The White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat, the Red Queen, and of course, Alice - memorable characters from one of my personal favorites, Alice in Wonderland. In 1865, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll wrote this story of a young girl called Alice who enters a fantasy world when she falls down a rabbit hole. Considered to be a brilliant example of the literary nonsense genre, it has enjoyed enduring popularity with not just kids but also adults ever since it was published. One of the main reasons for this fame has been the collection of absolutely illogical dialogs that are scattered across the pages of the book. In this article, we give you some quotes from the book Alice in Wonderland that are picked up from among the funny and deliciously witty dialogs that are the mainstay of the book.
Quotes From Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland is a story that has been a staple read for most kids growing up. The many strange and wondrous characters and situations that Lewis Carroll created have been etched in our memory. The things they did and the stuff they said have accounted for many giggles. Here are some quotes from the famed book that will manage to elicit a smile from even the grumpiest of readers. Some of these famous quotes have also been included in the silver screen adaptations of the book.
It would be so nice if something made sense for a change.
Curiouser and curiouser!
What is the use of a book, without pictures or conversations?
I don't believe there's an atom of meaning in it.
Oh, how I wish I could shut up like a telescope! I think I could, if I only knew how to begin.
I can't explain myself, I'm afraid, Sir, because I'm not myself you see.
It was much pleasanter at home, when one wasn't always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and rabbits.
If it had grown up, it would have made a dreadfully ugly child; but it makes rather a handsome pig, I think.
Well! I've often seen a cat without a grin; but a grin without a cat! It's the most curious thing I ever saw in my life!
But then, shall I never get any older than I am now? That will be a comfort, one way - never to be an old woman - but then - always to have lessons to learn!
A cat may look at a king. I've read that in some book, but I don't remember where.
I wonder if I've been changed in the night? Let me think. Was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I'm not the same, the next question is 'Who in the world am I?' Ah, that's the great puzzle!
Said The Queen
Off with her head!
Sentence first - verdict afterwards.
Now, I give you fair warning, either you or your head must be off, and that in about half no time! Take your choice!
Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!
I dare say you haven't had much practice. When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
Said The Duchess
Tut, tut, child! Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it.
Take care of the sense, and the sounds will take care of themselves.
There's a large mustard-mine near here. And the moral of that is - The more there is of mine, the less there is of yours.
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.
...Mad Hatter - Why is a raven like a writing desk?
...Mad Hatter - Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you're at.
...Mad Hatter - No wonder you're late. Why, this watch is exactly two days slow.
...Mock Turtle - Well, I never heard it before, but it sounds uncommon nonsense.
...Mock Turtle - Reeling and Writhing, of course, to begin with, and then the different branches of arithmetic - Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision.
...White Rabbit - Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!
...King - Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.
...Doorknob - Read the directions and directly you will be directed in the right direction.
...Cat - We're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad.
These famous quotes from Alice in Wonderland are some of my favorites, but there are many other priceless gems like these that were responsible from making Lewis Carroll as beloved as he is today and a literary master in his own right. These quotes have hopefully brought back for you childhood memories and inspired you to take your own trip down the rabbit hole of past times.