Man at His Best

11 Surprisingly Profound Roald Dahl Quotes

Wit and wisdom from the man who wrote your childhood.

BY Editors | Sep 14, 2016 | Books

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"It didn't occur to Mr Twit that windows were meant for looking out of, not for looking into."

- The Twits

"I understand what you're saying, and your comments are valuable, but I'm gonna ignore your advice."

- Fantastic Mr Fox

"What a lot of hairy-faced men there are around nowadays."

- The Twits

"I'm afraid men are not always quite as clever as they think they are. You will learn that when you get a bit older, my girl."

- Matilda

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

- Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

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

- Matilda

"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

"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."

- Matilda

"A mouth-smile is different. 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 phony."

- Danny the Champion of the World

"When writing about oneself, one must strive to be truthful. Truth is more important than modesty."

- Boy: Tales of Childhood

"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

From: Esquire UK.