Top 10 feel-good quotes from Roald Dahl to celebrate his 100th birthday

Top 10 feel-good quotes from Roald Dahl to celebrate his 100th birthday

The children's author, who died in 1990, would have turned 100 on September 13. Here are a choice selection from a few of his brilliant books


Be inspired: pick up a Roald Dahl book, and gain some serious life insight

Roald Dahl wrote for children because he knew what made them happy - and what made them sad. Most importantly, he knew what made them laugh. All of this children’s stories had important lessons, and will full of inspiring lines. Pick up any one of his books, and turn to a random page, and you’ll be struck by a word or a line that makes a difference to your day. We’ll start you off: here are 10 of the best quotes by the master.

1. “A little nonsense now and then, is relished by the wisest men.”
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

2. “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...”


3. “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

This year's The BFG, directed by Steven Spielberg.

4. “’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.’”

5. “I understand what you’re saying, and your comments are valuable, but I’m gonna ignore your advice.”
Fantastic Mr Fox

6. “It’s impossible to make your eyes twinkle if you aren’t feeling twinkly yourself.”
Danny, the Champion of the World

The late Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka in 1971's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Photo: Warner Bros

7. “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…”
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

8. “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.”
The Minpins

9. “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.”

10. “It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.”
The Witches


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