Carroll, Lewis.

British logician, mathematician, and novelist, 1832 - 1898.









1.     ”"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 younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."”

2.     “A bright idea came into Alice's head.  'Is that the reason so many tea-things are put out here?' she asked. 'Yes, that's it,' said the Hatter with a sigh:  'it's always tea-time, and we've no time to wash the things between whiles.' 'Then you keep moving round, I suppose?' said Alice.  'Exactly so,' said the Hatter:  'as the things get used up.' 'But what happens when you come to the beginning again?' Alice ventured to ask.”

3.     “Begin at the beginning...and go on until you come to the end: then stop.”

4.     “Be what you would seem to be -- or, if you'd like it 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.”

5.     “"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."”

6.     Everybody has won, and all must have prizes.”

7.     “Everything has got a moral if you can only find it.”

8.     "I'll be judge, I'll be jury," said cunning old Fury;
"I'll try the whole cause, and condemn you to death."

9.     “"It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards," the Queen remarked.”

10. ”"It's very good jam," said the Queen. "Well, I don't want any to-day, at any rate." "You couldn't have it if you did want it," the Queen said. "The rule is jam tomorrow 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."”

11. ”It takes all the running you can do just to keep in the same place.”

12. ”One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. "Which road do I take?" she asked. "Where do you want to go?" was his response. "I don't know," Alice answered. "Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."”

13. “"There's no use trying," she said: "one can't believe impossible things."

14. ”The regular course was Reeling and Writhing, of course, to begin with; and then the different branches of Arithmetic - Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision.” 

15. "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."”

16. ““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."”

17. "What is the use of a book", thought Alice, "without pictures or conversations?"

18. ”"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather 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."”

19. ”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.”


Last update: December 25th, 2001.