Ninety-five percent of people who walk the earth are simply inert. One percent are saints, and one percent are assholes. The other three percent are people who do what they say they can do.
The world has teeth and it can bite you with them any time it wants.
When asked, 'How do you write?' I invariably answer, 'one word at a time.'
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.
But he was home. Hogwarts was the first and best home he had known. He and Voldemort and Snape, the abandoned boys, had all found home here...
Before you, Bella, my life was like a moonless night. Very dark, but there were stars -- points of light and reason... And then you shot across my sky like a meteor. Suddenly everything was on fire; there was brilliancy, there was beauty. When you were gone, when the meteor had fallen over the horizon, everything went black. Nothing had changed, but my eyes were blinded by the light. I couldn't see the stars anymore. And there was no more reason for anything.
It was the Nightingale, and not the Larke
It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.
Albus Dumbledore: 'It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.'
And he that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.
For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.
If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens
Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement.
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.
You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no telling where you might be swept off to.
It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.