Lewis Carroll, pseudonym for Charles Lutwidge Dodgson

Carroll, pseudonym for Charles Lutwidge Dodgson

English Author, Mathematician, Logician, Anglican Deacon and Photographer. Best known for Alice's Adventures In Wonderland and sequel Through the Looking Glass

Author Quotes

That's the reason they're called lessons, the Gryphon remarked: because they lessen from day to day.

The most precious human life is. It is given only once and you must live it so as not to be too painful for aimlessly wasted years not to burn the disgrace of vile and petty past, and when he died he could say: all my life and I paid all my strength to the best in the world.

The world is but a Thought, said he: The vast unfathomable sea Is but a Notion?unto me.

The `Why?' cannot, and need not, be put into words. Those for whom a child's mind is a sealed book, and who see no divinity in a child's smile, would read such words in vain: while for any one that has ever loved one true child, no words are needed. For he will have known the awe that falls on one in the presence of a spirit fresh from GOD's hands, on whom no shadow of sin, and but the outermost fringe of the shadow of sorrow, has yet fallen: he will have felt the bitter contrast between the haunting selfishness that spoils his best deeds and the life that is but an overflowing love--for I think a child's first attitude to the world is a simple love for all living things: and he will have learned that the best work a man can do is when he works for love's sake only, with no thought of name, or gain, or earthly reward. No deed of ours, I suppose, on this side the grave, is really unselfish: yet if one can put forth all one's powers in a task where nothing of reward is hoped for but a little child's whispered thanks, and the airy touch of a little child's pure lips, one seems to come somewhere near to this.

The pictures, with their ruddy light, are changed to dust and ashes white, and I am left alone with night.

Then proudly smiled that old man to see the eager lad rush madly for his pen and ink and for his blotting-pad ? but, when he thought of publishing, his face grew stern and sad.

The air is bright with hues of light and rich with laughter and with singing: young hearts beat high in ecstasy, And banners wave, and bells are ringing: but silence falls with fading day, and there's an end to mirth and play. Ah, well-a-day!

The proper definition of a man is an animal that writes letters.

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!

The Caterpillar and Alice looked at each other for some time in silence: at last the Caterpillar took the hookah out of its mouth, and addressed her in a languid, sleepy voice. '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.' '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'm not myself, you see.' 'I don't see,' said the Caterpillar. 'I'm afraid I can't put it more clearly,' Alice replied very politely, 'for I can't understand it myself to begin with; and being so many different sizes in a day is very confusing.

The Queen turned crimson with fury, and, after glaring at her for a moment like a wild beast, screamed 'Off with her head! Off?' 'Nonsense!' said Alice, very loudly and decidedly, and the Queen was silent.

There are certain things - as, a spider, a ghost, the income-tax, gout, an umbrella for three - that I hate, but the thing that I hate the most is a thing they call the Sea.

The chief difficulty Alice found at first was in managing her flamingo.

The question is, which is to be master? That's all. They've a temper, some of them. Particularly verbs. Oh, they're the proudest! Adjectives, eh, you can do anything with, but not verbs however.

There are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday presents, and only one for birthday presents, you know.

The day was wet, the rain fell souse like jars of strawberry jam, a sound was heard in the old henhouse, a beating of a hammer.

The rabbits bow before thee, and cower in the straw; the chickens are submissive, and own thy will for law; bullfinches and canary thy bidding do obey; and e'en the tortoise in its shell dcoth never say thee nay.

There comes a pause, for human strength will not endure to dance without cessation; and everyone must reach the point at length of absolute prostration.

Speak roughly to your little boy and beat him when he sneezes! he only does it to annoy, because he knows it teases!

The different branches of Arithmetic--Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision.

The Red Queen shook her head. You may call it 'nonsense' if you like, she said, but I've heard nonsense, compared with which that would be as sensible as a dictionary!

There is a place, like no place on earth. A land full of wonder, mystery, and danger. Some say, to survive it, you need to be as mad as a hatter. Which, luckily, I am.

Still she haunts me, phantom-wise, Alice moving under skies never seen by waking eyes.

The Duchess! The Duchess! Oh my dear paws! Oh my fur and whiskers! She?ll get me executed, as sure as ferrets are ferrets! Where can I have dropped them, I wonder?

The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday--but never jam to-day.'?'It MUST come sometimes to jam to-day,' Alice objected.?'No, it can't,' said the Queen. 'It's jam every OTHER day: to-day isn't any OTHER day, you know.'?'I don't understand you,' said Alice. 'It's dreadfully confusing!'?'That's the effect of living backwards,' the Queen said kindly: 'it always makes one a little giddy at first--'?'Living backwards!' Alice repeated in great astonishment. 'I never heard of such a thing!'?'--but there's one great advantage in it, that one's memory works both ways.'??I'm sure MINE only works one way,' Alice remarked. 'I can't remember things before they happen.'?'It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards,' the Queen remarked.

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English Author, Mathematician, Logician, Anglican Deacon and Photographer. Best known for Alice's Adventures In Wonderland and sequel Through the Looking Glass