‘Speak when you’re spoken to!’ The Queen sharply interrupted her.
‘But if everybody obeyed that rule,’ said Alice, who was always ready for a little argument, ‘and if you only spoke when you were spoken to, and the other person always waited for you to begin, you see nobody would ever say anything, so that — ‘
‘Ridiculous!’ cried the Queen.
–“Through the Looking Glass”

It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.
–“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”

If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.
–“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”


“Then you should say what you mean,” the March Hare went on.
“I do,” Alice hastily replied,
“at least I mean what I say, that’s the same thing, you know.”
“Not the same thing a bit!” said the Hatter.
“Why, you might just as well say that ‘I see what I eat’
is the same thing as ‘I eat what I see!'”
–“Alice in Wonderland”

“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.”
–“Through the Looking Glass”

“But ‘glory’ doesn’t mean ‘a nice knock-down argument’,” Alice objected.
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone,
“it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”
“The question is,” said Alice,
“whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty,
“which is to be master — that is all.”
–“Through the Looking Glass”