Lewis Carroll

Biography
Lewis Carroll was the pen name of Charles L. Dodgson, author of the children's classics Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. Born on January 27, 1832 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England, Charles Dodgson wrote and created games as a child. At age 20 he received a studentship at Christ Church and was appointed a lecturer in mathematics. Dodgson was shy but enjoyed creating stories for children. His books including Alice's Adventures in Wonderland were published under ...  Read more »
Born
January 27, 1832, Daresbury, England,United Kingdom
Occupation
PhotographyNovelistWriterLibrarianAuthorLogicianMathematicianClergymanClericPhotographerScreenwriter
Height
1.8 m
Religion
Anglicanism

Family

Parents
Charles DodgsonFrances Jane Lutwidge

Quotes

No, no! said the Queen.
Sentence firstverdict afterwards.

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!,If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.

There is no use trying, said Alice; one can't believe impossible things.
I dare say you haven't had much practice, said the Queen.
When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day.
Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

How queer everything is to-day! And yesterday things went on just as usual.
I wonder if Ive been changed in the night? Let me think: was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different.
But if Im not the same, the next question is, Who in the world am I? Ah, thats the great puzzle!,What I tell you three times is true.

Theres the Kings Messenger.
Hes in prison now, being punished: and the trial doesnt begin until next Wednesday: and of course the crime comes last of all.
Suppose he never commits the crime? said Alice.
That would be all the better, wouldnt it? the Queen said.

The time has come, the Walrus said,To talk of many things:Of shoesand shipsand sealing-waxOf cabbagesand kingsAnd why the sea is boiling hotAnd whether pigs have wings.

The rule is, jam tomorrow and jam yesterday --but never jam today.

If everybody minded their own business, the Duchess said in a hoarse growl, the world would go round a deal faster than it does.

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.

Speak roughly to your little boy, and beat him when he sneezes: he only does it to annoy, because he knows it teases.

When I use a word, Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, it means just what I choose it to meanneither 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 masterthats all.

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.

I'm very brave generally, he went on in a low voice: only today I happen to have a headache.

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.

One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree.
Which road do I take? she asked.
Where do you want to go? was his response.
I don't know, Alice answered.
Then, said the cat, it doesn't matter.

Yet what are all such gaieties to me whose thoughts are full of indices and surds?,And thus they give the time, that Nature meant for peaceful sleep and meditative snores, to ceaseless din and mindless merriment and waste of shoes and floors.

One can't believe impossible things.
I dare say you haven't had much practice, said the Queen.
When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day.
Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

Sometimes I've believed as many as six possible things before breakfast.

I think I could, if I only knew how to begin.
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.

I believe this thought, of the possibility of death — if calmly realised, and steadily faced would be one of the best possible tests as to our going to any scene of amusement being right or wrong.

Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle.

There comes a pause, for human strength will not endure to dance without cessation; and everyone must reach the point at length of absolute prostration.

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