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The Incomplete Sayings of Albus Dumbledore


In Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling enacts her late-breaking cop-out via a very long, wise talk between Harry and Dumbledore, whose wisdom has always been a wee bit fortune-cookieish. Here is an abridged sampling:

“To the well- organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”

“Humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them.”

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

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

“Harry, in a way, you did see your father last night … You found him inside yourself.”


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