Roald Dahl was behind some of the greatest children's books ever told.
I was an avid reader and Roald Dahl's BFG and Matilda were two of my absolute favourites. Entering a world with words like snozzwanger, whizpopping and gobblefunk was magical and a world away from my other childhood favourites, including Enid Blyton (I had a lot of hand-me-down books) and even JK Rowling.
Here I've collated my favourite Roald Dahl quotes (and I have no shame in saying I absolutely loved spending time collating these) to celebrate Roald Dahl Day, which takes place every year on the author's September 13th birthday!
"You will always look lovely", The Twits, published 1980
“You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
"The witching hour", The BFG, published 1982
“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.”
"Difficulty", Matilda, published 1988
“'Here it is,' Nigel said.
'Mrs D, Mrs I, Mrs FFI, Mrs C, Mrs U, Mrs LTY. That spells difficulty.'
'How perfectly ridiculous!' snorted Miss Trunchbull. 'Why are all these women married?'”
"The matter with human beans", The BFG, published 1982
“‘The matter with human beans,’ the BFG went on, ‘is that they is absolutely refusing to believe anything unless they is actually seeing it right in front of their own schnozzles.'”
"A whole lot of things in this world", James and the Giant Peach, published 1961
“My dear young fellow,' the Old-Green-Grasshopper said gently, 'there are a whole lot of things in this world of ours you haven't started wondering about yet.”
"There's nothing you can do about it", Matilda, published 1988
“I’m right and you’re wrong, I’m big and you’re small, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
"Nonsense", Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, published 1972
"A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.”
"Don't worry", Matilda, published 1988
“Don’t worry about the bits you can’t understand. Sit back and allow the words to wash around you, like music.”
To finish, some of Dahl's most charming, fandangled words can be found in this tribute from The Guardian.