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60 Magical Harry Potter Quotes

60 Magical Harry Potter Quotes

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60 Magical Harry Potter Quotes

On 26 June 1997, an unknown Scottish author named Joanne Rowling released her first novel.

Just 500 copies of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone were printed, but it was the beginning of a worldwide phenomenon that would fascinate both children and adults for decades.

Today, seven books and eight movies later, Rowling’s magical world continues to inspire and encourage new generations of Harry Potter lovers.

What was once a figment of an author’s imagination has become a series of novels, eight box-office hit movies, and a number of major attractions (you can go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in America, Japan, Europe and beyond). It has amassed a cult following of loyal “muggles” (non-magic folk) both online and in real life.

Separately, the novels and the movies have grossed over $7.7 billion each, making J.K. Rowling one of the richest and most successful authors of all time.

From Hogwarts to Hogsmeade, Platform 9 and 3/4 and The Burrow, Rowling has created a world that is wonderful and engaging because it meshes so well with our own. It’s as easy to comprehend the existence of a hidden platform at London Kings Cross station as it is an ancient magical village in the wild and windswept highlands of Scotland.

Whether it’s the thrill of shopping for school supplies in Diagon Alley, boarding the Hogwarts Express, or attending a potions class, Rowling brings us into the world of Harry Potter and makes us feel like we belong.

The trials and lessons faced by Harry Potter and his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, challenge us and force us to contemplate the big questions about life, love, friendship, loyalty, destiny, and even death. So whether your love of Harry Potter comes from reading the books, seeing the movies, or a bit of both, we’ve put together a list of the best and most magical quotes from the series.

Harry Potter Quotes

Harry Potter quote "It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live"

“It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” – Albus Dumbledore

“Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself.” – Hermione Granger

“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

“But you know, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Albus Dumbledore

“There will be no foolish wand-waving or silly incantations in this class. As such, I don’t expect many of you to appreciate the subtle science and exact art that is potion-making. However, for those select few who possess the predisposition, I can teach you how to bewitch the mind and ensnare the senses. I can tell you how to bottle fame, brew glory, and even put a stopper in death. Then again, maybe some of you have come to Hogwarts in possession of abilities so formidable that you feel confident enough to not pay attention!” – Professor Severus Snape

Harry Potter quote "If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals"

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” – Sirius Black

“Just because you have the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn’t mean we all have.” – Hermione Granger

“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.” – Albus Dumbledore

“Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love. “ – Albus Dumbledore

“It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more. “ – Albus Dumbledore

“You think the dead we loved ever truly leave us? You think that we don’t recall them more clearly than ever in times of great trouble? “ – Albus Dumbledore

Harry Potter quote "You want fame, you have to be prepared for a long hard slog"

“You want fame, you have to be prepared for a long hard slog.” – Gilderoy Lockhart

“It was, he thought, the difference between being dragged into the arena to face a battle to the death and walking into the arena with your head held high. Some people, perhaps, would say that there was little to choose between the two ways, but Dumbledore knew — and so do I, thought Harry, with a rush of fierce pride, and so did my parents — that there was all the difference in the world.” – Harry Potter

“We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” – Sirius Black

“Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.” – Luna Lovegood

Dumbledore quote "It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities"

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – Albus Dumbledore

“I solemnly swear I am up to no good.” – Harry Potter

“I am what I am, an’ I’m not ashamed. ‘Never be ashamed,’ my ol’ dad used ter say, ‘there’s some who’ll hold it against you, but they’re not worth botherin’ with.’” – Rubeus Hagrid

“Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.’” – Ginny Weasley

“To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.” – Albus Dumbledore

Hermione Granger Quote "I mean, it's sort of exciting, isn't it, breaking the rules?"

