15 Dumbledore Quotes Parents Should Revisit

“One can never have enough socks.”

by Fatherly
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It has been two decades since Harry Potter first apparated into our lives and 20 years later, the series is more popular than ever with its thrilling action, incredible world-building, and memorable characters. And other than the titular wizard himself, perhaps no character is more beloved than “the only wizard Voldemort ever feared”: Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore. But the candy-loving Headmaster of Hogwarts is more than just a powerful sorcerer. He is also Harry’s most trusted mentor and is constantly giving the Boy Who Lived powerful and poignant life advice. Here are 15 of his most memorable quotes that may help you be a better parent.

When You Are Running 15 Minutes Late and Your Kid Refuses to Get Out of Bed

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

When Your Kid Asks If Santa Is Real

“The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should, therefore, be treated with caution.”

When Your Friends Won’t Stop Passive Aggressively Judging Your Parenting

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

When You Are Consoling Your Kid After the Family Pet Dies

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

When Your Kid Tries Their Hardest But Still Ride the Bench On Their Little League Team

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

When You’re Packing For Vacation

“One can never have enough socks.”

When Your Kid Mocks You For Trying to Use Hip Lingo

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

When Your Kid Won’t Stop Talking

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

When You End Up Debating Anti-Vaxxers Online

“It is important to fight and fight again, and keep fighting, for only then can evil be kept at bay though never quite eradicated.”

When You and Your Spouse Can’t Agree on How to Punish Your Kid

“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”

When Your Kid Asks If They Can Watch TV Before Doing Their Homework

“We must all face the choice between what is right, and what is easy.”

When Your In-Laws Won’t Stop Telling You How to Raise Your Kid

“Youth can not know how age thinks and feels, but old men are guilty if they forget what it is to be young.”

When You Let Your Kid Choose Their Own Outfit

“Let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.”

When Your Kid Won’t Stop Crying After They Scraped Their Knee

“This pain is part of being human . . . the fact that you can feel pain like this is your greatest strength.”

When Your Kid Is Afraid of the Dark

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

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