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10 Quotes from Alice in Wonderland That Can Help You Defy Small

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In honor of British novelist Lewis Carroll’s birthday on January 27, I thought I would share a few quotes and my reflections about defying small from Alice and her adventures in Wonderland.

#1 “When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!”

You know you’re living your dream when you wake up and can’t imagine doing anything else. If you’re not there yet, don’t lose heart. Just take that first step and, slowly, but surely, you’ll get there.

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#2 Alice: “Where should I go?” The Cheshire Cat: “That depends on where you want to end up.”

Have a plan (life plan, business plan, book proposal, etc.) Without one, you might eventually get to where you want to go, but you’ll waste a lot of precious time in the process.

 #3 “Be what you would seem to be—or, if you’d like it put more simply—never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others.”

Be authentic. You won’t please everyone, so don’t even try. Build a tribe of faithful followers and just keep doing what you do best. Those faithful few will show up and bring new followers along.

#4 “You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”

Sometimes you’ll think you are crazy to pursue your dream, whether it’s starting a new business, writing a book, or traveling around the world. Other people will think you’re crazy, too. Personally, I’d rather be creative and crazy than do nothing and live a life of regret.

#5 “Curiouser and curiouser!”

Be curious. When I want to master a new skill, I do my research and delve in. Take a risk and dare to try something new.

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#6 “The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.”

The more passionately you pursue your dream, the more demands you’ll have on your time. Make a choice to get off the hamster wheel. This is your dream, after all. Slow down and enjoy the journey.

#7 “Why, sometimes, I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

I am most creative in the early mornings, so that is when I write. It’s also when my thoughts are most fluid and when the best ideas come to me. Find your prime time for creativity and guard it with your life.

#8 “It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”

Once you decide to pursue your dream, there’s no turning back. You may be successful. You will probably fail somewhere along the way. If you are open and vulnerable, you will grow. But you will never go back to being the person you were before.

#9 “If you limit your actions in life to things that nobody can possibly find fault with, you will not do much!”

See #4.

#10 “If you’ll believe in me, I’ll believe in you. Is that a bargain?”

Find a tribe of people who believe in your talents and abilities. Find a mentor to guide, empower, and encourage you. Show gratitude by believing in and encouraging those who believe in you. At the end of the day, it’s connection that counts.

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Which is your favorite quote and why? Feel free to share your thoughts, below.

13 Comments Post a comment
  1. Pam Carroll #

    I enjoyed your blog. Especially liked number 8. No need in living in the past. Everyday is a new beginning.

    January 19, 2014
    • Thanks, Pam! Yes, every day is a gift and a new beginning. What a blessing it is to learn that important lesson! Take care and thanks so much for your comment!

      January 19, 2014
  2. Great Post Laura! Love hearing your interpretations of each quote. I think they are all awesome but the one that really stands out to me is number 10. Perhaps, it is because I’m a counsellor and help people believe in themselves 🙂

    January 19, 2014
    • Thanks, Arianna! You are so good at helping others “stand tall and speak from the heart!” ! Readers, please take a moment to check out Arianna’s blog at http://ariannasrandomthoughts.com.

      January 19, 2014
      • Aww thanks Laura! You rock – let me know if you want to be part of my Speaking From the Heart series. Have some exciting updates coming up in the next few weeks.

        January 19, 2014
      • Yes, Arianna, I would love that! I have the questions you sent me—just let me know if those are still okay to use. Excited about your updates and look forward to hearing what you’re up to! I’m working on a few things myself. 😉 Thanks again for stopping by and for commenting on my post. That means so much!

        January 20, 2014
  3. Reblogged this on Mother. Painter. Bohemian. and commented:
    I’m reposting this for no other reason than my Partner loves this story.

    January 20, 2014
    • Christine, thank you so much for the re-post. I’m honored. I love your art and your blog, and especially like your recent post “Things To Remember When Everything Goes Wrong.”I also love your vulnerability and how you counter it with gratitude. I don’t know you, but I’m so happy you’ve found someone who is willing to support you on your creative journey no matter how bumpy the road. By the way, I have twin daughters and twins are the best! Take care and I look forward to following your posts in the future! Laura

      January 20, 2014
  4. Hayley Devilly Atkinson #

    I know this is an old post but just wanted to let you know that number 6 was never said by Lewis Carroll or in any adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, it’s often wrongly credited to Carroll and confuses people. I think he would have liked the quote though!

    April 26, 2016
    • Thanks, Hayley. Good to know, as I did find it through Goodreads, I believe. And, I agree! I think he would approve. 🙂

      April 28, 2016
  5. Tony #

    Awesome interpretation. Love the creative thoughts applying to your dreams

    June 5, 2016
    • Thanks so much, Tony! This is my most popular post—so glad you enjoyed.

      June 6, 2016

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