Roald Dahl was a legendary author famous for his children’s books and screenplays. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and Matilda are some of Dahl’s most celebrated works. He was named as one of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945 by The Times. Born on September 13, 1916 in Liandaff, Cardiff, Wales, he was the only boy of four children. During World War II, Dahl severed in the British Army and the Royal Air Force. The first short story he published was about his experience in war titled “Shot Down Over Libya”.
Besides books and short stories, he also wrote screenplays and television shows. His most notable screenplays are James Bond: You Only Live Twice, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the original film adaptation of his book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Roald Dahl pasted away at 74 rears old on November 23, 1990 of a blood disease called myelodysplasdic syndrome. In 2005, the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre opened in Great Missenden to celebrate the author’s achievements and contribution to literary education. Dahl’s birthday, September 13th, is also officially known as “Roald Dahl Day.
Here are 5 of our favorite quotes from Roald Dahl’s most iconic books!
“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
“Matilda said, ‘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…”
“I’ve heard tell that what you imagine sometimes comes true.”
— Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
“I think I have this thing where everybody has to think I’m the greatest. And if they aren’t completely knocked out and dazzled and slightly intimidated by me, I don’t feel good about myself.”
— Fantastic Mr. Fox
“It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.”
— The Witches