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Roald Dahl Quotes and Sayings

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Unless you have been to boarding-school when you are very young,
it is absolutely impossible to appreciate the delights of living at home.
- Roald Dahl

Prayers were held in Assembly Hall.
We all perched in rows on wooden benches while teachers
sat up on the platform in armchairs,
facing us.
- Roald Dahl

A person is a fool to become a writer.
His only compensation is absolute freedom.
- Roald Dahl

All Norwegian children learn to swim when they are
very young because if you can't swim it is difficult
to find a place to bathe.
- Roald Dahl

 

A writer of fiction lives in fear.
Each new day demands new ideas and he can never be
sure whether he is going to come up with them or not.
- Roald Dahl

My father was a Norwegian who came from a small town near Oslo.
He broke his arm at the elbow when he was 14,
and they amputated it.
- Roald Dahl

The writer has to force himself to work.
He has to make his own hours and if he doesn't go to
his desk at all there is nobody to scold him.
- Roald Dahl

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All through my school life I was appalled by the fact
that masters and senior boys were allowed quite literally to wound other boys,
and sometimes very severely.
- Roald Dahl

I do have a blurred memory of sitting on the stairs
and trying over and over again to tie one of my shoelaces,
but that is all that comes back to me of school itself.
- Roald Dahl

I shot down some German planes and I got shot down myself,
crashing in a burst of flames and crawling out,
getting rescued by brave soldiers.
- Roald Dahl

To shipbrokers, coal was black gold.
- Roald Dahl

The Bristol Channel was always my guide,
and I was always able to draw an imaginary line from
my bed to our house over in Wales.
It was a great comfort.
- Roald Dahl

Pear Drops were exciting because they had a dangerous taste.
All of us were warned against eating them,
and the result was that we ate them more than ever.
- Roald Dahl

When I walked to school in the mornings I would start
out alone but would pick up four other boys along the way.
We would set out together after school across the village green.
- Roald Dahl

Pain was something we were expected to endure.
But I doubt very much if you would be entirely happy
today if a doctor threw a towel in your face and jumped on you with a knife.
- Roald Dahl

Did they preach one thing and practice another,
these men of God?
- Roald Dahl

Nobody gets a nervous breakdown or a heart attack from
selling kerosene to gentle country folk from the back of a tanker in Somerset.
- Roald Dahl

When I was 2, we moved into an imposing country mansion 8 miles west of Cardiff,
Wales.
- Roald Dahl

I was a fighter pilot, flying Hurricanes all round the Mediterranean.
I flew in the Western Desert of Libya,
in Greece, in Syria, in Iraq and in Egypt.
- Roald Dahl

I am only 8 years old, I told myself.
No little boy of 8 has ever murdered anyone.
It's not possible.
- Roald Dahl

The writer walks out of his workroom in a daze.
He wants a drink.
He needs it.
- Roald Dahl

Two hours of writing fiction leaves this writer completely drained.
For those two hours he has been in a different place
with totally different people.
- Roald Dahl

Nowadays you can go anywhere in the world in a few hours,
and nothing is fabulous any more.
- Roald Dahl

Though my father was Norwegian, he always wrote his
diaries in perfect English.
- Roald Dahl

An autobiography is a book a person writes about his
own life and it is usually full of all sorts of boring details.
- Roald Dahl

I began to realize how simple life could be if one
had a regular routine to follow with fixed hours,
a fixed salary, and very little original thinking to do.
- Roald Dahl

A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
- Roald Dahl

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha PHOTO

I do not believe in a fate that
falls on men however they act;
but I do believe in a fate
that falls on them unless they act.
- The Buddha

About leadership: No person can be a great leader
unless he takes genuine joy
in the successes of those under him.
- W. A. Nance

Unless you try to do something
beyond what you have already mastered,
you will never grow.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Unless both sides win,
no agreement can be permanent.
- Jimmy Carter

You cannot discover new oceans unless
you have the courage to lose site of the shore.
- Anonymous

Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.
- Henry David Thoreau

Courage is doing what you're afraid to do.
There can be no courage unless you're scared.
- Eddie Rickenbacker

To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.
- Confucius

You can't get unless you give.
And you have to give without wanting to get.
- Theodore H. White

A bend in the road is not the end of the road
unless you fail to make the turn.
- Anonymous

No one can make you jealous, angry, vengeful, or greedy -
unless you let him.
- Napoleon Hill

People rarely succeed unless they
have fun in what they are doing.
- Dale Carnegie

The part can never be well unless the whole is well.
- Plato

Nothing happens unless first a dream.
- Carl Sandburg

A house is not a home unless it
contains food and fire
for the mind as well as the body.
- Benjamin Franklin

The WAY is Not The Way for You,
Unless You Come With an Open Mind,
Clean Hands, and a Loving Heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Often, we get stuck on a question
for which we can't find an acceptable answer.
That is a good time to consider asking a different question.
Every question is based on some assumptions -
usually invisible assumptions that we don't see, unless we go looking.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Ever had a bad hair day -
a day when everything seemed to be going wrong?
Perhaps today is a day to soothe your ruffled feathers,
take a deep breath, and reaffirm that
the weight of the world is really not on your shoulders,
unless you choose to assume that burden.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I hate the giving of the hand
unless the whole man accompanies it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never stop dreaming your inspired future.
Believing in your dreams is only the first step,
but unless you have a dream that you believe in,
you are leaving your future to random chance.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is no use walking anywhere to preach
unless our walking is our preaching.
- St. Francis of Assisi

A true friend never gets in your way
unless you happen to be going down.
- Arnold H. Glasgow

By nature, we are all creatures of habit.
We instinctively adopt familiar routines for most activities.
We eat about the same number of meals each day -
at more or less the same times.
We have a regular pattern of sleeping -
unless it is perturbed by illness or shift work.
Most everything we do is habitual.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A good-bye is never painful unless
you're never going to say hello again.
- Anonymous

Don't stay in bed, unless you can make money in bed.
- George Burns

Mothers don't let your daughters grow up to be models unless you're present.
- Janice Dickinson

Nothing will work unless you do.
- Maya Angelou

Normal social behavior requires that we be able to
recognize identities in spite of change.
Unless we can do so, there can be no human society as we know it.
- Kenneth L. Pike

Unless we place our religion
and our treasure in the same thing,
religion will always be sacrificed.
- Epictetus

A man can't ride your back unless it's bent.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thank you, gentlemen. Someday I will repay you,
unless of course I can't find you, or if I forget.
- the movie Shrek 2

Unless they share our opinions,
we seldom find people sensible.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are
punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
- Voltaire

No matter how carefully you plan your goals they will
never be more that pipe dreams unless you pursue them with gusto.
- W. Clement Stone

Power is dangerous unless you have humility.
- Richard J. Daley

Housework is what a woman does that nobody notices
unless she hasn't done it.
- Evan Esar

Every dog has his day, unless he loses his tail,
then he has a weak-end.
- June Carter

Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed
nothing else can be managed.
- Peter Drucker

Unless we keep this planet healthy, everything else is for naught.
- Victoria Principal

Nothing is work unless you'd rather be doing something else.
- George Halas

You can't win unless you learn how to lose.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four.
Unless there are three other people.
- Orson Welles

A pun is the lowest form of humor, unless you thought of it yourself.
- Doug Larson


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