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J. K. Rowling – 38 Quotes

 

38 Quotes by J. K. Rowling

 

I don’t think I am evangelical in my work.

– J. K. Rowling


If you love something – and there are things that I love – you do want more and more and more of it, but that’s not the way to produce good work.

– J. K. Rowling


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.

– J. K. Rowling


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

– J. K. Rowling


I’m interested in that drive, that rush to judgment, that is so prevalent in our society.We all know that pleasurable rush that comes from condemning, and in the short term it’s quite a satisfying thing to do, isn’t it?

– J. K. Rowling


I don’t read ‘chick lit,’ fantasy or science fiction but I’ll give any book a chance if it’s lying there and I’ve got half an hour to kill.

– J. K. Rowling


‘Harry Potter’ gave me back self respect. Harry gave me a job to do that I loved more than anything else.

– J. K. Rowling


I do get recognized, but I must say Edinburgh is a fantastic city to live if you’re well-known. There is an innate respect for privacy in Edinburgh people, and I also think they’re used to seeing me walking around, so I don’t think I’m a very big deal.

– J. K. Rowling


Every now and then I read a poem that does touch something in me, but I never turn to poetry for solace or pleasure in the way that I throw myself into prose.

– J. K. Rowling


I think you’re working and learning until you die.

– J. K. Rowling


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.

– J. K. Rowling


Talent and intelligence never yet inoculated anyone against the caprice of the fates.

– J. K. Rowling


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.

– J. K. Rowling


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.

– J. K. Rowling


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

– J. K. Rowling


I received free health care.

– J. K. Rowling


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

– J. K. Rowling


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

– J. K. Rowling


Hearing voices no one else can hear isn’t a good sign, even in the wizarding world.

– J. K. Rowling


Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.

– J. K. Rowling


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.

– J. K. Rowling


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.

– J. K. Rowling


I imagined being a famous writer would be like being like Jane Austen.

– J. K. Rowling


The fame thing is interesting because I never wanted to be famous, and I never dreamt I would be famous.

– J. K. Rowling


Failure means a stripping away of the inessential.

– J. K. Rowling


It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.

– J. K. Rowling


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.

– J. K. Rowling


You lose your individuality a huge amount when you have no money, and I certainly had that experience.

– J. K. Rowling


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

– J. K. Rowling


I just write what I wanted to write. I write what amuses me. It’s totally for myself. I never in my wildest dreams expected this popularity.

– J. K. Rowling


Death is just life’s next big adventure.

– J. K. Rowling


To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.

– J. K. Rowling


Death obsesses me, yes it does. I can’t really understand why it doesn’t obsess everyone – I think it does really, I’m just a little more out about it.

– J. K. Rowling


No, there is literally nothing on the business side that I wouldn’t sacrifice in a heartbeat to have an extra couple of hours’ writing. Nothing.

– J. K. Rowling


The best of us must sometimes eat our words.

– J. K. Rowling


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

– J. K. Rowling


The middle class is so funny, it’s the class I know best, and it’s the class where you find the most pretension, so that’s what makes the middle classes so funny.

– J. K. Rowling


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

– J. K. Rowling