Alice in Wonderland Book by Lewis Carroll
A Little About Alice in Wonderland Quotes
Alice in Wonderland was written by Lewis Carroll almost 150 years ago in 1865. The actual name of the classic book is Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The story of the little girl named Alice who fell down the rabbit hole has become a literature classic and is discovered and loved by new kids every year. Many kids never outgrow Alice in Wonderland.
I am one of those adults that admits to still being a fan of Alice in Wonderland. I am such a fan that I have collected my favorite Alice in Wonderland quotes. I am now sharing my quotes with you.
Most of the quotes are from the Lewis Carroll book, but some of the Alice in Wonderland quotes are from the Disney classic movie. I have noted when I know if one is from the movie. Since this is an old list of mine, I'm not sure about all of them. If you want to add any new, interesting Alice in Wonderland quotes, let me know in the comments section below.
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Alice in Wonderland Quotes From the March Hare
"I have an excellent idea. Let's change the subject." (March Hare movie quote)
"See all the trouble you started?"
"But I didn't think-" (Alice)
"That's just it. If you don't think, then you shouldn't talk. " (March Hare movie quote)
Alice in Wonderland Quotes From the Mad Hatter
"I've had nothing yet, so I can't take more." (Alice)
"You mean you can't take less; it's very easy to take more than nothing."
"No wonder you're late. Why, this watch is exactly two days slow."
Alice in Wonderland Queen
Alice in Wonderland Quotes From the Queen and King
“There is no use trying; one can't believe impossible things." (Alice)
"I dare say you haven't had much practice. 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.” -Queen
"Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop." -KIng
Alice in Wonderland Cheshire Cat
Alice in Wonderland Quotes From the Cheshire Cat
"You know, we could make her really angry! Shall we try?"
"Oh, no, no!" (Alice)
"Oh, but it's loads of fun!" (Alice in Wonderland movie quote)
“Which road do I take?" (Alice)
"Where do you want to go?"
"I don't know," Alice answered.
"Then, said the cat, it doesn't matter.”
“If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.” (Cheshire Cat movie quote, I believe)
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Alice in Wonderland Quotes From Alice
"Well, I've often seen a cat without a grin, but a grin without a cat? It's the most curious thing I ever saw in my life!"
"Curiouser and curiouser!"
"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 contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?"
“Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle.”
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Miscellaneous Alice in Wonderland Quotes
"That's the reason they're called lessons, because they lessen from day to day." (The Gryphon, Chapter 9)
"Read the directions and directly you will be directed in the right direction."
"I simply must get through!" (Alice)
"Sorry, you're much too big. Simply impassible." (Doorknob)
"You mean impossible?"
"No, impassible. Nothing's impossible."
Alice in Wonderland Quotes Comments
firstname.lastname@example.org on August 07, 2012:
In the book or Disney film is there a comment about killing time?
It seems I remember one but the memory is faded.
jburnham on August 25, 2011:
I have used the Cheshire's quote about which road to take many times in class. To me it means that without a vision,you may wander aimlessly for a very long time and never achieve anything.
saif113sb on July 25, 2011:
very interesting hub. thanks
nishant lila on March 26, 2011:
I have no words to say .. its just amazing!!
Krystal Escalera on February 04, 2011:
Don't just do something, stand there!
laura on January 31, 2011:
i'm doing lot about alice in wonderland in my art coursework, with all the surrealism, and these quotes are great! thanks :)
Rhodena on January 04, 2011:
I get yelled at so many times ahah everyone says I got to stop reading and watching Alice in Wonderland but I don't care I love Alice in Wonderland! :)
Rhodena on January 04, 2011:
At the end the hatter whispers to Alice "You could stay"
justmesuzanne from Texas on December 07, 2010:
What a good idea for a HUB! Voted up & rated and also linked to my:
Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland: A DVD Review
jewlz on November 11, 2010:
what did he say to the cat when the hatter was mad? it was something in a different language
Butch Strickland on November 07, 2010:
Alice & Through the Looking Glass have been my favorites since childhood with Alice as my #1 favorite of all.
A few years ago I learned that Alice had been John Lennon's favorite book as well and I always found that I had the same sense of whimsy as John did - he was a tad bit older and English and I was from the Colonies, as they say. So many great quotes and the Disney cartoon really makes the book come alive for me. I have a BS and a JD and I have studied much philosophy, theology and law. So, unfortunately, I am a grownup. But Alice captures me and the quotes are wonderful. Edward Lear is nice but Alice is special. Maybe the two books should be mandatory at every undergraduate school so that some folks wouldn't take themselves so seriously.
