My dear young fellow,' the Old-Green-Grasshopper said gently, 'there are a whole lot of things in this world of ours you haven't started wondering about yet.

— Roald Dahl

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If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.

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Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.

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Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.

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Roald Dahl quote There are no strangers in here, just fri

There are no strangers in here, just friends you haven't meet.

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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.

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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.

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I shot down some German planes and I got shot down myself, crashing in a burst of flames and crawling out, getting rescued by brave soldiers.

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Roald Dahl quote If you have good thoughts they will shin

If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.

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

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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.

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

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Roald Dahl quote Those who don't believe in magic will ne

Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.

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Do you know what breakfast cereal is made of? It's made of all those little curly wooden shavings you find in pencil sharpeners!

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So, please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install, a lovely bookcase on the wall.

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Never mind about 1066 William the Conqueror, 1087 William the Second.

Such things are not going to affect one?s life...but 1932 the Mars Bar and 1936 Maltesers and 1937 the Kit Kat - these dates are milestones in history and should be seared into the memory of every child in the country.

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Roald Dahl quote If you have good thoughts they will shin

If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sun beams and you will always look lovely.

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About Roald Dahl

Quotes 187 sayings
Nationality British
Profession Novelist
Birthday October 16

Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you.

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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.

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A life is made up of a great number of small incidents, and a small number of great ones.

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It's impossible to make your eyes twinkle if you aren't feeling twinkly yourself

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Kindness - that simple word. To be kind - it covers everything, to my mind. If you're kind that's it.

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

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We make realities out of our dreams and dreams out of our realities.

We are the dreamers of the dream.

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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.

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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.

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The Alexander Technique works... I recommend it enthusiastically to anyone who has neck pains or back pain.

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It doesn't matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.

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We have so much time and so little to do. Strike that, reverse it.

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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.

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The greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.

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Grown ups are complicated creatures, full of quirks and secrets.

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Two wrongs don't make a right.

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Some children are spoiled and it is not their fault, it is their parents.

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I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn't be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.

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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.

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But it is impossible to replace a person one has loved with distractions.

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Whipped cream isn't whipped cream at all if it hasnt been whipped with whips, just like poached eggs isn't poached eggs unless it's been stolen in the dead of the night.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Good writing is essentially rewriting.

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If I had my way, I'd remove January from the calendar altogether and have an extra July instead.

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If I were a headmaster, I would get rid of the history teacher and get a chocolate teacher instead and my pupils would study a subject that affected all of them.

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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.

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The secret of life', he said, 'is to become very very good at somethin' that's very very 'ard to do.

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Rainbow drops - suck them and you can spit in six different colours.

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A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly.

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I began to realize how simple life could be if one had a regular routine to follow with fixed hours, a fixed salary, and very little original thinking to do.

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I've always said to myself that if a little pocket calculator can do it why shouldn't I?

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Matilda said, "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.

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Pain was something we were expected to endure.

But I doubt very much if you would be entirely happy today if a doctor threw a towel in your face and jumped on you with a knife.

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