Alice in Wonderland is one of those books everyone has read, and a story that everyone knows. The story has been changed and reinterpreted so many times and that’s lovely, but it’s also the absolute best to return to the original book and get lost in its zany wisdom. I’ve always been in love with Alice in Wonderland quotes and their brand of ironic truths and hidden meanings in the ridiculous, and these quotes are no different.
“I wonder if I’ve 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 I’m not the same, the next question is ‘Who in the world am I?’ Ah, that’s the great puzzle!”
I love that Alice is constantly second-guessing where she is, what she sees, and most important, who she is.
I also love this quote:
“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”
And this one!
“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.
‘- so long as I get SOMEWHERE,’ Alice added as an explanation.
‘Oh, you’re sure to do that,’ said the Cat, ‘if you only walk long enough.”
So much of this book is about what we perceive as reality, both in ourselves and in our outer lives. Alice finds herself questioning everything she ever knew as truth, from who she truly is to big questions like logic, order, structure, and how society plays upon our identities. The characters Alice meets play by a very different set of rules than she’s used to, and she finds her worldview changing. But in any case, she belongs there with them—”we’re all mad here.”
I absolutely love that this book offers so many perspectives on life and identity, and that I can always go back to these pages and find new wisdom.