Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll was first published in the U.K. by Macmillan in 1865. Over 150 years later, we are still proud to publish this classic children's story, which has millions of fans the world over. Here's a selection of our favourite quotes from the characters in Alice in Wonderland, including Alice, the Cheshire Cat and more.
"I can't explain myself, I'm afraid Sir," said Alice, "because I'm not myself, you see."
"I give myself good advice, but I seldom follow it."
"Curiouser and Curiouser."
The Caterpillar and Alice looked at each other for some time in silence: at last the Caterpillar took the hookah out of its mouth and addressed her in a languid, sleepy voice.
"Who are you?" said the Caterpillar.
"Oh my ears and whiskers, how late it's getting!"
"There's no use knocking," said the Footman, "and that's for two reasons. Firstly, because I am on the same side of the door as you are: secondly, because they're making such a noise inside no one could possibly hear you."
"Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
"Begin at the beginning," the King said, gravely, "and go on until you come to the end: then stop."
"How puzzling all these changes are! I'm never sure what I'm going to be, from one minute to another!"
"Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
How I wonder what you're at!"
“And what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversation?”
"I didn't know that Cheshire-Cats always grinned; in fact I didn't know that cats could grin."
"They all can," said the Duchess; "and most of "em do."
"Well then", the Cat went on, "you see a dog growls when it's angry, and wags it's tail when it's pleased. Now I growl when I'm pleased, and wag my tail when I'm angry. Therefore I'm mad."
"Why is a raven like a writing-desk?"
"Would you tell me, please," said Alice, a little timidly, "why you are painting those roses?"
"Why the fact is your see, Miss, this here ought to have been a red rose-tree, and we put a white one in by mistake; and, if the Queen was to find out, we should all have our heads cut off, you know."
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