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. Such 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.
JK Rowling at Harvard University
FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: J.K. Rowling stressed the crucial importance of imagination during a speech Thursday at Harvard University’s spring commencement, saying, “We do not need magic to transform our world.”
The “Harry Potter” author also spoke about the benefit of failure, recalling the humiliations of her time in poverty before her career took off with her string of novels about a bespectacled boy wizard. Read the rest of the article here.
‘Yes, it was a magical talk’ according to Corydon Ireland of Harvard News Office.
Read the complete Commencement Address, The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination.