wrote a major part of Harry Potter when she had her mornings free working as an English teacher in Portugal. She enjoyed teaching and her students used to make jokes about her last name, calling her “Rolling stone”

3.Instead of using her full name to publish, JK Rowling used two initials to hide the fact that the book was written by a woman because her publisher said the target audience of the book would be boys. As she had no middle name, she used her grandmother’s name (Kathleen) as the second initial of her pen name.

4.Her Harry Potter book series have broke Guinness World Records for being the best-selling book series for children of all time, having sold 500 million copies. The last four Harry Potter books are the fastest-selling book in history, having sold 11 million copies in the first day of release in the UK and the USA.

5.the manuscript of her first book was rejected by 12 publishing houses before it was accepted by Bloomsbury. Their decision to publish Harry Potter owes to the chairman’s 8-year-old daughter, who demanded to read the next chapter after reviewing the first one.

6.When her manuscript for Harry Potter was first accepted in 1996, her editor asked her to get a day job saying that she had little chance in making money in selling children’s books. In 2004, Forbes named her as the first person to become a US-dollar billionaire by writing books.



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