85+ Famous Mad Hatter Quotes

Mad Hatter Quotes

Lewis Carroll created the most memorable Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland, but this is not the first Mad Hatter.

An association between the creators of hats and madness had been created since the beginning of the 19th century.

 At that time, felt hats were in vogue in Europe, and the chemical process by which cheap furs were turned into felt used mercury.

Prolonged contact with mercury adversely affects the brain.

As hats worked in poorly ventilated areas and inhaled mercury vapor for days, many of them fell victim to neuro-mental illness. 

To this day, the symptoms of mercury poisoning that include tremors, tooth loss, lack of coordination, blurred speech, memory loss and depression are known as “mad hatter syndrome”.

That being said, enjoy our famous  collection of Mad Hatter quotes below!

85+ Famous Mad Hatter Quotes

5 Mad Hatter Quotes

  1. “If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?” ― Lewis Carroll
  2. “I don’t think…” then you shouldn’t talk, said the Hatter.” ― Lewis Carroll
  3. “Mad Matter: “Have I gone mad?”

Alice: “I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.” ― Tim Burton

  1. “One to be a murderer. One to be a Martyr. One to be a Monarch. One to go Mad” ― Marissa Meyer
  2. “People who don’t think shouldn’t talk.” ― Lewis Carroll
85+ Famous Mad Hatter Quotes

15 Mad Hatter Quotes

  1. “A dream is not reality, but who’s to say which is which?” ― Alice Through the Looking Glass
  2. “One to be a murderer, the other to be martyred, One to be a monarch, the other to go mad.” ― Marissa Meyer
  3. “Take off your hat,” the King said to the Hatter.

“It isn’t mine,” said the Hatter.

“Stolen!” the King exclaimed, turning to the jury, who instantly made a memorandum of the fact.

“I keep them to sell,” the Hatter added as an explanation; “I’ve none of my own. I’m a hatter.” ― Lewis Carroll

  1. “Alice sighed wearily. `I think you might do something better with the time,’ she said, `than waste it in asking riddles that have no answers.’

`If you knew Time as well as I do,’ said the Hatter, `you wouldn’t talk about wasting it. It’s him.’

`I don’t know what you mean,’ said Alice.

`Of course you don’t!’ the Hatter said, tossing his head contemptuously. `I dare say you never even spoke to Time!’

`Perhaps not,’ Alice cautiously replied: `but I know I have to beat time when I learn music.’

`Ah! that accounts for it,’ said the Hatter. `He won’t stand beating. Now, if you only kept on good terms with him, he’d do almost anything you liked with the clock. For instance, suppose it was nine o’clock in the morning, just time to begin lessons: you’d only have to whisper a hint to Time, and round the clock in a twinkling! Half-past one, time for dinner!” ― Lewis Carroll

  1. “You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret all the best people are.” ― Lewis Carroll
  1. “Time is drowning,

Hearts are burning,

Heads are rolling,

Nothing can save you now,

Tick tock, tick tock;

Creatures talking,

Weak are rising,

White Queen’s nearing,

Nothing can save you now,

Tick tock, tick tock;

Cards are bleeding,

Crowns are sweating,

Tea is spilling,

Nothing can save you now,

Tick tock, tick tock;

Red Queen, here’s your warning,

Wonderland’s raging,

Alice is coming,

Highness, time is drowning,

And nothing can save you now,

Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock…”

― Emory R. Frie

  1. “I’m going to give you a sentence, a full sentence with a noun and a verb and a possible agitate. I don’t like all these judges running around with their half baked sentences, that’s how you get salmonella poisoning.” ― Michael Buckley
  2. “Blood, sweat, and tea, sister! That’s what it takes to achieve all great and terrible things.” ― Emory R. Frie
  3. “Two days wrong!” sighed the Hatter. “I told you butter wouldn’t suit the works!” he added, looking angrily at the March Hare. “It was the best butter,” the March Hare meekly replied.” ― Lewis Carroll
  4. “On closer notice of her apron, he said, “Is that-?”