Lauren :) on November 06, 2010:
You know the "Why is a raven like a writing desk" riddle?
I know it was never intended to have an answer, but I found one that fits XD
"They both have inky black quills" :)
victoria on October 14, 2010:
i love the book it is the best book!!!
my friend in school is alice now she is the best friend ever!!!:)
Treasures By Brenda from Canada on September 30, 2010:
Great Alice in Wonderland quotes.
Dusty on August 25, 2010:
For the Person with a Question about the Poem the Mad Hatter recites in the Tim Burton version of Alice in Wonderland, I had to learn and act out this poem in High School about 13 years ago... lol. Dark. Enjoy!
The shadows where the Mewlips dwell
Are dark and wet as ink,
And slow and softly rings their bell,
As in the slime you sink.
You sink into the slime, who dare
To know upon their door,
While down the grinning gargoyles state
And noisome waters pour.
Beside the rotting river-strand
The drooping willows weep,
And gloomily the gorcrows stand
Croaking in their sleep.
Over the Merlock Mountains a long and weary way,
In a mouldy valley where the trees are grey,
By a dark pool's borders without wind or tide,
Moonless and sunless, the Mewlips hide.
The cellars where the Mewlips sit
Are deep and dank and cold
With single sickly candle lit;
And there they count their gold.
Their walls are wet, their ceilings drip;
Their feet upon the floor
Go softly with a squish-flap-flip,
As they sidle to the door.
They peep out slyly; through a crack
Their feeling fingers creep,
And when they've finished, in a sack
Your bones they take to keep.
Beyond the Merlock Mountains, a long and lonely road,
Through the spider-shadows and the marsh of Tode,
and through the wood of hanging tees and the gallows-weed,
You go to find the Mewlips--and the Mewlips feed.
rhiannon on August 01, 2010:
I love the march hare in the tim Burton movie
dianne on April 15, 2010:
alice was and still is my favorite girl
Kat on April 12, 2010:
Before Alice asks her dad if she is mad, she says something like, "Have I gone 'round the bend?" It made me laugh. Does anyone know if that's the exact quote?
Jaclyn Davis on April 11, 2010:
oh my goodness. the tim burton film was amazing. the book is perfection, and the original movie is superb!! i love that last quote about the hatter asking alice to stay, it always makes me teary.
Jessica on April 10, 2010:
I absolutely lovee this story. I love how crazy and symbolic it is, and the movie i think was done wonderfully. I have soo many quotes.
"Your'e mad. Bonkers. Off your head. But i'll tell you a secret... all the best people are."
"How could a dream be so very real?"
"I sometimes believe as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
"She was falling down the rabbit hole."
"Curiouser and curiouser"
"Alice had no idea where she was, but that had been true ever since she fell down the rabbit hole."
"Alice was quite alone."
"It's absolutely Alice! You're absolutely Alice! I'd know you anywhere. I'd know him anywhere!"
"It's all because I was obliged to kill time waiting for your return. You're terribly late you know. Naughty. Well, anyway time became quite offended and stopped altogether."
"Time can be funny in dreams."Fairfarren all"
"Your not the same as you were before," he said. "Your were much more...muchier...you've lost your muchness."
"WHat is the hatter with me"
Have you any idea why a raven is like a writing desk? I don't like it here, it's terribly crowded. Have I gone mad?"
"i'm afraid so, you've gone entirely bonkers. But i'll tell you a secret...all the best people are."
"i'll be fine as soon as I wake up."
"I said you were not hardly alice," he corrected her. "But you're much more her now. In fact, you're Almost Alice" :)
"Sometimes I forget this is all just a dream."
"The hatter's head...had disappeared."
"And now here I am...still in one piece...amd i'm rather glad about that now that i'm seeing you again...I would have regretted not seeing you again...especially not that your you and the proper size... and it's a good size...it's a great size...it's a right proper Alice size."
The Hatter looked bemused. "You still believe this is a dream. Do you?
"Of course. This has all come from my own mind."
The Hatter thought about that for a moment.
"Which would mean that I'm Not real."
I'm afraid so," said Alice, shaking her head. "You're just a figment of my imagination. I would dream up someone who's half mad."
