Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is textbook whimsy. As far as whimsy goes, you can’t do much better. Lewis Carroll’s the king of whimsy. When he began a sentence, I bet, he didn’t have a plan for how it would end. Following that, when he began a book, such as the Wonderland books, he probably didn’t know what they would be about.
Here are ten quotes of Carroll’s that begin to uncover his completely askew worldview.
1. “‘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.”
2. “Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”
3. “It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.”
4. “It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”
5. “She generally gave herself very good advice, (though she very seldom followed it).”
6. “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
7. “‘Why is a raven like a writing-desk?….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.”
8. “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.’”
9. “Speak in French when you can’t think of the English for a thing.”
10. “As you have invited me, I cannot come, for I have made a rule to decline all invitations; but I will come the next day.”
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