124+ Best Lewis Carroll Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll, was an English writer of world-famous children’s fiction, notably Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass. Profoundly inspirational Lewis Carroll quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

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Famous Lewis Carroll Quotes

A tale begun in other days, When summer suns were glowing – A simple chime, that served to time The rhythm of your rowing – Whose echoes live in memory yet, Though envious years would say ‘forget. – Lewis Carroll

Read the directions and directly you will be directed in the right direction. – Lewis Carroll

Alice: I simply must get through! Doorknob: Sorry, you’re much too big. Simply impassible. Alice: You mean impossible? Doorknob: No, impassible. Nothing’s impossible. – Lewis Carroll

I confess I do not admire naked boys. They always seem to me to need clothes, whereas one hardly sees why the lovely forms of girls should ever be covered up. – Lewis Carroll

Who sail on stormy seas; And that’s the way I get my bread — A trifle, if you please. – Lewis Carroll

The hurrier I go, the behinder I get. – Lewis Carroll

‘The time has come,’ the walrus said, ‘to talk of many things: of shoes and ships – and sealing wax – of cabbages and kings.’ – Lewis Carroll

Still she haunts me, phantomwise, Alice moving under skies Never seen by waking eyes. – Lewis Carroll

You evidently do not suffer from quotation-hunger as I do! I get all the dictionaries of quotations I can meet with, as I always want to know where a quotation comes from. – 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 my life! – Lewis Carroll

Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop. – Lewis Carroll

Alice tried another question. What sort of people live about here? In THAT direction, the Cat said, waving its right paw round, lives a Hatter: And in THAT direction, waving the other paw, lives a March Hare. Visit either you like: they’re both mad. But I don’t want to go among mad people, Alice remarked. 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. – Lewis Carroll

What a strange world we live in…Said Alice to the Queen of hearts – Lewis Carroll

People who don’t think shouldn’t talk. – Lewis Carroll

Of all things, I do like a Conspiracy! It’s so interesting! – Lewis Carroll

I don’t believe there’s an atom of meaning in it. – Lewis Carroll

You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret… All the best people are! – Lewis Carroll

‘Who’s been repeating all that hard stuff to you?’ ‘I read it in a book,’ said Alice. ‘But I had some poetry repeated to me, much easier than that, by – Tweedledee, I think it was.’ ‘As to poetry, you know,’ said Humpty Dumpty, stretching out one of his great hands, ‘I can repeat poetry as well as other folk, if it comes to that – ‘ ‘Oh, it needn’t come to that!’ Alice hastily said, hoping to keep him from beginning. – Lewis Carroll

I’ll try if I know all the things I used to know. Let me see: four times five is twelve, and four times six is thirteen, and four times seven is – oh dear! I shall never get to twenty at that rate! – Lewis Carroll

One can’t believe impossible things. – Lewis Carroll

I maintain that any writer of a book is fully authorized in attaching any meaning he likes to a word or phrase he intends to use. If I find an author saying, at the beginning of his book, Let it be understood that by the word ‘black’ I shall always mean ‘white,’ and by the word ‘white’ I shall always mean ‘black,’ I meekly accept his ruling, however injudicious I think it. – Lewis Carroll

We are but older children, dear, who fret to find our bedtime near. – Lewis Carroll

Why is it that people with the most narrow of minds seem to have the widest of mouths? – Lewis Carroll

It is always allowable to ask for artichoke jelly with your boiled venison; however, there are houses where this is not supplied. – Lewis Carroll

All right said the Cat; and this time it vanished quite slowly, beginning with the end of the tail, and ending with the grin, which remained sometime after the rest of it had gone. – Lewis Carroll

If you want to inspire confidence, give plenty of statistics. It does not matter that they should be accurate, or even intelligible, as long as there is enough of them. – Lewis Carroll

She who saves a single soul, saves the universe. – Lewis Carroll

I am fond of children – except boys. – Lewis Carroll

Some children have the most disagreeable way of getting grown-up – Lewis Carroll

So she sat on with closed eyes, and half believed herself in Wonderland, though she knew she had but to open them again, and all would change to dull reality. – Lewis Carroll

