Roald Dahl Day is celebrated on 13 September each year. On this day, the world comes together to remember the amazing storyteller and his incredible stories (which are filled with many memorable quotes).
Born 13 September 1916, the author published his first book in August 1942, A Piece of Cake. His first children’s book The Gremlins was published a year later in 1943.
His books are enduring legacy and the stories still resonate to this day. Earlier in 2020, celebrities even did a reading of James and the Giant Peach to raise funds during the lockdown.
For Roald Dahl Day, here are some of our favourite (sometimes darkly humourous) Roald Dahl quotes.
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Favourite Roald Dahl Quotes
The BFG Quotes
“‘Meanings is not important,’ said the BFG. ‘I cannot be right all the time. Quite often I is left instead of right.’”
“‘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.’”
“Two rights don’t equal a left.”
“Dreams is full of mystery and magic … Do not try to understand them.”
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Quotes
“I’ve heard tell that what you imagine sometimes comes true.”
“You should never, never doubt something that no one is sure of.”
“You’ll never get anywhere if you go about what-iffing like that.”
“Whipped cream isn’t whipped cream at all if it hasn’t been whipped with whips, just like poached eggs isn’t poached eggs unless it’s been stolen in the dead of the night.”
“Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.”
“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.”
“What she needed was just one person, one wise and sympathetic grown-up who could help her.”
Fantastic Mr Fox Quotes
“I understand what you’re saying, and your comments are valuable, but I’m gonna ignore your advice.”
“I think I have this thing where everybody has to think I’m the greatest.And if they aren’t completely knocked out and dazzled and slightly intimidated by me, I don’t feel good about myself.”
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Danny the Champion of the World Quotes
“When you grow up and have children of your own, do please remember something important: A stodgy parent is not fun at all! What a child wants and deserves is a parent who is SPARKY”
“I will not pretend I wasn’t petrified. I was. But mixed in with the awful fear was a glorious feeling of excitement. Most of the really exciting things we do in our lives scare us to death. They wouldn’t be exciting if they didn’t.”
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The Witches Quotes
“It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.”
“You are still yourself in everything except your appearance. You’ve still got your own mind and your own brain and your own voice, and thank goodness for that.”
“She might even — and this will make you jump — she might even be your lovely school-teacher who is reading these words to you at this very moment.”
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Boy: Tales of Childhood Quotes
“Each new day demands new ideas and he can never be sure whether he is going to come up with them or not.”
“When writing about oneself, one must strive to be truthful. Truth is more important than modesty.”
“My candle burns at both ends it will not last the night but arh my friends and oh my foes it gives a lovely light.”
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James and the Giant Peach
“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.”
“We are now about to visit the most marvelous places and see the most wonderful things!”
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