20 ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ Quotes From Childhood

Wouldn’t we all like to go back to our childhoods when things were simpler? Well, now you can with these 20 ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ quotes!

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If there’s one thing I know as a twenty-three-year-old living in 2022, it’s that adulting is hard. There are times when I wish I could turn back the clock and escape into my childhood. Things were easy, fun, and without too many stressful responsibilities. Unfortunately, time travel doesn’t exist. Luckily, books are a reliable backup. Opening the pages of your favorite book from childhood takes you back to the good old days. The same can be said for one of the most popular children’s stories of all time, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

It’s been 157 years since its original release in 1865, but Lewis Carroll’s whimsical tale still has us remaining curious, even through adulthood. To celebrate this fanciful fable, let’s turn back time by looking at 20 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland quotes that will send you back to your childhood.

1.

“Imagination is the only weapon in the war with reality.”

The Cheshire Cat

2.

“And the moral of that is—‘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

3.

“The best way to explain it is to do it.”

The Dodo

4.

“Tut, tut, child!” said the Duchess. “Everything’s got a moral, if only you can find it.”

The Duchess

5.

“I am not crazy; my reality is just different from yours.”

The Cheshire Cat
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6.

“Every adventure requires a first step.”

The Cheshire Cat

7.

“Not all who wander are lost.”

The Cheshire Cat

8.

“The proper order of things is often a mystery to me.”

The Cheshire Cat

9.

“And the moral of that is—’Oh, ‘tis love, ‘tis love, that makes the world go round!’”

“Somebody said,” Alice whispered, “that it’s done by everybody minding their own business!”

“Ah well! It means much the same thing,” said the Duchess, digging her sharp little chin into Alice’s shoulder as she added, “and the moral of that is—‘Take care of the sense, and the sounds will take care of themselves.’”

The Duchess to Alice

10.

“And what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversations?”

Alice
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Quotes from childhood. Alice, The Hatter, and The White Rabbit at the tea party.
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11.

“I suppose I ought to eat or drink something or other; but the great question is ‘What?’”

Alice

12.

“When I used to read fairy tales, I fancied that kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!”

Alice

13.

“The Queen turned crimson with fury, and, after glaring at her for a moment like a wild beast, began screaming “Off with her head! Off with—”

“Nonsense!” said Alice, very loudly and decidedly, and the Queen was silent.”

Alice to The Queen

14.

“Have you guessed the riddle yet?′ the Hatter said, turning to Alice again.

`No, I give it up,′ Alice replied: `what’s the answer?′

`I haven’t the slightest idea,′ said the Hatter.

The Hatter to Alice

15.

“I don’t see how he can ever finish, if he doesn’t begin.”

Alice
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16.

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”

Alice

17.

“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.”

Alice to Cheshire Cat

18.

“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”

Alice

19.

 “She generally gave herself very good advice (though she very seldom followed it).”

Alice

20.

“Why it’s simply impassible!

Alice: Why, don’t you mean impossible?

Door: No, I do mean impassible. (chuckles) Nothing’s impossible!”

Door to Alice
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Quotes from childhood. The Cheshire Cat in a tree.
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Feel like a little kid again? I know I am. The story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland will never leave us. And whenever we’re feeling down in the dumps about adulthood, you can always count on the imaginative stories from childhood to bring you back to a simpler time. 

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