Lewis Carroll Quotes: Alice in Wonderland

Quotes From the Classic Novel

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When you read Alice in Wonderland, you will find yourself trying to make sense of an illogical story. Alice, the key character, also experiences similar frustrations. But in the end, she emerges wiser with the learning involved in each situation. Everyone faces absurd choices in life. If you shrug off these choices as anomalies to your perfect life, you gain nothing. But if you try to learn from these absurdities, you will gain a lot of wisdom.

The Caterpillar: What size do you want to be?
Alice: Oh, I'm not particular as to size, only one doesn't like changing so often, you know.
Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
The Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to
Alice: I don't much care where.
The Cat: Then it doesn't much matter which way you go.
Alice: So long as I get somewhere.
The Cat: Oh, you're sure to do that, if only you walk long enough.
The Cat: By-the-bye, what became of the baby? I'd nearly forgotten to ask.
Alice: It turned into a pig.
The Cat: I thought it would.
March Hare: Have some wine.
(Alice looked all round the table, but there was nothing on it but tea.)
Alice: I don't see any wine.
March Hare: There isn't any.
Alice: Then it wasn't very civil of you to offer it.
March Hare: It wasn't very civil of you to sit down without being invited.
March Hare: Then you should say what you mean.
Alice: I do; at least - at least I mean what I say — that's the same thing, you know.
Hatter: Not the same thing a bit! Why, you might just as well say that, 'I see what I eat' is the same as 'I eat what I see'!
March Hare: You might just as well say, that "I like what I get" is the same thing as "I get what I like"!
The Dormouse: You might just as well say, that "I breathe when I sleep" is the same thing as "I sleep when I breathe"!
Alice: What a funny watch! It tells the day of the month, and it doesn't tell what o'clock it is!
The Hatter: Why should it? Does your watch tell you what year it is?
Alice: Of course not, but that's because it stays the same year for such a long time together.
The Hatter: Which is just the case with mine.
The Duchess: You're thinking about something, my dear, and that makes you forget to talk. I can't tell you just now what the moral of that is, but I shall remember it in a bit.
Alice: Perhaps it hasn't one.
The Duchess: Tut, tut, child! Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it.
The Duchess: Be what you would seem to be — or, if you'd like it put more simply — Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.<br/>Alice: I think I should understand that better, if I had it written down: but I can't quite follow it as you say it.
The Dormouse: You've got no right to grow here.
Alice: Don't talk nonsense. You know you're growing too.
The Dormouse: Yes, but I grow at a reasonable pace, not in that ridiculous fashion.
Alice: I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know that cats could grin.
The Duchess: You don't know much; and that's a fact.
Alice: But I'm NOT a serpent, I tell you! I'm a — I'm a —
The Pigeon: Well! WHAT are you? I can see you're trying to invent something!
Alice: I — I'm a little girl.
The Pigeon: A likely story indeed! I've seen a good many little girls in my time, but never ONE with such a neck as that! No, no! You're a serpent; and there's no use denying it. I suppose you'll be telling me next that you never tasted an egg!