The Logic of a Chocolate-Loving Genius: 40 Mind-Blowing Willy Wonka Quotes

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is an incredibly imaginative story about how integrity and a bit of luck can take you far in life. In the center of the story, there’s Willy Wonka — a visionary, eccentric, and dreamer.

Throughout the movie, Willy Wonka shares his wisdom and joy for life with those who are ready to listen. Since I couldn’t think of anyone funnier or more inspirational than the legend himself, here are the best 40 Willy Wonka quotes from the book and the movies.

40 Best Willy Wonka Quotes

Insightful Willy Wonka Quotes

#1. “We have so much time and so little to see. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it.”

#2. “A little nonsense, now and then, is relished by the wisest men.”

#3. “So shines a good deed in a weary world.”

#4. “There is no life I know, to compare with pure imagination. Living there, you’ll be free if you truly wish to be.”

#5. “Round the world and home again, that’s the sailor’s way.”

#6. “In springtime, the only pretty ring time, birds sing hey ding, a-ding, a-ding, sweet lovers love the spring.”

#7. “Oh, you should never, never doubt what nobody is sure about.”

#8. “No, no, don’t speak. For some moments in life, there are no words.”

#9. “Is it my soul that calls upon my name?”

#10. “There’s no earthly way of knowing which direction they are going! There’s no knowing where they’re rowing, or which way the river’s flowing! Not a speck of light is showing, so the danger must be growing, for the rowers keep on rowing, and they’re certainly not showing, any signs that they are slowing.”

Inspirational Willy Wonka Quotes

#11. “We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams.”

#12. “If you want to view paradise, take a look around and view it. Anything you want to — do it. You can change the world; there’s nothing to it.”

#13. “Remember Charlie, don’t forget the tale of the man who got everything he wanted. He lived happily ever after.”

#14. “Time is a precious thing. Never waste it.

#15. “Nil desperandum, my dear lady. Across the desert lies the promised land.”

#16. “Don’t argue, my dear child, please don’t argue! It’s such a waste of precious time!”

#17. “My dear boy, I promise you they’ll be quite all right. When they leave here, they’ll be completely restored to their normal, terrible old selves. But maybe they’ll be a little bit wiser for the wear.”

Hilarious Willy Wonka Quotes

#18. “If the Good Lord had intended us to walk, he wouldn’t have invented roller skates.”

#19. “An invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple.”

#20. “Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.”

#21. “The suspense is terrible. I hope It’ll last.”

#22. “Everything inside is eatable, I mean edible, I mean you can eat everything. Even I’m edible. But that would be called cannibalism. It is looked down upon in most societies.”

#23. “Well, fortunately, small boys are extremely springy and elastic. So, I think we’ll put him in my special taffy-pulling machine. That should do the trick.”

#24. “I’m sorry, but all questions must be submitted in writing.”

#25. “Whipped cream isn’t whipped cream at all if it hasn’t been whipped with whips. Just like poached eggs aren’t poached eggs unless it’s been stolen in the dead of the night.”

#26. “Is it raining? Is it snowing? Is a hurricane a-blowing?”

#27. “Oh, you have questions? Let me drop everything.”

#28. “Bubbles, bubbles everywhere, but not a drop to drink.”

#29. “Oh, my sainted aunt! Don’t mention that disgusting stuff in front of me! Do you know what breakfast cereal is made of? It’s made of all those little curly wooden shavings you find in pencil sharpeners!”

#30. “No other factory in the world mixes its chocolate by a waterfall. But it’s the only way if you want it just right.”

#31. “The strawberries taste like strawberries, and the snozzberries taste like snozzberries.”

#32. “Oh, ginger ale, ginger pop, ginger beer, beer bubbles, bubbleade, bubble cola, double cola, double-bubble-burple-cola, and all the crazy carbonated stuff that tickles your nose. Few people realize what tremendous power there is in one of those things.”

Willy Wonka Quotes About His Chocolate Factory

#33. “I can’t go on forever, and I don’t really want to try. So, who can I trust to run the factory when I leave and take care of the Oompa Loompas for me? Not a grown-up. A grown-up would want to do everything his own way, not mine. So, that’s why I decided a long time ago that I had to find a child. A very honest, loving child, to whom I could tell all my most precious candy-making secrets.”

#34. “Rainbow drops; suck them and you can spit in six different colors.”

#35. “It was a very beautiful thing, this Golden Ticket, having been made, so it seemed, from a sheet of pure gold hammered out almost to the thinness of paper. On one side of it, printed by some clever method in jet-black letters, was the invitation itself.”

#36. “Of course they’re real people — they’re Oompa-Loompas, imported directly from Loompaland. And oh, what a terrible country it is! Nothing but thick jungles infested by the most dangerous beasts in the world; hornswogglers and snozzwangers and those terrible wicked whangdoodles. A whangdoodle would eat ten Oompa-Loompas for breakfast and come galloping back for a second helping.”

#37. “Now, remember, no messing about. No touching, no tasting, no telling.”

#38. “Wrong, sir! Wrong! Under section 37B of the contract signed by him, it states quite clearly that all offers shall become null and void if, and you can read it for yourself in this photostatic copy.”

#39. “Behold, the Wonkamobile! A thing of beauty is a joy forever.”

#40. “To the taffy-pulling room. You’ll find the boy in his mother’s purse. But be extremely careful.”


Willy Wonka’s quirky personality has been entertaining children and adults for over fifty years. What’s more, his vision, humor, and wisdom are incredibly inspiring.

So, if you’re ever in need of some motivation or just a laugh, these Willy Wonka quotes are sure to help you along the way.

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