Alice in Wonderland Book Quotes

Alice in Wonderland Book Quotes. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by British author Lewis Carroll (1832-1838) is a classic work of nonsense literature first published in 1865. Originally intended for children, the novel has become a perennial favorite of adults thanks to Carroll’s sophisticated wordplay and humor. 

Carroll’s work has influenced or inspired authors as diverse as James Joyce and Neil Gaiman, surrealist painters like Salvador DalĂ­, and the philosopher Gilles Deleuze. The novel has never been out of print and has been widely translated and adapted. Carroll published the sequel Through the Looking Glass in 1871, a book that has also become a classic. This guide uses the 1977 Easton Press edition, part of the collection The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written.


Alice in Wonderland Book Quotes
Alice in Wonderland Book Quotes


Alice in Wonderland Book Quotes

  • “She generally gave herself very good advice, (though she very seldom followed it).”
  • “Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
  • “Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely, "and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”
  • “She generally gave herself very good advice, (though she very seldom followed it).”
  • “Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle.”
  • “I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
  • “If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.”
  • “One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.”
  • “I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then”
  • “Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.”
  • “No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.”
  • “I'm not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours.”
  • “If you drink much from a bottle marked 'poison' it is certain to disagree with you sooner or later.”
  • “My dear, here we must run as fast as we can, just to stay in place. And if you wish to go anywhere you must run twice as fast as that.”

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Top Quotes from Alice in Wonderland Book

  • “Visit either you like: they’re both mad.”
  • “We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
  • “There might be some sense to your knocking,” the Footman went on, without attending to her, “if we had the door between us. For instance, if you were *inside,* you might knock and I could let you out, you know.”
  • “How queer everything is to-day! And yesterday things went on just as usual. I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night? Let me think: *was* I the same when I got up this morning?”
  • “Imagination is the only weapon in the war with reality.”
  • “Well! I’ve often seen a cat without a grin,” thought Alice; “but a grin without a cat! It’s the most curious thing I ever saw in all my life!”
  • “I don’t see how he can ever finish, if he doesn’t begin.”
  • Speak English!” said the Eaglet. “I don’t know the meaning of half those long words, and, what’s more, I don’t believe you do either!”
  • “I’m older than you, and must know better.”
  • “The best way to explain it is to do it.”
  • “The Duchess! The Duchess! Oh my dear paws! Oh my fur and whiskers! She’ll get me executed, as sure as ferrets are ferrets!”
  • “If everybody minded their own business,” the Duchess said, in a hoarse growl, “the world would go round a deal faster than it does.”
  • “Tut, tut, child!” said the Duchess. “Everything’s got a moral, if only you can find it.”
  • “I am not crazy; my reality is just different from yours.”
  • “How fine you look when dressed in rage. Your enemies are fortunate your condition is not permanent. You’re lucky, too. Red eyes suit so few.”
  • “Haste makes waste, so I rarely hurry. But if a ferret were about to dart up my dress, I’d run.”
  • “Well, some go this way, and some go that way. But as for me, myself, personally, I prefer the short-cut.”
  • “When you’ve understood this scripture, throw it away. If you can’t understand this scripture, throw it away. I insist on your freedom.”
  • “If you don’t know where you are going any road can take you there.”
  • “I went to a hunting party once, I didn’t like it. Terrible people. They all started hunting me!”
  • “The uninformed must improve their deficit, or die.”
  • “If you’re gonna make it to the top, get a grip on this rock, and get a grip on yourself.”
  • “Somehow you strayed and lost your way, and now there’ll be no time to play, no time for joy, no time for friends – not even time to make amends.”

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