90 Best Roald Dahl Quotes From The Beloved Children's Author

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Roald Dahl was a British writer, spy, fighter pilot, poet, and inventor, who's been heralded as being one of the best storytellers in the last couple of centuries.

He's best known for his literary works for children, such as 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory', 'James And The Giant Peach', and 'The BFG'. Not only did Dahl publish various children books but he was also known to be  a prolific short story writer.

September 13 is a day that has been dedicated worldwide to Roald Dahl. If you're looking for Roald Dahl book quotes or Roald Dahl 'Matilda' quotes, then you're in the right place because we have the whole lot! Here are some quotes by the writer Roald Dahl that most children and grown ups will enjoy!

If you liked these quotes by the author Roald Dahl, you should check out Charlie And The Chocolate Factory quotes and Matilda quotes.

Famous Roald Dahl Quotes

Most of the quotes by this author are delightful.

If you read any of Roald Dahl's books or short stories growing up, then you're going to love the things you read in this list.

1. "It doesn't matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you."

- 'The Witches'.

2. "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 it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely."

- 'The Twits'.

3. "Two rights don't equal a left."

- 'The BFG'.

4. "A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men."

- 'Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator'.

5. "Having power is not nearly as important as what you choose to do with it."

- Roald Dahl.

6. "Because we are all a great deal luckier than we realize, we usually get what we want—or near enough."

- 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory'.

7. "Let your love out."

- 'The BFG'.

8. "When writing about oneself, one must strive to be truthful."

- 'Boy: Tales Of Childhood'.

9. "If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it."

- 'The Twits'.

10. "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."

- 'Matilda'.

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."

- 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory'.

12. "We all have our moments of brilliance and glory, and this was mine."

- 'Boy: Tales Of Childhood'.

13.  "A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom."

- 'Boy: Tales Of Childhood'.

14. "You is getting nosier than a parker."

- 'The BFG'.

15. "She seemed to be coiled in herself, as though with a secret she was jealously guarding."

- 'Tales Of The Unexpected'.

16. "Never grow up...always down."

- 'George's Marvellous Medicine'.

17. "It was an unhappy truth, he told himself, that nearly all people in the world behave badly when there is something really big at stake."

- 'Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator'.

18. "The very rich are enormously resentful of bad weather. It is the one discomfort that their money cannot do anything about."

- 'The Wonderful Story Of Henry Sugar And Six More'.

19. "Men were foolish."

- 'Katina'.

20. "And thus the journey ended. But the travelers lived on."

- 'James And The Giant Peach'.

21. "If I had my way, I would remove January from the calendar altogether and have an extra July instead."

- Roald Dahl.

22. "I’ve also learned that a real mouth-smile always has an eye smile to go with it."

- 'Danny, The Champion Of The World'.

23. "A mouth-smile is different. You can fake a mouth-smile any time you want, simply by moving your lips."

- 'Danny, The Champion Of The World'.

24. "Grown ups are complicated creatures, full of quirks and secrets."

- 'Danny, The Champion Of The World'.

25. "You can write about anything for children as long as you’ve got humour."

- 'The Witches'.

26."It was slowly beginning to dawn upon Henry that nothing is any fun if you can get as much of it as you want. Especially money."

- 'The Wonderful Story Of Henry Sugar And Six More'.

27. "If you are good, life is good."

- 'Matilda'.

Best Quotes By Roald Dahl

Every kid loves magic.

Here are the best quotes by Roald Dahl.

28. "There is nothing more tantalizing than a thing like this which lingers just outside the borders of one's memory."

- 'The Landlady'.

29. "There’s someone over there needs a helping hand and it’s our job to give it."

- 'Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator'.

30. "Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage."

- Roald Dahl.

31. "I understand what you're saying, and your comments are valuable, but I'm gonna ignore your advice!"

- 'Fantastic Mr. Fox'.

32. "We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.”

- 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory'.

33. "I want a good sensible loving child, one to whom I can tell all my most precious candy-making secrets-while I am still alive."

- 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory'.

34. "Any courage I had was knocked out of me when I was young. But now, all of sudden I have a sort of desperate wish to tell everything to somebody."

- 'Matilda'.

35. "When you're old enough to write a book for children, by then you'll have become a grown up and have lost all your jokiness."

- Roald Dahl.

36. "Well, maybe it started that way. As a dream, but doesn't everything."

- 'James And The Giant Peach'.

37.  "I couldn't face the embarrassment, and anyway I lack the courage."

- 'Matilda'.

38. "You should never, never doubt something that no one is sure of. "

- 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory'.

39. "Human beans is the only animals that is killing their own kind."

- 'The BFG'.

40. "A stodgy parent is no fun at all. What a child wants and deserves is a parent who is sparky."

- 'Danny, The Champion Of The World'.

41. "Grandpa Joe was the oldest of the four grandparents. He was ninety-six and a half, and that is just about as old as anybody can be."

- 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory'.

42."Having power is not nearly as important as what you choose to do with it."

- Roald Dahl.

43. "You can put an Everlasting Gobstopper in your mouth and you can suck it and suck it and suck it and suck it and suck it and it will never get any smaller!"

- 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory'.

44. "The maid screamed. The Queen gasped. Sophie waved."

- 'The BFG'.

