80 Cheshire Cat Quotes on Madness and Reality

We’ve gathered these Cheshire Cat quotes to inspire you to be yourself and stand out with your quirks.

Cheshire Cat is a fictional cat character in Alice in Wonderland.

He is famous for his broad grin and his ability to disappear and reappear at will. You’re sure to remember him because he always wears his big smile.

He may not be as famous a character as Alice, but we’re sure you’ll come to admire him with his many wise and inspiring words.

Read this whole collection and get your daily dose of life lessons from the world’s favorite cat.

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And don’t forget to check out these Alice in Wonderland quotes and Mad Hatter quotes.

Best Cheshire Cat Quotes

1. “The proper order of things is often a mystery to me.”

2. “If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.”

3. “Visit either you like—they’re both mad.” 

4. “How do you run from what is inside your head?”

5. “Where do you want to go? It really doesn’t matter, does it?”

6. “I am not crazy, my reality is just different from yours.”

7. “No one does ‘play fair’ if they think they can get away with it.”

8. “Never let anyone drive you crazy—it is nearby anyway and the walk is good for you.”

9. “This way? That way? Does it matter? Left, right, up, down! All mixed up thanks to the shadows! Step deeper into the forest to the deserted garden. You might find shadows in the upside-down room!”

10. “We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”

11. “How puzzling all these changes are! I’m never sure what I’m going to be, from one minute to another.”

12. “Imagination is the only weapon in the war with reality.”

13. “Every picture tells a story. Sometimes we don’t like the ending. Sometimes we don’t understand it.”

14. “I’m stranger. You’re stranger. Together, we are strangers.”

Famous Cheshire Cat Quotes

15. “To begin with, a dog’s not mad. You grant that. Well then, 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.”

16. “I went to a hunting party once, I didn’t like it. Terrible people. They all started hunting me!”

17. “When the day becomes the night and the sky becomes the sea when the clock strikes heavy and there’s no time for tea.”

18. “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.”

19. “I never get involved in politics.”

20. “Haste makes waste, so I rarely hurry. But if a ferret were about to dart up my dress, I’d run.”

21. “In our darkest hour, before my final rhyme, she will come back home to Wonderland and turn back the hands of time.”

22. “The uninformed must improve their deficit, or die.”

23. “You haven’t? You haven’t?! Oh, but you must! She’ll be mad about you. Simply mad. The mome raths outgrabe.”

24. “I knew who I was this morning, but I have changed a few times since then.”

25. “You may have noticed, I’m not all there myself.”

26. “You’re lucky, too. Red eyes suit so few.”

27. “It’s always tea time.”

28. “Those who say there’s nothing like a nice cup of tea for calming the nerves never had ‘real’ tea.” 

29. “How queer everything is today! And yesterday things went on just as usual. I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night? Let me think—was I the same when I got up this morning?”

Inspiring Cheshire Cat Quotes

30. “Only a few find the way, some don’t recognize it when they do. Some don’t ever want to.”

31. “Everything’s got a moral if only you can find it.”

32. “Your enemies are fortunate your condition is not permanent.”

33. “Only the insane equate pain with success.”

34. “Every adventure requires a first step.”

35. “Collect what you can. Use it wisely.”

36. “Not all who wander are lost.”

37. “A rose is still a rose, even hidden under different petals.”

38. “Well, some go this way, and some go that way. But as for me, myself, personally, I prefer the shortcut.”

39. “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”

40. “But recovering the truth is worth the suffering and our Wonderland, though damaged, is safe in memory—for now.”

41. “You just go where your high-top sneakers sneak and don’t forget to use your head.”

42. “You are too naïve if you do believe life is innocent laughter and fun.”

43. “A secret is only a secret when it is unspoken to another.”

44. “If you’re gonna make it to the top, get a grip on this rock, and get a grip on yourself.”

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45. “How do you like the Queen?”

46. “You used to be much more—muchier. You’ve lost your muchness.”

47. “How fine you look when dressed in rage.”

48. “If your stature were an illness, it seems that the centipede dispenses medicine to make you well.”

49. “If you don’t know where you are going any road can take you there.”

50. “You must be or you wouldn’t have come here.”

51. “The Duchess! The Duchess! Oh, my dear paws! Oh, my fur and whiskers! She’ll get me executed, as sure as ferrets are ferrets!”

52. “It’s like a syringe of adrenaline straight to the heart!”

53. “The shadows should be here soon. Are you prepared for the worst? If not, too bad!”

54. “Twas brillig, and the slithy toves. Did gyre and gimble in the wabe? All mimsy were the borogoves.”

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55. “Can you stand on your head?”

56. “Let your need guide your behavior.”

57. “I could hardly afford to lose my head.” 

58. “I’m afraid I have to expel a rather ferocious hairball. You’re on your own, girl.”

59. “You know? We could make her really angry! Shall we try?”

60. “I’ve never trusted toadstools, but I suppose some must have their good points.”

61. “And no scheme of ours can raise any sort of smile.”

62. “We are all victims in waiting.” 

63. “Actually, I am right on time.”

64. “I can’t know everything.”

65. “In that direction, lives a Hatter and in that direction, lives a March Hare.”

66. “All this talk of blood and slaying has put me off my tea.”

67. “Is our situation not dismal? Wonderland is so discombobulated that ladybugs have turned belligerent and enlisted in the Queen’s army! Punish their conversion!”

68. “Purrfect. When you’re not on edge, you’re taking up too much space.”

69. “Oh, you’re sure to do that. If you only walk long enough.”

More Cheshire Cat Quotes You’ll Love

70. “By-the-bye, what became of the baby? I’d nearly forgotten to ask.”

71. “Goodbye, sweet hat.”

72. “Here’s a riddle—when is a croquet mallet like a billy club? I’ll tell you—whenever you want it to be!”

73. “Curiouser and curiouser!”

74. “Do you play croquet with the Queen today?”

75. “I’d rather not.”

76. “Delusions, too, die hard.”

77. “Whom did you expect? The white rabbit, perchance?”

78. “Naturally. That’s because you have no way. All the ways here you see, are the Queen’s ways.”

79. “I thought it would.”

80. “You’ll see me there.”

Do These Cheshire Cat Quotes Teach You to Be Real?

If you ever watched Alice in Wonderland, you will know who the Cheshire Cat is. One of his primary roles is to give viewers insights into Wonderland and how things work there.

He might be mysterious and a bit creepy at times, but you’ll come to understand that he is indeed very wise.

Cheshire Cat is imperfect, but he is not afraid to show his imperfection. Like him, let’s be honest and accept our shortcomings because nobody’s perfect in this world.

We hope this collection taught you that being authentic is not a bad thing. If you accept what you are and what you have, you can have real happiness. Being real doesn’t mean nobody will like you; it just means you love yourself more.

Is Cheshire Cat your favorite cat as well? Which of these quotes are your favorites? Don’t forget to write them in the comment section below.


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