Ten Memorable Roald Dahl Quotes

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6:45pm, 31st January
Charlie, Danny, Matilda, Short stories, The BFG, The Twits, The Witches
Quotes from Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator and The Minpins

Roald Dahl wrote many quotable lines. But do you know which quote appeared in which story? Here is our unscientific top ten...

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.

It's always slightly surprising to realise that this quote is from The Twits - a story that contains possibly Roald Dahl's least lovely characters. It specifically relates to Mrs Twit, whose lack of good thoughts leads her to become uglier and uglier...

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. 

This quote is from Roald Dahl's last children's story, The Minpins. In fact it is the very last line of that very last story.

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

Although Willy Wonka says this in the 1971 film adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, it's taken from the story's sequel, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.

Don't gobblefunk around with words.

So The Big Friendly Giant says to Sophie in one of Roald Dahl's own favourites - The BFG.

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

Danny from Danny, the Champion of the World says this about his father.

So please, oh please, we beg, we pray
Go throw your TV set away
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall…

The Oompa-Loompas sing this song about (of course) Mike Teavee in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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

Matilda Wormwood says this to her friend Lavendar about Miss Trunchbull in Matilda, giving her opinion on why the Trunch gets away with her horrible behaviour.

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

The Boy in The Witches says this to his Grandmother - although in the film adaptation, these words are said by Grandmother to grandson.

All you do is to look
At a page in this book
Because that’s where we always will be.
No book ever ends
When it’s full of your friends

This rhyme is from The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me.

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

Roald Dahl himself wrote this in his infamous History of Chocolate, an essay that he recorded in the Roald Dahl Cookbook.