“The Mad Hatter,” she said. “I told you, I have a collection.”

“You collect aprons?”

“Since I was little and my mom taught me to bake.” When he smiled, she arched a brow. “Some find it charmingly quirky.”

“You never wore any to Gateau.”

“Shocking, I know. Because I’m certain the staff would have greatly appreciated the humor in them.”

His smile twitched wider at that. “You have a point, I suppose. I must say, this dry side of you is surprisingly appealing. What does it say?” He nodded toward her apron front. 

She lifted her arms away so he could read the script that accompanied the copy of an original pen and ink art rendering of the Hatter seated at a long table, holding a teacup aloft.

“YOU’RE NEVER TOO OLD TO HAVE A TEA PARTY,” he read out loud, then smiled at her. “I rather agree. You make a charming and somewhat more quirky Alice than I’d have expected. I seem to recall Alice spent the better part of her time being irritated and flustered, too. Perhaps if I’d come bearing tea and crumpets, with a bewildered, bespectacled white rabbit clutching a pocket watch in his paw, you’d have been more willing to give me the time of day.” ― Donna Kauffman

  1. “Just because I’m mad doesn’t mean I’m not right.” ― Christina Henry
  2. “Fortune-teller tea. Give it a sip!”

The liquid was pink and smelled of strawberries, but when Maddie drank it, the flavor was deep and a little bitter, followed by a sudden burst of sweetness.

Her father returned. “Well?” he asked.

“It started out as black licorice and then melted into butterscotch,” she said.

“Oh, my girl, the tea is telling you that this is the year to keep your ear to the ground and listen for surprises. Change is coming!”

Maddie’s stomach was full of thoughts and her head full of butterflies. She checked her watch again.

She couldn’t wait for it all to begin.” ― Shannon Hale

  1. “I don’t think…” then you shouldn’t talk, said the Hatter.” ― Lewis Carroll
  1. “Mad Matter: “Have I gone mad?”

Alice: “I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.” ― Tim Burton

  1. “One to be a murderer. One to be a Martyr. One to be a Monarch. One to go Mad” ― Marissa Meyer
85+ Famous Mad Hatter Quotes

20 Mad Hatter Quotes

  1. Mad Hatter: There is a place, like no place on earth. A land full of wonder, mystery, and danger. Some say, to survive it, you need to be as mad as a hatter. Which, luckily, I am.
  1. Mad Hatter: What a regrettably large head you have. I would very much like to hate it. I used to hat The White Queen, you know. Her head was so small.
  1. [to Alice] Mad Hatter: You used to be much more…”muchier.” You’ve lost your muchness.
  1. Mad Hatter: Have you any idea why a raven is like a writing desk?
  1. Alice Kingsley: Mad Hatter, why is a raven like a writing-desk?
  1. Mad Hatter: Have you guessed the riddle yet?
  1. Alice Kingsley: No, I give it up, what’s the answer?

Mad Hatter: I haven’t the slightest idea.

  1. Alice Kingsley: I’m sorry I interrupted your birthday party. Thank you.

March Hare: Birthday? My dear child, this is NOT a birthday party.

Mad Hatter: Of course not. This is an unbirthday party.

  1. Mad Hatter: No wonder you’re late. Why, this watch is exactly two days slow.
  1. Mad Hatter: Clean cup, clean cup! Move down!
  1. Mad Hatter: Have I gone mad?

[Alice checks Hatter’s temperature]

Alice Kingsley: I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.

  1. Mad Hatter: Your carriage, my lady.

Alice Kingsley: A hat?

Mad Hatter: Of course. Anyone can go by horse or rail, but the absolute best way to travel is by hat. Have I made a rhyme?

