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

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Well, it?s no use your talking about waking him, said Tweedledum, when you?re only one of the things in his dream. You know very well you?re not real. I am real! said Alice, and began to cry. You won?t make yourself a bit realer by crying, Tweedledee remarked: there?s nothing to cry about. If I wasn?t real, Alice said? half laughing through her tears, it all seemed so ridiculous? I shouldn?t be able to cry. I hope you don?t think those are real tears? Tweedledee interrupted in a tone of great contempt.

What may I do? at length I cried, Tired of the painful task. The fairy quietly replied, and said You must not ask.

Who did you pass on the road? the King went on, holding out his hand to the Messenger for some more hay. Nobody, said the Messenger. Quite right, said the King; this young lady saw him too. So of course Nobody walks slower than you. I do my best, the Messenger said in a sullen tone. I'm sure nobody walks much faster than I do! He can't do that, said the King, or else he'd have been here first.

You have no mind to be unkind, Said echo in her ear: No mind to bring a living thing

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.'

Well, you are who you are? Start was not encouraging. Alice murmured shyly: at this moment, I hardly know who I was this morning when I woke up. But it has been many times I've changed, what do you mean, 'said? for Caterpillar.-rationally talk. Unfortunately, please, I cannot talk sense, so I am not who I am, once seen you like.

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.

Why, about you! Tweedledee exclaimed, clapping his hands triumphantly. And if he left off dreaming about you, where do you suppose you'd be? Where I am now, of course, said Alice. Not you! Tweedledee retorted contemptuously. You'd be nowhere. Why, you're only a sort of thing in his dream! If that there King was to wake, added Tweedledum, you'd go out--bang!--just like a candle! I shouldn't! Alice exclaimed indignantly.

You might just as well say, added the March Hare, that ?I like what I get? is the same thing as ?I get what I like?!

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

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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