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“Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it's unbelievable." Matilda by Roald Dahl.

“Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it's unbelievable." Matilda by Roald Dahl.

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.” The Cat in The Hat by Dr. Seuss

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.” The Cat in The Hat by Dr. Seuss

“You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are.” Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

“You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are.” Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

“Right is right and wrong is wrong” 
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

“Right is right and wrong is wrong” Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

“Why did you do all this for me?' he asked. 'I don't deserve it. I've never done anything for you.' 'You have been my friend,' replied Charlotte. 'That in itself is a tremendous thing.” 
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

“Why did you do all this for me?' he asked. 'I don't deserve it. I've never done anything for you.' 'You have been my friend,' replied Charlotte. 'That in itself is a tremendous thing.” Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

“You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”  
The Twits by Roald Dahl

“You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”  The Twits by Roald Dahl

“There is no place like home.”  
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz  by L. Frank Baum

“There is no place like home.”  The Wonderful Wizard of Oz  by L. Frank Baum

“If you in the morning, Throw minutes away,
You can't pick them up
In the course of a day.
You may hurry and scurry,
And flurry and worry,
You've lost them forever,
Forever and aye.” 
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

“If you in the morning, Throw minutes away, You can't pick them up In the course of a day. You may hurry and scurry, And flurry and worry, You've lost them forever, Forever and aye.” Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

“Hatred is so much easier to win than love - and so much harder to get rid of.” 
Six Cousins Again by Enid Blyton

“Hatred is so much easier to win than love - and so much harder to get rid of.” Six Cousins Again by Enid Blyton

“Life is worth living as long as there's a laugh in it.” 
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery,

“Life is worth living as long as there's a laugh in it.” Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery,

 “It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.” 
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

 “It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.” Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

“Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” Winnie the Pooh A. A. Milne

“Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” Winnie the Pooh A. A. Milne

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest times if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest times if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling

“You should never, never doubt something that no one is sure of.” 
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

“You should never, never doubt something that no one is sure of.” Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

“All shall be done,” said Aslan. “But it may be harder than you think.”  The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis

“All shall be done,” said Aslan. “But it may be harder than you think.” The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis

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“Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it's unbelievable." Matilda by Roald Dahl.

It’s World Book Day and sometimes it can be easy to forget how inspiring a good book can be.

A recent survey revealed fifty of the most popular books read by children, many of them classics which have stood the test of time despite the lure of modern tales.

Below are some of the best quotes from our timeless childhood reads.

“You should never, never doubt something that no one is sure of.”

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

“All shall be done,” said Aslan. “But it may be harder than you think.” 

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“Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it's unbelievable." Matilda by Roald Dahl.

“Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it's unbelievable." Matilda by Roald Dahl.

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.” The Cat in The Hat by Dr. Seuss

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.” The Cat in The Hat by Dr. Seuss

“You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are.” Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

“You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are.” Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

“Right is right and wrong is wrong” 
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

“Right is right and wrong is wrong” Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

“Why did you do all this for me?' he asked. 'I don't deserve it. I've never done anything for you.' 'You have been my friend,' replied Charlotte. 'That in itself is a tremendous thing.” 
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

“Why did you do all this for me?' he asked. 'I don't deserve it. I've never done anything for you.' 'You have been my friend,' replied Charlotte. 'That in itself is a tremendous thing.” Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

“You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”  
The Twits by Roald Dahl

“You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”  The Twits by Roald Dahl

“There is no place like home.”  
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz  by L. Frank Baum

“There is no place like home.”  The Wonderful Wizard of Oz  by L. Frank Baum

“If you in the morning, Throw minutes away,
You can't pick them up
In the course of a day.
You may hurry and scurry,
And flurry and worry,
You've lost them forever,
Forever and aye.” 
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

“If you in the morning, Throw minutes away, You can't pick them up In the course of a day. You may hurry and scurry, And flurry and worry, You've lost them forever, Forever and aye.” Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

“Hatred is so much easier to win than love - and so much harder to get rid of.” 
Six Cousins Again by Enid Blyton

“Hatred is so much easier to win than love - and so much harder to get rid of.” Six Cousins Again by Enid Blyton

“Life is worth living as long as there's a laugh in it.” 
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery,

“Life is worth living as long as there's a laugh in it.” Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery,

 “It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.” 
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

 “It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.” Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

“Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” Winnie the Pooh A. A. Milne

“Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” Winnie the Pooh A. A. Milne

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest times if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest times if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling

“You should never, never doubt something that no one is sure of.” 
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

“You should never, never doubt something that no one is sure of.” Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

“All shall be done,” said Aslan. “But it may be harder than you think.”  The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis

“All shall be done,” said Aslan. “But it may be harder than you think.” The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis

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“Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it's unbelievable." Matilda by Roald Dahl.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest times if one only remembers to turn on the light.” 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.”

The Cat in The Hat by Dr. Seuss

“Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

Winnie the Pooh A. A. Milne

“Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it's unbelievable.

Matilda by Roald Dahl.

“You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

“Right is right and wrong is wrong”

Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

“Why did you do all this for me?' he asked. 'I don't deserve it. I've never done anything for you.' 'You have been my friend,' replied Charlotte. 'That in itself is a tremendous thing.”

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

“There is no place like home.” 

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz  by L. Frank Baum

“If you in the morning, Throw minutes away,

You can't pick them up

In the course of a day.

You may hurry and scurry,

And flurry and worry,

You've lost them forever,

Forever and aye.”

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

“Hatred is so much easier to win than love - and so much harder to get rid of.”

Six Cousins Again by Enid Blyton

 “It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.”

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

“Life is worth living as long as there's a laugh in it.”

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

“If I had a flower for everytime I thought of you I could walk in my garden forever.”

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson–Burnett

“You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” 

The Twits by Roald Dahl

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