J.K. Rowling · 734 pages
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“If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”
“Remember, if the time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right and what is easy, remember what happened to a boy who was good, and kind, and brave, because he strayed across the path of Lord Voldemort. Remember Cedric Diggory.”
“Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.”
“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”
“Percy wouldn't notice a joke if it danced naked in front of him wearing one of Dobby's hats.”
“Don't talk to me."
"Because I want to fix that in my memory for ever. Draco Malfoy, the amazing bouncing ferret...”
“Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.”
“It is my belief... that the truth is generally preferable to lies.”
“Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”
“Well, I certainly don't," said Percy sanctimoniously. "I shudder to think what the state of my in-tray would be if I was away from work for five days."
"Yeah, someone might slip dragon dung in it again, eh, Perce?" said Fred.
"That was a sample of fertilizer from Norway!" said Percy, going very red in the face. "It was nothing personal!"
"It was," Fred whispered to Harry as they got up from the table. "We sent it.”
“Just because it’s taken you three years to notice, Ron, doesn't mean no one else has spotted I'm a girl!”
“Time will not slow down when something unpleasant lies ahead.”
“Who're you going with, then?" said Ron.
"Angelina," said Fred promptly, without a trace of embarrassment.
"What?" said Ron, taken aback. "You've already asked her?"
"Good point," said Fred. He turned his head and called across the common room, "Oi! Angelina!"
Angelina, who had been chatting with Alicia Spinnet near the fire, looked over at him.
"What?" She called back.
"Want to come to the ball with me?"
Angelina gave Fred a sort of appraising look.
"All right, then," she said, and she turned back to Alicia and carried on chatting with a bit of a grin on her face.
"There you go," said Fred to Harry and Ron, "piece of cake.”
“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.”
“What would come, would come...and you would have to meet it, when it did.”
“Anyone can speak Troll. All you have to do is point and grunt.”
“Just then Neville caused a slight diversion by turning into a large canary.”
“I’m never wearing them," Ron was saying stubbornly. "Never."
"Fine," snapped Mrs. Weasley. "Go naked. And, Harry, make sure you get a picture of him. Goodness knows I could do with a laugh.”
“Curiosity is not a sin.... But we should exercise caution with our curiosity... yes, indeed.”
“I took a wrong turn on the way to the bathroom and found myself in a beautifully proportioned room I had never seen before, containing a really rather magnificent collection of chamberpots. When I went back to investigate more closely, I discovered that the room had vanished. But I must keep an eye out for it. Possibly it is only accessible at five thirty in the morning. Or it may only appear at the quarter moon - or when the seeker has an exceptionally full bladder.”
“Twitchy little ferret, aren't you, Malfoy?”
“By Gryffindor, the bravest were
Prized far beyond the rest;
For Ravenclaw, the cleverest
Would always be the best;
For Hufflepuff, hard workers were
Most worthy of admission;
And power-hungry Slytherin
Loved those of great ambition.”
“What’s comin’ will come, an’ we’ll meet it when it does.”
“Can I have a look at Uranus too, Lavender?”
“Well, I can certainly see why we're trying to keep them alive. Who wouldn't want pets that can burn, sting, and bite all at once?”
“Dark times lie ahead of us and there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.
“You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be!”
“Free will is an illusion. Our wills are simply not of our own making.”
“I myself grew up to be not only a Hero, but also a Writer. When I was an adult, I rewrote A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons, and I included not only some descriptions of the various deadly dragon species, and a useful Dragonese Dictionary, but also this story of how the book came to be written in the first place.
This is the book that you are holding in your hands right now.
Perhaps you even borrowed it from a Library?
If so, thank Thor that the sinister figure of the Hairy Scary Librarian is not lurking around a corner, hiding in the shadows, Heart-Slicers at the ready, or that the punishment for your curiosity is not the whirring whine of a Driller Dragon's drill.
You, dear reader, I am sure cannot imagine what it might to be like to live in a world in which books are banned.
For surely such things will never happen in the Future?
Thank Thor that you live in a time and a place where people have the right to live and think and write and read their books in peace, and there are no need for Heroes anymore ...
And spare a thought for those who have not been so lucky.”
“I keep telling this story - different people, different places, different times - but always you, always me, always this story, because a story is a tight rope between two worlds.”
“In all affairs, whether large or small, there are few men who reach a happy conclusion except through the Way. If you do not succeed, you are bound to suffer from the judgment of men. If you do succeed, you are bound to suffer from the yin and yang. To suffer no harm whether or not you succeed - only the man who has virtue can do that.”
“For example, children in school are never encouraged to want the material rewards of success. Success is something to be sought for its own sake, certainly not for any wealth it might bring.”
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