Was Albus Dumbledore the greatest wizard of all time? Hell yeah he was! Potterheads grew to learn that a mention of those bright blue eyes, half moon glasses, long crooked nose, silver beard and flowing robes meant that something exciting was about to happen. There was never a dull moment with Dumbledore around, and even after his death he continued to guide us (and Harry of course) through the fight for the greater good. Over the years we, along with Harry, saw him as a great mentor and guiding force, an able leader, a humble teacher and of course, the greatest headmaster that Hogwarts had ever seen. We soon learnt that his life had not been easy, or even honest for that matter. But it was his experience and honesty that made him a wise wizard who we loved to love.
Albus Dumbledore was a man with a sense of humor. He was unorthodox and kind. He believed in giving people second chances. He believed in fighting for love. He loved animals, monsters, giants and humans alike. He was a liberal. He was an intelligent man. He accepted his mistakes. He was an honest man. He was an extremely brave man.
It is thus no secret that Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore is known for the greatness of his power and the depth of his wisdom. In fact, he was an inspiration to many even in the Muggle world. Don’t believe it? You need to read what he had to say.
15. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
He taught us that while dreaming was good, it was necessary to live in the moment too; he made us realize that it was important to enjoy life while working towards your dream. Day dreaming never got anyone rich, and we love how this was one of the first few life lessons Dumbledore had to share with the world. He taught Harry (and us) that dreaming was an imperative part of life, he told us that dreamers were ambitious, but he also asked us to be realists and work towards our dreams. It’s easy to be lost in dream-land, it’s easy to lose focus with those larger than life ideas. Every small step counts, you just need to get started. Stop dreaming, start doing was his mantra, and we couldn’t have been more thankful. Be a doer, not a dreamer.
14. “Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living and above all, those who live without love.”
Death puts an end to your misery in the physical world, but there is no greater cause of pity than the fact that there are people who live sans love. Love is the driving force of nature, and it is love that calms all storms; love wins battles. Dumbledore taught us that even though our loved ones had left us in the physical life, they still continued supporting us in spirit. The thought of them continued to give us hope, and this is something everyone can relate to. Dumbledore taught us all that death did not put an end to relations, he taught us how life continued even after one died in the physical world (this is also a thought many religions believe in – life after death) His words gave us hope, and comforted us through difficult times.
13. “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
We usually try to avoid conflict, especially with those we’re close to. There are times that we even support them even when they’re wrong. This isn’t really good. In fact, as friends and family, we have to tell them the ugly truth and lead them to the right path. Lying to someone close to you to make them happy is not going to benefit you in the long run. It takes guts to be honest to our loved ones, and it takes a lot of guts to tell our loved ones that they’re wrong. Standing up for something they’re doing wrong will benefit them, and even if there is a tiff, it will all be temporary as they realize you had their best interests at heart. Never lead a friend down the wrong path for momentary happiness.
12. “It is important to fight and fight again, and keep fighting, for only then can evil be kept at bay though never quite eradicated.”
There is too much evil in the world, and it is not possible to end it all at once. Does that mean we stop fighting because we think we are not significant enough? No, not at all. The ocean is made up of small droplets of water. The same way, every small effort of yours counts and contributes to a greater cause. We must continue striving, in small ways and large, to fight against wrong, no matter how hopeless the cause might feel. Every small step counts. Giving up is easy, especially when you realize you don’t get results overnight. Fret not, success is never achieved overnight, transformation never happens in a day. It all takes time, but you need to continue working towards what you started. Stay strong, and charge ahead.
11. “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
Who we are and what we’re doing with our lives does not depend on our parents or the conditions we were born in. You cannot blame our folks for what you end up doing in life. What side you choose, the friends you make, the qualities you learn, the skills you develop and most importantly the values you stand for what make you who you are. There are enough stories that prove rags to riches is possible, and that is not something written about in fiction. If you work hard enough and make the right choices, success will be yours too. It is our choices that determine our personality, character, and the satisfaction we derive from life.
10. “Happiness can be found, even the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light.”
There’s always a light switch in the dark, there is always a ray of hope to see you through. What matters is your willingness to see the positive in a situation, your willingness to hope for a better day. We tend to hold on to the bad moments, we tend to find comfort in the negativity, and that is where we go wrong. Holding on to the negative moments will only mean that we concentrate so much on them that we fail to see the light, we fail to go along with hope, we fail to see that positive spark, and we thus fail to find a solution. Mourn for your loss, but do not forget to get back up. Lying around in those dark areas will not do you any good. Even the smallest things will then seem to depress you.
9. “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on Earth should it mean it is not real?”
