Prolific and beloved children's author Roald Dahl would have been 99 today. The creator of some of the most creative and fantastic characters and stories, Dahl continues to speak to readers around the world, young and old alike, through his writing.
Beyond being simply enjoyable, Dahl's writing brought to life some incredible lessons we can all still benefit from. His stories showed readers it was okay to be "different," to embrace the things about yourself others might find odd, that sometimes dreams do come true, and to always be confident in your abilities.
So on this day, we raise a giant peach (or slice of contraband chocolate cake or a golden ticket) to the author who always has and always will inspire us to be ourselves.
A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest man. — Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
Those who don't believe in magic will never find it. — The Minpins
I like enthusiasts of any kind. — My Year
Above all watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. — The Minpins
Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world. — Matilda
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
Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. — Matilda
I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be. — My Uncle Oswald
You’ll never get anywhere if you go about what-iffing like that. Would Columbus have discovered America if he’d said ‘What if I sink on the way over? What if I meet pirates? What if I never come back?’ He wouldn’t even have started. — Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
Never grow up ... always down. — George's Marvellous Medicine
The matter with human beans ... is that they is absolutely refusing to believe in anything unless they is actually seeing it right in front of their own schnozzles. — The BFG
Life is more fun if you play games. ― My Uncle Oswald
"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." — James and the Giant Peach
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
A life is made up of a great number of small incidents and a small number of great ones. — Going Solo
Photo of Roald Dahl via the Library of Congress
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