Lewis Carroll (1832-98)


We loved Lewis Carroll, not only was he born a Cheshire man and a brilliant Oxford mathematician but he also had an enviable way with the meaning of words from madcap fantasies -  


When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean.

The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things: of shoes and ships - and sealing wax - of cabbages and kings.   

If it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic.

Take care of the sense and the sounds will take care of themselves.

Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop.

If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.

Speak the truth, think before you speak, and write it down afterwards.

I can't go back to yesterday, I was a different person then.

It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.

Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

She generally gave herself very good advice, though she very seldom followed it.

I have proved by actual trial that a letter, that takes an hour to write, takes only about 3 minutes to read. Better late than never, or better never than late?  

Who in the world am I? that's the great puzzle.



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