Best Alice In Wonderland Quotes: Curiously Inspiring [2022]

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One of the most-known stories around the planet Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was composed by Lewis Carroll.  Lewis Carroll’s books had many important things to appreciate. That’s the reason why we’ve gathered some of the most influential Alice in Wonderland quotes.


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Alice, the protagonist of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, is the main character in this journey through whimsical Wonderland. Alice’s adventures provide many insights and ideas applicable to anyone living in this mad, mad world.

“And what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversations?” — Down the Rabbit-Hole, by Lewis Carroll

“How funny it’ll seem to come out among the people that walk with their heads downwards! The antipathies, I think” — Down the Rabbit-Hole, by Lewis Carroll

“Oh, how I wish I could shut up like a telescope! I think I could if only I knew how to begin.” For, you see, so many out-of-the-way things had happened lately, that Alice had begun to think those very few things indeed were really impossible. — Down the Rabbit-Hole, by Lewis Carroll

It was all very well to say “Drink me,” but the wise little Alice was not going to do that in a hurry. “No, I’ll look first,” she said, “and see whether it’s marked ‘poison or not.” — Down the Rabbit-Hole, by Lewis Carroll

“But it’s no use now,” thought poor Alice, “to pretend to be two people! Why, there’s hardly enough of me left to make one respectable person!” — Down the Rabbit-Hole, by Lewis Carroll

“Curiouser and curiouser!” cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English). — The Pool of Tears, by 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! That will be a queer thing, to be sure! However, everything is queer to-day.” — The Pool of Tears, by Lewis Carroll

“I suppose I ought to eat or drink something or other, but the great question is ‘What?’” — The Rabbit Sends in a Little Bill, by Lewis Carroll

“I do wish I hadn’t drunk quite so much!” — The Rabbit Sends in a Little Bill, by Lewis Carroll

“When I used to read fairy tales, I fancied that kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!” — The Rabbit Sends in a Little Bill

Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said: “one can’t believe impossible things.” “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” – The White Queen, Through the Looking Glass, 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!” — Pig and Pepper, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll

“How do you like the Queen?” said the Cat in a low voice., by Lewis Carroll

“Not at all,” said Alice: “she’s so extremely—” Just then she noticed that the Queen was close behind her, listening: so she went on “—likely to win, that it’s hardly worth while finishing the game.” — The Queen’s Croquet-Ground,  by Lewis Carroll

“I don’t see how he can ever finish if he doesn’t begin.” — The Mock Turtle’s Story, by Lewis Carroll

“I could tell you my adventures–beginning from this morning,’ said Alice a little timidly: ‘but it’s no use going back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll

“‘Who in the world am I?’ Ah, that’s the great puzzle!” – Alice, from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

“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

“Haste makes waste, so I rarely hurry. But if a ferret were about to dart up my dress, I’d run.”, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll

“Dear, dear! How queer everything is today! And yesterday things went on just as usual. I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night?”, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll

“I went to a hunting party once, I didn’t like it. Terrible people. They all started hunting me!”, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll

“I am not crazy; my reality is just different from yours.”

“Every adventure requires a first step.”

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.

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“Speak English!” said the Eaglet. “I don’t know the meaning of half those long words, and, what’s more, I don’t believe you do either!” — A Caucus-Race and a Long Tale


“I’m older than you, and must know better.” — A Caucus-Race and a Long Tale


“The best way to explain it is to do it.” — A Caucus-Race and a Long Tale


“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 Rabbit Sends in a Little Bill


“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 am not myself, you see.” — Advice from a Caterpillar




“If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.” – The Duchess said, in a hoarse growl, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

“Tut, tut, child!” said the Duchess. “Everything’s got a moral if only you can find it.” — The Mock Turtle’s Story

“And the moral of that is—’Oh, ‘tis love, ‘tis love, that makes the world go round!’”

“Somebody said,” Alice whispered, “that it’s done by everybody minding their own business!”

“Ah well! It means much the same thing,” said the Duchess, digging her sharp little chin into Alice’s shoulder as she added, “and the moral of that is—‘Take care of the sense, and the sounds will take care of themselves.’” — The Mock Turtle’s Story

“And the moral of that is—‘Be what you would seem to be’—or if you’d like it to put more simply—‘Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.’” — The Mock Turtle’s Story



“Really, now you ask me,” said Alice, very much confused, “I don’t think” – Mad Hatter

“Then you shouldn’t talk,” said the Hatter. — A Mad Tea-Party

“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.” – Mad Hatter

“You mean you can’t take less,” said the Hatter: “It’s very easy to take more than nothing.” — A Mad Tea-Party

“Why is a raven like a writing desk?” – Mad Hatter

‘Your hair wants cutting,’ said the Hatter. He had been looking at Alice for some time with great curiosity, and this was his first speech.” – Mad Hatter


“Have some wine,” the March Hare said in an encouraging tone.

Alice looked all around the table, but there was nothing on it but tea. “I don’t see any wine,” she remarked.

“There isn’t any,” said the March Hare.

“Then it wasn’t very civil of you to offer it,” said Alice angrily.

“If you knew Time as well as I do… you wouldn’t talk about wasting it.”

“It wasn’t very civil of you to sit down without being invited,” said the March Hare. — A Mad Tea-Party

“‘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. ‘Why, you might just as well say that ‘I see what I eat is the same thing as ‘I eat what I see’!’” – The March Hare, Alice, and the Mad Hatter

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These quotes are often incorrectly attributed to the original Alice in Wonderland book. They are quotes from songs or movies based on the books.

“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

“Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.” – Jules de Gaultier

“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

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

“’I want a clean cup,’ interrupted the Hatter: ‘let’s all move one place on.’”

“Alice did not wish to offend the Dormouse again, so she began very cautiously: ‘But I don’t understand. Where did they draw the treacle from?’ ‘You can draw water out of a water-well,’ said the Hatter; ‘so I should think you could draw treacle out of a treacle-well-eh, stupid?’”

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.”

“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”

“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master – – that’s all.”

“If you didn’t sign it,” said the King, “that only makes the matter worse. You must have meant some mischief, or else you’d have signed your name like an honest man.” — Alice’s Evidence

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. – The Cheshire Cat

“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.” — Pig and Pepper

“What a curious plan!” exclaimed Alice.

“—so long as I get somewhere,” Alice added as an explanation.

The Queen turned crimson with fury, and, after glaring at her for a moment like a wild beast, began screaming “Off with her head! Off with—” – The Queen Of Hearts

“Why did you call him Tortoise, if he wasn’t one?” asked Alice. – Mock Turtle and the Gryphon

“That’s the reason they’re called lessons,” the Gryphon remarked: “because they lessen from day to day.” — The Mock Turtle’s Story

“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.”

“Rule Forty-two. All persons more than a mile high to leave the court.” – The King of Hearts

“Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” — Alice’s Evidence

“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice. “You must be,” said the Cat, “Or you wouldn’t have come here.” — Pig and Pepper

“When we were little,” the Mock Turtle went on at last, more calmly, though still sobbing a little now and then,” we went to school in the sea. The master was an old Turtle—we used to call him Tortoise—”

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” – The Cheshire Cat

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