15 Nonsense Quotes from ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ to Celebrate its Publication

When I first opened Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, I had no idea what I would be diving into. I knew the book was a whimsical tale of pure bologna, but it was not until I started the story that I truly understood why the popular book was the core of the literary nonsense genre. The quotes that interweaved the story sometimes made no sense and the character dialogue was off the wall. Lewis Carroll, the book’s author, certainly was a genius when it came to mastering this genre and creating a bunch of characters that were the epitome of hogwash.

Never the less, the quotes that make up the story’s bulk have inspired me to add some humor into my craft and entertain my readers through witty dialogue. Of course, Lewis Carroll did not write Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to inspire us, but I hope these quotes of pure nonsense give you a laugh on this Thanksgiving holiday and remind you to crack a smile despite these trying times. You never know; you might feel inspired like me to write a book with enough humor to make the Cheshire Cat crack a small smile.


1. “Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat. “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”


2.“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?”





3. “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?”


4. “I–I hardly know, sir, just at present– at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.”


5. “My dear, here we must run as fast as we can, just to stay in place. And if you wish to go anywhere you must run twice as fast as that.”




6. “Contrariwise,” continued Tweedledee, “if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic.”


7. “I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night. Let me think. Was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I’m not the same, the next question is ‘Who in the world am I?’ Ah, that’s the great puzzle!”




8. “Why it’s simply impassible!”


9. “Twinkle, twinkle little bat How I wonder what you’re at! Up above the world you fly, Like a tea-tray in the sky.”


10. “Well! I’ve often seen a cat without a grin,” thought Alice “but a grin without a cat! It’s the most curious thing I ever saw in my life!”





11. “If it had grown up, it would have made a dreadfully ugly child; but it makes rather a handsome pig, I think.”


12. “Who am I then? Tell me that first, and then, if I like being that person, I’ll come up; if not, I’ll stay down here till I’m someone else.”




13. “Of course it is,” said the Duchess, who seemed ready to agree to everything that Alice said; “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.”


14. “if you drink much from a bottle marked ‘poison,’ it is almost certain to disagree with you, sooner or later.”


15. “Better say nothing at all. Language is worth a thousand pounds a word!”


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