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Carroll was born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson on January 27, 1832 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England. He was one of the thirteen children of Frances Jane and Charles Dodgson. Carroll’s father was a Church of England clergyman who later became the Dean of Christ Church, Oxford. From an early age, Carroll showed a great talent for mathematics and science. In 1846, he entered Rugby School where he continued to excel in math and science. In 1851, Carroll matriculated at Christ Church College, Oxford University where he would later become a lecturer in mathematics.

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About Lewis Carroll

birth of the author

27 January 1832

death of the author

14 January 1898

occupation of the author

Author, Illustrator, Poet, Mathematician, Photographer, Teacher And More.

education of the author

Rugby School, University Of Oxford

genre of the author

Children’s Literature, Fantasy Literature, Mathematical Logic, Poetry, Literary Nonsense, Linear Algebra, Voting Theory

award of the author

Notable Works:
Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Through The Looking-Glass, The Hunting Of The Snark, “Jabberwocky”, Curiosa Mathematica


It’s always tea–time. — Lewis Carroll

Where do you come from? And where are you going? Look up, speak nicely, and don’t twiddle your fingers all the time. — Lewis Carroll

Yes, that’s it! Said the Hatter with a sigh, it’s always tea time. — Lewis Carroll

No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time. — Lewis Carroll

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My beloved friend–one of the most unique and charming personalities of our time. — Lewis Carroll

Curtsey while you’re thinking what to say. It saves time. — Lewis Carroll

The time has come,’ the walrus said, ‘to talk of many things: of shoes and ships–and sealing wax–of cabbages and kings.’ — Lewis Carroll

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson’s life in space–time colored his liberated life of the imagination. — Lewis Carroll

The time has come The walrus said To talk of many things: Of shoes–and ships–And sealing wax–Of cabbages and kings–And why the sae is boiling hot–And whether pigs have wings. — Lewis Carroll

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And thus they give the time, that Nature meant for peaceful sleep and meditative snores, to ceaseless din and mindless merriment and waste of shoes and floors. — Lewis Carroll


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A tale begun in other days, When summer suns were glowing–A simple chime, that served to time The rhythm of your rowing–Whose echoes live in memory yet, Though envious years would say ‘forget. — Lewis Carroll

Child of the pure unclouded brow And dreaming eyes of wonder! Though time be fleet, and I and thou Are half a life asunder, Thy loving smile will surely hail The love–gift of a fairy–tale. — Lewis Carroll

All right’, said the Cat; and this time it vanished quite slowly, beginning with the end of the tail, and ending with the grin, which remained some time after the rest of it had gone. — Lewis Carroll

And ever, as the story drained The wells of fancy dry, And faintly strove that weary one To put the subject by, ‘The rest next time––’ ‘It is next time!’ The Happy voice cry. Thus grew the tale of Wonderland — Lewis Carroll

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The Caterpillar and Alice looked at each other for some time in silence: at last the Caterpillar took the hookah out of its mouth. — Lewis Carroll

Sentence first, verdict afterwards. — Lewis Carroll

A minute goes by so fearfully quick. You might as well try to stop a Bandersnatch! — Lewis Carroll

What is Lewis Carroll known for?

Lewis Carroll was an English novelist and poet.

He is best known as the author of the children’s book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass —two of the most popular works of fiction in the English language


No, no! said the queen. sentence firstverdict afterwards. — Lewis Carroll


My view of life is, that it’s next to impossible to convince anybody of anything. — Lewis Carroll

my view of life is that it s next to impossible to convince anybody of anything Lewis Carroll quote

It’s a large as life and twice as natural. — Lewis Carroll

Life, what is it but a dream? — Lewis Carroll

It is one of the great secrets of life that those things which are most worth doing, we do for others. — Lewis Carroll

One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others. — Lewis Carroll

Is Life itself a dream, I wonder? — Lewis Carroll

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Alice had got so much into the way of expecting nothing but out–of–the–way things to happen, that it seemed quite dull and stupid for life to go on in the common way. — Lewis Carroll

Is all our Life, then but a dream Seen faintly in the golden gleam Athwart Time’s dark resistless stream? — Lewis Carroll

If you limit your actions in life to things that nobody can possibly find fault with, you will not do much! — Lewis Carroll

Take my friends and my home–as an outcast I’ll roam: Take the money I have in the bank: It is just what I wish, but deprive me of fish, And my life would indeed be blank. — Lewis Carroll

In a Wonderland they lie, Dreaming as the days go by, Dreaming as the summers die: Ever drifting down the stream–Lingering in the golden gleam–Life, what is it but a dream? — Lewis Carroll

In my youth,’ said his father, ‘I look to the law, And argued each case with my wife; And the muscular strength, which it gave to my jaw Has lasted the rest of my life. — Lewis Carroll


Tut, tut, child!’ said the Duchess. ‘Everything’s got a moral, if only you can find it. — Lewis Carroll

So young a child ought to know which way she’s going, even if she doesn’t know her own name! — Lewis Carroll

I am fond of children–except boys. — Lewis Carroll

We are but older children, dear, Who fret to find our bedtime near. — Lewis Carroll

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I wish I dared dispense with all costume. Naked children are so perfectly pure and lovely; but Mrs. Grundy would be furious–it would never do. — Lewis Carroll

Child of the pure, unclouded brow and dreaming eyes of wonder. — Lewis Carroll

I should like the whole race of nurses to be abolished: children should be with their mother as much as possible, in my opinion. — Lewis Carroll

