To celebrate the anniversary of Roald Dahl's 100th birthday, we headed to The Story Museum to ask Oxford's youngest authors what inspires them, who their favourite writers are, and why they read and write stories.
For your reading pleasure, here are a few Quotes from Roald Dahl:
'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. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.'
'A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it.'
'We have so much time and so little to do. Strike that, reverse it.'
'Two hours of writing fiction leaves this writer completely drained. For those two hours he has been in a different place with totally different people.'
'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 they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.'
'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 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'
'Oh, books, what books they used to know,
Those children living long ago!
So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.
Then fill the shelves with lots of books,
Ignoring all the dirty looks,
The screams and yells, the bites and kicks,
And children hitting you with sticks-
Fear not, because we promise you
That, in about a week or two
Of having nothing else to do,
They'll now begin to feel the need
Of having something to read.'