Alice in Wonderland is one of the many classic reads by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, more commonly known under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll.
The English mathematician is known for how this tale plays with logic. Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland, which is the longer title, may be an old book, specifically 1864, but until today, its lessons and wise words are still applicable. Especially when talking about being true to yourself.
See, Alice is often seen as this young girl who explores the wonderland and talks to playing cards and tea cups. But there’s so much more to this than a children’s story book. Alice in Wonderland reminds us so much of simplicity and straightforwardness, but at the same time, it’s filled with read-between-the-lines quotes.
Being true to yourself is one very important thing, but it’s not always easy. It’s a lot easier to fall into the cracks and put our idols on pedestals as we try to become them. Unless you want to waste energy, you might want to consider sitting still in your comfy couch, and try to figure out what you already truly know about yourself. Knowing who you are is a long process, but being true and transparent is one of the easiest ways to start.
We’ve assembled the finest Alice in Wonderland quotes for you to enjoy.
1. On Who You Are Today
It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then. ~ Alice In Wonderland
There’s a fine line between looking back at yesterday and dwelling over everything about it. Most often than not, we plan to do the prior but we end up doing the latter. But hey, we’re just mere humans here so… but it’s always great to be reminded that who we were yesterday has nothing to do with who we want to be today. Instead of dwelling over yesterday’s failure, maybe it’s better if we dwell on today’s experiences.
2. On The Mere Act of Believing
Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. ~ Alice In Wonderland
See, when bad things happen, or when things get out of control, we end up finding ourselves believing we’re totally stupid people. We can’t do anything right. That’s usually not the case. Mushy as it may sound but, you are what you believe in. It may not show today but if you believe you’ll be a successful person in your chosen field, and if you work hard towards that belief, it will be a reality soon.
3. On Not Knowing Yourself
Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle. ~ Alice In Wonderland
It is a fact that we’re all too consumed with trying to figure out who we are. But how can we not? That’s the point of living, right? Figuring out who you are and making the best of it? Well, yes. But it’s not as easy as it may seem to be. You don’t get to know yourself fully in a snap. Plus, there’s also something special with not knowing who you are. There’s something beautiful in trying to discover more about yourself.
4. On Minding Your Own Business
If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does. ~ Alice In Wonderland
We just love to meddle on other people’s business, don’t we? And don’t say you’re not this kind of person. All of us at some point in our lives, spent some amount of time more focused on other people’s lives than ours. Which is perfectly normal. However, it’s a different story if you already caught yourself being so focused on others and being nosy, yet you still choose to do nothing. That’s just not right, okay?
5. On Knowing Madness
We’re all mad here. ~ Alice In Wonderland
Keep in mind that there’s no point in trying to make this world a peaceful place. There’s no such thing. You can keep yourself at peace but you cannot make this world peaceful all the time. Thus, instead of trying so hard to turn every person you meet into a peace-loving human, why not sit and watch the madness? Why not see what’s actually going on and witness how this world operates – madness and peace and everything in between. It’s much more beautiful with all of those together.
6. On Thinking Before You Speak
People who don’t think shouldn’t talk. ~ Alice In Wonderland
This is one of the most common sayings… think before you speak. But apparently, it’s also something we keep on forgetting. Probably because it’s almost impossible to do. But the more you try your best to do it, the easier it will be. Words are so powerful and once said, you can’t take them back. Thus, it’s very crucial that we always think before we speak.
7. On Cherishing Every Moment
Alice: How long is forever? White Rabbit: Sometimes, just one second. ~ Alice In Wonderland
\r\nBeing true to yourself is more than admitting your mistakes, accepting your flaws, and all those common things. It’s also about learning how to cherish every moment of your life – the good, the bad, and everything in between. More often than not, we learn how to be selective on this. We try out best to forget embarrassing moments, for instance. But if we want a forever, we will have to value every moment, including those embarrassing ones.
