At Data Nerds we aren’t just inspired by our peers in tech and entrepreneurship. We leave our minds open to bring in knowledge and lessons from any unique or brilliant minds around the world. This week we’re featuring our favourite quotes from acclaimed novelist J.K. Rowling.
Rowling was the creator of the Harry Potter series which shot her into the spotlight in 1997. Rowling’s life story is heartwarming one, she started the Harry Potter series writing in local cafes on an old typewriter. At the time she had been living on welfare. Harry Potter has now become of the most beloved children’s novels of all time and Rowling gained abundant success from the books. Her rags to riches story and devotion of personal time to social justice issues is nothing short of inspirational.
“If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
“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.”
“Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.”
“Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.”
“I would like to be remembered as someone who did the best she could with the talent she had.”
“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.”
“It is our choices… that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
“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.”
“Never be ashamed! There’s some who’ll hold it against you, but they’re not worth bothering with.”
“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
“What’s coming will come and we’ll just have to meet it when it does.”
“I believe in hard work and luck, and that the first often leads to the second.”