It is over 150 years since Lewis Carroll penned Alice in Wonderland, but thanks to its charismatic characters, compelling storyline, and memorable quotes, it continues to fill the imaginations of children with magic.
Beloved by grown-ups too, the novel, it’s sequel Through The Looking Glass, and the multiple film adaptations have given us some truly wonderful moments. The following is a compilation of the very best quotes and dialogue to be found in the various guises of this classic tale.
On Finding Oneself
Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle. – Alice
On Believing The Impossible
Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. – The Queen of Hearts
Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible.
On Personal Change/Growth
I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then. – Alice
“Who are YOU?" said the Caterpillar.
This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, “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."
How puzzling all these changes are! I’m never sure what I’m going to be, from one minute to another. – Alice
I’m afraid I can’t explain myself, sir. Because I am not myself, you see? – Alice
You used to be much more…muchier. You’ve lost your muchness. – The Mad Hatter
On Having Direction
Alice: “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
The Cheshire Cat: “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to."
Alice: “I don’t much care where."
The Cheshire Cat: “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go."
On Thinking Before Speaking
“I don’t think…" said Alice. “Then you shouldn’t talk," said the Hatter.
On Ignoring Gossip
If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does. – The Duchess
“But I don’t want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad."
“How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice.
“You must be," said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here."
Mad Hatter: “Have I gone mad?"
Alice: “I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are."
On Slowing Down
The hurrier I go, the behinder I get. – The White Rabbit
On The Passing Of Time
Alice: “How long is forever?"
White Rabbit: “Sometimes, just one second."
On Putting In The Work To Succeed
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! – The Queen of Hearts
On Taking A Leap Of Faith
In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.
On Being Curious
Curiouser and curiouser! – Alice
On Being Yourself
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. – The Duchess
On Speaking Clearly
“Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop."
On The Subjectivity Of Reality
I’m not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours. – The Cheshire Cat
On The Power Of Imagination
Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality. – The Cheshire Cat
On Believing In Each Other
If you’ll believe in me, I’ll believe in you. Is that a bargain? – The Unicorn
It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards – The Queen of Hearts
No wise fish would go anywhere without a porpoise. – The Mock Turtle
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