Lewis Carroll

1832 - 1898

A Quote by Lewis Carroll on offense, pardon, politeness, confusion, semantics, meaning, and doublespeak

'I beg your pardon?' Alice said with a puzzled air.
'I'm not offended,' said Humpty Dumpty.

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 names, naming, nomenclature, classification, insects, and linnaeus

'What's the use of their having names the Gnat said, 'if they won't answer to them?'
'No use to them,' said Alice; 'but it's useful to the people who name them, I suppose.  If not, why do things have names at all?'
'I can't say,' the Gnat replied.

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 jokes and joking

You shouldn't make jokes if it makes you so unhappy.

Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898)

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

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A Quote by Lewis Carroll on advice, language, french, english, self, identity, and remember who you are

Speak in French when you can't think of the English for a thing - turn out your toes as you walk - and remember who you are!

Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898)

Source: Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, Pages: Chapter 2

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A Quote by Lewis Carroll on children, childlikeness, direction, and self-knowledge

So young a child ought to know which way she's going, even if she doesn't know her own name!

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 chess, pawns, queens, advancement, queening, and promotion

'It's a great huge game of chess that's being played - all over the world - if this is the world at all, you know.  Oh, what fun it is!  How I wish I was one of them!  I wouldn't mind being a Pawn, if only I might join -- though of course I should like to be a Queen, best.'

She glanced rather shyly at the real Queen as she said this, but her companion only smiled pleasantly, and said, 'That's easily managed.  You can be the White Queen's Pawn, if you like, as Lily's too young to play; and you're in the Second Square to began with:  when you get to the Eighth Square you'll be a Queen - '

Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898)

Source: Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, Pages: Chapter 2

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Lewis Carroll on questions and advice

Where do you come from?  And where are you going?  Look up, speak nicely, and don't twiddle your fingers all the time.

Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898)

Source: Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, Pages: Chapter 2

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A Quote by Lewis Carroll on manners, politeness, advice, curtsies, courtesy, and saving time

Curtsey while you're thinking what to say, it saves time.

Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898)

Source: Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, Pages: Chapter 2

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A Quote by Lewis Carroll on nonsense, sensibility, camparison, and dictionary

You may call it "nonsense" if you like, but I've heard nonsense, compared with which that would be as sensible as a dictionary!

Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898)

Source: Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, Pages: Chapter 2

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Lewis Carroll on imagination, appearances, verbosity, identity, self-knowledge, and seeming

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.

Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898)

Source: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Pages: Chapter 9

Contributed by: Tsuya

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