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Alice in Wonderland Quotes

Black and white illustration of Alice in Wonderland at the Mad Hatter Tea Party

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll was written in 1865 and yet still remains a classic children's tale. Today, quotes from the book are almost as famous as the story itself. Alice in Wonderland (and its sequel, Through the Looking Glass has been enjoyed by generation after generation, and deservedly so. They are gripping, witty and thoughtful books and the quotes are worth pondering over. 

When Alice falls down the rabbit hole, she finds herself in Wonderland where she embarks upon the most bizarre adventure, encountering many outlandish creatures as she goes. Some of the best-known characters include the White Rabbit with his pocket watch, the grinning Cheshire Cat, the Caterpillar and his hookah, the Mad Hatter and the March Hare at their tea party and of course the terrifying despot the Queen of Hearts screeching “Off with their Heads!”. These whimsical characters, amongst many others, make Alice’s journey into a world of nonsense completely spellbinding.

Here are some of our favourite quotes from the Alice in Wonderland characters 

(And if you love literary quotes, check out our Peter Pan Quotes and Harry Potter Quotes too!)

ALICE IN WONDERLAND QUOTES

“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” 

Alice, from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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

Alice, from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

“Curiouser and curiouser!” 

Alice, from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

“And what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversations?” 

Alice, from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

“Who cares for you?” said Alice, (she had grown to her full size by this time.) “You're nothing but a pack of cards!”

Alice, from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

She generally gave herself very good advice (though she very seldom followed it),”

About Alice, from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

“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 Iwaswhen I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.”

“What do you mean by that?” said the Caterpillar, sternly. “Explain yourself!”

“I can’t explain myself, I’m afraid, Sir,” said Alice, “because I am not myself, you see.” 

Alice and the Caterpillar, from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

THE MAD HATTER QUOTES

“I don't think..." then you shouldn't talk, said the Hatter.

Alice and the Mad Hatter, from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

THE CHESHIRE CAT QUOTES

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?" "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to." "I don't much care where" "Then it doesn't matter which way you go.” 

Alice and The Cheshire Cat, from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

“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.”

Alice and The Cheshire Cat, from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

“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!” 

Alice about the Cheshire Cat, from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

THE MARCH HARE QUOTES

“Then you should say what you mean,” the March Hare went on. “I do,” Alice hastily replied; “at least — at least I mean what I say — that's the same thing, you know.” “Not the same thing a bit!” said the Hatter. “You might just as well say that "I see what I eat" is the same thing as "I eat what I see"!”

Alice, the Hatter and the March Hare, from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

THE DUCHESS QUOTES

“If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.” 

The Duchess, from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

“Everything’s got a moral, if only you can find it.”

The Duchess, from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

THE WHITE RABBIT QUOTES

“The Duchess! The Duchess! Oh my dear paws! Oh my fur and whiskers! She’ll get me executed, as sure as ferrets are ferrets!”

The White Rabbit, from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

You never know where you'll find yourself in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll!

Join Alice in Wonderland, where nothing is quite as it seems.

On an ordinary summer's afternoon, Alice tumbles down a hole and an extraordinary adventure begins. In a strange world with even stranger characters, she meets a grinning cat and a rabbit with a pocket watch, joins a Mad Hatter's Tea Party, and plays croquet with the Queen! Lost in this fantasy land, Alice finds herself growing more and more curious by the minute . . .

With a brilliant introduction by Chris Riddell, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is one of twenty much-loved classic stories relaunched with gorgeous new covers.

The book includes a behind-the-scenes journey, including an author profile, a guide to who's who, activities and more..

Lewis Carroll, born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-98), grew up in Cheshire in the village of Daresbury, the son of a parish priest. He was a brilliant mathematician, a skilled photographer and a meticulous letter and diary writer. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, inspired by Alice Liddell, the daughter of the Dean of Christ Church in Oxford, was published in 1865, followed by Through the Looking-Glass in 1871. He wrote numerous stories and poems for children including the nonsense poem The Hunting of the Snark and fairy stories Sylvie and Bruno.

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MORE QUOTES WE LOVE:

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

The White Queen, from Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll

7. “Begin at the beginning”, the King said gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”

The King, from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

13. “Off with her head!”

The Queen of Hearts, from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

16. “Well, in our country," said Alice, still panting a little, "you'd generally get to somewhere else—if you ran very fast for a long time, as we've been doing."

"A slow sort of country!" said the Queen, "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!"

Alice to the Red Queen, from Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll

17. “You know you say things are “much of a muchness” — did you ever see such a thing as a drawing of a muchness?’

The Dormouse, from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

19.“Contrariwise,” continued Tweedledee, “if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic.”

Tweedledee to Alice, from Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll


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Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There

Join Alice on her weird and wonderful journey, where nothing is quite as it seems.  

When Alice steps through the looking-glass, she enters a very strange world of chess pieces and nursery rhyme characters such as Humpty Dumpty, Tweedledum and Tweedledee and the angry Red Queen. Nothing is what it seems and, in fact, through the looking-glass, everything is distorted.

Lewis Carroll, born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-98), grew up in Cheshire in the village of Daresbury, the son of a parish priest. He was a brilliant mathematician, a skilled photographer and a meticulous letter and diary writer. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, inspired by Alice Liddell, the daughter of the Dean of Christ Church in Oxford, was published in 1865, followed by Through the Looking-Glass in 1871. He wrote numerous stories and poems for children including the nonsense poem The Hunting of the Snark and fairy stories Sylvie and Bruno.

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And what about the meaning of these brilliant quotes?

Books and quotations are always open to interpretation and scholars will continue to argue over what Lewis Carroll really intended in his bestseller for many years to come. But here is our point of view on a couple of the most renowned lines from Alice in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking Glass.

“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.”

Alice and The Cheshire Cat, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The Cheshire Cat’s comment that “we’re all mad here” is intriguing. It certainly seems that madness is simply a fact of life in Wonderland, where guards paint white roses red and people use flamingos as croquet mallets. The Cheshire Cat is reminding us that we often rationalise the things we do, making excuses for wild behaviour to make it sound normal. But no matter what excuses we make, a lot of what we do is just mad! And anyway, if you want to be in an adventure, maybe you need to be a little bit crazy and be willing to follow a talking rabbit down a rabbit hole, just like Alice.

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

The White Queen, Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll

This is one of the most popular quotes from Lewis Carroll’s books. What does it mean? Well, there are many complicated theories but the one we like best is that Carroll wants to convey a valuable lesson – imagination is essential. Only through believing in the impossible, can people innovate - so dream the impossible and achieve the unbelievable!

And the meaning of the book itself? On one level, Alice in Wonderland should just be enjoyed as the story of a girl falling down a rabbit hole to a fantastical world full of crazy adventures. However, lots of people think it is also about the challenge of growing up and knowing yourself, Alice is constantly pondering the question “who am I?”. She learns a lot in the story about the madness of authority and the lack of logic in the world and in the end realises that the wayward characters in Wonderland are “nothing but a pack of cards”. Having come to this realisation, she can wake up and join the land of adults.

Whether the book is one more big riddle set for us by mathematician and author Lewis Carroll or just joyful nonsense – I say it doesn’t matter. The story is fuel for imaginations and has inspired generations of children and adults, shown by the many films, Disney spin off, stage plays, songs etc.


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Alice in Wonderland Quotes

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