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35 Inspirational Matilda Quotes From Roald Dahl's Timeless Tale

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'Matilda' is a very popular novel written by Roald Dahl.

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Matilda is a very intelligent and determined young girl appearing in the Roald Dahl children's book of the same name.

The novel has an inspirational message that everyone can stand up for themselves against bullies like Matilda does against Mrs. Trunchbull. We've curated this list of inspiring 'Matilda' quotes from the book and the movie.

If you want to read more such quotes then head over to our best Roald Dahl and [Fantastic Mr Fox] quotes.

'Matilda' Famous Quotes

Here are some famous 'Matilda' quotes, including Miss Honey 'Matilda' quotes.

1. "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."

- Miss Honey.

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

- Roald Dahl, 'Matilda'.

3. "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."

- Roald Dahl, 'Matilda'.

4. "There is little point in teaching anything backwards. The whole object of life, Headmistress, is to go forwards."

- Matilda Wormwood.

5. "'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.'"

- Roald Dahl, 'Matilda'.

6. "I’m right and you’re wrong, I’m big and you’re small, and there’s nothing you can do about it."

- Miss Trunchbull, 'Matilda'.

7. "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 Wormwood.

'Matilda' Movie Quotes

Here are some funny and inspiring quotes from the 'Matilda' movie.

8. "Matilda: I thought grown-ups weren't afraid of anything.

Miss Honey: Quite the contrary. All grown-ups get scared, just like children."

- 'Matilda' 1996.

9. "Dinner time is family time. What is this trash you're reading?"

- Mr. Wormwood.

10. "Mr. Wormwood: A book? What do you want a book for?

Matilda: To read.

Mr. Wormwood: To read? Why would you want to read when you got the television set sitting right in front of you?"

- 'Matilda' 1996.

11. "Matilda: I want to stay with Miss Honey.

Mrs. Wormwood: Miss Honey doesn't want you. Why would she want some snotty, disobedient kid?

Miss Honey: Because she's a spectacularly wonderful child and I love her."

- 'Matilda' 1996.

12. "There's nothing you can get from a book that you can't get from a television faster."

- Mr. Wormwood.

13. "From now on, this family does exactly what I say, when exactly, when I say it!"

- Mr. Wormwood.

14. "You're the only daughter I ever had, Matilda. And I never understood you, not one little bit... Who's got a pen?"

- Mrs. Wormwood.

15. "One day Jen, you'll see that everything I do is for your own good."

- Miss Trunchbull.

16. "Miss Honey: Matilda Wormwood is a very sweet girl, and very bright.

Miss Trunchbull: A 'bright child'?

Miss Honey: Yes. She can multiply large sums in her head.

Miss Trunchbull: So can a calculator."

- 'Matilda' 1996.

17. "Matilda: I want to go to school.

Mr. Wormwood: School? It's out of the question. Who would be here to sign for the packages? We can't leave valuable packages sitting out on the doorstep. Now go watch TV like a good kid."

- 'Matilda' 1996.

18. "Matilda: I have the adoption papers.

Mrs. Wormwood: What? Where did you get those?

Matilda: From a book in the library. I've had them since I was big enough to xerox."

- 'Matilda' 1996.

19. "Look, Miss Snit, a girl does not get anywhere by acting intelligent! I mean, take a look at you and me. You chose books, I chose looks. I have a nice house, a wonderful husband and you are slaving away teaching snot-nosed children their ABCs."

- Mrs. Wormwood.

20. "What car? Sued by who? Who you been talking to?"

- Mr. Wormwood.

21. "Miss Trunchbull: You have brats yourself?

Mr. Wormwood: Yeah, I got a boy, Mikey, and one mistake, Matilda.

Miss Trunchbull: They're all mistakes, children! Filthy, nasty things. Glad I never was one."

- 'Matilda' 1996.

'Matilda' Book Quotes

Matilda is a young girl who likes to read books.

Here are the best 'Matilda' quotes from the book.

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

- Roald Dahl, 'Matilda'.

23. "Sometimes Matilda longed for a friend, someone like the kind, courageous people in her books."

- Roald Dahl, 'Matilda'.

24. "She felt as though she had touched something that was not quite of this world, the highest point of the heavens, the farthest star."

- Roald Dahl, 'Matilda'.

25. "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."

- Roald Dahl, 'Matilda'.

26. "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."

- Roald Dahl, 'Matilda'.

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

- Roald Dahl, 'Matilda'.

28. "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."

- Roald Dahl, 'Matilda'.

29. "You must remember that she was still hardly five years old and it is not easy for somebody as small as that to score points against an all-powerful grown-up."

- Roald Dahl, 'Matilda'.

30. "The next day she carried her secret weapon to school in her satchel. She was tingling with excitement."

- Roald Dahl, 'Matilda'.

31. "At the age of four, she could read fast and well, and she naturally began hankering after books"

- Roald Dahl, 'Matilda'.

32. "She had just met a small girl who possessed, or so it seemed to her, quite extraordinary qualities of brilliance."

- Roald Dahl, 'Matilda'.

33. "She felt fairly confident that with a great deal of practice and effort, she would succeed in the end."

- Roald Dahl, 'Matilda'.

34. "A sense of power was brewing in those eyes of hers."

- Roald Dahl, 'Matilda'.

35. "The human brain is an amazing thing."

- Roald Dahl, 'Matilda'.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for Matilda quotes then why not take a look at Charlie and the chocolate factory quotes, or [BFG quotes]

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