Andrew Burton, Associated Press

Roald Dahl is beloved for such works as "Matilda," "James and the Giant Peach" "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "The BFG." But whether his work is immortalized on the screen or read in a fourth grade class, it captures the feeling of childhood whimsy like no other.

Which is why although the world lost him back in 1990, we still remember his birthday, September 13th.

So whether you fell in love with his beloved chocolate factory by watching the 1971 classic "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," Tim Burton's 2005 "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," or by reading the book, here are 20 quotes of inspiration and whimsy from one of the world's most beloved children's authors.

Nonsense
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"A little nonsense now and then, is relished by the wisest men."

- "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator"

Thoughts
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"If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely."

- "The Twits"

Looks
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"It doesn't matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you."

- "The Witches"

Exciting things
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"Most of the really exciting things we do in our lives scare us to death. They wouldn’t be exciting if they didn’t."

- "Danny, the Champion of the World"

Secrets
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"The greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places."

- "The Minpins"

Grown-ups
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"Grown-ups are complicated creatures, full of quirks and secrets."

- "Danny, the Champion of the World"

Life
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"A life is made up of a great number of small incidents and a small number of great ones."

- "Going Solo"

Actions
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"Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it."

- "Matilda"

Ugly thoughts
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"If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face."

- "The Twits"

Photo: Actress Patricia Neal smiles at her new husband Roald Dahl after their wedding at Trinity Church Chapel in New York, July 2, 1953.

Magic
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"Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it."

- "The Minpins"

The future
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"You’ll never get anywhere if you go about what-iffing like that."

- "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator"

Dreams
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"In your wildest dreams you could not imagine that such things could happen to you! Just wait and see!"

- "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"

Happiness
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"It's impossible to make your eyes twinkle if you aren't feeling twinkly yourself."

- "Danny, the Champion of the World"

Glory
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"We all have our moments of brilliance and glory."

- "Boy: Tales of Childhood"

Wonder
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"There are a whole lot of things in this world of ours you haven’t started wondering about yet."

- "James and the Giant Peach"

Luck
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"However small the chance might be of striking lucky, the chance was there."

- "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"

Worry
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"Don’t worry about the bits you can’t understand."

- "Matilda"

Choices
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"Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it’s unbelievable."

- "Matilda"

Good thoughts
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"A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly."

- "The Twits"

Books
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"No book ever ends when it's full of your friends."

- "The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me"

Photo: Roald Dahl arrives with his wife, the actress Patricia Neal, at the Academy Awards April 11, 1969.