My hand moves because certain forces–electric, magnetic, or whatever ‘nerve-force’ may prove to be–are impressed on it by my brain. This nerve-force, stored in the brain, would probably be traceable, if Science were complete, to chemical forces supplied to the brain by the blood, and ultimately derived from the food I eat and the air I breathe. – Lewis Carroll

In fact, now I come to think of it, do we decide questions, at all? We decide answers, no doubt: but surely the questions decide us? It is the dog, you know, that wags the tail–not the tail that wags the dog. – Lewis Carroll

Soup of the evening, beautiful soup! Soup of the evening, beautiful soup! Beau–ootiful Soo–oop! Beau–ootiful Soo–oop! Soo–oop of the e–e–evening, Beautiful, beautiful soup! – Lewis Carroll

Speak English!’ said the Eaglet. ‘I don’t know the meaning of half those long words, and I don’t believe you do either! – Lewis Carroll

Can you row? the Sheep asked, handing her a pair of knitting-needles as she spoke. Yes, a little–but not on land–and not with needles– Alice was beginning to say. – Lewis Carroll

They’ve a temper, some of them – particularly verbs, they’re the proudest – adjectives you can do anything with, but not verbs. – Lewis Carroll

You shouldn’t make jokes if it makes you so unhappy. – Lewis Carroll

If only I could manage, without annoyance to my family, to get imprisoned for 10 years, without hard labor, and with the use of books and writing materials, it would be simply delightful! – Lewis Carroll

Speak in French when you can’t think of the English for a thing. Turn out your toes as you walk. And remember who you are! – Lewis Carroll

There’s no use in comparing one’s feelings between one day and the next; you must allow a reasonable interval, for the direction of change to show itself. – Lewis Carroll

There ought to be a book written about me, that there ought! – Lewis Carroll

One of the deepest motives (as you are aware) in the human beast (so deep that many have failed to detect it) is Alliteration. – Lewis Carroll

So young a child ought to know which way she’s going, even if she doesn’t know her own name! – Lewis Carroll

Somehow it seems to fill my head with ideas – only I don’t exactly know what they are! – Lewis Carroll

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. – Lewis Carroll

But I nearly forgot, you must close your eyes otherwise you won’t see anything. – Lewis Carroll

When you are describing, A shape, or sound, or tint; Don’t state the matter plainly, but put it in a hint; And learn to look at all things, With a sort of mental squint. – Lewis Carroll

Twinkle, twinkle little bat How I wonder what you’re at! Up above the world you fly, Like a tea-tray in the sky. – Lewis Carroll

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! – Lewis Carroll

In a Wonderland they lie, Dreaming as the days go by, Dreaming as the summers die: Ever drifting down the stream- Lingering in the golden gleam- Life, what is it but a dream? – Lewis Carroll

It’s too late to correct it: when you’ve once said a thing, that fixes it, and you must take the consequences. – Lewis Carroll

Sentence first, verdict afterwards. – Lewis Carroll

To me it seems that to give happiness is a far nobler goal that to attain it: and that what we exist for is much more a matter of relations to others than a matter of individual progress: much more a matter of helping others to heaven than of getting there ourselves. – Lewis Carroll

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

If you do not know where you want to go, it doesn’t matter which path you take. – Lewis Carroll

Courtesy is a small act, but it packs a mighty wallop. – Lewis Carroll

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! – Lewis Carroll

I believe this thought, of the possibility of death – if calmly realized, and steadily faced would be one of the best possible tests as to our going to any scene of amusement being right or wrong. – Lewis Carroll

No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time. – Lewis Carroll

I wish I could manage to be glad! Only I never can remember the rule. You must be very happy, living in this wood, and being glad whenever you like! – Lewis Carroll

I have had prayers answered – most strangely so sometimes – but I think our Heavenly Father’s loving-kindness has been even more evident in what He has refused me. – Lewis Carroll

I once delivered a simple ball, which I was told, had it gone far enough, would have been considered a wide – Lewis Carroll

