Alice In Wonderland is one of my favorite books of all time. I grew up reading it and of course, watching the famous Disney movie on it.
It wasn’t until a couple of days ago though that I realized how deep and inspiring the book really is. In fact, as I was thinking about it, I realized that there are some quotes I can even recall by heart!
Now for some people, the dialog in the book can be confusing. Though to me, it’s what I love most about it — the fact that it can be read on many different levels.
You have the storyline (most children love the wonder and “nonsense” world Alice gets caught up in), but if you pay attention, every single interaction she has in this “mad world” can make you really think deep, and see the world with a different eye.
Let me give you some facts about Alice In Wonderland:
According to Wikipedia Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland) is an 1865 novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll, who was an English writer, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon, and photographer.
He wrote Alice In Wonderland after spending a long boat ride with three little girls (the children of a dear friend). They loved the story right away.
The first movie about the book was released just a few years later, in 1903.
The story tells of a girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as with children. It is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre.
Its narrative course and structure, characters and imagery have been enormously influential in both popular culture and literature, especially in the fantasy genre.
With the first release, Alice was a publishing sensation, beloved by children and adults alike.
Among its first avid readers were Queen Victoria and the young Oscar Wilde. The book has never been out of print.
Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland has been translated into at least 174 languages. There have now been over a hundred English-language editions of the book, as well as countless adaptations in other media, especially theater and film.
Just like a lot of people in the world, I’m a huge fan. And I’d love to share with you my 15 favorite quotes, or passages, from the book.
Some to me are inspiring, some motivational, and the rest, just plain fun if you can get quirky. And if you allow yourself to go deep, you might just see some philosophy in all of it.
1. “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.”
2. “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where–” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
“–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation.
“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”
3.“I could tell you my adventures – beginning from this morning,” said Alice a little timidly: “but it’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.’”
4. The White Rabbit put on his spectacles. “Where shall I begin, please your Majesty?” he asked. “Begin at the beginning,” the King said gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”
5. 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 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.”
6. “Well, in our country,” said Alice, still panting a little, “you’d generally get to somewhere else — if you ran very fast for a long time, as we’ve been doing.”
“A slow sort of country!” said the Queen. “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!”
7. “Curiouser and curiouser!”
8. Alice: “How long is forever?” White Rabbit: “Sometimes, just one second.”
9. “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?”
10. “The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.”
11. “There’s a large mustard-mine near here. And the moral of that is — the more there is of mine, the less there is of yours.”
12. “Yes, that’s it!” said the Hatter with a sigh, “it’s always tea time.”
13. “Speak English!” said the Eaglet. “I don’t know the meaning of half those long words, and I don’t believe you do either!”
14. “If everybody minded their own business,” the Duchess said, in a hoarse growl, “the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.”
15. “Who cares for you?” said Alice, (she had grown to her full size by this time). “You’re nothing but a pack of cards!”
Do you have your own favorite? Share them below and share this with your friends!
P.S. And just for fun, here’s my favorite scene from the Disney cartoon.