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.
If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.
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.
It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.
It is our choices… that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
I would like to be remembered as someone who did the best she could with the talent she had.
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.
You sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.
There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other.
When people are very damaged, they can often meet the world with a kind of defiance.
It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you.
I love a good Dorothy L. Sayers.
What’s coming will come and we’ll just have to meet it when it does.
Secretly we’re all a little more absurd than we make ourselves out to be.
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.
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.
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.
The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and must therefore be treated with great caution.
Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.
There’s no formula.
You lose your individuality a huge amount when you have no money, and I certainly had that experience.
I received free health care.
Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.
I’m a writer, and I will write what I want to write.
Jane Austen is the pinnacle to which all other authors aspire.
If you’re holding out for universal popularity, I’m afraid you will be in this cabin for a very long time.
Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.
Talent and intelligence never yet inoculated anyone against the caprice of the fates.
I pay a lot of tax, and I feel, one of the reasons I stay and pay why I’m not based in Monaco… I think my country helped me.
If ever I expected to come face to face with an angry Christian fundamentalist, it wasn’t in FAO Schwarz.
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.
I don’t think I am evangelical in my work.
I’ve never managed to keep a journal longer than two weeks.
I just hate meetings. Though it’s true that once you’ve made a lot of money, people around you might be full of ideas about ways to make lots more money and might be disappointed that you don’t want to seize every opportunity to do so.
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.
I really don’t believe in magic.
I loved writing for kids, I loved talking to children about what I’d written, I don’t want to leave that behind.
Honestly, I think we should be delighted people still want to read, be it on a Kindle or a Nook or whatever the latest device is.
The internet has been a boon and a curse for teenagers.
Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.
Never be ashamed! There’s some who’ll hold it against you, but they’re not worth bothering with.
I sometimes have a tendency to walk on the dark side.
Death is just life’s next big adventure.
Humans have a knack for choosing precisely the things that are worst for them.
‘Harry Potter’ gave me back self respect. Harry gave me a job to do that I loved more than anything else.
Bigotry is probably the thing I detest most.
I always felt an outsider.
Failure means a stripping away of the inessential.
Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.
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.
Hearing voices no one else can hear isn’t a good sign, even in the wizarding world.
I am proud of having done what I’ve done. Very proud.
I always have a basic plot outline, but I like to leave some things to be decided while I write.
I imagined being a famous writer would be like being like Jane Austen.
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.
In fact, you couldn’t give me anything to make me go back to being a teenager. Never. No, I hated it.