R is for Roald Dahl #AtoZChallenge

Posted April 21, 2022 in A-Z Challenge / 4 Comments

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Today I’m continuing with the Blogging from A-Z Challenge! I’ll be posting every day except Sundays throughout April. This year, my readers voted for the theme “My Favourite Book Quotes”. So I’ve collected together the quotations that move me, inspire me and make me smile. I hope you enjoy them!

For letter R, I’ve chosen one of my favourite children’s authors, Roald Dahl. I loved Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG and Danny, Champion of the World when I was younger and now I have the pleasure of reading them to my daughter.

My Favourite Quotes by Roald Dahl

Matilda by Roald Dahl book cover

“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.”

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

“‘Mrs D, Mrs I, Mrs FFI, Mrs C, Mrs U, Mrs LTY. That spells difficulty.”‘ ‘How perfectly ridiculous!’ snorted the Trunchbull. ‘Why are all these women married? And anyway you’re not meant to tech poetry when you’re teaching spelling.”

 Roald Dahl, Matilda

The BFG by Roald Dahl book cover

“Don’t gobblefunk around with words.”

“Two rights don’t equal a left.”

“What I mean and what I say is two different things,” the BFG announced rather grandly.”

“A whizzpopper!” cried the BFG, beaming at her. “Us giants is making whizzpoppers all the time! Whizzpopping is a sign of happiness. It is music in our ears! You surely is not telling me that a little whizzpopping if forbidden among human beans?”

“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 matter with human beans,” the BFG went on, “is that they is absolutely refusing to believe in anything unless they is actually seeing it right in front of their own schnozzles.”

Roald Dahl, The BFG
the witches by roald dahl book cover

“She might even be your lovely school-teacher who is reading these words to you at this very moment. Look carefully at that teacher. Perhaps she is smiling at the absurdity of such a suggestion. Don’t let that put you off. It could be part of cleverness.

I am not, of course, telling you for one second that your teacher actually is a witch. All I am saying is that she might be one. It is most unlikely. But—here comes the big “but”—not impossible.”

“It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.”

 Roald Dahl, The Witches
The Twits by Roald Dahl book cover

“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.”

“Here I come, you grizzly old grunion! You rotten old turnip! You filthy old frumpet!”

 Roald Dahl, The Twits
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl book cover

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

“The children and their parents were too flabber-gasted to speak. They were staggered. They were dumbfounded. They were bewildered and dazzled. They were completely bowled over by the hugeness of the whole thing. They simply stood and stared.”

“I don’t want a grown-up person at all. A grownup won’t listen to me; he won’t learn. He will try to do things his own way and not mine. So I have to have a child. I want a good sensible loving child, one to whom I can tell all my most precious candy-making secrets-while I am still alive.”

“Mr. Wonka: “Don’t forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he wanted.”
Charlie Bucket: “What happened?”
Mr. Wonka: “He lived happily ever after.”“

 Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

over to you

Are you a fan of Roald Dahl? Do you have any favourite quotes from an author beginning with R? Let me know in the comments!

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