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.Roald Dahl in Matilda
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.Children & Childhood, ParentsRoald Dahl in Matilda
The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. 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.Books, Imagination, ReadingRoald Dahl in Matilda
So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.Books, Comforting, ReadingRoald Dahl in Matilda
All the reading she had done had given her a view of life they had never seen.ReadingRoald Dahl in Matilda
I'm right and you're wrong, I'm big and you're small, and there's nothing you can do about it.Roald Dahl in Matilda
Matilda: "Do you want to heat about my first day at school?"
Mrs. Wormwood: "Yuck. I'd rather eat vegetables."
I'm not worried. If people do scary things to you, you can just do scary things back.Matilda - The Musical, by Matilda Wormwood
Miss Honey's gonna teach us to tell stories. But I think I've got one already. I can feel it sort of wriggling in me. Like it's bursting to get out.Matilda - The Musical, by Matilda Wormwood
We're told we have to do what we're told but surely
Sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty