“Alice in Wonderland” Quotes, Part 1 – Non-sensical sayings and dubious advice!

Here is a fun and inexpensive idea for your guests to enjoy at your Mad Tea Party! Lewis Carroll enjoyed much wordplay in his ‘Alice in Wonderland’ books and there are many, many memorable quotes. To add another layer to your Mad Tea table decor, make up tea-stained slips of parchment paper printed with the quotable quotes and sensible advice from Wonderland and Alice’s Looking-Glass world.

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When you type them up, use an evocative font in a scrawled, ‘Mad Hatter’, handwritten-style or a beautiful, calligraphy-style. Miss Party suggests you prepare at least one quote per guest and others could be tucked in with other decor in the party space such as picture or mirror frames, floral arrangements or garlands strung above the tea table. If you want to add to the feeling they’ve actually been torn from a page of one of the books, hand tear the four sides of each quote. Make a few Decorated Clips and use them to attach the quotes to objects on the table. Your guests will enjoy comparing quotes with their neighbors at the table and might be an icebreaker to start a conversation.

Below and on the continuation post, “Alice in Wonderland” Quotes, Part 2, you’ll find an extensive list of excellent quotes and sensible advice given by the many characters in the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ books (as well as who said each quote). Henceforth, be prepared to awkwardly blurt them out in normal conversation ;)


“Always speak the truth—think before you speak—and write it down afterwards.” ~ the White Queen
“Why, Mary Ann…run home this moment, and fetch me a pair of gloves and a fan! Quick now!” ~ the White Rabbit
“Drink Me!” ~ dubious advice from a bottle
“Eat Me!” ~ more questionable advice from a random piece of cake
‘…Down, down the rabbit hole!’ ~ the Narrator
“Stark Raven Mad” ~ Unknown
“If everybody minded their own business, the world would go round a deal faster than it does.” ~ the Duchess
“OFF with her head!” ~ the Queen of Hearts
“…it’s very easy to take MORE than nothing.” ~ the Mad Hatter
“Curiouser and curiouser…” ~ Alice
“Why is a raven like a writing-desk?” ~ the Mad Hatter
“What WILL become of me?” ~ Alice
“…she can’t help saying foolish things, as a general rule.” ~ the Red Queen
“The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday—but never jam to-day.” ~ the White Queen
“I’m late for a very important date!” ~ the White Rabbit
“…everything is queer to-day.” ~ Alice
“Up above the world you fly, like a teatray in the sky.” ~ the Mad Hatter
“In a Wonderland they lie, dreaming as the days go by”
“Contrariwise!” ~ Tweedledee
“Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, will you join the dance?” ~ The Lobster-Quadrille Song by the Mock Turtle
“I’m not myself, you see.” ~ Alice
“Put cats in the coffee, and mice in the tea–and welcome Queen Alice with thirty-times-three!” ~ the Looking-Glass creatures
“You’re enough to try the patience of an oyster!” ~ the Red Queen
“A very merry un-birthday to you!” ~ Humpty Dumpty
“I’ll follow the White Rabbit!” ~ Alice
“Why they’re only a pack of cards, after all.” ~ Alice

For a tutorial on tea-staining your parchment or other type of paper, see DIY Vintage Paper. Tea-stained paper doesn’t agree with some printers but it would be preferable to stain the paper first. Once dry, place paper under a few heavy books to flatten, then print the sayings on the treated paper. If you do it the other way around, the lettering will run. Regarding the font Miss Party used, see http://www.dafont.com for lots of options (search for Alice in Wonderland), there is even a font called “Alice in Wonderland”.

Enjoy your trip in Wonderland!


Carroll, Lewis/Tenniel, John, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking-Glass (The Definitive Illustrated Editions).
London, Macmillian and Co., 1866. Glassman, Peter, afterword copyright, 1992.



  1. Amy Henion says:

    These vignettes are gorgeous! I’ve fallen in love with that yellow and blue ginger jar.

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