Roald Dahl is a literary mastermind whose enchanting stories and characters have painted our childhoods and left a trail of colorful nostalgia. Through his imaginary worlds, Dahl has been one of the most influential teachers. His heartwarming lessons shape growing minds of readers everywhere and have inspired many to immerse themselves in literature.
Out of the thousands of characters introduced in children’s books, Matilda Wormwood is the best. By far. It’s a true fact. Her resilient nature and appetite for literature molded her into one of the most memorable and influential characters of my childhood and I’m sure that of many other readers.
Here are eight quotes from Matilda that will revive your love of reading!
1. So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea.
2. All the reading she had done had given her a view of life that they had never seen.
3. Sometimes Matilda longed for a friend, someone like the kind, courageous people in her books.
4. It was pleasant to take a hot drink up to her room and have it beside her as she sat in her silent room reading in the empty house in the afternoons.
5. The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.
6. ‘Mr Hemingway says a lot of things I don’t understand, Matilda said to her. ‘Especially about men and women. But I loved it all the same. The way he tells it I feel I am right there on the spot watching it all happen.’
7. And don’t worry about the bits you can’t understand. Sit back and allow the words to wash around you, like music.
8. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.
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