The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination

I stumbled upon this just this week and was all shades of touched. I enjoy self-improvement and personal development, but I love it even more when the writer draws from their own personal experiences.

So here it is; J.K Rowling’s Commencement Speech at Harvard in 2008


Text as delivered.

President Faust, members of the Harvard Corporation and the Board of Overseers, members of the faculty, proud parents, and, above all, graduates.

The first thing I would like to say is ‘thank you.’ Not only has Harvard given me an extraordinary honour, but the weeks of fear and nausea I have endured at the thought of giving this commencement address have made me lose weight. A win-win situation! Now all I have to do is take deep breaths, squint at the red banners and convince myself that I am at the world’s largest Gryffindor reunion.

Delivering a commencement address is a great responsibility; or so I thought until I cast my mind back to my own graduation. The commencement speaker that day was the distinguished British philosopher Baroness Mary Warnock. Reflecting on her speech has helped me enormously in writing this one, because it turns out that I can’t remember a single word she said. This liberating discovery enables me to proceed without any fear that I might inadvertently influence you to abandon promising careers in business, the law or politics for the giddy delights of becoming a gay wizard.
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True Humor Quotes

I love reading quotes on Goodreads. Mainly because it gives me snippets of an author’s words so I know which to get or read. But also because the quotes sometimes carry deeper meanings which are relatable.

So I decided to round up 14 humor quotes which look funny when read at first glance, but on deeper reflection has some truth to it.

Remember, it’s all about perspective.

So without much fuss, here are the 14;


A word to the wise ain’t necessary, it’s the stupid ones who need advice.”
Bill Cosby

“Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well”.
Mark Twain

“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.”
Robert A. Heinlein

“When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity.”
Albert Einstein

“Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying ‘End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH’, the paint wouldn’t even have time to dry.”
Terry Pratchett

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it.”
W.C. Fields

“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
Will Rogers

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself.”
Groucho Marx

“Confidence is ignorance. If you’re feeling cocky, it’s because there’s something you don’t know.”
Eoin Colfer

“The easy confidence with which I know another man’s religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.”
Mark Twain

“Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.”
George Carlin

“A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.”
Mark Twain

“Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world’s original sin. If the cave-man had known how to laugh, History would have been different.”
Oscar Wilde

“April 1. This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four.”
Mark Twain


A little something to inspire you all. These are the best of quotes that inspires and motivates me to want to be better.
I hope it does the same to you

1. We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.

Stumbled on this quote late 2011 and it has kinda been my mantra ever since.

2. In three words, I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life; IT GOES ON.

3. Nothing of me is original. I am the combined efforts of everyone I’ve ever known.

4. It is not the strongest of species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable.

5. We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.

6. What’s meant to be will always find a way.

7. It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.

8. Pain is temporary, Quitting lasts forever.

9. If you don’t look at the big picture, you’ll get lost in the details.

10. What is inner peace but a deeply held belief that your current situation is exactly as it should be.

11. If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for everything.

12. Life is not fair, get used to it.

13. You can’t get ahead of others if you are trying to get even with them.

14. The best revenge is to be successful, It’s to stay strong and move forward in life, Never stopping, never giving up, never take a step back.

15. Don’t be afraid of death, be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.

16. Don’t part with your illusions, for when they are gone, you may still exist but you have ceased to live.

17. The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.

18. What is hardest to accept about the passage of time is that the people who once mattered the most to us wind up in parentheses.

19. You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realise this and you will find strength.

20. Always remember, your focus determines your reality.

21. There’s room at the top but never enough to sit down.

22. All problems resolve themselves, given time.

23. You can’t get to the top climbing over the dead bodies of your friends.

24. Never worry about tomorrow, tomorrow you might inherit a million dollars or be run over by a truck. Or inherit a million dollars and be run over by a truck.

And an extra one;
*** The world belong to the patient man.