"Yes, yes. But you would have to be half mad to dream me up." The Hatter observed
"I must be, then." Alice laughed.
"I'll miss you when I wake up."
"Alice," said the White Queen, "you cannot live your life to please others. The choice must be yours because when you step out to face that creature, you will step out alone."
"Nothing was ever accomplished with tears."
"I'm his daughter. Alice Kingsleigh"
"Alice at last!" cried the caterpillar
"you were just as dim-witted the first time you were here. You called it 'Wonderland,' as I recall."
"It wasn't a dream at all! It was a memory! This place is real!"
"The mad hatter leaned against the wall, waiting. he knew Alice. He believed in her. he refused to give up hope."
This is impossible" she whispered to the Hatter. "Only if you believe it is."
"Sometimes I believe as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
"Six impossible things. COunt them Alice,
One! There's a potion that can make you shrink.
Two! And a cake that can make you grow.
Three! Animals can talk.
Four! Cats can dissapear
Five! THERE IS A PLACE CALLED WONDERLAND
Six! I can slay the Jabberwocky!!
"You could stat, " he said, his face warm and full of promise.
"What and idea." Alice said softly. "A crazy, mad, wonderful idea."
"But I can't She said to the Hatter, taking his hand. "There are questions I have to answer. Things I have to do."
"I'll be back before you know it. She promised the hatter
"You wont remember me." He replied
"How could I forget? Hatter...Why is a raven like a writing desk?"
"I haven't the slightest idea, Fairfarren, Alice"
Six months later a beautiful monarch butterfly with blue-tinged wongs landed on her shoulder. She smiled, one memory breaking through as clear as day.
"Hello Absolem," she said. :)
MT on March 27, 2010:
anyone know what the hatter whispered to alice at the end of the movie?
AND THE exact quote for someone to think up someone mad, they have to be mad themselevs???
Alice23 from small town OhiO on March 27, 2010:
we are all mad
how is a raven like a writing desk
Maria on March 27, 2010:
does anyone know the exact quote of when alice wants to go rescue the mad hatter, and shes told not to diverge from her path but she says that she makes her own path?
i loved what she said but i cant remember the exact words
laura on March 21, 2010:
this page is great! thank you
Mediafire movies on March 21, 2010:
thanks for such a nice review.It really reminds me of all the wondeful thoughts
Daren on March 17, 2010:
NO! THAT'S DRIVING ME BONKERS!
Ry on March 16, 2010:
anyone know what the hatter whispered to alice at the end of the movie?
Mary on March 14, 2010:
I found out that there is an answer to the riddle:
"Why is a raven like a writing desk?"
The answer I found was Poe wrote on both. I don't know if that is the right answer, but it is one that makes sense. That kinda makes me think it is wrong since most of Carroll's book made none.
kimmy on March 14, 2010:
i think i know the answer in the Mad Hatter's riddle "why is a raven like a writing desk?" i got this from one site i really love..
"Enquiries have been so often addressed to me, as to whether any answer to the Hatter’s Riddle can be imagined, that I may as well put on record here what seems to me to be a fairly appropriate answer, viz: "Because it can produce a few notes, tho they are very flat; and it is nevar put with the wrong end in front!" This, however, is merely an afterthought; the Riddle as originally invented, had no answer at all."
note: the spelling of never is spelled "nevar" the backward spelling for raven.. it was intende by Carroll to spell it that way but later on the spelling changed to never.. probably an editor changed it because he/she thinks it was wrong but didn't even thought maybe Carroll wanted it that way..
k.A.w on March 13, 2010:
I was wondering the same thing. Its something like:
"The only was to achieve the impossible is to believe it's possible."
I'm not sure if that's right, but it sounds like it.
shannon on March 13, 2010:
I was wondering what alice's father says at the beginning of the movie about something being possible to the people he is having a meeting with, if someone could reply to me pretty soon i would love them forever !
wayway lar on March 09, 2010:
for someone to think up someone mad. they need to be half as mad themselves. ^^
gurl on March 08, 2010:
love the quotesand the movie
crystal on March 08, 2010:
Dennis on March 08, 2010:
I really love the movie specially on 3D the jabberwocky almost looks exactly as the drawing in the book
Erick on March 07, 2010:
"Have I gone mad?"
"I'm afraid so. You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are."
Alice on March 07, 2010:
for someone to think up someone mad, they have to be mad themselevs??? some close to that... I LLLLOOOVVVVEEDD the movie, just saw it. It was Great! a must see.