“I mean, it’s sort of exciting, isn’t it, breaking the rules?” – Hermione Granger

“I think we’ve outgrown full-time education … Time to test our talents in the real world, d’you reckon?” – Fred Weasley

“Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.” – Kingsley Shacklebolt

“For in dreams we enter a world that is entirely our own.” – Albus Dumbledore

“‘He must have known I’d run out on you.’ ‘No,’ Harry corrected him. ‘He must’ve always known you’d always want to come back.’” – Ron Weasley

“And now, Harry, let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.” – Albus Dumbledore

Dumbledore quote "Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it"

“Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.” – Albus Dumbledore

“It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.” – Albus Dumbledore

“We’re all going to keep fighting, Harry. You know that?” – Neville Longbottom

“I am not worried, Harry…I am with you.” – Albus Dumbledore

“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.” – Albus Dumbledore

Ron Weasly Quote "When in doubt, go to the library"

“When in doubt, go to the library.” – Ron Weasley

“Time will not slow down when something unpleasant lies ahead.” – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” – Albus Dumbledore

“Celebrity is as celebrity does, remember that.” – Gilderoy Lockhart

“Parents shouldn’t leave their kids unless —unless they’ve got to.” – Harry Potter

“Greatness inspires envy, envy engenders spite, spite spawns lies.” – Lord Voldemort

Harry Potter Quote "We can't choose our fate, but we can choose others. Be careful in knowing that"

“We can’t choose our fate, but we can choose others. Be careful in knowing that.” – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“The happiest man on earth would be able to use the Mirror of Erised like a normal mirror, that is, he would look into it and see himself exactly as he is. Does that help.” – Albus Dumbledore

“Hogwarts is threatened!” shouted Professor McGonagall. “Man the boundaries, protect us, do your duty to our school!” – Professor McGonagall

“Killing is not so easy as the innocent believe.” – Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

“That’s what they should teach us here. How girls’ brains work… It would be more useful than divination, anyway…” – Ron Weasley

“What’s comin’ will come, and we’ll meet it when it does.” – Rubeus Hagrid

Albus Dumbledore quote "We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy"

“We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.” – Albus Dumbledore

“Once again, you show all the sensitivity of a blunt axe.” – Nearly Headless Nick

“From now on, I don’t care if my tea leaves spell, ‘Die, Ron, die,’ I’m chucking them in the bin where they belong. – Ron Weasley

“Have you any idea how much tyrants fear the people they oppress? All of them realize that, one day, amongst their many victims, there is sure to be one who rises against them and strikes back!” – Albus Dumbledore

“Don’t let the muggles get you down.” – Ron Weasley

“There were near misses, many of them. We laughed about them afterwards. We were young, thoughtless — carried away with our own cleverness.” – Remus Lupin

Lord Voldemort quote "There is no good and evil, there is only power and those too weak to seek it"

“There is no good and evil, there is only power and those too weak to seek it.” – Lord Voldemort

“We teachers are rather good at magic, you know.” – Minerva McGonagall

“Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.” – Albus Dumbledore

“You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it.” – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“You will also find that help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it.” – Albus Dumbledore

“But from that moment on, Hermione Granger became their friend. Because there are somethings you can’t go through in life and become friends, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.”– Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter quote "I'm going to keep going until I succeed — or die. Don't think I don't know how this might end. I've known it for years"

“I’m going to keep going until I succeed — or die. Don’t think I don’t know how this might end. I’ve known it for years.” – Harry Potter

“Finally, the truth. Lying with his face pressed into the dusty carpet of the office where he had once thought he was learning the secrets of victory, Harry understood at last that he was not supposed to survive.” – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

“I was ripped from my body, I was less than spirit, less than the meanest ghost… But still, I was alive.” – Lord Voldemort

“I mean, you could claim that anything’s real if the only basis for believing in it is that nobody’s proved it doesn’t exist!” – Hermione Granger

“How can I have hung round you for five years and not think girls are clever?” – Ron Weasley

“The world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters.” – Sirius Black

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows quote "All was well"

“All was well.” – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Bonus Quotes about all things Harry Potter

While many fans have imagined what it would be like to walk the halls of Hogwarts, for Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson, it was a reality that occupied a considerable part of their childhood.

Playing such huge roles undoubtedly changed their lives, in some ways for the better, and others worse.

One thing is for certain, and that is that the profound effect of the Harry Potter series, whether in print or on screen.  J.K. Rowling’s creation continues to delight and amaze new fans every day, with fellow authors and actors applauding her stories and the deep emotion they have captured.

