My favourite Roald Dahl quotes

In honour of Roald Dahl Day, I’d thought I’d share some of my favourite Roald Dahl quotes. Some of them are about writing, others advice on how to have a great life, others are just funny. 

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If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.

I understand what you’re saying, and your comments are valuable, but I’m gonna ignore your advice. (Fantastic Mr Fox)

We have so much time and so little to do. Strike that, reverse it.

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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)

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.

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If you are good life is good. (Matilda)

Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.

Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it’s unbelievable. (Matilda)

Do you have a favourite Roald Dahl book? What are your favourite quotes?

[Photo credit: bambinogoodies; Illustrations by Quentin Blake]
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