#RoaldDahlDay: 15 genius pieces of life advice from his books

My eNewspaper, the Morgen Bailey Daily, picked up on an article by the Telegraph newspaper highlighting 15 genius pieces of advice from Roald Dahl’s books. Anything to do with Roald Dahl catches my eye (a) because I was a huge fan of his stories and the Tales of the Unexpected TV series and (b) because my dad knew him. My dad was a photographer and Roald came into his shop one day to drop of a film to be developed. Although my dad had no clue who Roald was, my dad went on to take photographs for him (and, if I recall correctly, a video at Sophie’s fourth birthday party. So fond memories all round. I lost my dad early September 2001 and the 15th Anniversary of 9/11 came round which always reminds me of that time so happy and sad. And on that note… below is a screen print of the article so you can read it in full but the 15 are:

  1. roald-dahl-telegraph“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
  2. “Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog.” – Matilda
  3. “A little nonsense now and then, is relished by the wisest men.” – Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
  4. “So please, oh please, we beg, we pray Go throw your TV set away And in its place you can install A lovely bookshelf on the wall…” – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  5. “Don’t gobblefunk around with words.” – The BFG
  6. “It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.” – The Witches
  7. “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
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  10. “You can fake a mouth-smile any time you want, simply by moving your lips. I’ve also learned that a real mouth-smile always has an eye-smile to go with it. So watch out, I say, when someone smiles at you but his eyes stay the same. It’s sure to be a phony.” – Danny the Champion of the World
  11. “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” – The Minpins
  12. “If I were a headmaster I would get rid of the history teacher and get a chocolate teacher instead.” – Roald Dahl Cookbook
  13. “So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.” – Matilda
  14. “Some people when they have taken too much and have been driven beyond the point of endurance, simply crumble and give up. There are others, though they are not many, who will for some reason always be unconquerable. You meet them in time of war and also in time of peace. They have an indomitable spirit and nothing, neither pain nor torture nor threat of death, will cause them to give up.” – The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More
  15. “When writing about oneself, one must strive to be truthful. Truth is more important than modesty.” – Boy: Tales of Childhood 

Do go visit the Telegraph page, it’s well worth a visit.