I must have read my battered old copies of the Harry Potter novels hundreds of times, and I still get excited, frustrated, nervous, and upset as I read them… even though I know the story so well.

Enjoy these bonus quotes on what it’s like to be in the Wizarding World, Rowling’s mastery, and the legacy of the Harry Potter series!

Stephen King quote "JK Rowling created seven horcruxes. She put a part of her soul in every book and her books will live forever"

“JK Rowling created seven horcruxes. She put a part of her soul in every book and her books will live forever.” – Stephen King

“No story lives unless someone wants to listen. The stories we love best do live in us forever. So whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” – J.K. Rowling

“I used to be self-conscious about my height, but then I thought, f—k that, I’m Harry Potter.” – Daniel Radcliffe

“The line between Ron and me became thinner with each film and I think we became virtually the same person. There’s a lot of me in Ron and moving on was a massive adjustment because it was such a constant part of my life.” – Rupert Grint

“Harry Potter isn’t real? Oh no! Wait, wait, what do you mean by real? Is this video blog real? Am I real if you can see me and hear me, but only through the internet? Are you real if I can read your comment but I don’t know who you are or what your name is or where you’re from or what you look like or how old you are? I know all of those things about Harry Potter. Maybe Harry Potter’s real and you’re not.” – John Green

J.K. Rowling quote "There's always room for a story that can transport people to another place"

“There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.” – J.K. Rowling

“When I see the images of the first Harry Potter, I immediately think of how ugly my hair was.” – Emma Watson

“Harry Potter, to a point, will always define me, but I hope in the same way that Harrison Ford is defined by Star Wars.” – Daniel Radcliffe

What is your favorite lesson from the Harry Potter series? Is there a quote that inspires you that’s missing from our list? Share it with us below.

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112 Marilyn Monroe Quotes That Still Inspire After 50 Years

112 Marilyn Monroe Quotes That Still Inspire After 50 Years

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Marilyn Monroe on stage in a red dress before a performance in 1958

Marilyn Monroe is known as one of the most famous and beautiful actresses of all time. Born in 1926, she spent her youth living in foster homes, but she overcame her humble beginnings and catapulted to fame during the 1950s and 60s.

Monroe began modeling as a teenager which eventually led to an acting contract. During her career, she starred in numerous films. Some of her most famous films include Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Seven Year Itch, and How to Marry a Millionaire. She was married several times, most notably to baseball star Joe Dimaggio and playwright Arthur Miller.

Sadly, Monroe died in 1962 from an apparent drug overdose. Although the world lost her at the young age of 36, her legacy of films remain. In addition to her acting talents, Marilyn Monroe possessed depth and intelligence and she left us with some of the most profound quotes of all time.

The following quotes will give you a peek into her life that ended far too soon.

Marilyn Monroe Quotes

Andy Warhol's Marilyn Diptych depicting her face in bright pastel colors

“They will only care when you’re gone.” – Marilyn Monroe

“In Hollywood a girl’s virtue is much less important than her hairdo. You’re judged by how you look, not by what you are. Hollywood’s a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for kiss, and fifty cents for your soul. I know, because I turned down the first offer often enough and held out for the fifty.”

“I’m very definitely a woman and I enjoy it.”

“Everybody is always tugging at you. They’d all like a sort of chunk out of you. I don’t think they realize it, but it’s like ‘grrr do this, grr do that…’But you do want to stay intact and on two feet.”

“A woman can’t be alone. She needs a man. A man and a woman support and strengthen each other. She just can’t do it by herself.”

Marilyn Monroe onstage at an army base with a cheering crowd of soldiers

“I have feelings too. I am still human. All I want is to be loved, for myself and for my talent.” -Marilyn Monroe

“I always felt insecure and in the way, but most of all I felt scared. I guess I wanted love more than anything else in the world.”

“If I’m a star, then the people made me a star.”

“Creativity has got to start with humanity and when you’re a human being, you feel, you suffer.”

