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Published on Sep 22nd 2015
Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore was a wise and worldly wizard.

Ever the philosopher on matters of the heart, life and death, good and evil, our favourite headmaster didn’t only dish out wisdom exclusively relevant to magical folk; we could all learn a thing or two from Dumbledore’s wisest words.

So here are his best sherbet lemon-sized nuggets of wisdom; you might want to write these down and wallpaper your room with them.

  1. ‘It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.’
  2. ‘To the well-organised mind, death is but the next great adventure.’
  3. ‘Call him Voldemort, Harry. Always use the proper name for things. Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.’
  4. ‘The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.’
  1. ‘It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.’
  2. ‘You think the dead we have loved ever truly leave us? You think that we don’t recall them more clearly than ever in times of great trouble?’
  3. ‘The consequences of our actions are always so complicated, so diverse, that predicting the future is a very difficult business indeed …’
  1. ‘Curiosity is not a sin. But we should exercise caution with our curiosity … yes, indeed ...’
  2. ‘Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.’
  3. ‘Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.’
  4. ‘It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be!’
  1. ‘Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty, if they forget what it was to be young … And I seem to have forgotten, lately ...’
  2. ‘Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.’
  3. ‘It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.’
  4. ‘Have you any idea how much tyrants fear the people they oppress? All of them realise that, one day, amongst their many victims, there is sure to be one who rises against them and strikes back!’
  5. ‘Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love.’

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