"'Begin at the beginning,' the King said gravely, 'and go on till you come to the end: then stop.'"
- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland15
"I hardly know which is me and which is the inkstand... The confusion in one's mind doesn't so much matter - but when it comes to putting bread-and-butter, and orange marmalade into the inkstand and filling oneself up with ink, you know, it's horrid."
- Lewis Carroll16
"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."
- The Duchess, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland17
"Speak roughly to your little boy,And beat him when he sneezes:He only does it to annoy,Because he knows it teases."
- The Duchess' nursery rhyme, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland18
"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.'"
- Through the Looking Glass19
"You are old, father William," the young man said, "And your hair has become very white; And yet you incessantly stand on your head --Do you think, at your age, it is right?" "In my youth," father William replied to his son, "I feared it might injure the brain; But, now that I'm perfectly sure I have none, Why, I do it again and again."
- From "You Are Old, Father William"20
"The time has come," the Walrus said, "To talk of many things: Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax - Of cabbages--and kings - And why the sea is boiling hot - And whether pigs have wings."
- From "The Walrus and the Carpenter," Through the Looking Glass21