11:00 am EDT, September 14, 2016

Roald Dahl quotes: 31 of his most memorable

In celebration of his 100th birthday, we’ve collected 31 Roald Dahl quotes and phrases that we feel are the best and most memorable.

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. Even people who have never read his books (gasp!) or even seen an adaptation of one of his works (double gasp!) know at least one or two Roald Dahl quotes by heart. They’re just that ingrained into our culture.

Thank you, Roald Dahl, for these wonderful words of wisdom and wonder. We hope they continue to shape the minds of children and adults alike for years to come.

Below are just a few of our favorite Roald Dahl quotes of all time, touching on beauty, kindness, and romance! Hopefully they’re some of your favorites as well!

  1. “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.”
    -The Twits
  2. “Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog.”
  3. “There are a whole lot of things in this world of ours you haven’t started wondering about yet.”
    -James and the Giant Peach
  4. Memorable Roald Dahl quotes Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  5. “The witching hour, somebody had once whispered to her, was a special moment in the middle of the night when every child and every grown-up was in a deep deep sleep, and all the dark things came out from hiding and had the world all to themselves.”
    -The BFG
  6. “We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.”
    -Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  7. “I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.”
    -My Uncle Oswald
  8. “If you are good, life is good.”
  9. “Well, maybe it started that way. As a dream, but doesn’t everything. Those buildings. These lights. This whole city. Somebody had to dream about it first. And maybe that is what I did. I dreamed about coming here, but then I did it.”
    -James and the Giant Peach
  10. “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.”
    -Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  11. “I understand what you’re saying, and your comments are valuable, but I’m gonna ignore your advice.”
    -Fantastic Mr. Fox
  12. “Don’t gobblefunk around with words.”
    -The BFG
  13. “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.”
    -Boy: Tales of Childhood
  14. “A little magic can take you a long way.”
    -James and the Giant Peach
  15. Memorable Roald Dahl quotes Fantastic Mr. Fox

  16. “Most of the really exciting things we do in our lives scare us to death. They wouldn’t be exciting if they didn’t.”
    -Danny, The Champion of the World
  17. “Having power is not nearly as important as what you choose to do with it.”
  18. “‘We must hurry!’ said Mr. Wonka. ‘We have so much time and so little to do! No! Wait! Strike that! Reverse it!'”
    -Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  19. “It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.”
    -The Witches
  20. “‘The matter with human beans,’ the BFG went on, ‘is that they is absolutely refusing to believe anything unless they is actually seeing it right in front of their own schnozzles.'”
    -The BFG
  21. “I’m right and you’re wrong, I’m big and you’re small, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
  22. “You should never, never doubt something that no one is sure of.”
    -Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  23. “There are a whole lot of things in this world of ours you haven’t even started wondering about yet.”
    -James and the Giant Peach
  24. “Nothing is any fun if you can get as much of it as you want. Especially money.”
    -The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More
  25. Memorable Roald Dahl quotes BFG

  26. “Grown ups are complicated creatures, full of quirks and secrets.”
    -Danny, The Champion of the World
  27. “Life is more fun if you play games.”
    -My Uncle Oswald
  28. “A little nonsense now and then, is relished by the wisest men.”
    -Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
  29. “Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.”
    -Roald Dahl
  30. “Two rights don’t equal a left.”
    -The BFG
  31. “Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world”
  32. “If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.”
  33. 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.”
    -Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  34. “Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
    -The Minipins


Which of these Roald Dahl quotes is your all-time favorite?


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