“Success makes so many people hate you. I wish it wasn’t that way. It would be wonderful to enjoy success without seeing envy in the eyes of those around you.”

A woman with pink hair swirling around her as she throws her head back

“One of the best things that ever happened to me is that I’m a woman. That is the way all females should feel.” – Marilyn Monroe

“Fame will go by and, so long, I’ve had you, Fame. If it goes by, I’ve always known it was fickle.”

“The most unsatisfactory men are those who pride themselves on their virility and regard sex as if it were some form of athletics at which you can win cups. It is a woman’s spirit and mood a man has to stimulate in order to make sex interesting. The real lover is the man who can thrill you just by touching your head or smiling into your eyes or by just staring into space.”

“First, I’m trying to prove to myself that I’m a person. Then maybe I’ll convince myself that I’m an actress.”

“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up.”

“With fame, you know, you can read about yourself, somebody else’s ideas about you, but what’s important is how you feel about yourself – for survival and living day to day with what comes up.”

A woman gazing up at a night sky full of twinkling stars

“We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.” – Marilyn Monroe

“I want to grow old without facelifts… I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I’ve made. Sometimes I think it would be easier to avoid old age, to die young, but then you’d never complete your life, would you? You’d never wholly know you.”

“Arthur Miller wouldn’t have married me if I had been nothing but a dumb blonde.”

“No one ever told me I was pretty when I was a little girl. All little girls should be told they’re pretty, even if they aren’t.”

“I think that when you are famous every weakness is exaggerated.”

“Respect is one of life’s greatest treasures. I mean, what does it all add up to if you don’t have that?”

A woman asleep in a white bed underneath a large skylight

“The nicest thing for me is sleep, then at least I can dream.” – Marilyn Monroe

“I won’t be satisfied until people want to hear me sing without looking at me. Of course, that doesn’t mean I want them to stop looking.”

“I’m one of the world’s most self-conscious people. I really have to struggle.”

“Fame is fickle, and I know it. It has its compensations but it also has its drawbacks, and I’ve experienced them both.”

“Sometimes I feel my whole life has been one big rejection.”

“I think that sexuality is only attractive when it’s natural and spontaneous.”

A blonde girl spending some restorative and contemplative time alone

“I restore myself when I’m alone.” – Marilyn Monroe

“A man is more frank and sincere with his emotions than a woman. We girls, I’m afraid, have a tendency to hide our feelings.”

“My work is the only ground I’ve ever had to stand on. I seem to have a whole superstructure with no foundation but I’m working on the foundation.”

“I’m one of the world’s most self-conscious people. I really have to struggle.”

“I don’t consider myself an intellectual. And this is not one of my aims. But I admire intellectual people.”

“I’m a failure as a woman. My men expect so much of me, because of the image they’ve made of me– and that I’ve made of myself– as a sex symbol. They expect bells to ring and whistles to whistle, but my anatomy is the same as any other woman’s and I can’t live up to it.”

Marilyn Monroe performing on a stage for US troops in Korea in 1954

“Fame doesn’t fulfill you. It warms you a bit, but that warmth is temporary.” – Marilyn Monroe

“A wise girl kisses but doesn’t love, listens but doesn’t believe, and leaves before she is left.”

“I don’t mind living in a man’s world, as long as I can be a woman in it.”

“If I play a stupid girl and ask a stupid question, I’ve got to follow it through, what am I supposed to do, look intelligent?”

“It’s far better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone — so far.”

“I don’t know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot!”

Light shining through a window into an empty room with gray walls

“She was a girl who knew how to be happy even when she was sad. And that’s important—you know.” – Marilyn Monroe

“Before marriage, a girl has to make love to a man to hold him. After marriage, she has to hold him to make love to him.”

“If you’re gonna be two-faced at least make one of them pretty.”

“I’ve never fooled anyone. I’ve let people fool themselves. They didn’t bother to find out who and what I was. Instead they would invent a character for me. I wouldn’t argue with them. They were obviously loving somebody I wasn’t.”

“It’s not true that I had nothing on. I had the radio on.”

“I love to do the things the censors won’t pass.”