  1. Mad Hatter: When that day comes I shall futterwacken… vigorously.
  1. [To Alice] Mad Hatter: Why is it you’re always too small or too tall?
  1. Mad Hatter: What is the hatter with me?
  1. Mad Hatter: Would you like a little more tea?

Alice Kingsley: Well, I haven’t had any yet, so I can’t very well take more.

March Hare: Ah, you mean you can’t very well take less.

Mad Hatter: Yes. You can always take more than nothing.

  1. Knave of Hearts: We’re looking for the girl called Alice.

Mad Hatter: Speaking of the Queen, here’s a little song we used to sing in her honor…

  1. Mad Hatter, Dormouse, The March Hare: “Twinkle twinkle little bat, how I wonder where you’re at. Up…”

Knave of Hearts: [Wraps arm around Hatter’s throat] If you’re hiding her you’ll lose your heads.

  1. Mad Hatter: Already lost them. All together now!
  1. Mad Hatter, Dormouse, The March Hare: “Up above the world you fly, like a tea tray in the sky. Twinkle twinkle…”
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30 Mad Hatter Quotes

  1. March Hare: Start at the beginning.

Mad Hatter: Yes, yes. And when you come to the end… [chuckles] STOP. See?

  1. [the Mad Hatter is brought into The Red Queen’s court]

Red Queen: Where is Alice?

Mad Hatter: I’ve been considering words that start with the letter M. Moron. Mutiny. Murder. Mmm-malice.

Red Queen: Well, we’re looking for an A word right now. Where is Alice?

  1. Mad Hatter: Do you know why they call me Hatter?

Alice Kingsley: Because you wear a hat?

Mad Hatter: No. Because I’m always there when they pass the hat, so to speak.

  1. March Hare: [in an encouraging tone] Have some wine.

Alice Kingsley: [looking down the table] I don’t see any wine.

March Hare: There isn’t any. And you’re too young.

Alice Kingsley: Then it wasn’t very nice of you to offer it.

March Hare: It wasn’t very nice of ‘you’ to sit down without an invitation! This is a ‘private’ soirée.

Alice Kingsley: Well, I suppose I shouldn’t have just barged in when I know I wasn’t invited. But the table was laid out for a lot of people.

Mad Hatter: My response to that is both profound and meaningful: get your hair cut!

  1. Alice Kingsley: Sometimes I believe in as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

Mad Hatter: That is an excellent practice.

  1. Mad Hatter: The Jabberwock, with eyes aflame, Jaws that bait and claws that catch, Beware the Jabberwock, my son, The frumious Bandersnatch He took his vorpal sword in hand The vorpal blade went snicker-snack He left it dead, and with its head He went galumphing back. It’s all about you, you know.
  1. Mad Hatter:

Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.

  1. Mad Hatter: Yes, yes but you would have to be half-mad to dream me up.
  1. Mad Hatter: What’s the matter my dear, don’t you care for tea?

Alice Kingsley: Why, yes. I’m very fond of tea.

March Hare: If you don’t care for tea, you could at least make polite conversation!

Alice Kingsley: I was sitting on the riverbank with uh… with you know who…

Mad Hatter: I DO? [chuckles]

Alice Kingsley: I mean my C-A-T.

  1. Mad Hatter: Teeeea? [slices a tea cup in half]

March Hare: Just half a cup, if you don’t mind.

  1. Mad Hatter: Mustard! Yes, mu- MUSTARD? Don’t let’s be silly! Lemon, that’s different…
  1. Mad Hatter: Yes, that’s it! [with a sigh] It’s always tea time.

March Hare: Then you should say what you mean.

Alice Kingsley: I do, at least―at least I mean what I say―that’s the same thing, you know.

Mad Hatter: Not the same thing a bit! You might just as well say that “I see what I eat” is the same thing as “I eat what I see”!

  1. Mad Hatter: You have a regrettably large head! I would very much like to hat it!

[the Executioner tries to take off the hat of the Mat Hatter at the beheading platform]

  1. Mad Hatter: I’d like to keep it on.

Executioner: Suit yourself. As long as I can get at your neck.

