10 Zen Takeaways from Albus Dumbledore | Most Inspiring Quotes By Professor Dumbledore

10 Zen Takeaways from Albus Dumbledore | Most Inspiring Quotes By Professor Dumbledore

I don't understand why so many people have written-off the Harry Potter books as "kiddie fiction" without even reading them! I personally find these books to be a storehouse of zen wisdom. Every single book in the series is full of amazing insights into life and people. There are dozens of inspiring and thought-provoking lines in every single book, that force you to change your perspective about life, about people, about relationships, about everything basically.

Earlier, I shared my list of 10 Favorite Harry Potter Characters. And I mentioned in that post that selecting only 10 characters was so difficult, because there are so many other characters of this series that inspire you and touch you.

Today, I was originally planning to share 10 Zen Takeaways from the Harry Potter series... 10 most-inspiring quotes from these books. But that turned out to be downright IMPOSSIBLE!

So I narrowed it down to only Professor Dumbledore... 10 inspiring and life-changing quotes of Professor Albus Dumbledore, the greatest wizard of all times, from the Harry Potter series.

10 Zen Takeaways from Professor Dumbledore

  1. “To the well-organized mind, death is merely the next great adventure.”
    — Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
    Death doesn't scare those who are wise. For them, it is just another step in the natural progression of things. The Hindu philosophy, the Buddhism philosophy, both talk about rebirths. And about the eternity of soul. Fear of death is, therefore, only for the ignorant.

  2. “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
    — Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
    Friends, and family, and relatives, and colleagues, and yes, our bosses too. It takes a great deal of courage to say "NO" to any of them. Even when we know what they're doing is wrong, we still try to avoid a confrontation as far as possible.

  3. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
    — Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
    Day dreams, fantasies, they don't get us anywhere in life. Only action does. Life is right here. Life is right now. Nobody can change the past. And nobody knows what will happen in the future. There is no point in living in either the past or the future.

  4. “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
    — Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
    You may have big, impressive degrees from foreign Universities. You may hold big, powerful posts at your workplace. But if your choices in life are based on narrow thinking and short-sighted goals, then none of this matters. At the end of the day, you are measured not by your potential, but by your actual performance.

  5. “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
    — Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    Remember to turn on the light. That's all there is to it. Human minds can hold only one thought at a time. The moment we think of something else, the previous thought disappears, until we consciously choose to think of it again. So whenever we are unhappy, we just need to REMEMBER to think of something happy.
  6. “Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”
    — Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    One world. Nothing is impossible to achieve if we all focus our energies towards it, together. No cultural or language differences can be a barrier. 'Destination, Determination, Deliberation!' Together, these 3Ds will take us anywhere we can dream of!

  7. “Youth can not know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.”
    — Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
    Whenever I see parents who expect their kids to be more understanding and mature, I honestly feel like giving them a piece of my mind. "You can't relate to what your kid is going through, despite having been there yourself! Yet you expect him to display a level of wisdom that you've acquired only NOW!"

  8. “Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth.”
    — Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
    Youth may lack wisdom, but it more than makes up for it with its courage and determination and resilience. Just give them a chance, and more often than not, you'll be surprised at what they can accomplish. Have a little bit of faith.

  9. “Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.”
    — Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
    Words are magic. How true is that! One person wounds you with his words, at times so deeply that your soul may bleed for years. And another person heals, again with just his words. Such mysterious and powerful magic!

  10. “It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it.”
    — Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
    As I mentioned in my post on 10 Personal Skills Of Narendra Modi That Truly Inspire Me, the moment you become attached to power, the moment you let it get into your head, is the very moment that marks the beginning of your downfall.

10 Zen Takeaways from Albus Dumbledore | Most Inspiring Quotes By Professor Dumbledore
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So there were my top 10 most inspiring quotes of Professor Albus Dumbledore from the Harry Potter books... 10 priceless nuggets of zen wisdom that you could takeaway from Dumbledore, regardless of how old you were.

Which of these are your favorite too?
Which of these Dumbledore quotes have impacted you the most?
Do you have any other such favorite inspirational and powerful quotes of Professor Albus Dumbledore?

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Shanaya Tales said...

The folks who write off Harry Potter as 'kiddie fiction' have clearly not read the books, and so don't know what they are missing.

The books are indeed a treasure trove of wisdom, full of quotable quotes too, and some of the best, like you stated here, came from Dumbledore.

Damyanti said...

Impressive. I've read all the books, and remember Dumbledore as a sage character, but never realised some of his dialogues were so zen-like.

Mandy said...

II love these quotes. I am going to have to give the last one some thought though. If you go into a power situation without the desire to be in charge, especially if you don't have the right personality for it, I would think it could be a problem waiting to happen. Then again, not desiring power probably puts you in a better position to serve others. Either way, it was fun to read and ponder these quotes! I've never read Harry Potter, but maybe I should! Thanks for sharing!

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