A college girl writing down appointments in a blue Moleskine calendar book

“I’ve been on a calendar, but never on time.” – Marilyn Monroe

“When it comes down to it, I let them think what they want. If they care enough to bother with what I do, then I’m already better than them.”

“I don’t mind making jokes, but I don’t want to look like one.”

“I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful, but because I had never belonged to anything or anyone else.”

“It’s often just enough to be with someone. I don’t need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You’re not alone.”

“Dogs never bite me. Just humans.”

A gift wrapped in tan paper with colored stars sitting on an oak table

“I don’t understand why people aren’t a little more generous with each other.” – Marilyn Monroe

“In spite of everything life is not without hope.”

“A girl doesn’t need anyone that doesn’t need her.”

“The body is meant to be seen, not all covered up.”

“All we demanded was our right to twinkle.”

“I don’t mind being burdened with being glamorous and sexual. Beauty and femininity are ageless and can’t be contrived, and glamour, although the manufacturers won’t like this, cannot be manufactured. Not real glamour; it’s based on femininity.”

Marilyn Monroe in a form fitting white dress leaning against an ornate table

“I don’t want to make money. I just want to be wonderful.” – Marilyn Monroe

“I don’t stop when I’m tired. I only stop when I’m done.”

“All a girl really wants is for one guy to prove to her that they are not all the same.”

“Ever notice how ‘What the hell’ is always the right answer?”

“Sex is part of nature. I go along with nature.”

“How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself.”

“Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”

Street art of Marilyn Monroe on an old building with paint chipping off it

“A career is wonderful, but you can’t curl up to it on a cold night.” – Marilyn Monroe

“What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course.”

“Boys think girls are like books, If the cover doesn’t catch their eye they won’t bother to read what’s inside.”

“Just because you fail once doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything.”

“Who said nights were for sleep?”

“It’s all make believe, isn’t it?”

A white Victorian house in Hollywood with a vast manicured lawn

“Dreaming about being an actress, is more exciting then being one.” – Marilyn Monroe

“I read poetry to save time.”

“You might as well make yourself fly as to make yourself love.”

“That’s the way you feel when you’re beaten inside. You don’t feel angry at those who’ve beaten you. You just feel ashamed.”

“Always remember to smile and look up at what you got in life.”

“Looking back, I guess I used to play-act all the time. For one thing, it meant I could live in a more interesting world than the one around me.”

An 8mm film stretched out of a reel and held up to a backlight

“I am trying to find myself. Sometimes that’s not easy.” – Marilyn Monroe

“Maybe I’ll never be able to do what I hope to, but at least I have hope.”

“Men are always ready to respect anything that bores them.”

“I’ve often stood silent at a party for hours listening to my movie idols turn into dull and little people.”

“I am not a victim of emotional conflicts. I am human.”

Two hands holding a clapperboard against a desert backdrop before filming

“If I’d observed all the rules I’d never have got anywhere.” – Marilyn Monroe

“People had a habit of looking at me as if I were some kind of mirror instead of a person. They didn’t see me, they saw their own lewd thoughts, then they white-masked themselves by calling me the lewd one.”

“Millions of people live their entire lives without finding themselves. But it is something I must do.”

“For those who are poor in happiness, each time is a first time; happiness never becomes a habit.”

“Most men judge your importance in their lives by how much you can hurt them.”

High school graduates throwing their hats in the air after graduation

“I live to succeed, not to please you or anyone else.” – Marilyn Monroe

“I don’t forgive people because I’m weak, I forgive them because I am strong enough to know people make mistakes.”

“Please quote me right!”

“The ‘public’ scares me, but people I trust.”

“I have always been deeply terrified to really be someone’s wife since I know from life one cannot love another, ever, really.”

Marilyn Monroe's young smiling face in makeup and red lipstick

“Beneath the makeup and behind the smile I am just a girl who wishes for the world.” -Marilyn Monroe

“Anything’s possible, almost.”

“This is supposed to be an art form, not just a manufacturing establishment. The sensitivity that helps me to act, you see, also makes me react. An actor is supposed to be a sensitive instrument.”

