Roald Dahl was one of the greatest writers of childrens’ literature there has ever been and I will transform any human bean who says otherwise into a mouse. A master of the English language and king of dark humor with an imagination like no other, Roald Dahl wrote a huge number of stories and novels over the course of his long career but is best remembered for his 19 fantastic books for children.
Read on for 15 Roald Dahl Quotes that’ll warm your heart and stir your soul.
Roald Dahl was notoriously anti-television, so much so that he wrote and published a poem about it. Get rid of your TV and he promises, ‘they’ll wonder what they’d ever seen, in that ridiculous machine, that nauseating, foul, unclean, repulsive television screen!’ Go on, I dare you.
From The Twits, one of my favorite Roald Dahl books. The Quentin Blake illustration that goes with this quote is particularly lovely.
Ah, The BFG! A gorgeous heart-warming tale made even more poignant for its dedication to Dahl’s daughter Olivia who died of measles encephalitis when she was seven.
Taken from The Witches. Poor little Luke is to be a mouse forever, thanks to a ghastly spell cast by the Grand High Witch. Luke’s grandmother, Helga asks Luke if he will mind being a mouse forever and this is his response. The boy will only live for around nine years, almost the exact amount of time his grandmother has left on this earth, so they use the time to travel the world destroying every witch on the planet. They die together and my god, that’s an incredible end to a book.
Taken from Matilda. Simple and easy to follow, just how I like my morals.
This is not actually I Roald Dahl quote, it was added to the script of the 1974 film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and comes from a 19th century poem by Arthur O’Shaughnessy entitled Ode. It’s too late now though, it’s beautiful and evocative and it’s on the list.
Roald Dahl was a genius. What better way to get your message of the importance of childhood literacy across than by writing about a character who develops super powers by reading all of the books in the library.
Taken from My Uncle Oswald, an adult novel by Roald Dahl that is dedicated to the diaries of “the greatest fornicator of all time.” Mr Dahl!
For me, Mr. Wonka has to be one of the best characters in Roald Dahl’s entire oeuvre. He always seems to say exactly what you want to hear.
One of Roald Dahl’s most famous quotes is taken from one of his most obscure books, The Minpins, published in 1991, one year after the author’s death.
Another one from adult raunch-fest My Uncle Oswald. Now I have to wonder what kind of games dirty old uncle Ozzie was referring to?