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

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.

There is an insect that people avoid (Whence is derived the verb 'to flee'). Where have you been by it most annoyed? In lodgings by the Sea.

Suddenly the Professor started as if he had been electrified. Why, I had nearly forgotten the most important part of the entertainment! The Other Professor is to recite a Tale of a Pig I mean a Pig-Tale, he corrected himself. It has Introductory Verses at the beginning, and at the end. It can?t have Introductory Verses at the end, can it? said Sylvie. Wait till you hear it, said the Professor: then you will see. I?m not sure it hasn?t some in the middle, as well.

The dying crimson of the West that faintly tinged his haggard cheek, fell on her as she stood, and shed a glory round the patient head.

The sun was shining on the sea, shining with all his might: he did his very best to make the billows smooth and bright -- and this was odd, because it was the middle of the night. The moon was shining sulkily, because she thought the sun had got no business to be there after the day was done -- it's very rude of him, she said, to come and spoil the fun! the sea was wet as wet could be, the sands were dry as dry. You could not see a cloud, because no cloud was in the sky: no birds were flying overhead -- there were no birds to fly. In a wonderland they lie dreaming as the days go by, dreaming as the summer die.

There was nothing so very remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so very much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late! (when she thought it over afterwards, it occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually took a watch out of its waistcoat-pocket, and looked at it, and then hurried on, Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to take out of it, and, burning with curiosity, she ran across the field after it, and was just in time to see it pop down a large rabbit-hole under the hedge.

Take care of the sense and the sounds will take care of themselves.

The executioner's argument was that you couldn't cut of something's head unless there was a trunk to sever it from. He'd never done anything like that in his time of life, and wasn't going to start now. The King's argument was that anything that had a head, could be beheaded, and you weren't to talk nonsense. The Queen's argument was that if something wasn't done about it in less than no time, she'd have everyone beheaded all round. It was this last argument that had everyone looking so nervous and uncomfortable.

The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business.

There was once a young man of Oporta, who daily got shorter and shorter, the reason he said was the hood on his head which was filled with the heaviest mortar.

Take care of the sounds and the sense will take care of itself.

The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.

The time has come the walrus said to talk of many things: of shoes- and ships- and sealing wax- of cabbages and kings- and why the sea is boiling hot- and whether pigs have wings.

They're dreadfully fond of beheading people here; the great wonder is, that there's anyone left alive!

Take some more tea, the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly. I've had nothing yet, Alice replied in an offended tone, so I can't take more. You mean you can't take less, said the Hatter: it's very easy to take more than nothing. Nobody asked your opinion, said Alice.

The light was faint, and soft the air that breathed around the place; and she was lithe, and tall, and fair, and with a wayward grace her queenly head she bare.

The twelve jurors were all writing very busily on the slates. What are they doing? Alice whispered to the Gryphon. They can't have anything to put down yet, before the trial's begun. They're putting down their names, the Gryphon whispered in reply, for fear they should forget them before the end of the trial.

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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