Lewis Carroll: 10 favorite quotes on his birthday

The man who was born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson is best known to the world by his pen name: Lewis Carroll. Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" is as beloved today as ever and has prompted multiple film and TV adaptations. His novels and poetry, including "Jabberwocky" (which begins unforgettably: "Twas bryllyg, and ye slythy toves") are renowned for their wordplay and nonsense language. Here are 10 favorite quotes from Carroll as we celebrate his 180th birthday on January 27, 2012.

1.Who am I?

"I can't go back to yesterday – because I was a different person then." (From "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland")

Suspension of disbelief

"Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." (From "Through the Looking-Glass")

Being truthful

"Always speak the truth, think before you speak, and write it down afterwards."

Unheeded wisdom

"She generally gave herself very good advice, (though she very seldom followed it)." (From "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland")


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

Learning from experience

"Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it." (From "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland")

Maintaining a sense of humor

"Everything is funny, if you can laugh at it." (From "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland")

Thinking before you speak

"I don't think..."

"Then you shouldn't talk," said the Hatter. (From "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland")


"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."

Daring to act

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