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The 20 Best Harry Potter Quotes to Live By

"It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends."
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Here are the most memorable quotes on magic, friendship, and more from the Harry Potter series.

On living.

"It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live." —Albus Dumbledore

On fear.

"Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself." —Hermione Granger

On the power of words.

"Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it." —Albus Dumbledore

On character.

"If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals." —Sirius Black

On bravery.

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

On unity.

"We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided." —Albus Dumbledore

On love.

"It is impossible to manufacture or imitate love." —Horace Slughorn

On taking control.

"It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be." —Albus Dumbledore

On curiosity.

"Curiosity is not a sin. But we should exercise caution with our curiosity." —Albus Dumbledore

On wit.

"Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure." —Luna Lovegood

On dislike.

"Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike." —Albus Dumbledore

On forgiveness.

"People find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right." —Hermione Granger

On success.

"It is the quality of one’s convictions that determines success, not the number of followers." —Remus Lupin

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On sensitivity.

"Just because you have the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn't mean we all have." —Hermione Granger

On grief.

"Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it." —Albus Dumbledore

On loss.

"Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect." —Luna Lovegood

On happiness.

"Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." —Albus Dumbledore

On the value of life.

"We're all human, aren't we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving." —Kingsley Shacklebolt

On death.

"To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure." —Albus Dumbledore

On ending on a good note.

"All was well."

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