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Matilda Quotes

28 of the best book quotes from Matilda
  1. #1
    ″‘Up to now,’ Miss Honey went on, ‘I have found it impossible to talk to anyone about my problems. I couldn’t face the embarrassment, and anyway I lack the courage. Any courage I had was knocked out of me when I was young. But now, all of a sudden I have a sort of desperate wish to tell everything to somebody. I know you are only a tiny little girl, but there is some kind of magic in you somewhere. I’ve seen it with my own eyes.‘”
  2. #2
    “Because we are playing with mysterious forces, my child, that we know nothing about. I do not think they are evil. They may be good. They may even be divine. But whether they are or not, let us handle them carefully.”
    author
    Roald Dahl
    book
    Matilda
    characters
    MatildaMiss Honey
    concept
    Magic
  3. #3
    “She was feeling curiously elated. She felt as though she had touched something that was not quite of this world, the highest point of the heavens, the farthest star. She had felt most wonderfully the power surging up behind her eyes, gushing like a warm fluid inside her skull, and her eyes had become scorching hot, hotter than ever before, and things had come bursting out of her eye-sockets and then the piece of chalk had lifted itself up and had begun to write. It seemed as though she had hardly done anything, it had all been so simple.”
    author
    Roald Dahl
    book
    Matilda
    character
    Matilda
    concept
    Magic
  4. #4
    “She didn’t in the least mind being accused of having done something she had actually done. She could see the justice of that. It was, however, a totally new experience for her to be accused of a crime that she definitely had not committed.”
  5. #5
    ″‘A precocious child,’ Miss Honey said, ‘is one that shows amazing intelligence early on. You are an unbelievably precocious child.‘”
  6. #6
    “By the time she was three, Matilda had taught herself to read by studying newspapers and magazines that lay around the house. At the age of four, she could read fast and well, and she naturally began hankering after books.”
  7. #7
    “There was a moment of silence, and Matilda, who had never before heard great romantic poetry spoken aloud, was profoundly moved. ‘It’s like music,’ she whispered.”
    author
    Roald Dahl
    book
    Matilda
    character
    Matilda
    concepts
    ReadingPoetry
  8. #8
    “She felt wildly excited. She had just met a small girl who possessed, or so it seemed to her, quite extraordinary qualities of brilliance. There had not been time yet to find out exactly how brilliant the child was, but Miss Honey had learnt enough to realize that something had to be done about it as soon as possible. It would be ridiculous to leave a child like that stuck in the bottom form.”
  9. #9
    “I’m wondering what to read next,” Matilda said. “I’ve finished all the children’s books.”
    “You mean you’ve looked at the pictures?”
    “Yes, but I’ve read the books as well.”
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  1. #10
    “Do any of us children, she wondered, ever stop to ask ourselves where our teachers go when school is over for the day? Do we wonder if they live alone, or if there is a mother at home or a sister or a husband?”
  2. #11
    “All the reading she had done had given her a view of life that they had never seen. If only they would read a little Dickens or Kipling they would soon discover there was more to life than cheating people and watching television.”
  3. #12
    “Parents never underestimated the abilities of their own children. Quite the reverse. Sometimes it was well nigh impossible for a teacher to convince the proud father or mother that their beloved offspring was a complete nitwit.”
  4. #13
    “It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.”
  5. #14
    “Sometimes Matilda longed for a friend, someone like the kind, courageous people in her books.”
    author
    Roald Dahl
    book
    Matilda
    character
    Matilda
    concept
    Friendship
  6. #15
    “With frightening suddenness he now began ripping the pages out of the book in handfuls and throwing them in the waste-paper basket.
    Matilda froze in horror. The father kept going. There seemed little doubt that the man felt some kind of jealousy. How dare she, he seemed to be saying with each rip of a page, how dare she enjoy reading books when he couldn’t? How dare she?”
  7. #16
    “I’ve always said to myself that if a little pocket calculator can do it why shouldn’t I?”
  8. #17
    “Don’t worry about the bits you can’t understand. Sit back and allow the words to wash around you, like music.”
  9. #18
    “Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it’s unbelievable.”
    author
    Roald Dahl
    book
    Matilda
    character
    Matilda
    concepts
    FunCommitment
  1. #19
    “Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world”
  2. #20
    “I’m right and you’re wrong, I’m big and you’re small, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
    author
    Roald Dahl
    book
    Matilda
    character
    Miss Trunchbull
    concept
    Power
  3. #21
    ″‘You seemed so far away,’ Miss Honey whispered, awestruck. ‘Oh, I was. I was flying past the stars on silver wings,’ Matilda said. ‘It was wonderful.‘”
  4. #22
    “The human brain is an amazing thing.”
    author
    Roald Dahl
    book
    Matilda
    character
    Miss Honey
    concept
    Brain
  5. #23
    “Children are not so serious as grown-ups and they love to laugh.”
    author
    Roald Dahl
    book
    Matilda
    character
    Matilda
    concepts
    LaughterChildren
  6. #24
    “There is little point in teaching anything backwards. The whole object of life, Headmistress, is to go forwards.”
  7. #25
    “If you had a heart attack this minute and had to call a doctor, that doctor would be a university graduate. If you got sued for selling someone a rotten second-hand car, you’d have to get a lawyer and he’d be a university graduate, too. Do not despise clever people, Mr. Wormwood.”
  8. #26
    “If you are good, life is good.”
    author
    Roald Dahl
    book
    Matilda
    concept
    Goodness
  9. #27
    “So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.”
    author
    Roald Dahl
    book
    Matilda
    character
    Matilda
    concepts
    ReadingBooks
  10. #28
    “The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.”
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