45. "If she's a witch, the black dot will keep changing in colour, and you'll see fire and you'll see ice dancing right in the very centre of the coloured dot."

- 'The Witches'.

46. "The giant peach, with the sunlight glinting on its side, was like a massive golden ball sailing upon a silver sea."

- 'James And The Giant Peach'.

Roald Dahl Quotes About Magic

Most kids believe in magic at a young age. Those that are looking for a Roald Dahl magic quote to bring some sparkle to their day need not look any further! Here are the best Roald Dahl magic quotes!

47. "A little magic can take you a long way."

- 'James And The Giant Peach'.

48. "Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."

- 'The Minpins'.

49. "A witch never gets caught. Don’t forget that she has magic in her fingers and devilry dancing in her blood."

- 'The Witches.'

50. "This Giant had some sort of magic in his legs."

- 'The BFG'.

51. "Dreams is full of mystery and magic . Do not try to understand them."

- 'The BFG'.

52. "For a few brief moments he had touched with the very tips of his fingers the edge of a magic world."

- 'George's Marvellous Medicine'.

53. "There’s more power and magic in those things in there than in all the rest of the world put together."

- 'James And The Giant Peach'.

54. "A petrol engine is sheer magic."

- 'Danny, The Champion Of The World'.

55. "Just because we happen not to have actually seen something with our own two little winkles, we think it is not existing."

- 'The BFG'.

Motivational Roald Dahl Quotes

These motivational quotes from Roald Dahl's books as well as his personal thoughts and feelings will make your day better!

56. "Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world."

- 'Matilda'.

57. "These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone."

- 'Matilda'.

58. "Most of the really exciting things we do in our lives scare us to death. They wouldn't be exciting if they didn't."

- 'Danny, The Champion Of The World'.

59. "So shines a good deed in a weary world."

- 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory'.

60. "However small the chance might be of striking lucky, the chance was there."

- 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory'.

61. "The whole object of life, Headmistress, is to go forwards."

- 'Matilda'.

62. "My dear young fellow,’ the Old-Green-Grasshopper said gently, ‘there are a whole lot of things in this world of ours you haven’t started wondering about yet."

- 'James And The Giant Peach'.

63. "Somebody had to dream about it first. And maybe that is what I did. I dreamed about coming here, but then I did it."

- 'James And The Giant Peach'.

64. "We have so much time and so little to do. Strike that, reverse it."

- 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory'.

65. "I was already beginning to realize that the only way to conduct oneself in a situation where bombs rained down and bullets whizzed past, was to accept the dangers and all the consequences as calmly as possible."

- 'Going Solo'.

66. "And Matilda found, to her surprise, that life could be fun. She decided to have as much fun as possible."

- 'Matilda'.

67. "I think the reason I do not want to die is because of the things I hope will happen."

- 'Death Of An Old Man'.

68. "There are others, though they are not many, who will for some reason always be unconquerable."

- 'The Wonderful Story Of Henry Sugar And Six More'.

Funny Quotes From Roald Dahl

Here are some funny Roald Dahl quotes.

69. "Don’t gobblefunk around with words."

- 'The BFG'.

70. "‘I am a mouse! You wait till my father hears about this!’ ‘He may think it’s an improvement.'"

- 'The Witches'.

71. "Fiona has the same glacial beauty of an iceberg, but unlike the iceberg she has absolutely nothing below the surface."

- 'Matilda'.

72. "A whangdoodle would eat ten Oompa-Loompas for breakfast and come galloping back for a second helping."

- 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory'.

73. "Nowadays you can go anywhere in the world in a few hours, and nothing is fabulous any more."

- 'Boy: Tales Of Childhood'.

74. "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."

- 'Matilda'.

75. "I always thought that a veruca was a sort of wart that you got on the sole of your foot!"

- 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory'.

76. "Titchy little snapperwhippers like you should not be higgling around with an old sage and onions who is hundreds of years more than you."

- 'The BFG'.

77. "You look like someone's grandmother gone wrong!"

- 'Matilda'.

78. "He resembled, to an extraordinary degree, an asparagus."

- 'Mr. Botibol'.

79. "I cannot for the life of me understand why small children take so long to grow up."

- 'Matilda'.

80. "But I'll tell you something very funny about the old bullfrog."

- 'Danny, The Champion Of The World'.

81. "Augustus Gloop! Augustus Gloop! The great big greedy nincompoop!"

- 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory'.

82. "You’ll never get anywhere if you go about what-iffing like that."

- 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory'.

Roald Dahl Quotes About Life

These Roald Dahl quotes about life will bring some sparkle to your day.

83. "The more risks you allow children to take, the better they learn to take care of themselves."

- 'My Year'.

84. "If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead."

- 'My Uncle Oswald'.

85. "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."

- 'Matilda'.

86. "An autobiography is a book a person writes about his own life and it is usually full of all sorts of boring details."

- 'Boy: Tales Of Childhood'.

87. "If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books."

- Matilda.

88. "All the reading she had done had given her a view of life that they had never seen."

- 'Matilda'.

89. "A life is made up of a great number of small incidents and a small number of great ones."

- 'Going Solo'.

90. "The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives."

- 'Matilda'.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for [Roald Dahl quotes] then why not take a look at 'Fantastic Mr Fox' quotes or 'The BFG' quotes?

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