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Roald Dahl Quote: “We all have our moments of brilliance and glory, and this was mine.”

We all have our moments of brilliance and glory, and this was mine.

— Roald Dahl



Roald Dahl Quote: “Perhaps it’s chasing me. But I don’t think it will ever catch me because I am moving fast.”

Perhaps it’s chasing me. But I don’t think it will ever catch me because I am moving fast.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “When writing about oneself, one must strive to be truthful. Truth is more important than modesty.”

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

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “Pain was something we were expected to endure. But I doubt very much if you would be entirely happy today if a doctor threw a towel in your face and jumped on you with a knife.”

Pain was something we were expected to endure. But I doubt very much if you would be entirely happy today if a doctor threw a towel in your face and jumped on you with a knife.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “Two rights don’t equal a left.”

Two rights don’t equal a left.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “Some children are spoiled and it is not their fault, it is their parents.”

Some children are spoiled and it is not their fault, it is their parents.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “The witching hour, somebody had once whispered to her, was a special moment in the middle of the night when every child and every grown-up was in a deep deep sleep, and all the dark things came out from hiding and had the world all to themselves.”

The witching hour, somebody had once whispered to her, was a special moment in the middle of the night when every child and every grown-up was in a deep deep sleep, and all the dark things came out from hiding and had the world all to themselves.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “Fairy tales have always got to have something a bit scary for children – as long as you make them laugh as well.”

Fairy tales have always got to have something a bit scary for children – as long as you make them laugh as well.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “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.”

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.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “Unless you have been to boarding-school when you are very young, it is absolutely impossible to appreciate the delights of living at home.”

Unless you have been to boarding-school when you are very young, it is absolutely impossible to appreciate the delights of living at home.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “But there was one other thing that the grown-ups also knew, and it was this: that however small the chance might be of striking lucky, the chance is there. The chance had to be there.”

But there was one other thing that the grown-ups also knew, and it was this: that however small the chance might be of striking lucky, the chance is there. The chance had to be there.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “I’ve heard tell that what you imagine sometimes comes true. -Grandpa Joe.”

I’ve heard tell that what you imagine sometimes comes true. -Grandpa Joe.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “A writer of fiction lives in fear. Each new day demands new ideas and he can never be sure whether he is going to come up with them or not.”

A writer of fiction lives in fear. Each new day demands new ideas and he can never be sure whether he is going to come up with them or not.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “For me, the pleasure of writing comes with inventing stories.”

For me, the pleasure of writing comes with inventing stories.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “The reason I collect good ideas is because plots themselves are very difficult indeed to come by.”

The reason I collect good ideas is because plots themselves are very difficult indeed to come by.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “Obscurity is never a virtue.”

Obscurity is never a virtue.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “Rainbow drops – suck them and you can spit in six different colours.”

Rainbow drops – suck them and you can spit in six different colours.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “When you’re old enough to write a book for children, by then you’ll have become a grown up and have lost all your jokeyness. Unless you’re an undeveloped adult and still have an enormous amount of childishness in you.”

When you’re old enough to write a book for children, by then you’ll have become a grown up and have lost all your jokeyness. Unless you’re an undeveloped adult and still have an enormous amount of childishness in you.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “To shipbrokers, coal was black gold.”

To shipbrokers, coal was black gold.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “Candy is dandy but liqueur is quicker.”

Candy is dandy but liqueur is quicker.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “If the Good Lord intended for us to walk, he wouldn’t have invented rollar skates.”

If the Good Lord intended for us to walk, he wouldn’t have invented rollar skates.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “Good authour Good books.”

Good authour Good books.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “The life of a writer is absolute hell compared to the life of a businessman.”

The life of a writer is absolute hell compared to the life of a businessman.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “Sex is like nose picking. It’s fine as long as you practice it yourself, but it’s disgusting watching someone else doing it.”

Sex is like nose picking. It’s fine as long as you practice it yourself, but it’s disgusting watching someone else doing it.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “In any event, parents never underestimated the abilities of their own children. Quite the reverse. Sometimes it was well nigh impossible for a teacher to convince the proud father or mother that their beloved offspring was a complete nitwit.”

In any event, parents never underestimated the abilities of their own children. Quite the reverse. Sometimes it was well nigh impossible for a teacher to convince the proud father or mother that their beloved offspring was a complete nitwit.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “I began to realize how simple life could be if one had a regular routine to follow with fixed hours, a fixed salary, and very little original thinking to do.”

