Roald Dahl

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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.
Grown-ups are quirky creatures, full of quirks and secrets.

Roald Dahl (13 September 191623 November 1990) was a British novelist and short story author of Norwegian descent, famous as a writer for both children and adults. His writing career began in 1942 when he compiled his experiences in World War II and had them published in the Post. In 2008 The Times placed Dahl 16th on its list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". His short stories are known for their unexpected endings, and his children's books for their unsentimental, often very dark humour. Two of his most famous works are James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Quotes[edit]

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964)[edit]

  • "There's enough chocolate in there to fill every bathtub in the entire country! And all the swimming pools as well!"
    • Ch. 15, "The Chocolate Room"

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (1972)[edit]

  • "It is very difficult to phone people in China, Mr. President," said the Postmaster General, "The country is so full of Wings and Wongs, every time you wing you get the wong number."
    • Ch. 4, "The President" (p. 34 in the 1984 Bantam edition)
  • "A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.”
    • Ch. 12, "Back to The Chocolate Factory" (p.88 in the Paperback edition (1998) from Puffin)
    • Not original to this work, the proverb dates from at least the 18th century.

Danny, the Champion of the World (1975)[edit]

  • Grown-ups are quirky creatures, full of quirks and secrets.
  • A Message to Children Who Have Read This Book - When you grow up and have children of your own, do please remember something important: a stodgy parent is no fun at all. What a child wants and deserves is a parent who is SPARKY.

The BFG (1982)[edit]

  • "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."
  • "Dreams is very mystical things," the BFG said. "Human beans is not understanding them at all. Not even their brainiest prossefors is understanding them."
    • "Cool Dreams"
  • Two rights don't equal a left.
  • "Ah, but they is not killing their own kind," the BFG said. "Human beans is the only animals that is killing their own kind."

The Witches (1983)[edit]

  • It doesn't matter who you are or what you look like so long as somebody loves you.
    • "The Heart of a Mouse"
 A witch could be your closest neighbour!

The Minpins (1991)[edit]

  • Little Billy’s mother was always telling him exactly what he was allowed to do and what he was not allowed to do. All the things he was allowed to do were boring. All the things he was not allowed to do were exciting. One of the things he NEVER NEVER was allowed to do, the most exciting of them all, was to go out through the garden gate all by himself and explore the world beyond.
  • 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.


Misattributed[edit]

  • My candle burns at both ends;
    It will not last the night;
    But, ah, my foes, and, oh, my friends —
    It gives a lovely light.
    • Edna St. Vincent Millay, in "First Fig" from A Few Figs from Thistles (1920); said to be a motto Roald Dahl lived by.

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