In my opinion, Albus Dumbledore is one of the best characters J.K. Rowling has ever created. As with all of her characters, he is flawed. However, he is one of the most gifted with words. Here are some of my favorite quotes from the wise, old wizard of Harry Potter.

Albus Dumbledore, the patriarch of Hogwarts and Harry Potter's mentor.
Albus Dumbledore.
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Favorite Dumbledore quote #1:

“. . . There will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right”(Goblet of Fire)

This quote was spoken after Cedric Diggory’s death at the hands of Voldemort. This quote is a favorite of mine because of its relevance to non-magical life. We will likely never face off against a dark lord or murderous criminals. However, we will all be faced with tough choices between our morals and what is easy. Dumbledore explains this perfectly.

Favorite Dumbledore Quote #2:

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” (Sorcerer’s Stone)

This quote was given after Neville tried to prevent the Trio from going after who they thought was Snape. This quote is relevant to anyone who has ever had to face peer pressure. It is incredibly hard to keep your moral compass when being told to do something wrong by your friends.

In fact, I think Dumbledore understates it here. It’s even harder to stand up to one’s friends, if their friendship is one you want to keep.

Favorite Dumbledore Quote #3:

It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.“(Chamber of Secrets)

This quote was spoken after Harry freaked out about the similarities between him and Tom Riddle. Dumbledore is exactly right on this front. The circumstances of our birth do not usually dictate how our lives will turn out.

In the end, free will allows us to make our own way in the world. As a result, we are not bound by other people’s decisions or how we were born, only our own choices.


Albus Dumbledore is a wizard with much to teach us about life. Through these quotes, he gives life advice to both the fictional and non-fictional worlds. As a result, Dumbledore is one of my favorite characters in all of fiction.