8. On Being Friends With Imagination
Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality. ~ Alice In Wonderland
If you’ll ask an adult about imagination, he’ll probably say it’s something for kids. When we grow up, we tend to leave imagination behind. But too much focus on reality isn’t really that good. Sure, we need to face reality, but we also need to combat the boring parts of it. Nobody wants boring. And there’s nothing better we could use to do so than with our imagination.
9. On Being Okay with Not Being Able to Explain Yourself
I’m afraid I can’t explain myself, sir. Because I am not myself, you see? ~ Alice In Wonderland
We all want to have an explanation for everything, including ourselves. We think we need to explain every idea we have or every action we do. It’s exhausting. This needs to stop. See, there’s no problem if you can’t explain yourself. And there’s certainly no problem in not being able to know yourself. This society has high standards on everything and it gets higher every second. Don’t let yourself drown in such standards. If you don’t have an explanation or if you have no clue who you are, so be it.
10. On Being True to Yourself
My dear, here we must run as fast as we can, just to stay in place. ~ Alice In Wonderland
Sometimes, being where you want to be calls for years of exploring and running and hitting one obstacle after another. Sometimes, the only way to stay where we are, is to run and be in motion. It sounds silly but until you get to that point, you won’t fully understand. Not all things come with instructions, and not all things are easy to keep. Including your spot. Thus, there are instances when understanding something only happens when you actually experience it.
11. On The Beauty of Exploring
If you don’t know where you are going any road can take you there. ~ Alice In Wonderland
This is one of the most famous Alice in Wonderland quotes. The thing about exploring is that it is necessary to try new things and gain experience. Experience and exploration come hand in hand and there’s no way you can pick one without experiencing the other. Thus, when you feel like exploring, know that you will have to take whatever road you feel like taking. If you’re unsure of where you want to go, knowing where you want to be isn’t going to happen unless you start walking and choosing a path.
12. On Knowing Your Limits
And if you wish to go anywhere you must run twice as fast as that. ~ Alice In Wonderland
If you think you can give 100–300 hours to a project, more often than not, you can actually give 150–200 hours. It’s a human’s initiative to either give ourselves safe limits of unrealistic limits. And there’s really nothing wrong with safe or unrealistic, but too much of it can hurt you really bad. Thus, keep in mind that you want to reach something, you need to take action but you also need to remember your limits.
13. On Being Feared
It is better to be feared than loved. ~ Alice In Wonderland
Fear and love are two complicated emotions, and we often mistake them as opposites. Also, we don’t often think being feared is better than being loved. But there’s more to fear than the simple idea of being afraid. It is a strong emotion that usually has love lying beneath it. However, love usually don’t have fear lying beneath it. We can love someone but not necessarily fear them. But when we fear someone, usually, there’s more than just fear.
14. On Trusting Your Instincts
In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again. ~ Alice In Wonderland
Being true to yourself is not as easy as what the internet is telling you. Just do this and that and practice this and that, and voila! You’ve just learned how to be true to yourself. Needless to say, it’s not that difficult either. You can start with your instincts. If your gut is telling you something even if you think it’s totally crazy or you have no plan B, just do it. And know yourself a little more from this experience.
15. On Knowing Your Surroundings
No wise fish would go anywhere without a porpoise. ~ Alice In Wonderland
See, knowing yourself isn’t all about knowing who you are. It’s also about knowing how you react on things, and knowing your surroundings. Yes, our surroundings change from time to time, which is why we need to be wise, check in with ourselves and ask if we really know where we are. We encourage exploring, but we also encourage to keep ourselves safe and be familiar with where we are. Don’t wait for danger to be present and tell you you’re in the wrong ocean.
16. On Making Sense
It would be so nice if something made sense for a change. ~ Alice In Wonderland
We’re not saying you don’t make sense, but living in this kind of society, not everything makes sense. Thus, from time to time, it’s important to truly ask ourselves about this, and to see if we’re still making sense. If what we’re doing still affects others in a positive way, or if we’re just wasting our spot here in on earth. Because more often than not, we end up engaging in activities propelled by various emotions, but activities that we don’t even think about first, if it does make sense.
