Lewis Carroll Quotes (169 quotes)
“He is immensely fat, and so
Well suits the occupation:
In point of fact, if you must know,
We used to call him years ago,
THE MAYOR AND CORPORATION!”
“So, to reward him for his run
(As it was baking hot,
And he was over twenty stone),
The King proceeded, half in fun,
To knight him on the spot.”
Explaining the Knight-Mayor's name - Phantasmagoria (1869)
“Lady Clara Vere de Vere
Was eight years old, she said:
Every ringlet, lightly shaken, ran itself in golden thread.”
Rhyme? and Reason? (1883)
“There are certain things - as, a spider, a ghost,
The income-tax, gout, an umbrella for three -
That I hate, but the thing that I hate the most
Is a thing they call the Sea.”
A Sea Dirge, st.1. - Rhyme? and Reason? (1883)
“There is an insect that people avoid
(Whence is derived the verb 'to flee').
Where have you been by it most annoyed?
In lodgings by the Sea.”
A Sea Dirge. - Rhyme? and Reason? (1883)
“Then proudly smiled that old man
To see the eager lad
Rush madly for his pen and ink
And for his blotting-pad –
But, when he thought of publishing,
His face grew stern and sad.”
Poeta Fit, Non Nascitur, last st. - Rhyme? and Reason? (1883)
“O gin I find anither ladye,'
He said wi' sighs and tears,
'I wot my coortin' sall not be
Anither thirty years: 'For gin I find a ladye gay,
Exactly to my taste,
I'll pop the question, aye or nay,
In twenty years at maist.”
The Lang Coortin', last two sts. - Rhyme? and Reason? (1883)
“Yet what are all such gaieties to me
Whose thoughs are full of indices and surds?
Four Riddles, no.I - Rhyme? and Reason? (1883)
“A sadder vision yet: thine aged sire
Shaming his hoary locks with treacherous wile!
And dost thou now doubt Truth to be a liar?
And wilt thou die, that hast forgot to smile?”
Four Riddles, no. II - Rhyme? and Reason? (1883)
“The air is bright with hues of light
And rich with laughter and with singing:
Young hearts beat high in ecstasy,
And banners wave, and bells are ringing:
But silence falls with fading day,
And there's an end to mirth and play.
Four Riddles, no. III - Rhyme? and Reason? (1883)
“I suppose every child has a world of his own — and every man, too, for the matter of that. I wonder if that's the cause for all the misunderstanding there is in Life?”
Chapter 4 : A Cunning Conspiracy - Sylvie and Bruno (1889)
“He thought he saw an Elephant,
That practised on a fife:
He looked again, and found it was
A letter from his wife.
'At length I realise,' he said,
'The bitterness of Life!”
Chapter 5 : A Beggar's Palace - Sylvie and Bruno (1889)
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsLewis Carroll
Born: January 27, 1832
Died: January 14, 1898 (aged 65)
Occupation: Author, mathematician, photographer, artist
Bio: Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by the pseudonym Lewis Carroll, was an English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer. His most famous writings are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass, as well as the poems The Hunting of the Snark and Jabberwocky, all examples of the genre of literary nonsense.