Out of all of the most celebrated children’s authors, Roald Dahl has gifted the world with some of the most quotable works the world has ever known.
Not only did Roald Dahl create some of children’s literature’s most unforgettable characters in tales that transcend the generations, what is perhaps most captivating about his work is that, beneath the wonderfully eccentric stories, there always lies a warm sentiment in his words to inspire both young and old.
Everything we ever needed to know about how to live our lives is most likely to be found in a Roald Dahl book!
Here are some of the greatest quotes from one of our favourite authors of all time:
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.
And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.
A little nonsense now and then, is relished by the wisest men.
It’s impossible to make your eyes twinkle if you aren’t feeling twinkly yourself.
Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog.
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.
A little magic can take you a long way.
We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.
If you are good, life is good.
Most of the really exciting things we do in our lives scare us to death. They wouldn’t be exciting if they didn’t.
Nothing is any fun if you can get as much of it as you want.
Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.