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

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson’s life in space-time colored his liberated life of the imagination. – Lewis Carroll

When I come upon anything-in Logic or in any other hard subject-that entirely puzzles me, I find it a capital plan to talk it over, aloud, even when I am all alone. One can explain things so clearly to one’s self! And then, you know, one is so patient with one’s self: one never gets irritated at one’s own stupidity! – Lewis Carroll

I can’t explain myself, I’m afraid, sir,’ said Alice, ‘Because I’m not myself you see. – Lewis Carroll

Tis a secret: none knows how it comes, how it goes: But the name of the secret is Love! – Lewis Carroll

Have I gone mad? I’m afraid so, but let me tell you something, the best people usually are. – Lewis Carroll

Who can tell whether the parallelogram, which in our ignorance we have defined and drawn, and the whole of whose properties we profess to know, may not be all the while panting for exterior angles, sympathetic with the interior, or sullenly repining at the fact that it cannot be inscribed in a circle? – Lewis Carroll

One of the hardest things in the world is to convey a meaning accurately from one mind to another. – Lewis Carroll

I don’t think… then you shouldn’t talk, said the Hatter. – Lewis Carroll

I can’t go back to yesterday – because I was a different person then. – Lewis Carroll

For first you write a sentence, and then you chop it small; Then mix the bits and sort them out Just as they chance to fall: The order of the phrases makes no difference at all. – Lewis Carroll

That which chiefly causes the failure of a dinner-party, is the running short–not of meat, nor yet of drink, but of conversation. – Lewis Carroll

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. – Lewis Carroll

It’ll be no use their putting their heads down and saying Come up again, dear! I shall only look up and say Who am I then? Tell me that first, and then, if I like being that person, I’ll come up: if not, I’ll stay down here till I’m somebody else–but, oh dear!’ cried Alice, with a sudden burst of tears, ‘I do wish they WOULD put their heads down! I am so VERY tired of being all alone here! – Lewis Carroll

And ever, as the story drained the wells of fancy dry, and faintly strove that weary one To put the subject by, The rest next time– It is next time! The Happy voice cry. Thus grew the tale of Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

Do you know, I always thought unicorns were fabulous monsters, too? I never saw one alive before! Well, now that we have seen each other, said the unicorn, if you’ll believe in me, I’ll believe in you. – Lewis Carroll

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

‘O Tiger-lily,’ said Alice… ‘I wish you could talk!’ ‘We can talk,’ said the Tiger-lily: ‘when there’s anybody worth talking to. – Lewis Carroll

I’m not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours. – Lewis Carroll

If you don’t know where you’re going any road will do. – Lewis Carroll

He was part of my dream, of course — but then I was part of his dream, too. – Lewis Carroll

The Good and Great must ever shun That reckless and abandoned one Who stoops to perpetrate a pun. – Lewis Carroll

I wish I hadn’t cried so much! said Alice, as she swam about, trying to find her way out. I shall be punished for it now, I suppose, by being drowned in my own tears! – Lewis Carroll

For, you see, so many out-of-the-way things had happened lately, that Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible. – Lewis Carroll

Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. – Lewis Carroll

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! – Lewis Carroll

Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, will you join the dance? – Lewis Carroll

That’s the reason they’re called lessons, because they lesson from day to day. – Lewis Carroll

My view of life is, that it’s next to impossible to convince anybody of anything. – Lewis Carroll

Be sure the safest rule is that we should not dare to live in any scene in which we dare not die. But, once realize what the true object is in life — that it is not pleasure, not knowledge, not even fame itself, ‘that last infirmity of noble minds’ — but that it is the development of character, the rising to a higher, nobler, purer standard, the building-up of the perfect Man — and then, so long as we feel that this is going on, and will (we trust) go on for evermore, death has for us no terror; it is not a shadow, but a light; not an end, but a beginning! – Lewis Carroll

Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, and what is the use of a book, thought Alice, without pictures or conversation? – Lewis Carroll

I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night. Let me think. Was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I’m not the same, the next question is ‘Who in the world am I?’ Ah, that’s the great puzzle! – Lewis Carroll

