Lewis Carroll Quotes About Life, Love and Reading

Lewis Carroll, was an English author, poet, and mathematician who lived from January 27, 1832, to January 14, 1898. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass (1871) are two of his most well-known works. He was praised for his aptitude for word play, logic, and fantasy. His poems The Hunting of the Snark (1876) and Jabberwocky (1871) are categorized as literary nonsense.

55 Lewis Carroll Quotes

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  1. “I don’t see how he can ever finish, if he doesn’t begin.”
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2. “Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”

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

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4. “No wise fish would go anywhere without a porpoise.”

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5. “Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.”

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6. “One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.”

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7. “I’m afraid so.Your totally bonkers. But I tellyou a secret. All the best people are.”

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8. “Look after the senses and the sounds will look after themselves”

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9. “The proper definition of a man is an animal that writes letters.”

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10. “Everything is funny, if you can laugh at it.”

11. “If you limit your actions in life to things that nobody can possibly find fault with, you will not do much!”

12. “I give myself very good advice, but I very seldom follow it.”

13. “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

14. “It’s done by everyone minding their own business”

15. “Always speak the truth, think before you speak, and write it down afterwards.”

Lewis Carroll Quotes About Life

16. “If you want to inspire confidence, give plenty of statistics. It does not matter that they should be accurate, or even intelligible, as long as there is enough of them.”

17. “It’s the stupidest tea party I ever was at in all my life!”

18. “If you’ll believe in me, I’ll believe in you. Is that a bargain?”

19. “I’m very much afraid I didn’t mean anything but nonsense.”

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20. “Every adventure requires a first step.”

21. “If you don’t know where you are going any road can take you there”

22. “If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.”

23. “If you don’t know where you want to go, then it doesn’t matter which path you take.”

24. “It would be so nice if something made sense for a change.”

25. “We’re all mad here. Im mad. You’re mad”

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26. “Be sure the safest rule is that we should not dare to live in any scene in which we dare not die.”

27. “Curtsey while you’re thinking what to say. It saves time.”

28. “You’re thinking about something, and it makes you forget to talk.”

29. “I’m sure the woods look sleepy in the autumn, when the leaves are getting brown.”

30. “You know what the issue is with this world? Everyone wants some magical solution to their problem and everyone refuses to believe in magic.”

31. “You can always take more than nothing”

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32. “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast”

33. “If you set to work to believe everything, you will tire out the believing-muscles of your mind, and then you’ll be so weak you won’t be able to believe the simplest true things.”

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

35. “Why is it that people with the most narrow of minds seem to have the widest of mouths?” 

36. “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”

37. “The human mind is generally far more eager to praise and dispraise than to describe and define.”

38. “This a secret: none knows how it comes, how it goes: But the name of the secret is Love!”

39. “It is not real work unless you would rather be doing something else.”

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40. “If you drink much from a bottle marked ‘poison’ it is certain to disagree with you sooner or later.”

Lewis Carroll Quotes About Life

41. “Read the directions and directly you will be directed in the right direction.”

42. “I’m not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours.”

43. “It is better to be feared than loved.”

44. “It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.”

45. “The proper definition of a man is an animal that writes letters.

46. “You know very well you’re not real.”

47. “You have to run as fast as you can just to stay where you are. If you want to get anywhere, you’ll have to run much faster.” 

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

Lewis Carroll Quotes about dreams

49. “I don’t like belonging to another person’s dream

50. “Take care of the sense and the sounds will take care of themselves.”

51. “My view of life is, that it’s next to impossible to convince anybody of anything.” 

52. “You’re mad, bonkers, completely off your head. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”

53. “The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business.”

54. “If you don’t know where you’re going any road will do”

55. “No discussion between two persons can be of any use, until each knows clearly what it is that the other assets.”

Additional Read: Lewis Carroll | Poetry Foundation

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