Top 10 Quotes From Alice in Wonderland With the Explanations

Top 10 Quotes From Alice in Wonderland With the Explanations

Alice in Wonderland is a tale from Lewis Carroll who wrote it in 1864. The story has been such a huge success ever since and many movies and plays have been made based on it. This fairytale continues to have a great fan base. Its popularity is only increasing with big Hollywood directors and stars making yet another adaptation of the story. This time it will be directed by Tim Burton and Johnny Depp will be the outrageous character called the Mad Hatter.

The conversations between the incredible characters, which include people, animals and playing cards, are eccentric and funny. Some of their phrases have become extremely famous, some of them are considered absurd and some are clearly making fun of the Victorian era.

Here are the top 10 quotes with explanations where in the story they appear. They are in descending order beginning from number 10 and going to number one, the most famous quote of all.

Number 10 spot is given to Eaglet:

Alice and many animals and birds along with a Duck, Dodo, Lory and Eaglet swam from a lake that was actually a pool of Alice’s tears. While at the shore they were discussing how to get dry. Dodo was talking in business terms about adjourning the meeting and adopting more energetic remedies. To this Eaglet called out this quoted sentence:

“Speak English! I don’t know the meaning of half those long words, and I don’t believe you do either!” -Eaglet

Number 9 is a quote from Alice herself.

This takes place during the court scene. Alice argues with the Queen of Hearts about the order of a verdict and a sentence, and then Alice realizes that she is her normal size again and does not need to care what the Queen says. This is why she yells out:

“You’re nothing but a pack of cards!” -Alice

 Number 8 is from the Duchess during the game of croquet after she is released from prison to take part in the game. Alice is quietly thinking about how pepper and other spices affect people.

The Duchess is trying to remember what kind of a moral there is in thinking and not speaking. Alice thinks that there is no moral in it. Therefore the Duchess teaches Alice that:

“Everything’s got a moral, if only you can find it.” -The Duchess

Number 7 is a quote from the Mock Turtle. He, the Gryphon and Alice are at the sea shore. Alice tells them about her adventures of the day and how she was repeating a poem to the Caterpillar and how the words came out all wrong. The Gryphon is very interested and asks Alice to repeat a poem called “‘TIS THE VOICE OF THE SLUGGARD”‘. Of course the words come out all different again. This is what the Mock Turtle calls it:

“Well, I never heard it before, but it sounds uncommon nonsense.” -The Mock Turtle

At number 6 is a quote from the White Rabbit. Alice follows the White Rabbit into the rabbit hole and finds herself in a long corridor. She sees the White Rabbit hurrying down the passage. Alice sprints after him just in time to hear the White Rabbit say:

“Oh my ears and whiskers, how late it’s getting!” -White Rabbit

This quote is actually made very famous by Disney Films. They adapted the quote into a song by White Rabbit: “I’m late, I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date!”

Number 5 place is given to a famous quote from the Queen of Hearts. She uses this expression quite often in the story. One time is when Alice meets the Queen for the first time. After Alice has introduced herself, the Queen asks her about the three playing card gardeners lying on the ground. But because Alice does not know them and expresses that to the Queen quite casually, the Queen of Hearts gets furious and screams to Alice:

“Off with her head!” -Queen of Hearts¬†

At number 4 is a quote from the King of Hearts. This happens at the hearing in court while the King asks the White Rabbit to read a set of verses in a letter, written by the prisoner to somebody. The White Rabbit does not know where to begin.

“Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” -The King

On the third spot is quite an odd question by the Mad Hatter.

Alice is at the March Hare’s house and the Mad Hatter is there with Dormouse as well. They are having a tea party. The March Hare and Alice get into an argument about Alice’s right to join the tea party. Then the Mad Hatter makes Alice even more furious by telling her she needs a haircut. Of course Alice declares that to be rude, but the Mad Hatter answers her with a riddle:

“Why is a raven like a writing desk?” -The Mad Hatter

Here we are, getting closer to the best quotes of them all. At number 2 position is a short and famous exclamation from Alice.

