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

If it should ever occur to you to write, jestingly, in dispraise of your friend, be sure you exaggerate enough to make the jesting obvious: a word spoken in jest, but taken as earnest, may lead to very serious consequences. I have known it to lead to the breaking-off of a friendship.

If the Letter is to be in answer to another, begin by getting out that other letter and reading it through, in order to refresh your memory, as to what it is you have to answer... A great deal of the bad writing in the world comes simply from writing too quickly.

If your friend makes a severe remark, either leave it unnoticed, or make your reply distinctly less severe: and if he makes a friendly remark, tending towards "making up" the little difference that has arisen between you, let your reply be distinctly more friendly. If, in picking a quarrel, each party declined to go more than three-eighths of the way, and if, in making friends, each was ready to go five-eighths of the way ? why, there would be more reconciliations than quarrels!

Since I have possessed a ?Wonderland Stamp Case?, Life has been bright and peaceful, and I have used no other. I believe the Queen?s laundress uses no other.

When you have written a letter that you feel may possibly irritate your friend, however necessary you may have felt it to so express yourself, put it aside till the next day. Then read it over again, and fancy it addressed to yourself. This will often lead to your writing it all over again, taking out a lot of the vinegar and pepper, and putting in honey instead, and thus making a muchmore palatable dish of it!

A Postscript is a very useful invention: but it is not meant... to contain the real gist of the letter: it serves rather to throw into the shade any little matter we do not wish to make a fuss about.

Don?t repeat yourself. When once you have said your say, fully and clearly, on a certain point, and have failed to convince your friend, drop that subject: to repeat your arguments, all over again, will simply lead to his doing the same; and so you will go on, like a Circulating Decimal. Did you ever know a Circulating Decimal come to an end?

Don?t try to have the last word! How many a controversy would be nipped in the bud, if each was anxious to let the other have the last word! Never mind how telling a rejoinder you leave unuttered: never mind your friend?s supposing that you are silent from lack of anything to say: let the thing drop, as soon as it is possible without discourtesy: remember "speech is silvern, but silence is golden"!

If doubtful whether to end with "yours faithfully," or "yours truly," or "yours most truly," &c. (there are at least a dozen varieties, before you reach "yours affectionately"), refer to your correspondent?s last letter, and make your winding-up at least as friendly as his; in fact, even if a shade more friendly, it will do no harm!

True love gives true love of the best: then take, I cried, my heart to thee! The very heart from out my breast I plucked, I gave it willingly; Her very heart she gave to me ? then died the glory from the west. In the gray light I saw her face, and it was withered, old, and gray; the flowers were fading in their place, were fading with the fading day.

Well, now that we have seen each other, said the unicorn, if you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you.

What's the good of Mercator's North Poles and Equators, Tropics, Zones, and Meridian Lines? So the Bellman would cry: and the crew would reply They are merely conventional signs!

Who's the Knight-Mayor? I cried. Instead of answering my question, Well, if you don't know THAT, he said, Either you never go to bed, or you've a grand digestion!

You know, he (Tweedledee) added very gravely, it's one of the most serious things that can possibly happen to one in a battle--to get one's head cut off.

Tut, tut, child! said the Duchess. Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it.

Well, then, the Cat went on, you see, a dog growls when it?s angry, and wags its tail when it?s pleased. Now I growl when I?m pleased, and wag my tail when I?m angry. Therefore I?m mad.

When _I_ use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean--neither more nor less.

Why is a raven like a writing-desk? Have you guessed the riddle yet? the Hatter said, turning to Alice again. No, I give it up, Alice replied: What?s the answer?

You mean you can?t take less, said the Hatter: it?s very easy to take more than nothing.

Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe; All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe. Beware the Jabberwock, my son The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun The frumious Bandersnatch! He took his vorpal sword in hand; Long time the manxome foe he sought? So rested he by the Tumtum tree, And stood awhile in thought. And, as in uffish thought he stood, The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame, Came whiffling through the tulgey wood, And burbled as it came! One, two! One, two! And through and through The vorpal blade went snicker-snack! He left it dead, and with its head He went galumphing back. And hast thou slain the jabberwock? Come to my arms, my beamish boy! O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! he chortled in his joy. 'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe; all mimsy were the borogoves, and the mome raths outgrabe.

Well, when one's lost, I suppose it's good advice to stay where you are until someone finds you.

When I make a word do a lot of work like that, I always pay it extra.

Why it's simply impassible! ALICE: Why, don't you mean impossible? DOOR: No, I do mean impassible. (chuckles) Nothing's impossible!

You might as well say,' added the Dormouse, who seemed to be talking in his sleep, 'that I breathe when I sleep is the same thing as I sleep when I breathe!' 'It is the same thing with you,' said the Hatter.

TWEEDLEDUM: I'm very brave generally,' he went on in a low voice: 'only today I happen to have a headache.'

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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