J.K. Rowling — Harvard University (2008)

J.K. Rowling — Harvard University (2008)


In her 2008 commencement address, J.K. Rowling delivered her speech entitled “The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination.” Throughout her speech, she offered riveting stories based on her own experiences to illustrate the things that people can learn about themselves through failure, as well as the role of imagination in changing our world for the better. Here are some of her highlights:

  • “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all — in which case, you fail by default.”
  • “Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.”


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