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Our Favorite Roald Dahl Quotes
The beloved children's book author had quite the way with words.
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Take a look back at children's author Roald Dahl's most memorable lines about love, magic, and reading:

ON MAGIC:

Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.

—Roald Dahl, The Minpins

A little magic can take you a long way.

—Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach

ON WRITING:

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.

—Roald Dahl

ON PARENTING:

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.

—Roald Dahl, Matilda

ON INNER-BEAUTY:

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.

—Roald Dahl, The Twits


Author Roald Dahl in December of 1971.

ON NONSENSE:

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

—Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

ON GIVING EVERYTHING YOUR BEST EFFORT:

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

—Roald Dahl, Matilda

ON LOVE:

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

—Roald Dahl, The Witches

ON CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM:

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

—Roald Dahl, Fantastic Mr Fox

ON PLAYFULNESS:

Life is more fun if you play games.

—Roald Dahl, My Uncle Oswald

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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