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Charles Lutwidge Dodgson

[Lewis Carroll]

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  • ''Where one is hopelessly undecided as to what to say, there (as Confucius would have said, if they had given him the opportunity) silence is golden.''
    Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832-1898), British author, mathematician, clergyman. Letter, May 17, 1878, to Edith Denman. The Letters of Lewis Carroll, vol. I, ed. Morton N. Cohen, Oxford University Press (1979).
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  • ''In fact, now I come to think of it, do we decide questions, at all? We decide answers, no doubt: but surely the questions decide us? It is the dog, you know, that wags the tail—not the tail that wags the dog.''
    Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832-1898), British author, mathematician, clergyman. letter, Feb. 8, 1886, to Marion Richards. The Letters of Lewis Carroll, vol. II, ed. Morton N. Cohen, Oxford University Press (1979).
  • ''Some children have the most disagreeable way of getting grown-up''
    Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832-1898), British author, mathematician, clergyman. Letter, April 17, 1868, to Agnes Argles. The Letters of Lewis Carroll, vol. I, ed. Morton N. Cohen, Oxford University Press (1979).
  • ''I have proved by actual trial that a letter, that takes an hour to write, takes only about 3 minutes to read!''
    Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832-1898), British author, mathematician, clergyman. Letter, June 9, 1892, to Mrs. Herbert Beerbohm Tree. The Letters of Lewis Carroll, vol. II, ed. Morton N. Cohen, Oxford University Press (1979).
  • ''If you set to work to believe everything, you will tire out the believing-muscles of your mind, and then you'll be so weak you won't be able to believe the simplest true things.''
    Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832-1898), British author, mathematician, clergyman. Letter, May 23, 1864, to Mary MacDonald, daughter of the poet-novelist George MacDonald. The Letters of Lewis Carroll, vol. I, ed. Morton N. Cohen, Oxford University Press (1979).
  • ''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 [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832-1898), British author, mathematician, clergyman. letter, Aug. 15, 1877, to Mrs. V. Blakemore. The Letters of Lewis Carroll, vol. I, ed. Morton N. Cohen, Oxford University Press (1979).
  • ''I'm beginning to think that the proper definition of "Man" is "an animal that writes letters."''
    Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832-1898), British author, mathematician, clergyman. letter, Feb. 14, 1887, to Marion Terry. The Letters of Lewis Carroll, vol. II, ed. Morton N. Cohen, Oxford University Press (1979).
  • ''Which form of proverb do you prefer—"Better late than never," or "Better never than late"?''
    Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832-1898), British author, mathematician, clergyman. Letter, April 11, 1887, to Marion Miller. The Letters of Lewis Carroll, vol. II, ed. Morton N. Cohen, Oxford University Press (1979).
  • ''In some ways, you know, people that don't exist, are much nicer than people that do.''
    Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832-1898), British author, mathematician, clergyman. Letter, May 22, 1891, to Sydney Bowles. The Letters of Lewis Carroll, vol. II, ed. Morton N. Cohen, Oxford University Press (1979).
  • ''"Curiouser and curiouser!" cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English).''
    Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832-1898), British author, mathematician, clergyman. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, ch. II, Macmillan (1865).

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