Roald Dahl Quotes

29 of the best book quotes from Roald Dahl
  1. #1
    “Don’t gobblefunk around with words.”
    Roald Dahl
    The BFG
  2. #2
    “Most of the really exciting things we do in our lives scare us to death. They wouldn’t be exciting if they didn’t.”
  3. #3
    “A little magic can take you a long way.”
  4. #4
    “It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.”
    Roald Dahl
    The Witches
  5. #5
    “Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog.”
  6. #6
    “If you are good, life is good.”
    Roald Dahl
  7. #7
    “We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.”
  8. #8
    “I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.”
  9. #9
    “There are a whole lot of things in this world of ours you haven’t started wondering about yet.”
  10. #10
    “If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.”
  11. #11
    “So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,
    Go throw your TV set away,
    And in its place you can install
    A lovely bookshelf on the wall.
    Then fill the shelves with lots of books.”
  12. #12
    “Two rights don’t equal a left.”
  13. #13
    “A little nonsense now and then, is relished by the wisest men.”
  14. #14
    “Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
    Roald Dahl
  15. #15
    “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.”
  16. #16
    “Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world”
  17. #17
    “Grown ups are complicated creatures, full of quirks and secrets.”
  18. #18
    “Nothing is any fun if you can get as much of it as you want. Especially money.”
  19. #19
    “You should never, never doubt something that no one is sure of.”
  20. #20
    “I’m right and you’re wrong, I’m big and you’re small, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
    Roald Dahl
    Miss Trunchbull
  21. #21
    “‘The matter with human beans,’ the BFG went on, ‘is that they is absolutely refusing to believe anything unless they is actually seeing it right in front of their own schnozzles.‘”
  22. #22
    “‘We must hurry!’ said Mr. Wonka. ‘We have so much time and so little to do! No! Wait! Strike that! Reverse it!‘”
  23. #23
    “A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
  24. #24
    “I was glad my father was an eye-smiler. It meant he never gave me a fake smile because it’s impossible to make your eyes twinkle if you aren’t feeling twinkly yourself. A mouth-smile is different. You can fake a mouth-smile any time you want, simply by moving your lips. I’ve also learned that a real mouth-smile always has an eye-smile to go with it. So watch out, I say, when someone smiles at you but his eyes stay the same. It’s sure to be a phony.”
  25. #25
    “I understand what you’re saying, and your comments are valuable, but I’m gonna ignore your advice.”
  26. #26
    “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.”
  27. #27
    “The witching hour, somebody had once whispered to her, was a special moment in the middle of the night when every child and every grown-up was in a deep deep sleep, and all the dark things came out from hiding and had the world all to themselves.”
    Roald Dahl
    The BFG
  28. #28
    “Well, maybe it started that way. As a dream, but doesn’t everything. Those buildings. These lights. This whole city. Somebody had to dream about it first. And maybe that is what I did. I dreamed about coming here, but then I did it.”
  29. #29
    Mr. Wonka: “Don’t forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he wanted.”
    Charlie Bucket: “What happened?”
    Mr. Wonka: “He lived happily ever after.”
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