Twenty years ago today, J.K. Rowling introduced us to a magical world in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.* And what started as a small book release with only 500 copies has grown into an internationally beloved series with 450 million books in print.
We could go on and on about Harry Potter’s cultural significance (and how an entire generation is still waiting for an acceptance letter to Hogwarts), but if you’re reading this, then you’re already a fan. So we’ll skip right to the glorious nostalgia you’re seeking today by offering a gallery of quotes from the series’ wisest character: Albus Dumbledore. Enjoy reading his brilliant musings—plucked from Rowling’s books—on everything from socks to bravery.
*Everyone knows that we changed Philosopher’s Stone to Sorcerer’s Stone in America, which is why the quotes use the latter title.