Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

is the protagonist of the story. Though she doesn’t mention her age in the story, she is said to be seven years-old by experts, and in the sequel Through the Looking Glass, she does mention being seven and a half. She is inspired by the real Alice Liddell, the daughter of Henry Liddell, the Dean of Christ Church, Oxford and a contemporary of Carroll. In the story, she is a spirited child, often following her instincts and the other characters courageously and standing her ground when she suspects nonsense. But she is also anxious and becomes homesick when she is confused and lost in Wonderland. She is on the verge of growing up, and the adventures of Wonderland play on her insecurites and show how she is terrified by the unknown world of the future but also thrilled by it and eager to discover.

Alice Quotes in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

The Alice's Adventures in Wonderland quotes below are all either spoken by Alice or refer to Alice. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 1 Quotes

Alice opened the door and found that it led into a small passage, not much larger than a rat-hole: she knelt down and looked along the passage into the loveliest garden you ever saw. How she longed to get out of that dark hall, and wander about among those beds of bright flowers and those cool fountains, but she could not even get her head though the doorway.

Related Characters: Alice
Related Symbols: The Garden
Page Number: 5
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'What a curious feeling!' said Alice; 'I must be shutting up like a telescope .'

Related Characters: Alice (speaker)
Related Symbols: Eating and Drinking, Growing and Shrinking
Page Number: 6
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Chapter 2 Quotes

'But if I'm not the same, the next question is, Who in the world am I? Ah, THAT'S the great puzzle!' And she began thinking over all the children she knew that were of the same age as herself, to see if she could have been changed for any of them.

Related Characters: Alice (speaker)
Page Number: 10
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Chapter 4 Quotes

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

Related Characters: Alice (speaker)
Related Symbols: Eating and Drinking, Growing and Shrinking
Page Number: 26
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She stretched herself up on tiptoe, and peeped over the edge of the mushroom, and her eyes immediately met those of a large caterpillar, that was sitting on the top with its arms folded, quietly smoking a long hookah, and taking not the smallest notice of her or of anything else.

Related Characters: Alice, The Caterpillar
Page Number: 32
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Chapter 5 Quotes

'Who are YOU?' said the Caterpillar.
This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, 'I--I hardly know, sir, just at present-- 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.'

Related Characters: Alice (speaker), The Caterpillar (speaker)
Page Number: 34
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'I HAVE tasted eggs, certainly,' said Alice, who was a very truthful child; 'but little girls eat eggs quite as much as serpents do, you know.'
'I don't believe it,' said the Pigeon; 'but if they do, why then they're a kind of serpent, that's all I can say.'

Related Characters: Alice (speaker)
Page Number: 41
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Chapter 6 Quotes

'Oh, you can't help that,' said the Cat: 'we're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad.'
'How do you know I'm mad?' said Alice.
'You must be,' said the Cat, 'or you wouldn't have come here.'

Related Characters: Alice (speaker), The Cheshire Cat (speaker)
Page Number: 50
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Chapter 7 Quotes

'Your hair wants cutting,' said the Hatter. He had been looking at Alice for some time with great curiosity, and this was his first speech.
'You should learn not to make personal remarks,' Alice said with some severity; 'it's very rude.'

Related Characters: Alice (speaker), The Mad Hatter (speaker)
Page Number: 53
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Chapter 9 Quotes

'Tut, tut, child!' said the Duchess. 'Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it.' And she squeezed herself up closer to Alice's side as she spoke.

Related Characters: The Duchess (speaker), Alice
Page Number: 72
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'Why did you call him Tortoise, if he wasn't one?' Alice asked.
'We called him Tortoise because he taught us,' said the Mock Turtle angrily: 'really you are very dull!'

Related Characters: Alice (speaker), The Mock-Turtle (speaker)
Page Number: 78
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Chapter 10 Quotes

'It all came different!' the Mock Turtle repeated thoughtfully. 'I should like to hear her try and repeat something now. Tell her to begin.' He looked at the Gryphon as if he thought it had some kind of authority over Alice.

Related Characters: The Mock-Turtle (speaker), Alice, The Gryphon
Page Number: 86
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Chapter 12 Quotes

'Who cares for you?' said Alice, (she had grown to her full size by this time.) 'You're nothing but a pack of cards!'

Related Characters: Alice (speaker)
Related Symbols: Eating and Drinking, Growing and Shrinking
Page Number: 102
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'Oh, I've had such a curious dream!' said Alice, and she told her sister, as well as she could remember them, all these strange Adventures of hers that you have just been reading about; and when she had finished, her sister kissed her, and said, 'It WAS a curious dream, dear, certainly: but now run in to your tea; it's getting late.'

