Lewis Carroll

1832 - 1898

A Quote by Lewis Carroll on rudeness, abruptness, and uniqueness

'I took a corkscrew from the shelf:
I went to wake them up myself.

And when I found the door was locked,
I pulled and pushed and knocked.

And when I found the door was shut,
I tried to turn the handle, but - '

There was a long pause.
'Is that all?' Alice timidly asked.
'That's all,' said Humpty Dumpty.  Good-bye.'
This was rather sudden, Alice thought: but, after such a very strong hint that she ought to be going, she felt that it would hardly be civil to stay.  So she got up, and held out her hand.  'Good-bye, till we meet again!' she said as cheerfully as she could.
'I shouldn't know you again if we did meet... you're so exactly like other people.'

Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898)

Source: Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, Pages: Chapter 6

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Lewis Carroll on sight, semantics, and nobody

'I see nobody on the road,' said Alice.
'I only wish I had such eyes,' the King remarked in a fretful tone.  'To be able to see Nobody!  And at that distance, too!  Why, it's as much as I can do to see real people, by this light!'

Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898)

Source: Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, Pages: Chapter 7

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Lewis Carroll on minutes, time, and tempus fugit

A minute goes by so fearfully quick.  You might as well try to stop a Bandersnatch!

Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898)

Source: Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, Pages: Chapter 7

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Lewis Carroll on poetry, invention, and explanation

I can explain all the poems that were ever invented - and a good many that haven't been invented just yet.

Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898)

Source: Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, Pages: Chapter 6

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Lewis Carroll on words and meaning

Well, "slithy" means "lithe and slimy."  "Lithe" is the same as "active."  You see it's like a portmanteau - there are two meanings packed up into one word.

Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898)

Source: Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, Pages: Chapter 6

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Lewis Carroll on self, identity, determination, questions, and who am i

'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 (1832 - 1898)

Source: Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, Pages: Chapter 3

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Lewis Carroll on dancing, introductions, and meeting

Alice didn't know how to begin a conversation with people she had just been dancing with.  'It would never do to say "How d'ye do?" now,' she said to herself:  'we seem to have got beyond that, somehow!'

Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898)

Source: Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, Pages: Chapter 4

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Lewis Carroll on dreams, identity, reality, and existence

'He's dreaming now,' said Tweedledee:  'and what do you think he's dreaming about?'
Alice said 'Nobody can guess that.'
'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.  'Besides, if I'm only a sort of thing in his dream, what are you, I should like to know?'
'Ditto' said Tweedledum.
'Ditto, ditto' cried Tweedledee.
He shouted this so loud that Alice couldn't help saying, 'Hush!  You'll be waking him, I'm afraid, if you make so much noise.'
'Well, it 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 realler by crying,' Tweedledee remarked:  'there's nothing to cry about.'
'If I wasn't real,' Alice said - half-laughing though her tears, it all seemed so ridiculous - 'I shouldn't be able to cry.'
'I hope you don't suppose those are real tears?'

Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898)

Source: Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, Pages: Chapter 4

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Lewis Carroll on tears

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'Can you keep from crying by considering things?' she asked.

'That's the way it's done,' the Queen said with great decision:  'nobody can do two things at once, you know.

Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898)

Source: Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, Pages: Chapter 5

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Lewis Carroll on semantics and insults

'It's very provoking,' Humpty Dumpty said after a long silence, looking away from Alice as he spoke, 'to be called an egg - very!'
'I said you looked like an egg, Sir,' Alice gently explained.

Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898)

Source: Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, Pages: Chapter 6

Contributed by: Tsuya

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