27 Magical Quotes From Roald Dahl's Matilda: The Musical to Use as Instagram Captions

It's tough to capture the magic and energy of a Tony and Olivier Award-winning stage musical in the form of a film, but the new adaptation of Roald Dahl's Matilda: The Musical does just that—and now that it's on Netflix, everyone has a chance to witness the spectacle.

With music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, the incredible adaptation of the classic novel breathes fresh air into Matilda Wormwood's story as she deals with negligent, hateful parents who don't recognize her genius and an abusive school headmistress who despises children, while finding kindness and empathy from a teacher who finally sees her for who she truly is. The musical is fun, sweet and rebellious (with a few moments that might jerk some tears), and we're in love. If you adore it as much as we do, keep scrolling to discover our favorite quotes and lyrics from the musical to use as your next Instagram caption.

For when your dog is the most adorable dog on the block:

"I know we oughtn't say this, but she's clearly cuter than her peers."

-New Mum


For your first proud pic with a newborn baby:

"The most common thing in life is life and yet every single life, every new life, is a miracle."



For when you get exactly what you deserve:

"Why do bad things always happen to good people?"

-Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood

Matilda the Musical: Mr and Mrs wormwood scowl at their new baby

(Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical via Netflix)


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For when sometimes, you're too clever for your own good:

"No one likes a smart-mouthed girl like me."

-Matilda Wormwood

Matilda the Musical: Matilda singing and reading from the roof of the book van

(Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical via Netflix)


For when you're not much of a cook, but your meal is still fire:

"Dinners don't microwave themselves, you know."

-Mrs. Wormwood


For when you just gotta break the rules:

"We're told we have to do what we're told, but surely sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty."

-Matilda Wormwood


For when you decide it's up to you to change things:

"Just because you find that life's not fair, it doesn't mean that you just have to grin and bear it."

-Matilda Wormwood


For when your size isn't proportional to your ability:

"You mustn't let a little thing like 'little' stop you."

-Matilda Wormwood


For when you're no longer satisfied with the status quo:

"That's not right, and if it's not right, you have to put it right."

-Matilda Wormwood


For when a small action has rippling consequences:

"A storm can begin with the flap of a wing."

-Matilda Wormwood


For when you get there super early because you were so worried about arriving late:

"Oh, I'm early because of… excitement."

-Matilda Wormwood

Matilda the Musical: Matilda arrives early to school

(Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical via Netflix)


For when you feel the weeks slipping away from you:

"But time is the one thing no one is master of."

-Matilda Wormwood


For when you're in the mood to fight back:

"If people do scary things to you, you can just do scary things back."

-Matilda Wormwood


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For when revenge is just:

"Remember, two wrongs don't make a right." "Unless they do."

-Mrs. Phelps and Matilda Wormwood


For showing off your latest getaway read:

"What I really like is reading. It's like a holiday in your head."

-Matilda Wormwood

Matilda the Musical: Miss Honey discovers matildas talents

(Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical via Netflix)


For when you're sick and tired of little kids running around:

"Bambinatum est Maggitum."

-Agatha Trunchbull


For showcasing your trophy case:

"Look at my trophies. See how my trophies gleam in the sunlight? See how they shine?"

-Agatha Trunchbull


For when you're being strict about your studies and training:

"I apply just one simple rule to hammer-throwing, life and school. Life's a ball, so learn to throw it. Find the bally line and toe it, and always keep your feet inside the line."

-Agatha Trunchbull


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For when the party gets out of control:

"What a repellent parade of imps and hobgoblins chitter-chattering away."

-Agatha Trunchbull

Matilda the Musical: Agatha Trunchbull scowls at kids

(Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical via Netflix)


For when you're super serious about keeping your word:

"I promise you that. And a promise is a promise is a promise."

-Agatha Trunchbull


For the pic of the biggest, best hug ever:

"That is the biggest hug in the world. You're going to hug all the air out of me."

-Jennifer Honey


For when your fate is what you make it:

"Just because I find myself in this story, it doesn't mean that everything is written for me."

-Matilda Wormwood


For when you're in charge and you aren't afraid to rule with a heavy hand:

"There is no mystery to mastering the art of classroom mistressing. It's discipline, discipline, discipline!"

-Agatha Trunchbull


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For when you don't need big, fancy things to feel content:

"It isn't much, but it is enough for me."

-Jennifer Honey

Matilda the Musical: Matilda visits miss honeys home

(Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical via Netflix)


For when you're feeling extra rebellious:

"Revolting children living in revolting times."

-Crunchem Hall Students


For the selfie with the person who makes your skies bright and blue:

"Then one day I opened my eyes and looked up to find that the sky had turned blindingly blue, and right by my side there was you."

-Jennifer Honey


For discovering what you're truly capable of:

"You helped me understand there was another version of me."

-Crunchem Hall Students

Matilda the Musical: kid lifts can with his telekenipsis

(Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical via Netflix)


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