· 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 have failed by default.
· There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other.
· If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.
· The poor are discussed as this homogeneous mash, like porridge. The idea that they might be individuals, and be where they are for very different, diverse reasons, again seems to escape some people.
· Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.
· Hearing voices no one else can hear isn’t a good sign, even in the wizarding world.
· You sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.
· Why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me.
· It is perfectly possible to live a very moral life without a belief in God, and I think it’s perfectly possible to live a life peppered with ill-doing and believe in God.
· Talent and intelligence never yet inoculated anyone against the caprice of the fates.
· 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.
· 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.
· I would like to be remembered as someone who did the best she could with the talent she had.