Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Children never outgrow Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) by Lewis Carroll (January 27,1832)

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a classic— each year new children discover the book and many people I know (myself included) never outgrow their affection for Alice and her cronies. The book is one of those gems where— in addition to a story line filled with a mixture of whimsy and clever plot turns—many of the thoughts expressed by Alice, the March Hare, the Mad Hatter, the King & Queen, and others have become part of our literary vernacular.   Here are a few of my favorites:

~ “What is the use a book, thought Alice, without pictures or conversions?”

~ “It would be so nice if something made sense for a change.” Alice

~ “Oh, how I wish I could shut up like a telescope! I think I could, if I only knew how to begin.” Alice
~ There is no use trying; one can't believe impossible things." (Alice)
"I dare say you haven't had much practice. 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.” Queen

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