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9 of the best Roald Dahl quotes to get ready for Roald Dahl Day

Learn about Roald Dahl Story Day and revisit some of the author's best quotes.

Roald Dahl Story Day is coming up, and there has never been a better time to revisit old favourites. Every year on 13 September, readers worldwide join in celebrating the children’s author and his wonderful books.

Planning to read along? You’re in luck.

The classic books are getting an updated look, perfect for a new generation of readers. Nine titles have been reissued this July with refreshed covers and updated internals, featuring a bigger font size and more of the iconic illustrations by Quentin Blake.

Naturally, Matilda is one of the updated books – just in time to read before the Netflix musical adaptation comes out in December 2022. Other newly-refreshed titles include James and the Giant Peach, The BFG, Fantastic Mr Fox, The Twits, The Witches, George’s Marvellous Medicine, and The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me.

If you’re suddenly feeling nostalgic for these beloved books, keep scrolling for a list of some of the most memorable Dahl quotes from each.

9 of the best Roald Dahl quotes

  • ‘Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it’s unbelievable.’ – Matilda
  • ‘Tremendous things are in store for you!’ – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • ‘…Marvellous things will start happening to you, fabulous, unbelievable things – and you will never be miserable again in your life.’ – James and the Giant Peach
  • ‘Two rights don’t equal a left.’ – The BFG
  • ‘I know where I want to be, but I can’t possibly be sure we’re anywhere near it.’ – Fantastic Mr Fox
  • ‘If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.’ – The Twits
  • ‘It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.’ – The Witches
  • ‘Never Grow Up…always down.’ – George’s Marvellous Medicine
  • ‘All you do is to look / At a page in this book / Because that's where we always will be. / No book ever ends / When it's full of your friends / The Giraffe and the Pelly and me.’ – The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

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Matilda
The film tie-in edition of the original Matilda story.
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The BFG
The much-loved Roald Dahl story, updated for a whole new generation of readers with an exciting new interior design and cover look
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The Twits
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