Friday, 10 October 2014

Some Riddles from Alice in Wonderland


One of my favourite books is Alice In Wonderland, and indeed, Alice Through The Looking Glass.
  What makes them interesting are the humourous riddles which they present. Similar thinking could to some extent be helpful in trying to comprehend something about mysticism, and parapsychology. Ofcourse, Zen Koans (ie .riddles) in mysticism can be used to achieve "sudden" enlightenment. RS Blog Ref http://www.p2pfoundation.net/Multi-Dimensional_Science


Alice in Wonderland (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland #1) Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  
Alice in Wonderland Quotes (showing 1-30 of 221)
“I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“But I don’t want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"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.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely, "and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“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."
"I don't much care where –"
"Then it doesn't matter which way you go.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“You used to be much more..."muchier." You've lost your muchness.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“Curiouser and curiouser!”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“Mad Hatter: “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?”
“Have you guessed the riddle yet?” the Hatter said, turning to Alice again.
“No, I give it up,” Alice replied: “What’s the answer?”
“I haven’t the slightest idea,” said the Hatter”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“I don't think..." then you shouldn't talk, said the Hatter.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“Alice came to a fork in the road. 'Which road do I take?' she asked.
'Where do you want to go?' responded the Cheshire Cat.
'I don't know,' Alice answered.
'Then,' said the Cat, 'it doesn't matter.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“We're all mad here.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“have i gone mad?
im afraid so, but let me tell you something, the best people usualy are.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“You would have to be half mad to dream me up.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“Take some more tea," the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.
"I've had nothing yet," Alice replied in an offended tone, "so I can't take more."
"You mean you can't take less," said the Hatter: "it's very easy to take more than nothing."
"Nobody asked your opinion," said Alice.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“I'm afraid I can't explain myself, sir. Because I am not myself, you see?”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“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!”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“My dear, here we must run as fast as we can, just to stay in place. And if you wish to go anywhere you must run twice as fast as that.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“How puzzling all these changes are! I'm never sure what I'm going to be, from one minute to another.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
“And what is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures or conversation?”
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
“Off with their heads!”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
The Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.
Alice: I don't much care where.
The Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn't much matter which way you go.
Alice: ...So long as I get somewhere.
The Cheshire Cat: Oh, you're sure to do that, if only you walk long enough.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“Yes, that's it! Said the Hatter with a sigh, it's always tea time.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“Well, I never heard it before, but it sounds uncommon nonsense.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“It is better to be feared than loved.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“If you don't know where you are going any road can take you there”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“The Mad Hatter: "Would you like some wine?"
Alice: "Yes..."
The Mad Hatter: "We haven't any and you're too young.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice Adventures in Wonderland
“Alice:How long is forever? White Rabbit:Sometimes, just one second.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“Why is a raven like a writing desk?”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
“The sun was shining on the sea,
Shining with all his might:
He did his very best to make
The billows smooth and bright
-- And this was odd, because it was
The middle of the night.

The moon was shining sulkily,
Because she thought the sun
Had got no business to be there
After the day was done
-- "It's very rude of him," she said,
"To come and spoil the fun!"

The sea was wet as wet could be,
The sands were dry as dry.
You could not see a cloud, because
No cloud was in the sky:
No birds were flying overhead
-- There were no birds to fly.

In a Wonderland they lie
Dreaming as the days go by,
Dreaming as the summer die.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“Either it brings tears to their eyes, or else -"
"Or else what?" said Alice, for the Knight had made a sudden pause.
"Or else it doesn't, you know.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“The rule is, jam tomorrow and jam yesterday-but never jam today

It must come sometime to jam today, Alice objected

No it can't said the Queen It's jame every other day. Today isn't any other day, you know”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“Cat: Where are you going?
Alice: Which way should I go?
Cat: That depends on where you are going.
Alice: I don’t know.
Cat: Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“It's no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
tags: past
“No wise fish would go anywhere without a porpoise.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“Rule Forty-two. All persons more than a mile high to leave the court.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“We're all mad here. Im mad. You're mad”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“Speak English!' said the Eaglet. 'I don't know the meaning of half those long words, and I don't believe you do either!”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“Lastly, she pictured to herself how this same little sister of hers would, in the after-time, be herself a grown woman; and how she would keep, through all her riper years, the simple and loving heart of her childhood: and how she would gather about her other little children, and make their eyes bright and eager with many a strange tale, perhaps even with the dream of Wonderland of long ago: and how she would feel with all their simple sorrows, and find a pleasure in all their simple joys, remembering her own child-life, and the happy summer days.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“It's always tea-time.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“But, said Alice, the the world has absolutely no sens, who's stopping us from inventing one?”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“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 the rabbit-hole--and yet--and yet--...”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“Look after the senses and the sounds will look after themselves”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“You're thinking about something, my dear, and that makes you forget to talk. I can't tell you just now what the moral of that is, but I shall remember it in a bit."
"Perhaps it hasn't one," Alice ventured to remark.
"Tut, tut, child!" said the Duchess. "Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“Speak roughly to your little boy
and beat him when he sneezes!
he only does it to annoy,
because he knows it teases!”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“Oh, you can't help that,' said the cat. 'We're all mad here.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“I wish I hadn't cried so much!” said Alice, as she swam about, trying to find her way out.
I shall be punished for it now, I suppose, by being drowned in my own tears !”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“Which way you ought to go depends on where you want to get to...”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“It'll be no use their putting their heads down and saying "Come up again, dear!"
I shall only look up and say "Who am I then? Tell me that first, and then,
if I like being that person, I'll come up: if not, I'll stay down here
till I'm somebody else"--but, oh dear!' cried Alice, with a sudden burst
of tears, 'I do wish they WOULD put their heads down! I am so VERY tired
of being all alone here!”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“What a strange world we live in...Said Alice to the Queen of hearts”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“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, Alice in Wonderland
“Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“Well that was the silliest tea party I ever went to! I am never going back there again!”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“Little Alice fell
d
o
w
n
the hOle,
bumped her head
and bruised her soul”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“Alice didn't think that proved it at all; however, she went on: 'And how do you know that you're mad?'
'To begin with,' said the Cat, 'a dog's not mad. You grant that?'
'I suppose so,' said Alice.
'Well then,' the Cat went on, 'you see, a dog growls when it's angry, and wags its tail when it's pleased. Now I growl when I'm pleased, and wag my tail when I'm angry. Therefore I'm mad.'
'I call it purring, not growling,' said Alice.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“What a funny watch!’ she remarked. ‘It tells the day of the month, and doesn’t tell
what o’clock it is!’
‘Why should it?’ muttered the Hatter. ‘Does YOUR watch tell you what year it is?’
‘Of course not,’ Alice replied very readily: ‘but that’s because it stays the same year for such a long time together.’
‘Which is just the case with MINE,’ said the Hatter.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

