A Very Merry (Un)Birthday!

20151126_AWond01Okay, well maybe not Unbirthday. 150 years ago in 1865, a little book was published. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. You might’ve heard of it. Written by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), the book was published by Macmillan with illustrations by John Tenniel (1820-1914).

From the book to the countless adaptations, this was one of my favourite stories growing up and still remains today. I owe a lot of my creativity and appreciation for the unusual and unique to Wonderland. So to celebrate this timeless classic, I’ve compiled some of my favourite quotes from where it all started.


  • For, you see, so many out-of-the-way things had happened lately, that Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible.
    Chapter 1, Down the Rabbit Hole
  •  “Curiouser and curiouser!”
    — Alice, Chapter 2, The Pool of Tears
  • “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!”
    — Alice, Chapter 2, The Pool of Tears
  • “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, Chapter 9, The Mock Turtle’s Story
  • “We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
    — The Cheshire Cat, Chapter 6, Pig and Pepper
  • “It’s always tea-time, and we’ve no time to wash the things between whiles.”
    — The Mad Hatter, Chapter 7, A Mad Tea-Party
  • “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.”
    Chapter 6, Pig and Pepper
  • “If everybody minded their own business,” the Duchess said in a hoarse growl, “the world would go round a deal faster than it does.”
    — Chapter 6, Pig and Pepper
  • “Take some more tea,” the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.
    “I’ve had nothing yet,” Alice replied in an offended tone, “so I can’t take more.”
    “You mean you can’t take less,” said the Hatter: “it’s very easy to take more than nothing.”
    “Nobody asked your opinion,” said Alice.
    Chapter 7, A Mad Tea-Party
  • Lastly, she pictured to herself how this same little sister of hers would, in the after-time, be herself a grown woman; and how she would keep, through all her riper years, the simple and loving heart of her childhood: and how she would gather about her other little children, and make their eyes bright and eager with many a strange tale, perhaps even with the dream of Wonderland of long ago: and how she would feel with all their simple sorrows, and find a pleasure in all their simple joys, remembering her own child-life, and the happy summer days.
    Chapter 12, Alice’s Evidence
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