The truth is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with caution – Dumbledore?

(Taken from Harry potter and the Philosopher’s Stone) What does this quote mean exactly? As much detail as possible please! (:

Thank you in advance! (:

11 answers by real people - The truth is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with caution – Dumbledore?

  • 1 month ago

    This is the part when Harry asks why Voldermort is trying to kill him and why he killed his parents right?

    What he meant is that knowing the truth is good for you because then you will know what to do and how to act…But also this truth may be bad, and it may trouble you and weigh very heavy in your mind… So the person that will tell you truth must be wary, they must know if you are ready to hear the truth of if it should wait for a bit more.

    And if it IS a bad truth and they tell you then it must be told not bluntly and sharply, but with consideration of how the other person will take it…

    I could explain better by telling you EXACTLY what Dumbledore was thinking about at that moment, and why he said it, but I don’t know how many books of the series you’ve read and I don’t want to spoil it for you..Or the others that might read this and haven’t finished the books…

    So yeah, hope I helped you understand it!

  • Nikki H
    1 month ago

    The truth can be darkening in some situations and not meant to be heard, but in other situations the truth will do good for you and enlighten. You should be careful as you choose to share the truth or not as it may help or may ruin all.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    This quote was actually originally spoken by the third avatar of vishnu, Rowling just plagiarized it. In its original context it means that people feel safe in there delusions and if they are shattered than there world can be torn asunder, the avatar was commenting on the irony of the fact that the most virtuously beautiful of concepts can also be the most destructive and depressing.

  • sl_princess94
    1 month ago

    well the phrase in general means that truth is can be beautiful but terrible but it the case of dumbledore it could actually relate to his life with secrets and lies…

  • Manny C
    1 month ago

    The truth. It can be beautiful as in-Seeing a gorgeous girl and telling her she is pretty, or it can be terrible-Your mom has cancer but it is still the truth.

    Maybe if you told the context he used it in this would be easier, but I think he might be saying be wise when you speak the truth, don’t take it to far.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    It means that when you tell someone the truth you should be cautious because even though it is beautiful it can also harm the person.

  • ?
    1 month ago

    that sometimes the truth can mean good, but sometimes the truth will hurt you more than a lie would, so be careful what you awnser in the truth and what you awnser as a lie

  • dilbir
    1 month ago

    i think it means that truth in some instances can cause great relief and at other times great sorrow

    dumbeldore is the gretest fictional character of all time (i cried when he died)

  • DF_Euphoric
    1 month ago

    Im not gonna right a paper for you but it basically means some things are meant to be heard while others should be kept in the dark.

  • Laaaa heh hee
    1 month ago

    Read it in connection with rest of the story.

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