Danny the Champion of the World Quotes


“Ah yes, and something else again. Because what I am trying to tell you… What I have been trying so hard to tell you all along is simply that my father, without the slightest doubt, was the most marvelous and exciting father any boy ever had.”


This quote highlights the close relationship between Danny and his father. Indeed, Danny has a unique relationship with his father in that he was wholly raised without a mother and his father assumed both a maternal and paternal role. In this regard, it is not surprising Danny thinks the world of his father and is willing to do anything for him.

“I was glad my father was an eye-smiler. It meant he never gave me a fake smile because it's impossible to make your eyes twinkle if you aren't feeling twinkly yourself. A mouth-smile is different. You can fake a mouth-smile any time you want, simply by moving your lips. I've also learned that a real mouth-smile always has an eye-smile to go with it. So watch out, I say, when someone smiles at you but his eyes stay the same. It's sure to be a phony.”


This quote reveals a lot about Danny’s inherent character. He is very wise for a young child and he has the ability to see straight through those that are behaving falsely. Indeed, this trait has its benefits when he later encounters the fake Mr Hazell who is so unlike Danny’s own father in that he smiles with his mouth but not his eyes.

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