17. On Focusing on You
Look after the senses and the sounds will look after themselves. ~ Alice In Wonderland
Nobody will look after you but yourself. Sure, we all have friends and family who will look after us, but before looking after us, they first need to look after themselves. Same goes for you. There’s no point in exploring this world if you will just put yourself in danger because you’re not paying enough attention to yourself. Quit paying attention to others. Focus on you instead. This is one of the most effective ways you’ll know yourself better.
18. On Knowing the Right Path To Take
Which way you ought to go depends on where you want to get to. ~ Alice In Wonderland
The thing about people is that we’re so quick to ask for signs. We love collecting signs before we actually make our move. And nothing’s really wrong with that. However, it can be a problem when we start seeing signs but choose to ignore it, because it’s pointing us to a direction we fear. Trust in yourself and go where you want to be. Don’t think of the rocky path because, really, all paths are rocky anyway.
19. On Not Wanting To Be Alone
I am so VERY tired of being all alone here! ~ Alice In Wonderland
Believe it or not, there are far too many people who are so brave in so many things but are afraid to admit they fear loneliness. But worry not, it’s not easy to admit that you’re afraid or you’re tired of being lonely. It’s also not easy to admit it to yourself that you feel lonely in the first place. However, there’s no other way to deal with loneliness than looking at it face to face.
20. On Allowing Yourself To Change
…at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then. ~ Alice In Wonderland
When we say we already know ourselves, that doesn’t mean who we are today will be the same person next year. Change is constant and there’s nothing we can do about it. Knowing ourselves is more about knowing who we are today, and knowing the fact that we changed and therefore, we became a different person. There’s no such thing as one final list of descriptive words for us. This list will change and we need to acknowledge it.
21. On Feeling Too Much
You’re mad, bonkers, completely off your head. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are. ~ Alice In Wonderland
Perhaps one of the most impossible thing to do is focus on the fact that we’re all different people and we all have different beauties. See, this society often tells us the best kind of people are those who got their mess together. Apparently, this isn’t always the truth. Sometimes, the best people are the mad ones. The best people are those who are not afraid to fail or be messy or feel too much.
22. On Making That First Step
I don’t see how he can ever finish, if he doesn’t begin. ~ Alice In Wonderland
We’re often told that in order to get to a place or achieve something, we first need to begin. And that is correct. But we must also keep in mind that beginning don’t always have to be in the form of motion. Sometimes, beginning is within. It’s when we acknowledge the emotions present at the moment or when we focus more in our mindset and breathing and other stuff like that. We can’t finish if we begin, so we need to pay close attention to our inner self as well.
23. On Allowing Yourself to be Curious
I almost wish I hadn’t gone down that rabbit-hole—and yet—and yet—it’s rather curious, you know, this sort of life! ~ Alice In Wonderland
Curiosity does not kill the cat and it certainly doesn’t kill humans. There’s something beautiful and magical about being curious and actually allowing yourself to be curious. Instead of shutting down those thoughts, why not welcome them? You never know, maybe it will lead you to a bright idea. Usually, we’re so afraid of curiosity because we think running with it will harm us. But we don’t really know that, do we?
24. On Trying
At any rate, there’s no harm in trying. ~ Alice In Wonderland
\r\nSame as curiosity, we also tend to fear trying. We have a long list of things we want to achieve but there’s really no way we can achieve these things if we don’t try. If we don’t make that step. Thus, we end up sitting in our comfort zone drinking chai tea. We all need down time and tranquillity, but life is all about trying and failing and trying some more until you finally succeed.
And The Last Of The Alice in Wonderland Quotes….25. On Giving Importance to Time
‘If you knew Time as well as I do,’ said the Hatter, ‘you wouldn’t talk about wasting it. It’s him.’ ~ Alice In Wonderland
How much time did you spent worrying today? How much time did you spent thinking about something than actually doing it? See, we spend time on many unnecessary things like we have all the time in the world. We don’t. And it’s important that you ask those questions to yourself every now and then to know how much you value time. And you’d want to value it more today than how much you valued it yesterday.