“I never wanted to be Marilyn — it just happened. Marilyn’s like a veil I wear over Norma Jeane.”

“Its not too much fun to know yourself too well or think you do — everyone needs a little conceit to carry them through and past the falls.”

Vintage clothing, an antique bicycle, and an old suitcase in a shop window

“You never know what life is like, until you have lived it.” – Marilyn Monroe

“This is a free and democratic country and no one has a monopoly on anything.”

“For life: it is rather a determination not to be overwhelmed. For work: the truth can only be recalled, never invented.”

“I’m trying to find the nailhead, not just strike the blow.”

“Men are climbing to the moon, but they don’t seem interested in the beating human heart.”

A laughing woman in a white dress sitting on a leather couch

“If you can make a woman laugh, you can make her do anything.” – Marilyn Monroe

“It takes a smart brunette to play a dumb blonde.”

“Acting isn’t something you do. Instead of doing it, it occurs. If you’re going to start with logic, you might as well give up. You can have conscious preparation, but you have unconscious results.”

“I love a natural look in pictures. I like people with a feeling one way or another — it shows an inner life. I like to see that there’s something going on inside them.”

An old man smiling as he sits behind the wheel of a taxi in Rio De Janeiro

“We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets.” – Marilyn Monroe

Quotes About Marilyn Monroe

“She’d come out of our apartment in a shleppy old coat, looking like my maid, and all the people would push her aside to get my autograph. She loved it.” – Shelley Winters

“I was very, very drawn to her. To me, she was like a golden child. She radiated light and vulnerability. She used to gravitate to me at parties because she knew I was not very secure either. She was fragile. I was very touched by her.” – Jane Fonda

“She was trying to prove she was a serious actress and not just a movie star playing bimbo parts,” said Murray, who earned an Oscar nomination as Beau. “She was trying to prove she was an actress of substance, and in my opinion she certainly did.” – Don Murray

“I never saw anybody work so hard, but it wasn’t an easy ride. She did such a good job and personally, I think she stole the whole damn show. I just think she was thrown into a nest of vipers.” – Mitzi Gaynor

10 Fun Facts About Marilyn

  1. Monroe found it impossible to learn lines. It took her 60 takes to deliver the line “It’s me, Sugar,” in Some Like it Hot.
  2. After her mother was institutionalized, Monroe became an orphan. She had 11 sets of foster parents throughout her childhood and teenage years.
  3. It’s well-known Monroe was commonly casted as a dumb blonde — she hated this. She was, in fact, very intelligent, and had an IQ of 168.
  4. While married to Miller, Monroe attempted to have a baby. She unfortunately suffered an ectopic pregnancy and a miscarriage.
  5. Her weight fluctuated so much during the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl that the costume designer had to create identical dresses in several sizes.
  6. Monroe’s funeral was open casket. She wore an apple green Pucci dress and a platinum wig.
  7. In 1950, her agent talked her into and paid for her to have two plastic surgeries: a tip rhinoplasty and a chin implant.
  8. Monroe wrote her autobiography My Story at the height of her career. The autobiography was not published until a decade after she passed.
  9. Veronica Hamel purchased Monroe’s house in 1972. She said that when she was renovating she came across an extensive system of wire-taps.
  10. While she was filming Let’s Make Love, her no-shows added 28 days, adding $1 million to the budget.

Marilyn Monroe will never be forgotten. Her voice will carry on through the films she made and through the very meaningful things she said. Her inspiring words are still as meaningful today as they were 50 years ago.

Published at Thu, 31 Oct 2019 16:05:34 +0000

Great Community Clean Up 2019

Great Community Clean Up 2019

Teams from our Store Support Office visited Lake Pupuke as part of this year’s Great Community Clean Up. The annual event encourages Kiwis around the country to get out into their communities and help clean up.

Helping New Mothers Find Their Voice Through Community | Stacy Seigel | TEDxLeonardtown

Helping New Mothers Find Their Voice Through Community | Stacy Seigel | TEDxLeonardtown

As a local doula and yoga instructor, Stacy recognized a need for new to have a community that supports and accepts them through the journey of motherhood. The combination of being a doula and yogi provides a holistic birthing experience for those she guides through motherhood and connects them to each other in what she refers to as “Stacy’s Tribe” While raising her two sons as a single mom, Stacy realized there was very little support for women through birth and motherhood. She saw a  shift in parenting, away from the “it takes a village” mentality, and wanted to change that. This is when her passion for working in the birth community truly emerged. 

Stacy has guided more than 200 families through the birth of their children. By helping mothers find their voice and speak their truth and encouraging father’s to be present in the birth process, her love of all things birth has grown. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

100 Most Inspirational Sports Quotes Of All Time

100 Most Inspirational Sports Quotes Of All Time

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For sports fans, sports are the epitome of hard work and dedication. To get to the pinnacle of their sport, even the most naturally gifted athletes have to give it their all.

Yes, we watch sports for the excitement, but even more so for the drama. There’s nothing more exciting than seeing a team come back to win that 4th game after being down 0-3, or a fighter getting off the canvas to score a comeback after a knock-out.

Sports are about those incredible moments where sheer human will and desire overcomes the odds. These are the moments we remember.

Given the nature of sports, it’s not surprising that athletes have had some inspiring and motivational things to say about hard work, leadership, perseverance, winning, and much more. Here are the top 100 sports quotes for athletes and fans.

100 Great Sports Quotes

“The only way to prove that you’re a good sport is to lose.” – Ernie Banks

“When you’re riding, only the race in which you’re riding is important.” – Bill Shoemaker

“Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.” – Jackie Joyner-Kersee

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“Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible.” – Frank L. Gaines

“I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability.” – Bruce Jenner

“A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.” – Mary Lou Retton

“Number one is just to gain a passion for running. To love the morning, to love the trail, to love the pace on the track. And if some kid gets really good at it, that’s cool too.” – Pat Tyson

“Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown.” – Ross Perot

“You have to do something in your life that is honorable and not cowardly if you are to live in peace with yourself.” – Larry Brown

A baseball player holding two baseballs during a New York Yankees practice

“There may be people that have more talent than you, but theres no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” – Derek Jeter

“Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.” – Ted Williams

“One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it.” – Knute Rockne

“The five S’s of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit.” – Ken Doherty

“An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.” – Emil Zatopek

“Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back… play for her.” – Mia Hamm

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“When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge.” – Terry Bradshaw

“Never give up, never give in, and when the upper hand is ours, may we have the ability to handle the win with the dignity that we absorbed the loss.” – Doug Williams

“It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.” – Paul “Bear” Bryant

“Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.” – Marv Levy

“I’ve learned that something constructive comes from every defeat.” – Tom Landry

“Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your own two ears.” – Laird Hamilton

A man looking off a cliff at a vast valley below him

“Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.” – Bo Jackson

“I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it.” – Sandy Koufax

“If you can’t outplay them, outwork them.” – Ben Hogan

“People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” – Rogers Hornsby

“Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.” – William James

“Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.” – Mike Singletary

Several marathon runners competing in the 1956 Boston Marathon

“If at first you don’t succeed, you are running about average.” – M.H. Alderson

“Continuous effort — not strength or intelligence — is the key to unlocking our potential.” – Liane Cardes

“Good is not good when better is expected.” – Vin Scully

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” – Tommy Lasorda

“Champions keep playing until they get it right.” – Billie Jean King

“You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours.” – Herb Brooks

PNC Park filled with fans before a Pittsburgh Pirates game in April

“What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle, and giving 110 percent all the time.” – Don Zimmer

“If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.” – Mark Spitz

“How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser.” – Lou Holtz

“Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.” – Matt Biondi

“Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence.” – George F. Will

“The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.” – Steve Young

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“The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.” – John Madden

“You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy.” – Arthur Ashe

“What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose.” – Andre Agassi

“The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.” – Pele

“Most talented players don’t always succeed. Some don’t even make the team. It’s more what’s inside.” – Brett Favre

“One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team. ” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Memorial Stadium and the Sea of Red fans before a Nebraska football game

“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” – George Halas

“Stubbornness usually is considered a negative; but I think that trait has been a positive for me.” – Cal Ripken Jr.

