Ten Quotes on the Lessons of Failure – J K Rowling

J K  Rowling
J K Rowling – image courtesy of http://www.theguardian.com/uk

In two weeks time – on 14th April – one the world’s most successful authors, none other than J K Rowling, has a new book hitting the shelves. In typical Rowling style, proceeds from sales will be donated to Lumos, a charity for disadvantaged children founded by the author.

Titled Very Good Lives: the Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination, the book is Rowling’s 2008 commencement speech at Harvard University.

Two days ago The Guardian newspaper picked ten of their favourite quotes from the book.

Here’s a couple to be getting on with.

On the subject of failure:

There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction; the moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you.

On imagination:

As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.

Fine words, indeed.

For the full article, see here.

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