Roald Dahl is well known for writing classics such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, The BFG and The Twits.
Born on 13 September 1916, the day has now become Roald Dahl Day. To celebrate the talented and funny wordsmith we look back at some of Roald Dahl's most inspiring quotes.
"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
"Two rights don't equal a left." - The BFG
"It doesn't matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you." - The Witches
"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...'" - Matilda
"I began to realise how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that 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
"I understand what you're saying, and your comments are valuable, but I'm gonna ignore your advice." - Fantastic Mr Fox
"You can fake a mouth-smile any time you want, simply by moving your lips. I've also learned that a real mouth-smile always has an eye-smile to go with it. So watch out, I say, when someone smiles at you but his eyes stay the same. It's sure to be a phoney." - Danny the Champion of the World
"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." - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
"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." - James and the Giant Peach
"If I were a headmaster I would get rid of the history teacher and get a chocolate teacher instead." - Roald Dahl's Cookbook
"Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world." –
"You’ll never get anywhere if you go about what-iffing like that." – Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
“Never grow up...always down.” - George's Marvellous Medicine
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