50 Best Roald Dahl Quotes and Sayings for Inspiration

Roald Dahl, born on September 13, 1916 in Llandaff, Wales, was a renowned British author of Norwegian descent.

His father, a self-made wealthy shipbroker, emigrated to the UK. Dahl served as a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force during World War II.

After the war, he ventured into writing and published his first book, “The Gremlins,” in 1943.


Known for his darkly comic narrative style, Dahl often featured violent and deathly scenarios, with malevolent characters in his works.

Over his extended writing career, he authored 19 children’s books, including famous titles such as “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Matilda,” and “James and the Giant Peach.”

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Dahl’s works have gained international acclaim, selling over 300 million copies worldwide.

He passed away on November 23, 1990, in Oxford, England, leaving behind a legacy of enchanting and inspiring literature.

I have selected the top quotes from Roald Dahl for you.

Best Roald Dahl Quotes

1. “Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” ~ (Roald Dahl).


2. “We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

3. “Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

4. “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

5. “Life is more fun if you play games.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

6. “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

7. “Kindness – that simple word. To be kind – it covers everything, to my mind. If you’re kind that’s it.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

8. “So, please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install, a lovely bookcase on the wall.” ~ (Roald Dahl).


9. “Having power is not nearly as important as what you choose to do with it.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

10. “A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

Top Roald Dahl Quotes

11. “There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination. Living there, you’ll be free if you truly wish to be.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

12. “If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

13. “It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like so long as somebody loves you.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

14. “I think probably kindness is my number one attribute in a human being. I’ll put it before any of the things like courage or bravery or generosity or anything else.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

15. “If you are good, life is good.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

16. “A little magic can take you a long way.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

17. “Good writing is essentially rewriting.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

18. “We make realities out of our dreams and dreams out of our realities. We are the dreamers of the dream.” ~ (Roald Dahl).


19. “There are no strangers in here, just friends you haven’t met…” ~ (Roald Dahl).

20. “And don’t worry about the bits you can’t understand. Sit back and allow the words to wash around you, like music.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

Famous Roald Dahl Quotes

21. “A life is made up of a great number of small incidents, and a small number of great ones.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

22. “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).

23. “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.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

24. “We have so much time and so little to do. Strike that, reverse it.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

25. “Writing is mainly perspiration, not inspiration.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

26. “I understand what you’re saying, and your comments are valuable, but I’m gonna ignore your advice.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

27. “Don’t gobblefunk around with words.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

28. “The more risks you allow your children to make, the better they learn to look after themselves.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

29. “I don’t care if a reader hates one of my stories, just as long as he finishes the book.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

30. “When you’re writing, it’s rather like going on a very long walk.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

31. “I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.” ~ (Roald Dahl).


32. “You’ll never get anywhere if you go about what-iffing like that.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

33. “I’m wondering what to read next.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

34. “She believed she could, so she did.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

 35. “It is most unlikely. But – here comes the big “but” – not impossible.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

36. “If my books can help children become readers then I feel I have accomplished something important.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

37. “I’m right and you’re wrong, I’m big and you’re small, and there’s nothing you can do about it.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

38. “All the reading she had done had given her a view of life that they had never seen.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

39. “A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

40. “The secret of life’, he said, ‘is to become very very good at somethin’ that’s very very ’ard to do.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

41. “If I had my way, I’d remove January from the calendar altogether and have an extra July instead.” ~ (Roald Dahl).


42. “Grown ups are complicated creatures, full of quirks and secrets.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

43. “The greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

Inspiring Roald Dahl Quotes

44. “A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

45. “Meanings is not important, said the BFG. I cannot be right all the time. Quite often I is left instead of right.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

46. “You should never, never doubt something that no one is sure of.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

47. “If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

48. “When you grow up and have children of your own, do please remember something important: A stodgy parent is not fun at all! What a child wants – and DESERVES – is a parent who is SPARKY!” ~ (Roald Dahl).

49. “No book ever ends, when it’s full of your friends.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

50. “The writer has to force himself to work. He has to make his own hours and if he doesn’t go to his desk at all there is nobody to scold him.” ~ (Roald Dahl).

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