Related Characters: Alice (speaker), Alice’s Sister (speaker)
Page Number: 102
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Chapter 1 - Down the Rabbit-Hole
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The rabbit hole goes on and on like a vertical tunnel, and as Alice falls, it is as if time slows down – she is able to consider everything... (full context)
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Alice follows, but when she turns a corner, she loses sight of the rabbit and finds... (full context)
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Alice wishes she could “shut up like a telescope”, and goes back to the table to... (full context)
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Alice feels very strange, like she is shrinking, and in fact she is. She has become... (full context)
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Alice finds a box under the table and in it, a tiny cake with the words... (full context)
Chapter 2 - The Pool of Tears
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Alice suddenly feels herself starting to grow. She can see her feet disappear beneath her as... (full context)
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Alice looks down at the tiny door. She can now only peer through the doorway with... (full context)
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Alice, in quite a state, thinks she must take her chance and ask the rabbit for... (full context)
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Then Alice thinks of all the things she knows. She tries to remember a particular rhyme about... (full context)
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Alice realizes that she is now wearing one of the white rabbit’s gloves. She is shrinking... (full context)
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Alice spots another creature in the pool, swimming far off. She sees that it is a... (full context)
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So Alice tries to talk about dogs instead, and recalls a particularly good specimen belonging to her... (full context)
Chapter 3 - A Caucus-Race and a Long Tale
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...they all remain as wet as ever. So the Dodo suggests they have a Caucus-race. Alice, recognizing that the Dodo expects someone to say something in response, asks what a Caucus-race... (full context)
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After a great deal of thought, the Dodo announces that everybody has won and that Alice must give the prizes. Alice looks in her pocket and luckily finds a box of... (full context)
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Then, Alice urges the Mouse to tell her his story. It is a sad tale, says the... (full context)
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They all wish the Mouse would come back. Alice misses Dinah the cat again – she thinks Dinah could easily bring the Mouse back... (full context)
Chapter 4 - The Rabbit Sends in a Little Bill
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...gloves. He is very worried about being late, thinking the Duchess will have him executed. Alice tries to find his things but the room has changed out of all recognition. The... (full context)
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Alice soon arrives at a little house with ‘W. Rabbit’ on a plaque next to the... (full context)
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Alice also finds a bottle of liquid – it is unlabeled but sure to make something... (full context)
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Alice has a conversation with herself about the pros and cons of never growing older, until... (full context)
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After a brief silence, Alice hears the sound of a cart and a group of the gardener’s animal friends getting... (full context)
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The White Rabbit suggests burning the house down, but Alice threatens to set Dinah on him. Then the animals try throwing pebbles in through the... (full context)
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But Alice doesn’t know how to become the right size. As she considers the problem, she is... (full context)
Chapter 5 - Advice from a Caterpillar
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The Caterpillar lazily addresses Alice, by saying “Who are YOU?” Alice explains that she doesn’t know how to answer, having... (full context)
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Alice turns away, but the Caterpillar calls her back and tells her he has something important... (full context)
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After another long pause, the Caterpillar wants to know what size Alice would like to be. Alice says she doesn’t have a particular preference and that it’s... (full context)
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Alice is left to examine the mushroom. Not knowing which side is which, she puts her... (full context)
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As Alice swoops, a pigeon flaps into her, calling her a serpent. She insists she isn’t a... (full context)
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Alice remembers the mushroom, and tries eating again. Bit by bit, she transforms herself into her... (full context)
Chapter 6 - Pig and Pepper
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Alice stands outside, trying to decide what to do. She is interrupted by the appearance of... (full context)
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When Alice approaches, The Frog tells her that there is no use knocking, because he is outside,... (full context)
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...and a plate comes flying out, skimming the Frog’s head. He still will not give Alice a proper answer and she feels quite frustrated at everybody’s contrariness, so she lets herself... (full context)
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...is putting in the soup; everybody except a cat, which sits on the hearth, smiling. Alice asks the group nervously why the cat is smiling, and the Duchess merely explains that... (full context)
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Alice shouts at the cook to stop and the Duchess says angrily that the world would... (full context)
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Then the Duchess throws the baby to Alice to nurse while she gets ready for the croquet match. With great difficulty, Alice figures... (full context)
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The Cheshire Cat appears, grinning as before. Alice asks it which way to go. The Cat replies that the answer depends where she... (full context)
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The Cat asks Alice if she is going to play croquet with the Queen today but Alice hasn’t been... (full context)
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Alice decides to go towards the March Hare, thinking a Hare is much more interesting than... (full context)
Chapter 7 - A Mad Tea-Party