   “That's the reason they're called lessons," the Gryphon remarked: "because they lessen from day to day.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
“One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. ‘Which road do I take?’ she asked. ‘Where do you want to go?’ was his response. ‘I don’t know,’ Alice answered. ‘Then,’ said the cat, ‘it doesn’t matter.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“If it had grown up, it would have made a dreadfully ugly child; but it makes rather a handsome pig, I think.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“Alicia: ¿Cuánto tiempo es para siempre? Conejo blanco: A veces, sólo un segundo.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“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!”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
tags: humor
“Of course it is,’ said the Duchess, who seemed ready to agree to everything
that Alice said; ‘there’s a large mustard-mine near here. And the moral
of that is– “The more there is of mine, the less there is of yours.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“Oh, you can't help that,' said the cat. 'We're all mad here.”
― Lewis Caroll, Alice in Wonderland
“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, Alice in Wonderland
“When I’m a Duchess,” she said to herself (not in a very hopeful tone though), “I won’t have any pepper in my kitchen at all. Soup does very well without. Maybe it’s always pepper that makes people hot-tempered,” she went on, very much pleased at having found out a new kind of rule, “and vinegar that makes them sour—and camomile that makes them bitter—and—and barley-sugar and such things that make children sweet-tempered. I only wish people knew that; then they wouldn’t be so stingy about it, you know—”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“Keep your temper, said the Caterpillar.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“You're thinking about something, and it makes you forget to talk.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“Mad Hatter: Would you like a little more tea?
Alice: Well, I haven't had any yet, so I can't very well take more.
March Hare: Ah, you mean you can't very well take less.
Mad Hatter: Yes. You can always take more than nothing.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat: "we're all mad here. I'm mad. you're mad”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“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, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
“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.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
“Why is a raven like a writing desk? - Mad Hatter
I haven't the slightest idea. - Alice”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“This piece of rudeness was more than Alice could bear: she got up in great disgust, and walked off; the Dormouse fell asleep instantly, and neither of the others took the least notice of her going, though she looked back once or twice, half hoping that they would call after her: the last time she saw them, they were trying to put the Dormouse into the teapot.

At any rate I'll never go THERE again!' said Alice as she picked her way through the wood. "It's the stupidest tea-party I ever was at in all my life!”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“I'm sure I'm not Ada for her hair goes in such long ringlets, and mine does'nt go in ringlets at all; and I'm sure I'm not Mabel, for I know all sorts of things, and she's she and I'm I, and-oh dear, how puzzling it all is! i'll try if I know all the things I used to know. Let me see: four times five is tweleve, and four times six is thirteen, and four times seven is-oh dear! I shall never get to tewnty at that rate! However, the Multiplication- Table doesn't signify: let's try geography. London is the capital of Paris, and Paris is the capital of Rome, and Rome-no, that's all wrong, I'm certain! I must have been changed for Mabel!”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“Curiouser and curiouser...”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked. "Oh you can't help that," said the cat; "We're all mad here.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“Jam tomorrow and jam yesterday, but never jam today. -Mad Hatter.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“It's done by everyone minding their own business”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“what is the use of a book,' thought Alice, 'without pictures or conversations?'"
- Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland, Ch. 1”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“It'll be no use their putting their heads down and saying, 'Come up again, dear!' I shall only look up and say, 'Who am I, then? Tell me that first, and then, if I like being that person, I'll come up -- if not, I'll stay down here till I'm somebody else' -- but, oh, dear!”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“The executioner's argument was that you couldn't cut of something's head unless there was a trunk to sever it from. He'd never done anything like that in his time of life, and wasn't going to start now.

The King's argument was that anything that had a head, could be beheaded, and you weren't to talk nonsense.

The Queen's argument was that if something wasn't done about it in less than no time, she'd have everyone beheaded all round.

It was this last argument that had everyone looking so nervous and uncomfortable.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“Alice thought to herself "I don't see how he can ever finish, if he doesn't begin.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
“لا يمكنني العودة للأمس لأنني كنت حينها شخص آخر..”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“Birds of a feather flock together”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland            etc etc


  

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