Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon, we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.

In Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, Harry comes face to face with Voldemort, who killed his parents and attempted to kill him as a baby. At the end of the film, Dumbledore warns Harry that, “Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon, we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.” This is of course in reference to Voldemort coming back. Soon everyone will have to face the

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Sometimes the people you wanted as a part of your story are only meant to be a chapter.

As we go through life, people are going to come and go at various stages. Our best friend in first grade becomes a faded photograph in the school yearbook. Our first crush becomes an old handwritten note in the middle of a Chemistry notebook. Each season of life brings us people, and while some stay in our lives, a lot of them go. As we think about people who have left us, we can get

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Years of love have been forgotten, in the hatred of a minute.

When you have been hurt by your partner, it is easy to forget all the things he or she did to make you feel love. You may be so consumed by hurt and anger that you feel hatred towards them. And in those moments of high emotion, it can feel like the long history you have where they made you feel loved didn’t even exist. You see, love and hate are much more similar than

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Just because you shot Jesse James don’t make you Jesse James.

In Breaking Bad in an episode called Hazard Pay, after Walter has killed meth boss Gus Fring, Walter, Jesse and Mike buy a fumigation company called Vamonos Pest. It is used as a front for their continuing criminal enterprise, but they also use some of the homes they fumigate to cook the meth so they will remain undetected. Once a week, Walt and Jesse pick a house for a temporary cook location. Badger and Skinny

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Arguing with a fool only proves that there are two.

As tempting as it can sometimes be to argue your point, it’s often a waste of time to do so. People are usually very committed to their ideas and convictions, and nothing that you say will change their minds. If you persist in arguing with them, they will only dig their heels in deeper. They will refuse to listen to you, or they will even twist your words and apply meanings to them that you

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Don’t trade your authenticity for approval.

We have all had moments in our lives where we have put on a mask to hide our true authentic selves to be accepted by others. Whether it was dressing, speaking, or acting a certain way, we tend to change ourselves in order to win other people’s approval. We spend so much time and energy trying to please other people. But is it worth it if they don’t even like us for who we are?

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It is not our abilities that show what we truly are. It is our choices.

In Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, Harry visits Dumbledore and says, “So the sorting hat was right? I should be in Slytherin.” Dumbledore admits that yes, Harry does possess many of the same qualities that Voldemort prizes. He asks Harry why the sorting hat placed him in Gryffindor. Harry replies that it was because he asked it to. Dumbledore tells Harry that is because he asked the sorting hat not to put him

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Some people are immune to good advice.

In Breaking Bad, Bob Odenkirk plays Saul Goodman, a criminal lawyer turned lawyer criminal. He has an incredible talent for finding legal loopholes and skirts the edge of the law on a regular basis. At some point, he espouses the wisdom that some people are immune to good advice.  And as the saying goes, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink it. You can show someone a path or

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