Weekly Geeks 2009-09 Quotable Part 3

For my third instalment of geeky book to film quotes I’ve chosen my very favourite children’s book to be adapted for the big screen – Alice In Wonderland!  And it will focus on one of the best parts from both the movie and book. Can you tell yet that my taste in movies and books is across the board genre wise? So far I’ve had quotes from a twisted/comedy-noir/slasher/social-satire and a socio-political/dystopian/sci-fi/thriller.

Book Title
Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland 
Lewis Carroll
Movie Title
Alice In Wonderland
Walt Disney

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 know where. . .
Then it doesn't matter which way you go,’
said the Cat.

(I found this artwork on the website of artist Barnaby Ward. You should definitely check out the gorgeous Alice interpretations found there -

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, ‘otherwise you wouldn't have come here.

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.’

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 all my life!

© 2008-2010 Joanne Mosher of The Book Zombie. All rights reserved.


Nymeth said...

Thank you for the link to somefield! Fantastic art.

Ladytink_534 said...

This is my favorite book! I'm doing my review on it soon (it was my first read, but fourth re-read at the beginning of the year). What a wonderful post!

Chris said...

Fantastic quotes!! I love everything Alice :)

Ruth @ Bookish Ruth said...

I adore Alice in Wonderland, both the book and the movie. (Whenever I'm running late, the White Rabbit's "No time to say 'Hello', goodbye! I'm late, I'm late, I'm late!" runs through my head.)

Lenore said...

Cool artwork!

Jeane said...

The Barnaby Ward illustrations are awesome! I don't know why everyone usually portrays Alice as a blonde- in the book didn't she have dark hair?

naida said...

great quotes!

Trish said...

Alice is so wonderful--Carroll certainly put a lot of thought and wit into his books. Great post!

I can't remember if the book describes Alice as being dark haired (the real Alice was), but Tenniel portrays her as being blonde in the original illustrations.

Shirley Horney said...

Alice in Wonderland is the first book that introduced me to the wonders of reading. Truly an amazing book when you're a child and even a more incredible book when you're older!
Love the new artwork of Alice.

chartroose said...

"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what it is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?”

My sentiments exactly! Wasn't Lewis Carroll a genius?

E. L. Fay said...

I loved the Barnaby Ward site. MUCH better than those disappointing illustrations Salvador Dali did for Dante's Divine Comedy.