Things are only as real as we make them out to be. The power of belief is overwhelming at times. Believe in the right things, trust your instinct and you’ll get what you want. Do not waste time dwelling on negative things. Lots of things happen in your head “She’s pretty” “He’s looking at her in a creepy way” “My boss looks angry” But that’s just our side of the story. What is really going on? We do not know. Finding out what is happening is our homework. What happens in your head is real, and is related to what happens in the external world. It’s easy to assume the worst in our head, but you must go out and find out what REALLY happened.
8. “Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.”
Do not hide your pain. Express it, talk to those close to you. Hiding it will make it an internal struggle you will have to face alone, and that is never a good thing. Your head will give you wrong answers, your intuition might not be right, you might be oblivious to certain signs, you might miss out on information completely. You might blame yourself for the loss. Talk to those around you, make the effort to understand the loss. Recovery won’t happen immediately, but it will definitely put you on its path. Share, and you will be surprised to see how many loved ones are there to support you through you difficult times. Do not think no one is there to support you or love you. Do not be hostile.
7. “Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.”
Choose your words wisely. You might not realize it, but your words hold a lot of weight-age and are capable of making or breaking someone. Inspire, love, motivate, support others with your words. Words stay back with people for a lifetime, so be careful. Words can cause great damage, and can be the best remedy. Words can hurt you beyond imagination; words can make people fall in love with you. Words can express what actions cannot. The choice of words is extremely important, you never know who you might influence, or who you might discourage. The world of words is a magical one, one must use them carefully.
6. “Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”
Considering the turmoil our world is in today, we would all benefit from this thought. We may look different, speak different languages, observe different customs, but if we all work toward making this world a peaceful place to live in, we’ll realize that we have more similarities than differences. All religions talk about one god, about peace and love, but these are times when we are fighting in the name of religion. How will there be world peace if we continue fighting this way? Let’s take a break, let’s look at our religions. You will be alarmed to see the similarity in all. Dumbledore believed in one important thing -spread love, not hate.
5. “Let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.”
Don’t we love the fact that Dumbledore goes out searching for adventure rather than waiting for it to happen? That’s how it works in the Muggle world too; don’t wait for good things to happen, go out there searching for them! You might make mistakes on the way, but those are great learning lessons. You will learn faster and better from your mistakes, this is an important fact to know about life. Magic usually lies outside of your comfort zone they say, and Dumbledore proved it right. He was not someone who’d sit and wait for things to happen, he would go out there are create a revolution, he was the driving force behind change. Inspiration like this doesn’t come everyday… be like Dumbledore!
4. “Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.”
You do not realize that by fearing the name of the problem, you’re giving it power and importance to control you. Fear consumes you, and makes you hold back. How will you fight your fear if you let it control you? Why are you giving it that importance? Why are you restricting yourself from charging ahead? Why are you underestimating yourself? We are great at making ourselves feel that we are not strong enough to fight. We give up easily. We need to change this attitude and learn to love ourselves, be confident of our skills and knowledge, and tackle problems right by their horns!
3. “People find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right.”
Classic, isn’t it? Our egos come into play. We love playing the blame game and winning. But does that really solve our problems? Isn’t it better to be the bigger person and move on? We could go on and on with pointing out mistakes, but we will never stop and look within us. It is extremely difficult for us to stop and view our mistakes and wrongdoings. Accepting your mistake doesn’t make you a smaller person, in fact that honesty will win you friends and supporters in life. No one likes a leader who loves finding faults. People look up to someone who is humble, yet intelligent. No one thinks accepting mistakes is a weak thing to do.
2. “Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.”
You have to understand the situation, you need to know what happened, why it happened. You need to stop blaming yourself for everything, you need to stop feeling guilty about things beyond your control. Once you understand this, you are ready to heal. You cannot spend your life thinking that you were responsible for something; you need to find out what happened, you need to see all point of views, and you need to understand the situation from all angles. Once you understand a situation or a problem, you will realize that you’re ready to move on. Understand to accept, and accept to recover.
1. “It’s the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”
We’re all afraid of dying. But give it a thought and you will realise that we are all afraid of what happens after death, and the uncertainty behind the concept of death. We as humans crave certainty. We need to know what happens next, we need a plan of sorts. We don’t know what’s coming when we die, hence we are scared. We cannot see in the darkness hence we are afraid. Death is something we all have to face, and we have to face it all alone. Death is not to be feared. Live your life to the fullest and meet death with a smile on your face. A life well lived is definitely better than a life lived in regrets and fear.
Albus Dumbledore was the greatest wizard ever, wasn’t he?