Alice Kingsley: I have a little money, but I understand you don’t use that here.

  1. Mad Hatter: Pieces of paper! [whispers] Pointless.
  1. Mad Hatter: Trust me. I know a thing or two about liking people, and in time, after much chocolate and cream cake, ‘like’ turns into ‘what was his name again?’.
  1. [Referring to the White Knight] Mad Hatter: OK, he’s as mad as a box of frogs.
  1. Alice Kingsley: Who are you?

Mad Hatter: A friend. I hope.

Rat Catcher: She’s Alice! Tell him who you are!

Mad Hatter: Wow! Really? Woooo! Ratty here thinks you’re Alice. Of Legend.

Alice Kingsley: Who?

Mad Hatter: The last uhm, the last time a girl called Alice came here from your world she brought down the whole House of Cards. Oh yeah. Made quite an impression. Although, it was 150 years ago. It can’t be the same girl. Oysters don’t even live that long.

  1. Mad Hatter: Personal remarks are rude?

Alice Kingsley: Mm-hmm.

Mad Hatter: Egad, you learn something new every day. Make a note of that, Marchy, it might come in useful.

  1. Alice Kingsley: What a funny watch! It tells the day of the month, and doesn’t tell

what o’clock it is!

Mad Hatter: Why should it? Does YOUR watch tell you what year it is?

Alice Kingsley: Of course not, but that’s because it stays the same year for such a long time together.

Mad Hatter: Which is just the case with MINE.

  1. Mad Hatter: Oh, tea! I never “thought” of tea! “Of course”!
  1. Mad Hatter: Down with the bloody Red Queen!
  1. “Your hair wants cutting,” said the Hatter. He had been looking at Alice for some time with great curiosity, and this was his first speech.
  1. The Hatter opened his eyes very wide on hearing this; but all he said was “Why is a raven like a writing desk?”
  1. “Not the same thing a bit!” said the Hatter. “Why, you might just as well say that ‘I see what I eat’ is the same thing as ‘I eat what I see’!”
  1. “Ah! that accounts for it,” said Hatter. “He won’t stand beating. Now, if you only kept on good terms with him, he’d do almost anything you liked with the clock. For instance, suppose it was nine o’clock in the morning, just time to begin lessons: you’d only have to whisper a hint to Time, and round the clock in a twinkling! Half-past one, time for dinner!”
  1. Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!

How I wonder what you’re at!

Up above the world you fly,

Like a tea-tray in the sky.

  1. “Yes, that’s it,” said the Hatter with a sigh: “it’s always tea time, and we’ve no time to wash the things between whiles.”
  1. “I’ve had nothing yet,” Alice replied in an offended tone, “so I can’t take more.”
  1. “You mean you can’t take less,” said the Hatter; “it’s very easy to take more than nothing.”
85+ Famous Mad Hatter Quotes

