As a child I read and re-read my treasured collection of Roald Dahl books many times over. Over 25 years later I still have the same collection – although it’s more than a little worse for wear nowadays.

I recently gifted my niece a shiny new copy of one of my favourite Roald Dahl books, Fantastic Mr Fox (even though she can barely speak a word yet, let alone read). That’s when I realised – almost 50 years have passed since Fantastic Mr Fox, the story of a cunning fox and three nasty farmers – Boggis, Bunce and Bean, was published. No better time then to be nostalgic and dig into the Roald Dahl archives.

Here I’m sharing my top 12 #quotestoliveby – direct from the pages of Roald Dahl classics….they’re humorous, intelligent, playful and inspiring, and certainly not reserved for Roald Dahl fans. Enjoy!

1 – “Never grow up…always down.” – George’s Marvellous Medicine

2 – “There is something about very cold weather that gives one an enormous appetite. Most of us find ourselves beginning to crave rich steaming stews and hot apple pies and all kinds of delicious warming dishes; and because we are all a great deal luckier than we realize, we usually get what we want—or near enough.”- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

3 – “The matter with human beans,” the BFG went on, “is that they is absolutely refusing to believe in anything unless they is actually seeing it right in front of their own schnozzles.” – The BFG

4 – “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…” – Matilda

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

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

7 – “Grown ups are complicated creatures, full of quirks and secrets.” – Danny the Champion of the World

8 – “I will not pretend I wasn’t petrified. I was. But mixed in with the awful fear was a glorious feeling of excitement. Most of the really exciting things we do in our lives scare us to death. They wouldn’t be exciting if they didn’t.” – Danny the Champion of the World

9 – “It’s impossible to make your eyes twinkle if you aren’t feeling twinkly yourself.” – Danny the Champion of the World

10 – “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 it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” – The Twits

11 – “A life is made up of a great number of small incidents and a small number of great ones.” – Going Solo

12- “My darling,” she said at last, are you sure you don’t mind being a mouse for the rest of your life?” “I don’t mind at all” I said. “It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like as long as somebody loves you.” – The Witches

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