11 profound quotes by Roald Dahl characters

Roald Dahl’s wisdom doesn’t go unnoticed throughout his incredible list of children’s stories, but what about having a handy place to quickly see some of his most powerful work? Well, we’ve got that.

There are 100s of quotes to choose from, but we’ve decided to compile a short list of just 11 quotes from Dahl creations. Each character helped in their own way to translate the genius’ most important moral and ethical lessons to the reader (both children and adults alike)…


Roald Dahl on kindness and judgement

  1. “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.” - The Twits
  1. “Having power is not nearly as important as what you choose to do with it.” – Matilda
  1. “It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.” - The Witches


Roald Dahl on ambition and embracing fear

  1. “Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog.” - Matilda
  1. “Most of the really exciting things we do in our lives scare us to death. They wouldn’t be exciting if they didn’t.” - Danny, The Champion of the World
  1. “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


Roald Dahl on living a moral life

  1. “If you are good, life is good.” – Matilda
  1. “Nothing is any fun if you can get as much of it as you want. Especially money.” - The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More


Roald Dahl on learning and perspective

  1. “So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, And in its place you can install. A lovely bookshelf on the wall. Then fill the shelves with lots of books.” - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  1. “You'll never get anywhere if you go about what-iffing like that.”– Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
  1. "Meanings is not important, I cannot be right all the time. Quite often I is left instead of right." – The BFG


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