September 13, 2013
Merry Roald Dahl Day!
“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.” -R. Dahl
“If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it.
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.” -R. Dahl
“I began to realize 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” -R. Dahl
In general, I love Roald Dahl books because he has a way to capture the imagination and ideas that most people had once but grew out of when they became adults. He has a way of connecting to kids who think the world is wonderful, a little unfair, and unlimited. I like that his characters sometimes get dealt a hard blow but usually come out better for it on the other side of a trial. I also like that they rail against injustice and the conventions of the “wise”. Some of his stuff is just plain weird though. He may have been a little anti-semetic and turned down a few recognitions from the Queen because they weren’t high enough honors. I wonder if he had grown up in today’s culture if he would be stifled and standardized tested and medicated until he lost the ability to dream without limits and think up the impossibles. He should be more famous for a specialized shunt that he invented to help his son who had hydrocephaly. I believe he’s saved a lot more lives than most writers because of that invention. What an odd and intriguing character who created a lot of my favorite characters.