Nine fizzpoppingly splendiferous things Roald Dahl taught us about life

Be silly.

“A little nonsense now and then, is relished by the wisest men.” — Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

Go big.

“Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog.” — Matilda

Never stop believing.

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely of places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” — The Minpins

And never forget to read.

“If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.” — “My Year.”

Think beautifully.

“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

Break the rules.

“Don’t gobblefunk around with words.” — The BFG

Have courage.

“You’ll never get anywhere if you go about what-iffing like that.” — Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.


“I began to realise 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

Capture your ideas.

“You never know when a lovely idea is going to flit suddenly into your mind, but by golly, when it does come along, you grab it with both hands and hang on to it tight. The trick is to write it down at once, otherwise you’ll forget it.” — Lucky Break

Happy Dahl Day!

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