"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." ~Steven Kloves (screenplay), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban "It was, he thought, the difference between being dragged into the arena to face a battle to the death and walking into the arena with your head held high. Some people, perhaps, would say that there was little to choose between the two ways, but Dumbledore knew - and so do I, thought Harry, with a rush of fierce pride, and so did my parents - that there was all the difference in the world."
~J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
"If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals." ~J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
"It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, often find to their own surprise that they wear it well."
~J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
When I cry at night, the only thing I can think to myself is how can I seem so...perfectly fine in the morning. Why do I smile like nothing is wrong? And how does not one single person notice that I'm not okay?
The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them.
What is Love?
It's silence when your words would hurt,
It's patience when your neighbor's curt,
It's defense when the scandal flows,
It's thoughtfulness for another's woes,
It's promptness when stern duty calls,
It's courage when misfortune falls.