If you limit your actions in life to things that nobody can possibly find fault with, you will not do much! – Lewis Carroll

Who ARE You? 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. – Lewis Carroll

I do not know if Alice in Wonderland was an original story-I was, at least, no conscious imitator in writing it-but I do know that, since it came out, something like a dozen story-books have appeared, on identically the same pattern. The path I timidly explored believing myself to be ‘the first that ever burst into that silent sea’-is now a beaten high-road: all the way-side flowers have long ago been trampled into the dust: and it would be courting disaster for me to attempt that style again. – Lewis Carroll

Alice: This is impossible. The Mad Hatter: Only if you believe it is. – Lewis Carroll

If I was not assured by the best authority on earth that the world is to be destroyed by fire, I should conclude that the day of destruction is at hand, but brought on by means of an agent very opposite to that of heat. – Lewis Carroll

I should like the whole race of nurses to be abolished: children should be with their mother as much as possible, in my opinion. – Lewis Carroll

I cannot even pretend to feel as much interest in boys as in girls. – Lewis Carroll

I think I should understand that better, if I had it written down: but I can’t quite follow it as you say it. – Lewis Carroll

‘And how, who am I? I will remember, if I can! I’m determined to do it!’ But being determined didn’t help much. – Lewis Carroll

I’m very brave generally,’ he went on in a low voice: ‘only today I happen to have a headache.’ (Tweedledum) – Lewis Carroll

Reeling and Writhing of course, to begin with,’ the Mock Turtle replied, ‘and the different branches of arithmetic-ambition, distraction, uglification, and derision. – Lewis Carroll

Yes, that’s it! Said the Hatter with a sigh, it’s always teatime. – Lewis Carroll

If everybody minded their own business… the world would go round a deal faster than it does. – Lewis Carroll

It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards. – Lewis Carroll

To the Looking-Glass world it was Alice that said ‘I’ve a sceptre in hand, I’ve a crown on my head. Let the Looking-Glass creatures, whatever they be, Come and dine with the Red Queen, the White Queen, and me. – Lewis Carroll

And if he left off dreaming about you, where do you suppose you’d be? – Lewis Carroll

No discussion between two persons can be of any use, until each knows clearly what it is that the other asserts. – Lewis Carroll

One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others. – Lewis Carroll

I could have done it in a much more complicated way, said the Red Queen, immensely proud. – Lewis Carroll

All that matters is what we do for each other. – Lewis Carroll

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

Cheshire Cat: If I were looking for a white rabbit, I’d ask the Mad Hatter. Alice: The Mad Hatter? Oh, no no no… Cheshire Cat: Or, you could ask the March Hare, in that direction. Alice: Oh, thank you. I think I’ll see him… Cheshire Cat: Of course, he’s mad, too. Alice: But I don’t want to go among mad people. Cheshire Cat: Oh, you can’t help that. Most everyone’s mad here. [laughs maniacally; starts to disappear] Cheshire Cat: You may have noticed that I’m not all there myself. – Lewis Carroll

If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrariwise, what it is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be it would. You see? – Lewis Carroll

Still, as Christmas-tide comes round, They remember it again – Echo still the joyful sound Peace on earth, good-will to men! – Lewis Carroll

Alice: How long is forever? White Rabbit: Sometimes, just one second. – Lewis Carroll

Oh, ’tis love, ’tis love that makes the world go round. – Lewis Carroll

Well, I never heard it before, said the Mock Turtle; but it sounds uncommon nonsense. – Lewis Carroll

This piece of rudeness was more than Alice could bear: she got up in great disgust, and walked off; the Dormouse fell asleep instantly, and neither of the others took the least notice of her going, though she looked back once or twice, half hoping that they would call after her: the last time she saw them, they were trying to put the Dormouse into the teapot. At any rate I’ll never go THERE again!’ said Alice as she picked her way through the wood. It’s the stupidest tea-party I ever was at in all my life! – Lewis Carroll

Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe: All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe. – Lewis Carroll

Whatever is worth doing is worth doing well. – Lewis Carroll

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