The Cheshire Cat from the classic literary piece Alice in Wonderland is one of the most beloved fictional characters in the world even today. This character might be a bit polarizing because of its creepy appearance, but what cannot be denied is the fact that the Cheshire Cat has a lot of great quotes that are pretty memorable. You can even get life lessons out of those words.
That said, here are our picks for the best Cheshire Cat quotes:
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.
Cheshire Cat has a point here. The only way for you to find out that you are mad is if you are doing things the other way. However, with how unique a human’s personality is, does this really still apply today? Just because you do things differently, does it really entail madness?
We’re all mad here. I am mad; you are mad.
This is probably the answer to the question we posed before this. The reason why we are not considered mad, even if we do things differently compared to the norm, is that we are all made in our own unique ways. Our own individual brand of madness is what makes us all unique in our own way.
‘Have I gone mad?’ ‘I am afraid so, you are entirely bonkers. but I will tell you a secret… all the best people are.‘
Of course, if you do not have some sort of madness in you, you are simply just like any other. That is why the mad people are the best people. They are unique and different compared to all of the other people out there.
Alice asked the Cheshire Cat, who was sitting in a tree, What road do I take?
The cat asked, Where do you want to go?
I don’t know, Alice answered.
Then, said the cat, it really doesn’t matter, does it?
If you are wondering where you want to go, just ask yourself if you really intend to go someplace else. If not, then you should very well take yourself to where your feet are going. That is the sense of adventure you might want to have if you are unsure of where you want to go in life.
How do you run from what is inside your head?
To answer the question, you probably cannot. Whatever is inside your head forms a part of you. Facing whatever is inside your head is the only way for you to actually confront your own demons.
I knew who I was this morning, but I have changed a few times since then.
The moment you wake up, you know who you are because you are simply a product of whatever happened yesterday. However, the experiences you will have during the day will gradually change you to make you a totally different person compared to what you were when you woke up.
I don’t like the looks of it,’ said the King: ‘however, it may kiss my hand, if it likes.’
‘I’d rather not,’ the Cat remarked.
Just because the king did not like how the Cheshire Cat looked, it does not mean that the Cat actually was in a position low enough to want to kiss the king’s hand. Put yourself in such a situation and never stoop down to a lower level, even if someone does not like you.
Imagination is the only weapon in the war with reality.
Reality can be very boring and ordinary. At times, it puts us in place we really do not like or enjoy. But the only way for you to fight off what you are experiencing, in reality, is to make sure you have an amazing imagination that can take you to places you would never have been to have you relied merely on what reality offers you.
I’m not crazy. My reality is just different than yours.
People view reality differently. Every person is unique in his or her own way. That is why those who have a unique sense of reality are not exactly crazy as society would want to describe them.
Only a few find the way, some don’t recognize it when they do – some… don’t ever want to.
When we are trying to find our place in life, keep both eyes open and make sure that your mind is just as open to any kind of possibility. That is because we really cannot tell whether or not life is already showing us the right path. In some cases, there are people who do not eve want to accept that life is already showing them the correct path to take.
You are too naïve if you do believe life is innocent laughter and fun.
Happiness might be the ultimate goal in life, but you have to understand that life is not just all about being happy. To be happy, you have to go through a lot of crying nights and a lot of tough times. It was only when you were able to drag yourself out of the mud that you can actually accept happiness wholeheartedly.
Every adventure requires a first step.
The adventure just does not start out of anywhere. It reveals itself to us as a path you might want to take. And for you to take yourself on an adventure, you actually have to make that first step towards the adventurous path.
How do you like the Queen? said the Cat in a low voice.
Not at all, said Alice: she’s so extremely— Just then she noticed that the Queen was close behind her, listening: so she went on —likely to win, that it’s hardly worth while finishing the game.
It can be quite difficult for you to face a problem that you realize is so difficult to win against. But you have to strive on and face life with your chin up.
How fine you look when dressed in rage. Your enemies are fortunate your condition is not permanent. You’re lucky, too. Red eyes suit so few.
There are times when we must show our rage to others and wear it like a dress, as this can be the only way for us to get our point across. However, living a life full of rage is not exactly the best kind of life to live. If you must rage, make sure you only do it when needed and not all the time.
Not all who wander are lost.
True enough, not everyone who is wandering the world in search of meaning is a lost soul. The fact that the person is wandering may have, in fact, found his calling, and that is to wander around the world looking for inspiration while admiring all of the beauty around him.
Haste makes waste, so I rarely hurry.
Rushing into things with haste is not always the best approach to take. That is because rushing with haste can make you miss and waste all of the memories and experiences you would have encountered along the way had you trodden the path at a steady pace.
Well, some go this way, and some go that way. But as for me, myself, personally, I prefer the short-cut.
Why make things difficult if there are easy paths for you to take? Never go for the longer path if there is no sense in doing so. Instead, go for shorter routes that can help save time. And if there is nothing that makes the longer path worth taking, never even consider taking it.
When you’ve understood this scripture, throw it away. If you can’t understand this scripture, throw it away. I insist on your freedom.
