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A collection of quotes by Roald Dahl on death, stories, children, belief, humor, books, magic, secrets, love, kids, reading, fiction and literature.

100 Famous Quotes By Roald Dahl That Will Remind You Of Fairies And Monsters

Quick Facts

Famous As: Novelist, Short Story Writer

Born On: September 13, 1916

Died On: November 23, 1990

Born In: Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

Died At Age: 74

Roald Dahl was a prolific Welsh author, poet, short-story, and children’s book writer whose books have achieved global sales of over 250 million copies. Roald is best-known for his works, such as ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’‘The Witches,’ ‘Matilda,’‘James and the Giant Peach,’‘Fantastic Fox’ etc. His writings and stories are known for unanticipated conclusions. In 1942, Roald wrote his maiden children’s story ‘The Gremlins’ for Walt Disney, which received a lukewarm response from readers. He made a major breakthrough as children’s book author in 1961 with his best-selling book ‘James and the Giant Peach’, which received huge commercial and critical appreciation. He received a number of awards and accolades for his writings, thoughts and works including, 'British Book Awards,' and 'World Fantasy Award for Life Achivements.' In his writing career spanning several decades, Roald wrote nine short-story collections, 19 children’s books, as well as several movie and television scripts. His writings and works feature the kindhearted and an underlying warm sentiment. Following is a collection of Roald Dahl’s most famous quotes and sayings which have been excerpted from his writings, books, stories and thoughts. We bring to you a collection of sayings and quotes by Roald Dahl that will surely motivate you and make you travel back in time.
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Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Don't gobblefunk around with words.

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

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

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

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Matilda said, "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...

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

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If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.

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Do you know what breakfast cereal is made of? It's made of all those little curly wooden shavings you find in pencil sharpeners!

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A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it

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

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

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Two rights don't equal a left.

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

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Two hours of writing fiction leaves this writer completely drained. For those two hours he has been in a different place with totally different people.

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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.

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

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I'm wondering what to read next." Matilda said. "I've finished all the children's books.

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A little magic can take you a long way.

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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.

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Here it is,' Nigel said. Mrs D, Mrs I, Mrs FFI, Mrs C, Mrs U, Mrs LTY. That spells difficulty.' How perfectly ridiculous!' snorted Miss Trunchbull. 'Why are all these women married?

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If you are good life is good.

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

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Life is more fun if you play games.

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I've heard tell that what you imagine sometimes comes true. -Grandpa Joe

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Whipped cream isn't whipped cream at all if it hasnt been whipped with whips, just like poached eggs isn't poached eggs unless it's been stolen in the dead of the night.

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I cannot for the life of me understand why small children take so long to grow up. I think they do it deliberately, just to annoy me.

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I want an Oompa-Loompa!' screamed Veruca.

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

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Mr. Twit was a twit. He was born a twit. And, now at the age of sixty, he was a bigger twit than ever.

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What I mean and what I say is two different things," the BFG announced rather grandly.

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

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

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When you grow up and have children of your own, do please remember something important: A stodgy parent is not fun at all! What a child wants - and DESERVES - is a parent who is SPARKY!

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

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I'd rather be fried alive and eaten by Mexicans.

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A BOOK?! WHAT D'YOU WANNA FLAMING BOOK FOR?...WE'VE GOT A LOVELY TELLY WITH A 12-INCH SCREEN AND NOW YA WANNA BOOK!

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

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But there was one other thing that the grown-ups also knew, and it was this: that however small the chance might be of striking lucky, the chance is there. The chance had to be there.

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Words," he said, "is oh such a twitch-tickling problem to me all my life.

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There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination. Living there, you'll be free if you truly wish to be.

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I am the maker of music, the dreamer of dreams!

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There are no strangers in here, just friends you haven't met...

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And don’t worry about the bits you can’t understand. Sit back and allow the words to wash around you, like music.

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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.

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All you do is to look / At a page in this book / Because that's where we always will be. / No book ever ends / When it's full of your friends / The Giraffe and the Pelly and me.

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

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

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

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Meanings is not important, said the BFG. I cannot be right all the time. Quite often I is left instead of right.

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Badger: The cuss you are. Mr. Fox: The cuss am I? Are you cussing with me?

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I think I have this thing where everybody has to think I'm the greatest.And if they aren't completely knocked out and dazzled and slightly intimidated by me, I don't feel good about myself.

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You ignorant little slug!" the Trunchbull bellowed. "You witless weed! You empty-headed hamster! You stupid glob of glue!

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It's impossible to make your eyes twinkle if you aren't feeling twinkly yourself

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The matter with human beans," the BFG went on, "is that they is absolutely refusing to believe in anything unless they is actually seeing it right in front of their own schnozzles.

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Poor Earthworm,' the Ladybird said, whispering in James's ear. 'He loves to make everything into a disaster. He hates to be happy. He is only happy when he is gloomy.

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Oh where, oh where had Snow White gone? She'd found it easy, being pretty To hitch a ride into the city.

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

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The maid screamed. The Queen gasped. Sophie waved.

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I am only 8 years old, I told myself. No little boy of 8 has ever murdered anyone. It's not possible.

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The walls were wet and sticky, and peach juice was dripping from the ceiling. James opened his mouth and caught some of it on his tongue. It tasted delicious.

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There's nothin' you can get from a book that you can't get from a television fastah!" -Harry Wormwood

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We is in Dream Country,' the BFG said. 'This is where all dreams is beginning.

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

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Two wrongs don't make a right.

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Obscurity is never a virtue.

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The snozberries taste like snozberries!

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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.

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EATABLE MARSHMALLOW PILLOWS LICKABLE WALLPAPER FOR NURSERIES HOT ICE CREAMS FOR COLD DAYS COWS THAT GIVE CHOCOLATE MILK FIZZY LIFTING DRINKS SQUARE SWEETS THAT LOOK ROUND

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Hooray!" said the Chief of the Army. "Let's blow everyone up! Bang-bang! Bang-bang!

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You is getting nosier than a parker.

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I'm afraid men are not always quite as clever as they think they are. You will learn that when you get a bit older, my girl.

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Rainbow drops - suck them and you can spit in six different colours.

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

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I've always said to myself that if a little pocket calculator can do it why shouldn't I?

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

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Perhaps it's chasing me. But I don't think it will ever catch me because I am moving fast.

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

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What a fortunate fellow I am, I kept telling myself. Nobody has ever had such a lovely time as this!

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It is most unlikely. But--here comes the big "but"--not impossible.

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We must hurry!’ said Mr. Wonka. ‘We have so much time and so little to do! No! Wait! Strike that! Reverse it!

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

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My candle burns at both ends it will not last the night but arh my friends and oh my foes it gives a lovely light

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Oh, my sainted aunt! Don't mention that disgusting stuff in front of me! Do you know what breakfast cereal is made of? It's made of all those little curly wooden shavings you find in pencil sharpeners!

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What she needed was just one person, one wise and sympathetic grown-up who could help her.

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... and when he put his mind to it, he could make his words coil themselves around and around the listener until they held her in some sort of a mild hypnotic spell.

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Well not exactly," the father said."Nobody could do that. but it didn't take me long...

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Let your love out

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The secret of life', he said, 'is to become very very good at somethin' that's very very 'ard to do.

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For me, the pleasure of writing comes with inventing stories.

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I like enthusiasts of any kind.

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Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it’s unbelievable.

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Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous...

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Give us strength, oh Lord, to let our children starve.

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We've got a lovely telly with a twelve-inch screen and now you come asking for a book! You're getting spoiled, my girl!

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