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...three creatures, a Hatter, a Hare and a Dormouse, sit at one end, though as Alice approaches they insist there is no room for her. She sits down at the other... (full context)
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...until the Hatter speaks up and asks “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” Alice is very glad to be given a riddle and is confident she can guess it.... (full context)
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Then the Hatter gets out his pocket watch and asks Alice what day it is. The watch is two days off. He blames the Hare for... (full context)
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Alice remarks that they ought to do something better with their time than waste it on... (full context)
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The Hatter changes the subject and wants Alice to tell them a story. Alice nominates the Dormouse instead, not knowing a story to... (full context)
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Alice begins to get impatient with this implausible story and the Dormouse’s evasive answers. He says... (full context)
Chapter 8 - The Queen's Croquet-Ground
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Alice enters the beautiful garden and sees a rose tree, full of white roses, and a... (full context)
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Alice wants to know why they are painting the roses. The gardeners become very sheepish. Two... (full context)
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Alice decides not to genuflect like the gardeners have done, and the Queen notices her and... (full context)
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...before they can explain, she has ordered them to be beheaded. The cards run to Alice for protection and she puts them in a plant pot. The three soldiers whose job... (full context)
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...arches and the flamingo that are the mallets and hedgehogs that form balls get ready. Alice has some trouble getting her flamingo tucked under her arm to strike the hedgehog, who... (full context)
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Just then, the Cheshire Cat appears, and Alice waits for its ears to arrive, before telling it her qualms with the Queen’s version... (full context)
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Alice goes back to the game and, finding the Queen’s accusations flying, goes in search of... (full context)
Chapter 9 - The Mock-Turtle's Story
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The Duchess is very happy to see Alice – her mood is quite changed from earlier – and she takes Alice’s arm to... (full context)
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The Duchess says that is weary of putting her arm around Alice’s waist because of her flamingo’s temper. Flamingoes bite, just like mustard, she says. Alice tells... (full context)
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...the executing and quite soon, there are neither players nor arches left. The Queen asks Alice if she knows the Mock-Turtle (the thing Mock-Turtle soup is made from, she explains). Alice... (full context)
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...The Gryphon says that the Mock-Turtle isn’t really sad, it’s just his fancy, and announces Alice to him. She would like to hear his history. The Turtle says he will tell... (full context)
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...he was taught by an old Turtle whom they called Tortoise, because he “taught us”. Alice doesn’t see the logic here and the Turtle and Gryphon think she’s very simple. The... (full context)
Chapter 10 - The Lobster Quadrille
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The Mock Turtle is all choked up from sobbing, and the Gryphon shows Alice how he beats the Turtle’s back to help him clear his throat. The Turtle recovers,... (full context)
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At this point the Gryphon and the Mock-Turtle get very excited and propose to show Alice the dance. The Gryphon nominates the Turtle to sing. They begin dancing around Alice, occasionally... (full context)
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The Gryphon has lots more to say about the whiting. It tells Alice that it is called a Whiting because it “does the boots and shoes”. She figures... (full context)
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Alice says she can describe her adventures from this morning, but that yesterday she was a... (full context)
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Alice feels miserable again. She wishes things could be as before. But the Gryphon and the... (full context)
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...is heard in the distance, announcing the beginning of “the trial”, and the Gryphon pulls Alice after him, leaving the Turtle singing plaintively on the rock. (full context)
Chapter 11 - Who Stole the Tarts?
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...is a table of tasty-looking tarts in the center – the court is just as Alice remembers courts described in the books she’s read. She can tell that the man in... (full context)
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Alice points out to the Gryphon the twelve jurors, who are all birds and other creatures... (full context)
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Alice feels a strange sensation and realizes that she’s growing again. The Dormouse notices the bench... (full context)
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...from the court, the cook disappears, so the White Rabbit calls the next witness. To Alice’s complete surprise, her own name is called. (full context)
Chapter 12 - Alice's Evidence
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Alice forgets that she has been growing all this time, and as she hurriedly leaves her... (full context)
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The King begins by asking Alice what she knows of this affair. Alice says she knows nothing. The King thinks this... (full context)
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...announces that anybody more than a mile high must leave the court. He protests that Alice is a mile high but Alice refuses to leave. She says she will not abide... (full context)
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Alice sticks up for the Knave – she thinks they must first read the verses to... (full context)
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...out another phrase that seems to suggest that the Knave gave the tarts to someone. Alice finds another that suggests the tarts were returned. At this, the King spots the table... (full context)
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...consider their verdict. The Queen thinks the sentence should come before the verdict, to which Alice complains that she is talking nonsense. The Queen orders Alice’s head to be cut off,... (full context)
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Alice tries to tell her sister all about her adventures in Wonderland. Her sister listens kindly... (full context)