Roald Dahl is rightfully credited with being the spark that has ignited the fire of imagination in many a child. His delightful stories have the capability of drawing in the reader. No matter what age you are, Dahl’s writing draws you into a world of fantasy and leaves with a warm feeling in your hearts as they go along with the twists and turns of the narrative.
Roald Dahl’s name has certainly been immortalized as one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century. You are unlikely to find someone who is not familiar with at least one of his iconic stories. From Matilda, BFG, The Twits, to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, children and adults alike have delighted in his works for generations. It is only apt that we celebrate September 13, Roald Dahl’s birthday, as ‘Roald Dahl Day’. Here are a few facts about him to help you know him better:
Roald Dahl was born in 1916, in Llandaff, South Wales to Norwegian parents.
He spent his childhood as a disgruntled student, rebelling against the strict boarding school atmosphere.
Soon after graduation, he opted to work for a company that would send him to travel across the globe.
He joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) at the start of WWII and became a fighter pilot.
After crash-landing in a desert and being severely injured, he was recruited by the British Intelligence as an Officer, alongside Ian Fleming, who later went on to write the James Bond series.
He published his first story in 1961 and has written a total of 20 children’s books, 17 fiction books, and three books on poetry.
Roald Dahl had a small hut in his garden where he preferred to write in solitude, without any distractions.
To celebrate the great author and all of his contributions to literature, on the occasion of his 103 birth anniversary, here are a few of his most memorable quotes:
“A little nonsense now and then, is relished by the wisest men.”
“It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.”
“Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog.”
“It’s impossible to make your eyes twinkle if you aren’t feeling twinkly yourself.”
“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.”
“All you have to 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.”
“There are a whole lot of things in this world of ours you haven’t started wondering about yet.”