Dumbledore pen rough sketch

Much of my childhood was spent reading and re-reading the Harry Potter series. Such an impression was made upon my mind, by the words of J. K. Rowling, that even now I can trace back many of my thoughts and life lessons to those well worn pages. Of all the characters, I found Dumbledore to be the most inspiring. His wisdom was passed down to me, word for word, like a sage to an adherent. I pondered these words for many a year, and still I ponder them now...

To the well organised mind, death is but the next great adventure.
It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.
It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more. 
Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love.

Perhaps Dumbledore's wisdom is made the greater by his innate sense of humour. A lover of knitting patterns, teller of tales about odd birthmarks, and contented recipient of Christmas socks, Dumbledore never seems to take himself too seriously.

Alas! ear wax!