Book Quotes by Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot. His books have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide. Born in Wales to Norwegian immigrant parents, Dahl served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.

The best Book Quotes

Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.

MagicRoald Dahl
 
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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.

Roald Dahl in Matilda
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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, Reading, Children's BooksRoald Dahl in Matilda
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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, Reading, Children's BooksRoald Dahl in Matilda
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All the reading she had done had given her a view of life they had never seen.

Reading, Children's BooksRoald Dahl in Matilda
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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.

Character, Appearance, Morality & EthicsRoald Dahl
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Rainbow drops - suck them and you can spit in six different colours.

Roald Dahl in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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Mr Willy Wonka can make marshmallows that taste of violets, and rich caramels that change colour every ten seconds as you suck them, and little feathery sweets that melt away deliciously the moment you put them between your lips. He can make chewing-gum that never loses its taste, and sugar balloons that you can blow up to enormous sizes before you pop them with a pin and gobble them up. And, by a most secret method, he can make lovely blue birds' eggs with black spots on them, and when you put one of these in your mouth, it gradually gets smaller and smaller until suddenly there is nothing left except a tiny little darkred sugary baby bird sitting on the tip of your tongue.

FoodRoald Dahl in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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Willy Wonka: 'I am the maker of music, the dreamer of dreams!'

Roald Dahl in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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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.

HappinessRoald Dahl in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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Life is more fun if you play games.

PlayingRoald Dahl in My Uncle Oswald
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I've heard tell, that what you imagine sometimes comes true.

ImaginationRoald Dahl in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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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.

Children & Childhood, ParentsRoald Dahl in Matilda
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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.

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

LoveRoald Dahl in The Witches
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You should never, never doubt something that no one is sure of.

Roald Dahl in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.

Faith, MagicRoald Dahl
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I began to realize how simple life could be if one had a regular routine to follow with fixed hours, a fixed salary, and very little original thinking to do.

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

Humor & ComedyRoald Dahl
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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.

WritingRoald Dahl
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If my books can help children become readers, then I feel I have accomplished something important.

Children & Childhood, Books, ReadingRoald Dahl
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