15 Dumbledore Quotes To Inspire You In The New Year

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Now that we’ve all taken a collective sigh of relief that 2016 is finally, finally over, it’s time to don those big-girl-business pants once more and step intrepidly into the future (or as my homeboy Dumbledore might say: “Let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure!”) But after the year that 2016 was, I don’t blame you for needing a little inspiration for 2017 — and there is no better way to get energized, motivated, and ready for the new year ahead than with some of Professor Albus Dumbledore’s best quotes, perfect for inspiring you in 2017. He was the sage giver of advice and wisdom of the Harry Potter crew, after all.

Plus, there is something about Dumbledore’s wisdom that feels especially fitting for the year ahead — as we move into an unknown future that very well might resemble (but let’s hope not) the political landscape of the Second Wizarding War. And as ominous (and again, let’s hope unlikely) as that might seem, it can’t hurt to be armed with some Dumbledore-inspired wisdom.

Check out these 15 Dumbledore quotes to inspire you in 2017 — and cheers to having the best year yet (or at least a year better than last!)

1“I think the word ‘fiasco’ would be a good one here.”

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

2“Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.”

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

3“Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

4“Bed rest and perhaps a large, steaming mug of hot chocolate. I always find that cheers me up.”

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

5“The consequences of our actions are always so complicated, so diverse, that predicting the future is a very difficult business indeed…”

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

6“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow up to be!”

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

7“Time is short, and unless the few of us who know the truth stand united, there is no hope for any of us.”

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

8“It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it.”

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

9“Don’t you see? Voldemort himself created his worst enemy, just as tyrants everywhere do! Have you any idea how much tyrants fear the people they oppress? All of them realize that, one day, amongst their many victims, there is sure to be one who rises against them and strikes back!”

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

10“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

11“You know, the Stone was really not such a wonderful thing. As much money and life as you could want! The two things most human beings would choose above all — the trouble is, humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them.”

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— Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

12“The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

13"It was important, Dumbledore said, to fight, and fight again, and keep fighting, for only then could evil be kept at bay, though never quite eradicated…"

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

14“We must try not to sink beneath our anguish, Harry, but battle on.”

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

15“Remember, if the time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right and what is easy, remember what happened to a boy who was good, and kind, and brave, because he strayed across the path of Lord Voldemort. Remember Cedric Diggory.”

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire