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Roald Dahl

Birthdate: 13. September 1916
Date of death: 23. November 1990

Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot. His books have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide.Dahl was born in Wales to Norwegian immigrant parents, and he served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. He became a fighter pilot and, subsequently, an intelligence officer, rising to the rank of acting wing commander. He rose to prominence as a writer in the 1940s with works for children and for adults, and he became one of the world's best-selling authors. He has been referred to as "one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century". His awards for contribution to literature include the 1983 World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement and the British Book Awards' Children's Author of the Year in 1990. In 2008, The Times placed Dahl 16th on its list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".Dahl's short stories are known for their unexpected endings, and his children's books for their unsentimental, macabre, often darkly comic mood, featuring villainous adult enemies of the child characters. His books champion the kindhearted and feature an underlying warm sentiment. His works for children include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches, Fantastic Mr Fox, The BFG, The Twits, and George's Marvellous Medicine. His adult works include Tales of the Unexpected. Wikipedia

Photo: Carl Van Vechten / Public domain

Works

„Two wrongs don't make a right.“

—  Roald Dahl, The BFG

Variant: Two rights don't equal a left.
Source: The BFG (1982)

Citát „Grown-ups are quirky creatures, full of quirks and secrets.“

„Grown-ups are quirky creatures, full of quirks and secrets.“

—  Roald Dahl, book Danny, the Champion of the World

Danny, the Champion of the World (1975)

„I am the maker of music, the dreamer of dreams!“

—  Roald Dahl, book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Variant: We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.
Source: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

„We must hurry!’ said Mr. Wonka. ‘We have so much time and so little to do! No! Wait! Strike that! Reverse it!“

—  Roald Dahl, book Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

Variant: We have so much time and so little to do. Strike that, reverse it.
Source: Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

„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.“

—  Roald Dahl, book Matilda

Source: 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...

„Don't gobblefunk around with words.“

—  Roald Dahl, The BFG

Source: The BFG

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