Best J. K. Rowling Quotes I Wish I Had Read

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Like many first-time authors, Rowling struggled to get her first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone published. (The name was changed to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the United States.) 

The book was rejected by over a dozen publishers. Finally, a small British publisher, Bloomsbury, said yes. Bloomsbury saw the potential of the book because the chairman of the publishing house gave the first chapter to his then eight-year-old daughter, Alice, to read. Upon finishing, she immediately demanded the rest of the book.

However, Bloomsbury was not convinced that it had a bestseller on its hands. Rowling’s editor, Barry Cunningham, warned her that she needed to get a day job because it was impossible to make a living writing children’s books.

We have compiled a list of J. K. Rowling quotes for you to read.


J. K. Rowling Quotes

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


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




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


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.


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


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


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.


I sometimes have a tendency to walk on the dark side.


Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.


People ask me if there are going to be stories of Harry Potter as an adult. Frankly, if I wanted to, I could keep writing stories until Harry is a senior citizen, but I don’t know how many people would actually want to read about a 65 year old Harry still at Hogwarts playing bingo with Ron and Hermione.


Humans have a knack for choosing precisely the things that are worst for them.


Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.


On the subject of literary genres, I’ve always felt that my response to poetry is inadequate. I’d love to be the kind of person that drifts off into the garden with a slim volume of Elizabethan verse or a sheaf of haikus, but my passion is story.


The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and must therefore be treated with great caution.


Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.


I think you have a moral responsibility when you’ve been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently.


Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power to that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.


Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.


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.


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.


Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.


When people are very damaged, they can often meet the world with a kind of defiance.


I was convinced that the only thing I wanted to do ever – was write novels.


The thing about fantasy – there are certain things you just don’t do in fantasy.


There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other.


The best of us must sometimes eat our words.


Death is just life’s next big adventure.


I’m a writer, and I will write what I want to write.


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.


Bigotry is probably the thing I detest most.




Failure means a stripping away of the inessential.


I am proud of having done what I’ve done. Very proud.


I think that I’ve had a very strange life.


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


I will carry on writing, to be sure. But I don’t know if I would want to publish again after Harry Potter.


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


In fact, you couldn’t give me anything to make me go back to being a teenager. Never. No, I hated it.


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


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


Never be ashamed! There’s some who’ll hold it against you, but they’re not worth bothering with.


The first story I finished was when I was six years old.


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


I remember the first time I heard a teenager say ‘LOL.’ Just what? But it means ‘laugh.’ Why don’t you just laugh? What are you doing?


The internet has been a boon and a curse for teenagers.


The thing about the 600 words, I mean some day, you can do a very, very, very hard day’s work and not write a word, just revising, or you would scribble a few words.


His priority did not seem to be to teach them what he knew, but rather to impress upon them that nothing, not even… knowledge, was foolproof.


In a novel you have to resist the urge to tell everything.


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.


However my parents – both of whom came from impoverished backgrounds and neither of whom had been to college, took the view that my overactive imagination was an amusing quirk that would never pay a mortgage or secure a pension.


If you’re holding out for universal popularity, I’m afraid you will be in this cabin for a very long time.


The moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you.


Of all the subjects on this planet, I think my parents would have been hard put to name one less useful than Greek mythology to securing the keys to an executive bathroom.

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