30 Roald Dahl Quotes on Hope and Magic


The greatest stories are the ones that give you hope and inspire you to believe in anything, even magic. Relive some of the world’s best children’s stories with these Roald Dahl quotes.

Roald Dahl was a British novelist. He was born on September 13, 1916. Prior to gaining prominence as a writer, he served in the Royal Air Force during World War II. In the 1940s, he gained recognition as a writer for both children and adults. His first children’s book, The Gremlins, was published in 1943.

It was, however, during the ’60s that he found substantial success as two of his greatest works were published — James and the Giant Peach, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He went on to write some of the well-known children’s stories of the 20th century, including Matilda, The Witches, Fantastic Mr Fox, The BFG, The Twits, and George’s Marvellous Medicine.

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His accomplishments as a writer were rightfully acknowledged. He received the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1983 and is widely considered as one of the greatest storytellers for children. Most of his works have also been adapted for the big screen. Even after his death in 1990, his legacy has surely lived on through his stories, inspiring children and adults alike.

Here are 30 Roald Dahl quotes to fuel your creativity and unleash the hidden storyteller in you.

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

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

Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. – The Minpins

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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

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

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I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life…. 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

Having power is not nearly as important as what you choose to do with it. – Matilda

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

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Life is more fun if you play games. – My Uncle Oswald

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. – James and the Giant Peach

Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. – Matilda

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It is most unlikely. But – here comes the big ‘but’ – not impossible. – The Witches

However small the chance might be of striking lucky, the chance was there. – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

If I were a headmaster I would get rid of the history teacher and get a chocolate teacher instead. – History of Chocolate

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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. – The BFG

When writing about oneself, one must strive to be truthful. Truth is more important than modesty. – Boy: Tales of Childhood

Don’t gobblefunk around with words. – The BFG

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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. – Fantastic Mr. Fox

I’m afraid men are not always quite as clever as they think they are. You will learn that when you get a bit older, my girl. – Matilda

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

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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

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. – Danny the Champion of the World

You should never, never doubt something that no one is sure of. – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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We are all a great deal luckier that we realize, we usually get what we want – or near enough. – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Mice, I felt pretty certain, all like each other. People don’t. – The Witches

If you are good, life is good. – Matilda

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Never grow up…always down. – George’s Marvellous Medicine

A little magic can take you a long way. – James and the Giant Peach

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Mr. Twit was a twit. He was born a twit. And, now at the age of sixty, he was a bigger twit than ever. – The Twits

It was an unhappy truth, he told himself, that nearly all people in the world behave badly when there is something really big at stake. – Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

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