5 important lessons we learned from Roald Dahl's stories


September 13 marks the 100th birthday of late author America's favorite children's books, Roald Dahl.

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Today we celebrate the legendary author for enhancing our imaginations and providing us with some of the world's most classic and whimsical stories over the span of his 60 year-long writing career.

Born in 1916, Dahl remains an evergreen favorite in the children's section of libraries all over the world. His stories taught us to embrace our unique, quirky, and bizarre qualities to spread creativity and versatility throughout the world. His dramatic and entertaining stories complete with moral undertones introduced children and adults alike to the wonderful world of literature.

Each of Dahl's iconic stories taught us about life, love, and finding ourselves in the unlikeliest of places. Here are some lessons we learned from five of his most famous stories and scripts.

1. "James and the Giant Peach": Never judge a book by its cover.

2. "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory": Greed is never attractive and often gets you into trouble.

3. "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang": Have a little faith in the underdog.

4. "The Witches": Always think happy thoughts. In the end, good wins.

5. "Matilda": Intelligence is the greatest superpower.

Happy birthday, Roald Dahl. Thanks for making the world a better place.

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