Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Roald Dahl

So first I want to give a warm welcome to all of the new bloggers joining Writer’s Quote Wednesday. Yayy!

So for today’s segment of Colleens Writer’s Quote Wednesday, I draw my inspiration from Roald Dahl:



This was definitely not my first choice for Writer’s Quote Wednesday but it carries with it a memory that I found exciting to share. Matilda was one of my favorite movies when I was a kid and I loved most that Matilda loved to read like I did. She was a magical kid with supernatural abilities but reading seemed to me to be her most powerful ability; it seemed to me her foundation. It didn’t just give her knowledge but it opened her mind.


Of course, Matilda is a fictional character, but reading this quote brought me back to that innocence of childhood while simultaneously becoming inspirational writing advice. That is: you never know who your writing helps. The people who silently depend on the comfort of your words, hanging onto them like little pieces of salvation scribbled in ink. A breath of fresh air to whatever stifled reality they may find themselves in. Matilda was all alone in the emotional sense of not having a family who loved her but her mind was nurtured by the words of all those authors who knew nothing of it. Sometimes we are saviors to readers we will never know exist. If that ain’t inspiration, I don’t know what is.

About The Author:


Roald Dahl is a children’s author who wrote many of the most famous children’s books turned movies of our childhood (well, some of our childhoods. I was born in ’87 so the 90s was kinda my time lol): Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and James and the Giant Peach to name a few. Dahl wrote his first story for children, The Gremlins, in 1942, for Walt Disney but it wasn’t very successful at the time. It wasn’t until 1961 that Dahl first established himself as a children’s book writer with the publication of James and the Giant Peach which was adopted into a movie in 1996. Three years later (’64) Dahl published Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which was also made into a popular movie. A film adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was released as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in 1971.

In addition to James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dahl’s most popular kids’ books include Fantastic Fox (1970), and Matilda (1988).


And that’s it for this week’s installment of Writer’s Quote Wednesday. Don’t forget to click the pic and join the fun….you know you want to!


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11 thoughts on “Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Roald Dahl”

    1. Matilda’s not my favorite book from childhood it was my favorite movie, I never read the book cause I watched the movie first. But concerning your question, I’d have to think about that one, childhood is some time back, especially since I read a lot. I do remember a keen interest in the Mildred D. Taylor books in middle school though, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, Let The Circle Be Unbroken, The Road to Memphis, etc.

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  1. I love your interpretation of the quote – we never know the impact our writing will have once is loosened on the world. That idea gives me the courage I need to put my work out there and let it run free. Great post.

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  2. I’m glad Matilda is not alone. I’m imagining all the characters that went with her on her journey! So the next time I write, I’m deciding the kind of character I want hanging around my readers and knowing myself, it will definitely be one they will smile or laugh about everytime the reader remembers him, her or it.


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