Quotations From LEWIS CARROLL [CHARLES LUTWIDGE DODGSON]

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  • 1.
    Contrariwise, 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.
    Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832-1898), British author, mathematician. Tweedledee, in Through the Looking-Glass, "Tweedledum and Tweedledee," (1872).
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    "A Conspiracy!" cried the delighted lady, clapping her hands. "Of all things, I do like a Conspiracy! It's so interesting!"
    Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832-1898), British author, mathematician, clergyman. My Lady, Sylvie and Bruno, Macmillan (1889).
  • 3.
    If only I could manage, without annoyance to my family, to get imprisoned for 10 years, "without hard labour," and with the use of books and writing materials, it would be simply delightful!
    Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832-1898), British author, mathematician, clergyman. Letter, June 15, 1891, to his cousin, Mrs. W.E. Wilcox. The Letters of Lewis Carroll, vol. II, ed. Morton N. Cohen, Oxford University Press (1979).

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  • 4.
    I'm down here all alone, but as happy as a king—at least, as happy as some kings—at any rate, I should think I'm about as happy as King Charles the First when he was in prison.
    Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832-1898), British author, mathematician, clergyman. Letter, July 20, 1886, to his cousin, Menella Wilcox. The Letters of Lewis Carroll, vol. II, ed. Morton N. Cohen, Oxford University Press (1979).

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  • 5.
    And she tried to fancy what the flame of a candle looks like after the candle is blown out, for she could not remember ever having seen such a thing.
    Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832-1898), British author, mathematician, clergyman. Alice, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, ch. I, Macmillan (1865).

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  • 6.
    "Write that down," the King said to the jury, and the jury eagerly wrote down all three dates on their slates, and then added them up, and reduced the answer to shillings and pence.
    Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832-1898), British author, mathematician. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, "Who Stole the Tarts?" (1865).
  • 7.
    Doesn't that show what an old man I am, when I can say to a mother "I love your daughter," and not get the reply "what are your intentions, and what is your income?"
    Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832-1898), British author, mathematician, clergyman. letter, Feb. 12, 1887, to Mrs. H.A. Feilden. The Letters of Lewis Carroll, vol. II, ed. Morton N. Cohen, Oxford University Press (1979).

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  • 8.
    The rule is, jam tomorrow and jam yesterday—but never jam today.
    Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832-1898), British author, mathematician. The White Queen, in Through the Looking-Glass, "Wool and Water," (1872).

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  • 9.
    You're nothing but a pack of cards!
    Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832-1898), British author, mathematician, clergyman. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, ch. XII, Macmillan (1865).
  • 10.
    Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that.
    Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832-1898), British author, mathematician. The Red Queen, in Through the Looking-Glass, "The Garden of Live Flowers," (1872). The passage is usually quoted with reference to rapidly changing political situations.

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