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Whether you’re more of a Matilda fan or a Willy Wonka whiz, there are few people who have changed the landscape of children’s books as much as Roald Dahl. That’s why today is all about celebrating the life and works of the great man himself.


While Roald gave us plenty of laughs and a couple of scares, its his inspiring scenes that have really stuck with us into adulthood and shaped the people we’ve become. Here’s a rundown of some of our absolute favourites.


A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly

Though not an essential part of the plot, this is often the most quoted section of Roald Dahl’s raucous adventure, The Twits. Explaining that ugly thoughts make people ugly, Dahl goes on to say…


“A person who has good thoughts can never 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.”


… reminding us not only that beauty is just skin deep but also to always seek out and give forth positivity and happiness wherever we go.


So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow…

There’s no better book for encouraging a love of reading than Matilda. Telling the tale of a smart little girl who has to quite literally fight for her right to learn, Matilda conveys the importance of reading early on…


“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.”


Whether you’re young or old, this gorgeous description of the act of reading is bound to get you itching to pick up your next page-turner. After all, who doesn’t want to be like someone who has super powers!


Most of the really exciting things we do in our lives scare us to death…

If your little one is ever feeling nervous about anything, turn to Danny the Champion of the World. More precisely, this inspiring quote:

“I will not pretend I wasn’t petrified. I was. But mixed in with the awful fear was a glorious feeling of excitement. Most of the really exciting things we do in our lives scare us to death. They wouldn’t be exciting if they didn’t.”


…perfect for inspiring anyone at any age to step out of their comfort zone and have an adventure.

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