Jun 10

J.K. Rowling Advised Harvard graduates to “Imagine Better”

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J.K. Rowling, author of the famed Harry Potter series, spoke before Harvard graduates recently and encouraged them to “imagine better”. Rowling said:

“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity; it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.”

Rowling went on to share her difficult experiences as a broke single mom, struggling to make ends meet as she was starting to write the Harry Potter series and that her failures made her stronger and wiser, to quote:

“The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that you are ever after secure in your ability to survive. You will never truly know yourself, or the strength of your relationships, until both have been tested by adversity.

“Knowledge is a true gift, for all that it is painfully won, and it has been worth more to me than any qualification I ever earned.”

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