34 Philosophical Alice in Wonderland Quotes

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“If you drink much from a bottle marked ‘poison’ it is certain to disagree with you sooner or later.”

“Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

“I don’t believe there’s an atom of meaning in it.”

“Not the same thing a bit!” said the Hatter. “You might just as well say that “I see what I eat” is the same thing as “I eat what I see”!”

“You might just as well say,” added the March Hare, “that “I like what I get” is the same thing as “I get what I like”!”

“You might just as well say,” added the Dormouse, who seemed to be talking in his sleep, “that “I breathe when I sleep” is the same thing as “I sleep when I breathe”!”

“Curiouser and curiouser!”

“What is the use of a book, without pictures or conversations?”

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

“If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.”

The Hatter performed by Johnny Depp
Alice in Wonderland Quote from The Hatter

“We’re all mad here.”

“Reeling and Writhing, of course, to begin with, and then the different branches of arithmetic – Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision.”

“Now, I give you fair warning, either you or your head must be off, and that in about half no time! Take your choice!”

“Read the directions and directly you will be directed in the right direction.”

“There’s a large mustard-mine near here. And the moral of that is – The more there is of mine, the less there is of yours.”

“Well! I’ve often seen a cat without a grin; but a grin without a cat!”

“Ah! Then yours wasn’t a really good school. Now at ours they had at the end of the bill. French, music, and washing – extra.”

“It was much pleasanter at home, when one wasn’t always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and rabbits.”

“Sentence first – verdict afterwards.”

“Take care of the sense, and the sounds will take care of themselves.”

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

And she tried to fancy what the flame of a candle is like after the candle is blown out, for she could not remember ever having seen such a thing.

“If you’re going to turn into a pig, my dear, I’ll have nothing more to do with you. Mind now!”

“No, no! You’re a serpent; and there’s no use denying it. I suppose you’ll be telling me next that you never tasted an egg!”

“I wish I hadn’t cried so much. I shall be punished for it now, I suppose, by being drowned in my own tears!”

It sounded an excellent plan, no doubt, and very neatly and simply arranged; the only difficulty was, that she had not the smallest idea how to set about it.

“I wish you wouldn’t keep appearing and vanishing so suddenly: you make one quite giddy.”

“I didn’t know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn’t know that cats could grin.”

“You don’t know much, and that’s a fact.”

“And besides, what would be the use of a procession,” thought she, “if people had all to lie down upon their faces, so that they couldn’t see it?”

“A cat may look at a king,”

“Maybe it’s always pepper that makes people hot-tempered, and vinegar that makes them sour-and chamomile that makes them bitter-and—and barley-sugar and such things that make children sweet-tempered.

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Quote from Red Queen

“They’re dreadfully fond of beheading people here; the great wonder is, that there’s any one left alive!”

“Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.”

20 Crazy Quotes From “Ten Days In Mad House” Author, Nellie Bly

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Elizabeth Jane Cochran, as known as Nellie Bly

Could I pass a week in the insane ward at Blackwell’s Island? I said I could and I would. And I did.

I always had a desire to know asylum life more thoroughly – a desire to be convinced that the most helpless of God’s creatures, the insane, were cared for kindly and properly.

I had never been near insane persons before in my life, and had not the faintest idea of what their actions were like.

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Nellie Bly wants to know about insane people life in asylum

On the wagon sped, and I, as well as my comrades, gave a despairing farewell glance at freedom as we came in sight of the long stone buildings.

They were being driven to a prison, through no fault of their own, in all probability for life. In comparison, how much easier it would be to walk to the gallows than to this tomb of living horrors!

In our short walks we passed the kitchen where food was prepared for the nurses and doctors. There we got glimpses of melons and grapes and all kinds of fruits, beautiful white bread and nice meats, and the hungry feeling would be increased tenfold.

Even that was all consumed after two days, and the patients had to try to choke down fresh fish, just boiled in water, without salt, pepper or butter; mutton, beef, and potatoes without the faintest seasoning

What a mysterious thing madness is. I have watched patients whose lips are forever sealed in a perpetual silence. They live, breathe, eat; the human form is there, but that something, which the body can live without, but which cannot exist without the body, was missing.

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Committed to the asylum, Bly experienced its conditions firsthand

What, excepting torture, would produce insanity quicker than this treatment? Here is a class of women sent to be cured. I would like the expert physicians who are condemning me for my action, which has proven their ability, to take a perfectly sane and healthy woman, shut her up and make her sit from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. on straight-back benches, do not allow her to talk or move during these hours, give her no reading and let her know nothing of the world or its doings, give her bad food and harsh treatment, and see how long it will take to make her insane. Two months would make her a mental and physical wreck

My teeth chattered and my limbs were …numb with cold. Suddenly, I got three buckets of ice-cold water…one in my eyes, nose and mouth.

All the asylum clothing is made by the patients, but sewing does not employ one’s mind. After several months’ confinement the thoughts of the busy world grow faint, and all the poor prisoners can do is to sit and ponder over their hopeless fate.

I took upon myself to enact the part of a poor, unfortunate crazy girl, and felt it my duty not to shirk any of the disagreeable results that should follow.

People in the world can never imagine the length of days to those in asylums. They seemed never ending, and we welcomed any event that might give us something to think about as well as talk of.

I always made a point of telling the doctors I was sane, and asking to be released, but the more I endeavored to assure them of my sanity, the more they doubted it.

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Nellie Bly later published her experience in a book, Ten Days in a Mad-House

How can a doctor judge a woman’s sanity by merely bidding her good morning and refusing to hear her pleas for release? Even the sick ones know it is useless to say anything, for the answer will be that it is their imagination.

I had, toward the last, been shut off from all visitors, and so when the lawyer, Peter A. Hendricks, came and told me that friends of mine were willing to take charge of me if I would rather be with them than in the asylum, I was only too glad to give my consent.

I had looked forward so eagerly to leaving the horrible place, yet when my release came and I knew that God’s sunlight was to be free for me again, there was a certain pain in leaving.

I have watched patients stand and gaze longingly toward the city they in all likelihood will never enter again. It means liberty and life; it seems so near, and yet heaven is not further from hell.

I shuddered to think how completely the insane were in the power of their keepers, and how one could weep and plead for release, and all of no avail, if the keepers were so minded.

It is only after one is in trouble that one realizes how little sympathy and kindness there are in the world.