Roald Dahl Quotes (68 Quotes)


    Both Matilda and Lavender were enthralled. It was quite clear to them that they were at this moment standing in the presence of a master. Here was somebody who had brought the art of skulduggery to the highest point of perfection, somebody, moreover, who was willing to risk life and limb in pursuit of her calling. They gazed in wonder at this goddess, and suddenly even the boil on her nose was no longer a blemish but a badge of courage.

    Fiona has the same glacial beauty of an iceburg, but unlike the iceburg she has absolutely nothing below the surface.

    I cannot for the life of me understand why small children take so long to grow up. I think they do it deliberately, just to annoy me.

    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. The chance had to be there.

    I'm right and you're wrong, I'm big and you're small, and there's nothing you can do about it.

    In any event, parents never underestimated the abilities of their own children. Quite the reverse. Sometimes it was well nigh impossible for a teacher to convince the proud father or mother that their beloved offspring was a complete nitwit.

    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.

    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.

    Me is the only one what won't be gobbled up because giants is never eating giants

    Of course they're real people. They're Oompa-Loompas...Imported direct from Loompaland...And oh what a terrible country it is! Nothing but thick jungles infested by the most dangerous beasts in the world - hornswogglers and snozzwangers and those terrible wicked whangdoodles. A whangdoodle would eat ten Oompa-Loompas for breakfast and come galloping back for a second helping.

    Meanings is not important, said the BFG. I cannot be right all the time. Quite often I is left instead of right.

    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.

    Titchy little snapperwhippers like you should not be higgling around with an old sage and onions who is hundreds of years more than you.

    The walls were wet and sticky, and peach juice was dripping from the ceiling. James opened his mouth and caught some of it on his tongue. It tasted delicious.

    Fairy tales have always got to have something a bit scary for children - as long as you make them laugh as well,

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

    My father was a Norwegian who came from a small town near Oslo. He broke his arm at the elbow when he was 14, and they amputated it.

    Did they preach one thing and practice another, these men of God?

    The writer walks out of his workroom in a daze. He wants a drink. He needs it.

    Though my father was Norwegian, he always wrote his diaries in perfect English.

    I began to realise that the large chocolate companies actually did possess inventing rooms, and they took their inventing very seriously.

    We have so much time and so little to do. Strike that, reverse it. - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    I devised a stunt for getting myself sent back home. My idea was that I should all of a sudden develop an attack of acute appendicitis.

    When I walked to school in the mornings I would start out alone but would pick up four other boys along the way. We would set out together after school across the village green.

    I do not like film directors very much. They lack humility and they are too damn sure that everything they do is right. The trouble is that it's mostly wrong. Oh, what a mess Mel Stewart made of Charlie.

    A writer of fiction lives in fear. Each new day demands new ideas and he can never be sure whether he is going to come up with them or not.

    When I was 2, we moved into an imposing country mansion 8 miles west of Cardiff, Wales.

    All the figures show that film-makers and publishers go for the safe option,'' says Peter Hunt, children's literature professor at Cardiff University.

    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.

    I do have a blurred memory of sitting on the stairs and trying over and over again to tie one of my shoelaces, but that is all that comes back to me of school itself.

    I was a fighter pilot, flying Hurricanes all round the Mediterranean. I flew in the Western Desert of Libya, in Greece, in Syria, in Iraq and in Egypt.

    Nowadays you can go anywhere in the world in a few hours, and nothing is fabulous any more.

    All through my school life I was appalled by the fact that masters and senior boys were allowed quite literally to wound other boys, and sometimes very severely.

    Pear Drops were exciting because they had a dangerous taste. All of us were warned against eating them, and the result was that we ate them more than ever.

    A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom.

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