Alice eats a cake and expects something peculiar to happen to her. And finally her neck grows and grows so much that in the end she does not even see her own feet. Alice is so surprised that for a moment she forgets to speak good English and cries out:

“Curiouser and curiouser.” -Alice

Finally, number one, the most famous Alice in Wonderland quote.

This quote comes from a conversation between Cheshire Cat and Alice. The grinning Cheshire Cat is giving directions to Alice and tells what sort of people live in each direction in the woods.

Then he discloses as a matter of fact that:

“We’re all mad here.” -Cheshire Cat

Tuula Olin
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The Top 5 Alice Walker Quotes

The Top 5 Alice Walker Quotes

Top 5 Alice Walker Quotes

Alice Walker is a contemporary writer and poet born in 1946.
Her most widely known work was the acclaimed “The Color
Purple” which won her the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Alice
Walker was the last of 8th children born to a poor
sharecropper and his wife in Eatonton Georgia in 1946. Alice
Walker was educated despite the odds against her in those
days of separate and unequal facilities and the tendency to
devalue all women but especially those of color.

Alice Walker has registered her views on many subjects and
yet the body of her work speaks to the plight of black women
in a world where a black woman struggles against dual
oppressions, that of discrimination and hate of African
Americans by whites and that of oppression from males both
black and white.

Alice Walker quotes cover topics as earthy and practical as
love, friendship, the value of self worth, literary critics
and more, and as an author her words tend to be
inspirational, self confirming. Her quotes are often full of
earthy good sense which she inherited and devotedly searched
for in the life of her mother and other women of color who
helped form the culture inherited by black women today.
Contained herein are the top 5 Alice Walker quotes, speaking
on love, marriage, friendship and the value of women and
above all self empowerment.

“In search of my mother’s garden I found my own”

While attempting to interpret the meaning behind any
author’s words is a risky business often best left to
critics, the Alice Walker quote “In search of my mother’s
garden I found my own”, tends to clarify her view on her
mother, and those women of color who paved the way for all
the women after. Alice Walker has demonstrated a reverence
for the earthy wisdom and nurturing nature of women,
particularly her mother, in all of her published works.

“Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of
violence.”

Alice Walker was born and educated during a tumultuous and
sometimes violent upheaval for African Americans in the
United States. She was an activist during the civil rights
movement of the 1960s and interrupted her studies at
University to become an active part of this movement. She
has remained outspoken on matters of racial prejudice and
hate and in fact her most widely acclaimed novel “The Color
Purple” was written from the viewpoint of a young black
woman facing oppression in rural Georgia during the 1930s.

“The gift of loneliness is sometimes a radical vision of
society or one’s people that has not previously been taken
into account.”

Alice Walker has been accused at times of championing
unpopular or radical causes merely as a matter of principle.
However, her early life may account for this quote since an
accident with her brother’s BB gun robbed her of the sight
of one eye when she was young. Because her parents had no
access to a car by the time she was able to see a doctor, an
unsightly cataract had grown over the eye. This caused this
shy and sensitive young black girl to become more withdrawn
and perhaps strongly influenced much of her later growth
both as a young woman and as a writer.

“I think we have to own the fears that we have of each
other, and then, in some practical way, some daily way,
figure out how to see people differently than the way we
were brought up to.”

Alice Walker’s works have focused upon the similarities of
people as well as the discrimination and hate crimes so
common during her formative years. She has often been quoted
as championing the cause of viewing people as just that,
people. In fact she was married and amicably divorced to
renowned Jewish civil rights attorney Melvyn Roseman
Leventhal. The couple later moved to Mississippi and became
the first legally married interracial couple in the state.

“Activism is my rent for living on the planet.”

While there is no denying that Alice Walker was and remains
an activist and a champion of the causes affecting women and
blacks she also abhors violence. In a time of upheaval when
blows were exchanged, and violence was common in the name of
change she turned to words. Her words as pointed and sharp as
any sword, but nurturing in the way of women since time
immemorial help. Her activism has seemed to uplift a
nation’s black women and change their fates by changing
their perception of themselves and their cultural heritage.

The World Has Changed: Conversations with Alice Walker

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