Zach on March 07, 2010:
I think it goes like this:
It only takes someone to dream up someone who is mad..SOmething along those lines XD
crystal on March 07, 2010:
does anyone know Alice's dads response in the film when she asks if you is mad? Alice then repeats it to the mad hatter. It is driving ME MAD .
Audrey on March 06, 2010:
Thanks Nicole, I have been searching high and low for the 6 impossible things that Alice said in e movie.
Love the movie, awesome! ^^
Breeea on March 06, 2010:
I really like when the mad hatter says the poem about the jabberwocky does any one know it off by heart?
And also when the mad hatter says:
Any one can go by road or rail but everyone knows that the absolute best way to go is by hat. (i don't think that's exactly right but, yeah)
Nicole on March 06, 2010:
6 Impossible Things Before Battle W/ Jabberwocky
1. Potions can make me smaller
2. Cakes can make me larger
3. Animals can talk
4. Cats can disappear
5. There is a Wonderland
6. I can defeat the Jabberwocky
leisy on March 05, 2010:
A potion to make me smaller, a cake to make me larger
nolth on March 05, 2010:
animals can talk
there is a wonderland
i will slay the jabberwokie (ok can't spell, i know)
I believe that's three of them but can't remember the rest:)
thelay on March 04, 2010:
can you give me the exact 6 impossible things that Alice said in the movie? i really love the movie.. =] thanks
William on February 10, 2010:
I'm 15, im in love with this book. When i was younger i liked it because of the adventures. Now im a huge batman comic Nerd. The batman comics use all of these quotes in different comics. I love it because i know where the quotes come from. Now that im reading the quotes from Batman, and at the fact that the villians are saying them, makes the quotes sound insane, now when i watch the movie or read the book, its insanity, but it makes it so interesting.
jh on January 07, 2010:
I think that one of the quotes that is most memberal and stuck out most to me, that i have followed most was by the Cheshire Cat after Alice asks which road she ought to take:
"Therefore it doesn't matter"
If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there, otherwise if you don't have a dream then anything will do,
I thought that had a lot of sentamental value...
you can choose, but it doesn't matter...
Will on December 31, 2009:
Thanks For The Help!
BlazeTheVampire on November 04, 2009:
I think my favorite (and most used) quote from Alice in Wonderland (and variations) is the Cheshire Cat:
"I'm mad, you're mad, we're all mad here."
I'm also fond of the wise old caterpillar when he says:
"Keep your temper." That one's a rule to live by, right there :D
fatima on October 19, 2009:
our school is doing a play on alice and the wonderland and i need to make a display board. I was thinking of making one with the famous quotes. Any suggestions on how to do it
nicole2O on July 18, 2009:
Now it's being made into a live action movie, again.
keiera on March 09, 2009:
impassible. nothings impossible
tattooed on my chest. :)
anonalice on November 09, 2008:
Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.
What an excellent collection of Alice quotes you have put together. I have been planning for a while to get the above quote tattooed on my side.
Which road do I take?"
"Where do you want to go?"
"I don't know," Alice answered.
"Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter.”
Ingenious. Loveeee Lewis Carroll.
Rhiannon on September 13, 2008:
" Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought him back."
Woody Marx from Ontario, Canada on July 27, 2008:
I wonder if anyone has ever figured out a reasonable answer to the riddle 'why is a raven like a writing desk?' Nice hub on one of my favourite books!
Angela Harris (author) from Around the USA on April 02, 2008:
Isn't it amazing how a children's story still affects so many adults?
John, that is also one of my favorite Alice in Wonderland quotes of all time.
Lemmings, uh, I'm not sure. I'll have to check into it. I sure don't remember lemmings, but I'm no expert.
John Chancellor from Tennessee on March 27, 2008:
Great quotes .... I really love (and use often in my business) the one about which road I should take.
Lemmings on March 27, 2008:
Is there any mention of Lemmings in "Alice"?
Ashok Rajagopalan from Chennai on March 26, 2008:
One of my favourite surreal stories, thank you. :)
Angela Harris (author) from Around the USA on March 26, 2008:
Thanks, Bob, for the comments. I have a well worn copy of Alice in Wonderland as well. Doesn't everyone? ;)
Bob Ewing from New Brunswick on March 26, 2008:
curioser and curioser, thanks for the memories Alice is still a favourite and a well read copy sits in my bookcase