Roald Dahl famed author of the children’s novels, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and The Giant Peach, and Matilda passed away back in 1990. But that hasn’t stopped fans and critics from pitting against each other on Twitter over a quote from one of his books.
A heated discourse has arisen on Twitter over one of Roald Dhal’s quotes from The Twits, with some standing by it and calling it ‘beautiful’ with others voicing it as ‘bad advice’ and ‘questionable’.
The quote from the 1980’s book shines a light on Dahl’s take on thoughts, in particular how your thoughts determine what you look like. Hence, a person with ugly thoughts will grow to become ugly, and a person with good thoughts will be radiant and glow like the Sun.
The quote from the book reads as follows:
“If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until it gets so ugly that you can hardly look at it.
“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.”
Sure, it’s a simple point of view, but taken to extremes, you can pick apart anything if you want to. And haters will hate. Especially Dahl’s, who he collected quite a few of following the claims of antisemitism, in particular, this comment that he made 1983 when Dahl told Britain’s New Statesman magazine that “there is a trait in the Jewish character that does provoke animosity. … Even a stinker like Hitler didn’t just pick on them for no reason.” of which his family had belatedly and passionately apologized for.
Whilst most opinions can’t step away from calling him antisemitic, there are many who see the validity in his quote, and in many ways, this is what I see reflected on Twitter, the simple message of the power of positive thinking.
That aside, judging someone for the way that they look is probably not a life lesson you want to teach your kids, and it is this sentiment that seems to be at the heart of the argument. But there is something in it all the same, and the question begs, does how you feel on the inside, invariably reflect how you look on the outside? It’s up for debate for sure, but that’s what’s so great about Roald Dahl, he was always open to starting a conversation.
“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
— Roald Dahl
Stay positive, happy and live each day with a joyful heart! 🙂😍
Have a blessed Sunday #SAFEMOONARMY ❤❤❤
— _M_0_0_N_Y_ 🇵🇭🚀🌕 (@y_n_o_o_m) July 3, 2022
That Roald Dahl quote about how ugly people are only ugly coz they have ugly thoughts and beautiful thoughts make everyone beautiful just teaches kids that weird-looking people are shitty and I wish people would stop quoting it. Also, he was HELLA antisemitic. #mutesconversation
— Sooz Kempner (@SoozUK) July 6, 2020
Read the paragraph below and it's clear he isn't saying that at all. He says that if you're beautiful on the Inside you'll look beautiful on the outside even if you do have a big nose or wonky teeth.
I think it's very true.
— Michael John G (@MJ_Day_88) July 6, 2020
Lol people are frothing at the mouth about Roald Dahl being “cancelled”. He’s dead, you don’t have to worry about him. And if there’s an afterlife he is likely in hell because he was a horrible person. Yes, you are still allowed to like his books. Yes, he’s still an antisemite
— Moniza Hossain (@moniza_hossain) July 6, 2020
Physiognomy keeps getting more real.
Roald Dahl was right. See "the twits" https://t.co/tJCWhibvkG
— chaos tailor (@phileomancer) June 30, 2022