I began to realize how simple life could be if one had a regular routine to follow with fixed hours, a fixed salary, and very little original thinking to do.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “I am only 8 years old, I told myself. No little boy of 8 has ever murdered anyone. It’s not possible.”

I am only 8 years old, I told myself. No little boy of 8 has ever murdered anyone. It’s not possible.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “Though my father was Norwegian, he always wrote his diaries in perfect English.”

Though my father was Norwegian, he always wrote his diaries in perfect English.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives.”

The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “Come right up close to me and I will show you something wonderful.”

Come right up close to me and I will show you something wonderful.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “I asked my mum, who’s a very clever psychotherapist, and she says that kids love stories about death; they need it, they need to have stories that deal with death and explain it, as a place to put their fears.”

I asked my mum, who’s a very clever psychotherapist, and she says that kids love stories about death; they need it, they need to have stories that deal with death and explain it, as a place to put their fears.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “You chose books, I chose looks. Now see the difference?”

You chose books, I chose looks. Now see the difference?

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “Then suddenly, he was struck by a powerful but simple little truth, and it was this: that English grammar is governed by rules that are almost mathematical in their strictness!”

Then suddenly, he was struck by a powerful but simple little truth, and it was this: that English grammar is governed by rules that are almost mathematical in their strictness!

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “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.”

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.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “Fiona has the same glacial beauty of an iceburg, but unlike the iceburg she has absolutely nothing below the surface.”

Fiona has the same glacial beauty of an iceburg, but unlike the iceburg she has absolutely nothing below the surface.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “I never get any protests from children. All you get are giggles of mirth and squirms of delight. I know what children like.”

I never get any protests from children. All you get are giggles of mirth and squirms of delight. I know what children like.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “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.”

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.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “You can write about anything for children as long as you’ve got humour.”

You can write about anything for children as long as you’ve got humour.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “I am suspicious of both facility and speed.”

I am suspicious of both facility and speed.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “My father was a Norwegian who came from a small town near Oslo. He broke his arm at the elbow when he was 14, and they amputated it.”

My father was a Norwegian who came from a small town near Oslo. He broke his arm at the elbow when he was 14, and they amputated it.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “It is preferable to incur a mild punishment than to perform an onerous task.”

It is preferable to incur a mild punishment than to perform an onerous task.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “When I first thought about writing the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I never originally meant to have children in it at all!”

When I first thought about writing the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I never originally meant to have children in it at all!

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “The little pig began to pray But Wolfie blew his house away. He shouted, “Bacon, Pork, and Ham! Oh what a lucky wolf I am!” And though he ate the pig quite fast, He carefully kept the tail till last.”

The little pig began to pray But Wolfie blew his house away. He shouted, “Bacon, Pork, and Ham! Oh what a lucky wolf I am!” And though he ate the pig quite fast, He carefully kept the tail till last.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “Do you know what breakfast cereal is made of? It’s made of all those little curly wooden shavings you find in pencil sharpeners!”

Do you know what breakfast cereal is made of? It’s made of all those little curly wooden shavings you find in pencil sharpeners!

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “The maid screamed. The Queen gasped. Sophie waved.”

The maid screamed. The Queen gasped. Sophie waved.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “Whipped cream isn’t whipped cream at all if it hasnt been whipped with whips, just like poached eggs isn’t poached eggs unless it’s been stolen in the dead of the night.”

Whipped cream isn’t whipped cream at all if it hasnt been whipped with whips, just like poached eggs isn’t poached eggs unless it’s been stolen in the dead of the night.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “I’d rather be fried alive and eaten by Mexicans.”

I’d rather be fried alive and eaten by Mexicans.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “Give us strength, oh Lord, to let our children starve.”

Give us strength, oh Lord, to let our children starve.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “All through my school life I was appalled by the fact that masters and senior boys were allowed quite literally to wound other boys, and sometimes very severely.”

All through my school life I was appalled by the fact that masters and senior boys were allowed quite literally to wound other boys, and sometimes very severely.

— Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl Quote: “When I was 2, we moved into an imposing country mansion 8 miles west of Cardiff, Wales.”

When I was 2, we moved into an imposing country mansion 8 miles west of Cardiff, Wales.

— Roald Dahl

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