Lewis Carroll– a name to conjure with, and books to love.
From the Lewis Carroll Society website:
“He is well known throughout the world as the author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. Behind the famous pseudonym was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a mathematical lecturer at Oxford University with remarkably diverse talents.
Born in 1832, in Daresbury, Cheshire, he spent his early life in the north of England (at Daresbury, Cheshire and in Croft, Yorkshire). He spent his adult life in Oxford and died at Guildford in 1898. Besides the Alice books, he wrote many others including poems, pamphlets and articles. He was a skilled mathematician, logician and pioneering photographer and he invented a wealth of games and puzzles which are of great interest today.”
It has always struck me that a very important part of being a leader is managing paradox .. and Carroll’s books (and thoughts) seem full of that.
So, here’s a few quotes to get you thinking.
- Always speak the truth, think before you speak, and write it down afterwards.
- Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop.
- ‘But I don’t want to go among mad people,’ said Alice. ‘Oh, you can’t help that,’ said the cat. ‘We’re all mad here.’
- Contrariwise, if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic.
- Everything’s got a moral, if only you can find it.
- His answer trickled through my head like water through a sieve.
- I can’t go back to yesterday – because I was a different person then.
- I have proved by actual trial that a letter, that takes an hour to write, takes only about 3 minutes to read!
- If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.
- It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.
- No good fish goes anywhere without a porpoise.
- Oh, ’tis love, ’tis love that makes the world go round.
- One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.
- Sentence first, verdict afterwards.
- She generally gave herself very good advice, (though she very seldom followed it).
- Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
- Take care of the sense and the sounds will take care of themselves.
- That’s the reason they’re called lessons, because they lesson from day to day.
- The rule is, jam tomorrow and jam yesterday – but never jam today.
- There comes a pause, for human strength will not endure to dance without cessation; and everyone must reach the point at length of absolute prostration.
- We called him Tortoise because he taught us.
- ‘What is the use of a book’, thought Alice, ‘without pictures or conversations?’
- ‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.’
- Which form of proverb do you prefer Better late than never, or Better never than late?