Our favourite author had a lot of interesting things to say, both in his books and in real life. Here we present a selection of our favourite Roald Dahl quotes, including some of his famous sayings on writing, creativity, life and more.
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.
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.
No book ever ends, when it's full of your friends.
- from 'The Giraffe And The Pelly And Me'
Everything else in your life disappears and you look at your bit of paper and get completely lost in what you're doing. You do become another person for a moment. Time disappears completely.
You can write about anything for children as long as you've got humour.
A little magic can take you a long way.
Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.
I go down to my little hut, where it's tight and dark and warm, and within minutes I can go back to being six or seven or eight again.
We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.
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.
A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.
- from 'Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator'
We have so much time and so little to do. Strike that, reverse it.
If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.
If you are good life is good.
- from 'Matilda'
Grown-ups are complicated creatures, full of quirks and secrets.
What a lot of hairy-faced men there are around nowadays!
- from 'The Twits'
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.
- from 'Matilda'
When you grow up and have children of your own, do please remember something important; a stodgy parent is not fun at all! What a child wants - and deserves - is a parent who is sparky!
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.
Do you know what breakfast cereal is made of? It's made of all those little curly wooden shavings you find in pencil sharpeners!
Two rights don't equal a left.
- from 'The BFG'
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