Quotes From Alice in Wonderland

Absurd Yet Profound Quotes From Alice in Wonderland

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Here are some of the best conversations between Alice and other characters in Alice in Wonderland. These quotes are humorous, yet enlightening, containing both satire and wisdom.

Alice and The Caterpillar

"Caterpillar: Who are YOU?

Alice: This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. I -- I hardly know, sir, just at present -- at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then."

The Duchess

"I quite agree with you. And the moral of that is: 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."

 Alice and The Cheshire Cat

"Alice: But I don't want to go among mad people.

The Cat: Oh, you can't help that. We're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad.

Alice: How do you know I'm mad?

The Cat: You must be. Or you wouldn't have come here.

Alice: And how do you know that you're mad?

The Cat: To begin with, a dog's not mad. You grant that?

Alice: I suppose so,

The Cat: Well, then, you see, a dog growls when it's angry, and wags its tail when it's pleased. Now I growl when I'm pleased, and wag my tail when I'm angry. Therefore I'm mad."

Alice and The Mad Hatter 

"Alice: I've had nothing yet, so I can't take more.

The Hatter: You mean you can't take less; it's very easy to take more than nothing."

Alice and The White Queen

"The White Queen: Can you do addition? What's one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one?

Alice: I don't know. I lost count."

 Alice, The Gryphon, and The Mock Turtle

"Alice: And how many hours a day did you do lessons?

The Mock Turtle: Ten hours the first day, nine the next, and so on.

Alice: What a curious plan!

The Gryphon: That's the reason they're called lessons, because they lessen from day to day."