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Quotes of the day: Roald Dahl

Published Saturday, November 22, 2014 @ 5:42 PM EST
Nov 22 2014

Roald Dahl (September 13, 1916 – November 23, 1990) was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, fighter pilot and screenwriter. Dahl's works include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Twits, George's Marvellous Medicine and The BFG. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


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

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

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.

Did they preach one thing and practice another, these men of God?

Don't gobblefunk around with words.

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

I understand what you're saying, and your comments are valuable, but I'm going to ignore your advice.

If the Good Lord intended for us to walk, he wouldn't have invented roller skates.

If you are good life is good.

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

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.

It's impossible to make your eyes twinkle if you're not feeling twinkly yourself.

Nobody gets a nervous breakdown or a heart attack from selling kerosene to gentle country folk from the back of a tanker in Somerset.

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

Obscurity is never a virtue.

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

There are no secrets unless you keep them to yourself...

Unless you have been to boarding-school when you are very young, it is absolutely impossible to appreciate the delights of living at home.

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

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

When writing about oneself, one must strive to be truthful. Truth is more important than modesty.

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

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