“You’ve got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference.” – Chris Evert

“When you win, say nothing, when you lose, say less.” – Paul Brown

“The hardest skill to acquire in this sport is the one where you compete all out, give it all you have, and you are still getting beat no matter what you do. When you have the killer instinct to fight through that, it is very special.” – Eddie Reese

“The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

A boxer behind his gloves thinking of a Joe Frazier quote to get inspired

“When I go out there, I have no pity on my brother. I am out there to win.” – Joe Frazier

“During my 18 years I came to bat almost 10,000 times. I struck out about 1,700 times and walked maybe 1,800 times. You figure a ballplayer will average about 500 at bats a season. That means I played seven years without ever hitting the ball.” – Mickey Mantle

“I never left the field saying I could have done more to get ready and that gives me piece of mind.” – Peyton Manning

“Leadership, like coaching, is fighting for the hearts and souls of men and getting them to believe in you.” – Eddie Robinson

“You win some, you lose some, and some get rained out, but you gotta suit up for them all.” – J. Askenberg

“Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.” – Arnold Palmer

A Spalding basketball swishing through the net at an NBA game in Brooklyn

“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” – Michael Jordan

“To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.” – Picabo Street

“Show me a guy who’s afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time.” – Lou Brock

“You can motivate by fear, and you can motivate by reward. But both those methods are only temporary. The only lasting thing is self motivation.” – Homer Rice

“You find that you have peace of mind and can enjoy yourself, get more sleep, and rest when you know that it was a one hundred percent effort that you gave–win or lose.” – Gordie Howe

The feet of a runner in Nike shoes running up stone steps in Edinburgh

“If you train hard, you’ll not only be hard, you’ll be hard to beat.” – Herschel Walker

“My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.” – Hank Aaron

“I didn’t believe in team motivation. I believe in getting a team prepared so it knows it will have the necessary confidence when it steps on the field and be prepared to play a good game.” – Tom Landry

“Your biggest opponent isn’t the other guy. It’s human nature.” – Bobby Knight

“If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it.” – Ronnie Lott

“If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.”– Carl Lewis

The 20 yard line of a football field before the NFC Championship Game

“Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.” – Lou Holtz

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan

“Make each day your masterpiece.” – John Wooden

“Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.” – Pat Riley

“Win If You Can, Lose If You Must, But NEVER QUIT!” – Cameron Trammell

“Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.” – Mike Singletary

“If you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough.” – Mario Andretti

Three runners sprinting down a track in an empty stadium

“Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it.” – Ted Williams

“What do do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.” – Dean Smith

“Push yourself again and again. Don’t give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.” – Larry Bird

“If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?” – Joe Namath

“You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.” – Michael Phelps

“Do not let what you can not do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden

A cyclist riding his bike down a hot desert road in Nevada

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” – Lance Armstrong

“Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.” – Phil Jackson

“The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.” – Joe Paterno

“Adversity cause some men to break; others to break records.” – William A. Ward

“Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way.” – Satchel Paige

“Some people say I have attitude – maybe I do…but I think you have to. You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that makes you a winner right there. ” – Venus Williams

A baseball tucked into an old leather baseball glove

“Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” – Babe Ruth

 “It is not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters.” – Evander Holyfield

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’” – Muhammad Ali

“There are only two options regarding commitment. You’re either IN or you’re OUT. There is no such thing as life in-between.” – Pat Riley

“A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.” – Jack Dempsey

“It ain’t over till it’s over.” – Yogi Berra

The inside of Texas Stadium before a Monday Night Football game in 1992

“You’re never a loser until you quit trying.” – Mike Ditka

“Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding.” – Jim Valvano

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky

“The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it.” – Wayne Gretzky

“Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.” – Dan Gable

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

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“It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi

Hope you enjoyed these 100 inspirational quotes for athletes. If we left anything out, we’d love to hear the quotes that make you love sports and get you motivated to play them.

Published at Thu, 07 Nov 2019 12:30:08 +0000