What do you suppose is the use of a child without any meaning? Even a joke should have some meaning––and a child’s more imporant than a joke, I hope. You couldn’t deny that, even if you tried with both hands. — Lewis Carroll

Come, hearken then, ere voice of dread, with bitter tiding laden, shall summon to unwelcome bed a melancholy maiden! We are but older children, dear, who fret to find our bedtime near. — Lewis Carroll

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There’s nothing a well–regulated child hates so much as regularity. I believe a really healthy boy would thoroughly enjoy Greek Grammar––if only he might stand on his head to learn it! — Lewis Carroll

Once she remembered trying to box her own ears for having cheated herself in a game of croquet she was playing against herself, for this curious child was very fond of pretending to be two people. — Lewis Carroll

If it had grown up, it would have made a dreadfully ugly child; but it makes rather a handsome pig, I think. — Lewis Carroll

I’d give all the wealth that years have piled, the slow result of life’s decay, To be once more a little child for one bright summer day. — Lewis Carroll

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Anon, to sudden silence won, In fancy they pursue The dream–child moving through the land Of wonders wild and new, In friendly chat with bird or beast–And half believe it true. — Lewis Carroll


You would have to be half–mad to dream me up. — Lewis Carroll

He was part of my dream, of course––but then I was part of his dream, too. — Lewis Carroll

Well, it’s no use your talking about waking him,’ said Tweedledum, ‘when you’re only one of the things in his dream. You know very well you’re not real. — Lewis Carroll

Alice! A childish story take, And with a gentle hand, Lay it where Childhood’s dreams are twined In Memory’s mystic band, Like pilgrim’s withered wreath of flowers Plucked in far–off land. — Lewis Carroll

And if he left off dreaming about you, where do you suppose you’d be? — Lewis Carroll

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I never thought of that before! It’s my opinion that you never think at all. — Lewis Carroll

Yet what are all such gaieties to me whose thoughts are full of indices and surds? — Lewis Carroll

What did Lewis Carroll study in college?

Lewis Carroll attended Christ Church, a constituent college of the University of Oxford. He excelled in the study of classics and mathematics.
He received several honours for his work in mathematics. At Christ Church he held positions as a senior student and a lecturer .

But it’s no use now,’ thought poor Alice, ‘to pretend to be two people! Why, there’s ahrdly enough of me left to make one respectable person! — Lewis Carroll

Would you be a poet Before you’ve been to school? Ah, well! I hardly thought you So absolute a fool. — Lewis Carroll

What is the use of a book’, thought Alice, ‘without pictures or conversations?’ — Lewis Carroll

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Do you know, I always thought unicorns were fabulous monsters, too? I never saw one alive before!’ Well, now that we have seen each other,’ said the unicorn, ‘if you’ll believe in me, I’ll believe in you. — Lewis Carroll

I belIeve thIs thought, of the possIbIlIty of death–If calmly realIsed, and steadIly faced would be one of the best possIble tests as to our goIng to any scene of amusement beIng rIght or wrong. — Lewis Carroll

And what is the use of a book,’ thought Alice, ‘without pictures or conversation? — Lewis Carroll

Well! I’ve often seen a cat without a grin,’ thought Alice ‘but a grin without a cat! It’s the most curious thing i ever saw in my life! — Lewis Carroll

The Cheshire Cat only grinned when it saw Alice. It looked good–natured, she thought: still it had very long claws and a great many teeth, so she felt it ought to be treated with respect. — Lewis Carroll

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The vast unfathomable sea Is but a Notion–unto me. — Lewis Carroll

She’s in that state of mind that she wants to deny SOMETHING only she doesn’t know what to deny! — Lewis Carroll


In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again. — Lewis Carroll

Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle. — Lewis Carroll

If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. — Lewis Carroll

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If there’s no meaning in it,’ said the King, ‘that saves a world of trouble, you know, as we needn’t try to find any. And yet I don’t know,’ he went on […]; ‘I seem to see some meaning in them, after all. — Lewis Carroll

One of the hardest things in the world is to convey a meaning accurately from one mind to another. — Lewis Carroll

Up above the world you fly, like a tea tray in the sky… — Lewis Carroll

But, said Alice, if the world has absolutely no sense, who’s stopping us from inventing one? — Lewis Carroll

What are Lewis Carroll’s most famous works?

Today Lewis Carroll is remembered for his novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass .
Both novels centre on the character of Alice—a young adventurous girl—and her fantastic adventures.


What a strange world we live in…Said Alice to the Queen of hearts — Lewis Carroll

if i had a world of my own everything would be nonsense Lewis Carroll quote

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

Twinkle, twinkle little bat How I wonder what you’re at! Up above the world you fly, Like a tea–tray in the sky. — Lewis Carroll

Oh, ’tis love, ’tis love that makes the world go round. — Lewis Carroll

I’m not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours. — Lewis Carroll


Alice: I simply must get through! Doorknob: Sorry, you’re much too big. Simply impassible. Alice: You mean impossible? Doorknob: No, impassible. Nothing’s impossible. — Lewis Carroll

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Why it’s simply impassible! Alice: Why, don’t you mean impossible? Door: No, I do mean impassible. (chuckles) Nothing’s impossible! — Lewis Carroll

Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. — Lewis Carroll

For, you see, so many out–of–the–way things had happened lately, that Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible. — Lewis Carroll

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. — Lewis Carroll

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