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The 8 Most Heartwarming Quotes From ‘Matilda’

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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7 Happy Books to Distract You From the Impending Apocalypse

So the threat of nuclear war is ever-growing, and the Earth may destroy us via natural disasters long before nuclear war has, to paraphrase Winston Churchill, had a chance to get its pants on. Anyway, here’s a list of genuinely happy, hopeful and uplifting books to help you escape the real world.


1. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery


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Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery is one of the most joyous, amusing, and hopeful books there is. It’s just true. Anne is an absolute delight with her emotional, hilarious responses to situations (breaking a slate over her bothersome classmate’s head, declaring herself to be in ‘the depths of despair’) and her excellent renaming of almost every place she finds herself in (Barry’s Pond becomes ‘The Lake of Shining Waters’). Anne overcomes hardship using her imagination, which sounds corny but is actually great. The book also contains a wonderful depiction of female friendship between Anne and her ‘bosom friend’ Diana Barry. 


2. Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter



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Pollyanna as a name is synonymous with being overly optimistic to the point of being very irritating, but the character is not very irritating. She is in fact very sweet and I won’t hear a word against her. She plays the ‘glad game’ whenever she is faced with a disappointing situation. 


3. Matilda by Roald Dahl



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Matilda is the wonderful story of a telekenetic genius child who overcomes her disastrous upbringing (or lack thereof) and a terrifying school principal to become happy and loved. What’s not to feel happy about?


4. Chocolat by Joanne Harris



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Chocolat centers around an unconventional chocolate maker who brings new life to a small French village. It’s so wholesome. And the movie is a dream to watch if you’ve got a lot of chocolate to get through. 


5. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery



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Maurizio Bono of Italian paper La Repubblica wrote that ‘the formula that made more than half a million readers in France fall in love with [The Elegance of the Hedgehog] has, among other ingredients: intelligent humor, fine sentiments, an excellent literary and philosophical backdrop, taste that is sophisticated but substantial.’ What more do you need?


6. A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass


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A thirteen-year-old girl struggles with her synesthesia, meaning she can hear, see, and taste colors. However, once she is diagnosed she goes on a heartwarming journey of self acceptance. 


7. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


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It’s a classic. It makes everybody feel good. It just does. Except for Mark Twain. For some reason, he really hated it but whatever. Both the film and the BBC series are also extremely comforting.


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Watch an Amazing Paper Hogwarts be Born in This Stop-Motion Video

The Harry Potter universe has a little bit of everything: books, movies, a stage play, and even Matilda crossover fan fiction. Now, thanks to the team at unPOP, it also has this awesome stop-motion paper construction video.

The filmmakers used stop motion animation to create the illusion that the Hogwarts itself was magically rising from the pages of the books. It’s a really well done short film – check it out below!

If that looks like it took a long time to put together, it’s because it did. According to the filmmaker, this one minute of animation took nearly a month to make! The unPOP team had to build the props for the bedroom set and then carefully craft the entire Hogwarts castle out of paper. They used nothing but pages from the third Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Maybe J.K. Rowling will have something to say about this on Twitter? We’ll be keeping an eye out!


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Matilda Star Imagines Awesome Harry Potter Crossover

Roald Dahl’s Matilda is about a brilliant child with magical abilities. So, it makes sense that some fans drew the connection to another famous character: Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series. When the fan’s idea reached Mara Wilson, star of the Matilda movie adaptation, she ran with it! 

Wilson started out by quoting a fan’s clever observation:

Wilson could have left it there, but instead she treated fans to an imaginative account of what Matilda’s school days at Hogwarts might be like:

Wilson got some help from fans, who have apparently been creating Matilda/Harry Potter crossover stories for years! Some fans even corrected the actress on the age difference between the characters.

J.K. Rowling hasn’t chimed in yet, but she’s so good at Twitter that we’re holding out hope for a response! Could we get a story based on this, please?

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8 Famous Authors Who Were Also Spies

British author Frederick Forsyth made big news recently when he admitted that he had worked as a secret agent for the MI6, the British foreign intelligence agency. But the author of The Day of the Jackal isn’t the only writer who once worked as a spy. Check out this list of forger secret agents turned writers. You might be surprised to see who shows up!


Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl flew fighter planes in World War II, and afterwards went to work in the British embassy in Washington, DC. There, allegedly, he worked with British and Candian agents to investigate the political leanings of prominent American women. According to some sources, including his friend Antoinette Haskell, Dahl was sleeping with all of these women in order to get close to them.


Ian Fleming

The creator of the world’s most famous spy was a spy himself! Ian Fleming, who penned the James Bond novels that gave birth to the entire Bond franchise, worked for British Naval intelligence during World War II. He helped plot several successful espionage missions against Nazi Germany. 


Frederick Forsyth

As we mentioned earlier, Forsyth is all over the news these days – and why wouldn’t he be? The British author has admitted that he worked for MI6 in the 1960s and 70s, working occasional assignments without pay while he was a freelance writer in sensitive international areas. Forsyth drew on his experience to write the bestselling spy novels that made him famous.


Graham Greene

There must be something about working for British intelligence that makes a person want to write novels. Like several other authors on this list, Graham Greene worked for MI6. Greene’s situation is unique, though, in that he was already well-known as an author when he began to work as a spy. Greene’s reputation as a man who loved to travel and his career as an author allowed him to come and go from sensitive areas more easily, which in turn made him a valuable asset to MI6.


Ernest Hemingway

Did Ernest Hemingway work for the KGB? In Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB, authors Harvey Klehr, John Earl Haynes and Alexander Vassiliev allege that he did. According to them, Hemingway fed information to the Russian spy agency until 1950. He was dropped as a source because his information wasn’t of much use.


John le Carré

Like several other writers on this list, le Carré’s career as a spy led to his eventual career as an espionage writer. John le Carré worked for both the Security Service (MI5) and the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) in the UK. His bestselling novels include The Spy Who Came in From the Cold.


Jason Matthews

American Jason Matthews is the latest in a long line of great spy authors who have been secret agents themselves. Matthews worked with the CIA, deep in dangerous foreign territory. Now he’s making a name for himself as the author of espionage novels. His second book, Red Sparrow, came out earlier this year. 


Peter Matthiessen

Matthiessen won the National Book Award three times and founded the Paris Review. He also worked for the CIA – and, in fact, the Paris Review was a part of his cover. The Review’s co-founders were never aware of this, however, and Matthiessen always insisted in interviews that the Paris Review was never a tool of the CIA.