There is no sense trying to keep something you have already understood or do not understand. Do not tie yourself down to something that is already in the past. Be free and throw that thing away, or else it will just keep pulling you down.
Can you stand on your head?
The Cheshire Cat standing on its head remains an iconic scene or imagery that lives inside our heads. As odd as we might all be, not everyone can actually stand on their head in the literal sense of the word. But we can probably do a headstand. Maybe that is the closest thing to standing on the head.
I went to a hunting party once, I didn’t like it. Terrible people. They all started hunting me!
That is what happens if you are a cat and you are trying to fit yourself in with people who are different. Mingling with hunters if you are a prey can leave you getting hunted.
The proper order of things is often a mystery to me.
There probably is no proper order of things, to be frank. Life itself is a mystery that might have a different order to things depending on the person or circumstances. All we know is that the proper order at the start is life, and it ends with death. Everything in between can be quite random, depending on a lot of different factors.
The uninformed must improve their deficit, or die.
As sad and as dark as it might sound, this is actually true in society. Those who keep themselves uninformed with whatever is happening in the world have no place in it. They must prove that they know something and are willing to take the side, or else they will end up dying off rather quickly.
Goodbye, sweet hat.
It takes a strong heart to say goodbye to something or someone whose company and presence you actually started to get accustomed to.
I never get involved in politics.
Politics is a dirty playing field that can get a lot of people as dirty as the dirtiest politician out there. Getting yourself involved in politics can actually yield something good if you are into public service, but it can also bring out the bad in you if you immerse yourself with the dirty political plays prevalent in society.
No one does play fair if they think they can get away with it.
If there were no laws in society, there is actually a good chance that people would end up thinking they can get away with anything they do. Fair play goes out of the window whenever you have a chance to escape without getting caught with your dirty tricks and plays.
I’m stranger. You’re stranger. Together, we are… strangers.
Everyone is a stranger to another person because we really do not know everything about each other. That is why it might be a good idea to be strangers together so that we can continue learning more and more about one another.
If you’re gonna make it to the top, get a grip on this rock, and get a grip on yourself.
If you want to rise up and reach the top of a certain hierarchy, you have to make sure you have something to grip on solidly so that you won’t end up falling. Of course, getting a grip on yourself is just as important because of how it keeps you mentally sane the entire time.
I could hardly afford to lose my head.
The truth is that no one can afford to lose their head. Losing one’s head means death, and that is why you should make sure no one is out there trying to chop your head off your shoulders. In life, it is always a good idea to keep yourself away from people who are only out there trying to bring you down.
And no scheme of ours can raise any sort of smile.
Schemes are called schemes for a reason. They are supposed to arouse suspicions and not smiles.
You may have noticed; I’m not all there myself.
Not everyone has reached the point where they feel like they have already accomplished everything they need to. That is why it is useless, trying to compare yourself to another person because we all have our own battles and journeys to take. All of us are not all there ourselves.
To the royal guards of this realm, we are all victims in-waiting.
In the tough and cold society we live in today, all of us are eventually going to end up becoming victims of one crime or another. We might even be victims as of this moment, but we just do not know it yet. Some part of society is obviously already victimizing us even though we might actually be innocent.
When the day becomes the night, and the sky becomes the sea, when the clock strikes heavy, and there’s no time for tea; and in our darkest hour, before my final rhyme, she will come back home to Wonderland and turn back the hands of time.
This is one of the best lines that the Cheshire Cat has said about Alice and her impending return to Wonderland.
Somehow, you strayed and lost your way, and now there’ll be no time to play, no time for joy, no time for friends – not even time to make amends.
The sad truth in life is that not all of us can get a second chance. There are simply times when we mess up so much that there is no turning back or fixing things. We won’t have time to do the things we want or to even try to make amends with the people we hurt along the way. All we can do from that point on is to continue to live and to make the most out of what we have left.
Never let anyone drive you crazy; it is nearby anyway, and the walk is good for you.
The only person who can drive you crazy is yourself. Walk towards craziness if it is close to you, but never expect anyone to drive you to craziness. It should always be a personal choice.
Actually, I am right on time.
As Gandalf the Wizard once said, a Wizard is never late. The same can be said about all of us. We are never late and are always on time, depending on how life dictates when or how we arrive at our destination.
I can’t know everything.
No one on this planet can know everything. You must understand that there are things that we really cannot know. As such, we better leave it at that. It should be better for us to focus on the things that we know or on the topics that we can possibly learn more about.
Let your need guide your behavior.
Needs are the driving force of a lot of our behaviors. We are hungry, we eat. We need someone to talk ; we make friends. We don’t want to feel lonely. we find a significant other. Let need become the foundation of your basic behavior.
The Cheshire Cat certainly is a beloved figure in literature. It has made Alice in Wonderland a lot more interesting than it already is. And with all of the memorable quotes the Cat has, this is a character that will certainly live long in the memories of a lot of people around the world even though they have not even read or watch Alice in Wonderland.