BRITAIN’s top 10 Lewis Carroll quotes

Alice in Wonderland. Credit: Istock
Alice in Wonderland. Credit: Istock

His Alice books are more than just children’s stories, they are also full of philosophy and truisms. Here are our favourite quotes.

Alice in Wonderland. Credit: Istock
Alice in Wonderland. Credit: Istock

1. “Off with his head!”

2. “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.”

3. “You know you say things are …‘much of a muchness’ – did you ever see such a thing as a drawing of a muchness.”

4. “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!”

5. “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

6. “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”

7. “First, however, she waited for a few minutes to see if she was going to shrink any further: she felt a little nervous about this; ‘for it might end, you know,’ said Alice to herself; ‘in my going out altogether, like a candle. I wonder what I should be like then?’ And she tried to fancy what the flame of a candle looks like after the candle is blown out, for she could not remember ever having seen such a thing.”

8. “‘I could tell you my adventures – beginning from this morning,’ said Alice a little timidly: ‘but it’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.’”

9. “No wise fish would go anywhere without a porpoise.”

10. “Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.”

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