Why “They” Look The Way They Do


“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 you can hardly bear to 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 it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
― Roald DahlThe Twits


11 Comments on Why “They” Look The Way They Do

  1. What he is saying maybe true but herein lies our dilemma: We are subjected 24/7 to these ugly people so much so that it becomes difficult to have good thoughts.

  2. I might not go so far as to characterize my thoughts as “ugly,” but I can certainly say that the current political climate in this country is like a low-grade depression that I just can’t shake. I am gravely worried about the future of this country, and the stress of worry exhausts me.

    Compare this to the Reagan years, when I was happy, energetic, and optimistic. Liberalism is just bad for you, is all.

  3. Love me some Roald Dahl. I can still remember a story of 2 men touring a meat processing plant. They move in a little too close and one gets lifted up to the 2nd story and processed just like the hogs. Funny how stuff stays with you.

    Also remember a line from Shibumi: “Would a cow lick Lot’s wife?”

    Also a line from Saki: Who was upset besides the older brother when the prodigal son came home? (Luke 15). Well, the fatted calf was none too happy about it either.

    Enough already.

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