40 Mad Hatter quotes

  1. “I want a clean cup,” interrupted the Hatter: “let’s all move one place on.”
  1. “I’m a poor man, your Majesty,” the Hatter began, in a trembling voice, “—and I hadn’t begun my tea—not above a week or so—and what with the bread-and-butter getting so thin—and the twinkling of the tea——”
  1. “If that’s all you know about it, you may stand down,” continued the King.
  2. “I can’t go no lower,” said the Hatter: “I’m on the floor, as it is.”
  1. “A dream is not reality, but who’s to say which is which?”
  1. “Do you know why they call me Hatter?”
  1. “Down with the bloody Red Queen!”
  1. “Have I gone mad? I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers, but I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”
  1. “Have you any idea why a raven is like a writing desk?”
  1. “Have you guessed the riddle yet? I haven’t the slightest idea.”
  1. “I dare say you never even spoke to Time!”
  1. “If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t.”
  1. “If you don’t care for tea, you could at least make polite conversation!”
  1. “If you knew Time as well as I do, you wouldn’t talk about wasting it. It’s him.”
  1. “I’ve been considering words that start with the letter M. Moron. Mutiny. Murder. Mmm-malice.”
  1. “I’ve none of my own. I’m a hatter.”
  2. “My response to that is both profound and meaningful: get your hair cut!”
  3. “Of course not. This is an unbirthday party.”
  4. “Of course. Anyone can go by horse or rail, but the absolute best way to travel is by hat. Have I made a rhyme?”
  5. “People who don’t think shouldn’t talk.”
  6. “Speaking of the Queen, here’s a little song we used to sing in her honor.”
  7. “Take off your hat.”
  8. “Teeeea?”
  9. “That is an excellent practice.”
  10. “What’s the matter my dear, don’t you care for tea?”
  11. “When you can’t look on the bright side, I will sit with you in the dark.”
  12. “Why is it you’re always too small or too tall?”
  13. “You have a regrettably large head! I would very much like to hat it!”
  14. “You used to be much more…”muchier.” You’ve lost your muchness.”
  15. “You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret all the best people are.”
  16. “And what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversations?” 
  17. “How funny it’ll seem to come out among the people that walk with their heads downwards! The antipathies, I think—” 
  18. “Oh, how I wish I could shut up like a telescope! I think I could, if only I knew how to begin.” For, you see, so many out-of-the-way things had happened lately, that Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible. 
  19.  “It was all very well to say “Drink me,” but the wise little Alice was not going to do that in a hurry. “No, I’ll look first,” she said, “and see whether it’s marked ‘poison’ or not.” 
  20. “But it’s no use now,” thought poor Alice, “to pretend to be two people! Why, there’s hardly enough of me left to make one respectable person!”
  21. “Curiouser and curiouser!” cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English). 
  22. “I wish I hadn’t cried so much!” said Alice, as she swam about, trying to find her way out. “I shall be punished for it now, I suppose, by being drowned in my own tears! That will be a queer thing, to be sure! However, everything is queer to-day.” 
  23. “I suppose I ought to eat or drink something or other; but the great question is ‘What?’” 
  24. “I do wish I hadn’t drunk quite so much!” 
  25. “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!” 

50 Alice in Wonderland quotes

  1. “Curiouser and curiouser!”
  1. “But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.

“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”

“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.

“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”

  1. “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.

“I don’t much care where–” said Alice.

“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

“–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation.

“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”

  1. ‘I could tell you my adventures–beginning from this morning,’ said Alice a little timidly: ‘but it’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.’
  1. “Who are YOU?” said the Caterpillar.

This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, “I–I hardly know, sir, just at present– at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.”

  1. Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said: “one can’t believe impossible things.”

“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

  1. The Hatter opened his eyes very wide on hearing this; but all he said was, “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?”

“Come, we shall have some fun now!” thought Alice. “I’m glad they’ve begun asking riddles. — I believe I can guess that,” she added aloud.

“Do you mean that you think you can find out the answer to it?” said the March Hare.

“Exactly so,” said Alice.

“Then you should say what you mean,” the March Hare went on.

“I do,” Alice hastily replied; “at least–at least I mean what I say–that’s the same thing, you know.”

“Not the same thing a bit!” said the Hatter. “You might just as well say that ‘I see what I eat’ is the same thing as ‘I eat what I see’!”

“You might just as well say,” added the March Hare, “that ‘I like what I get’ is the same thing as ‘I get what I like’!”

“You might just as well say,” added the Dormouse, who seemed to be talking in his sleep, “that ‘I breathe when I sleep’ is the same thing as ‘I sleep when I breathe’!”

  1. “Tut, tut, child!” said the Duchess. “Everything’s got a moral, if only you can find it.”
  1. “I quite agree with you,” said the Duchess; “and the moral of that is–‘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 that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.’”

“I think I should understand that better,” Alice said very politely, “`if I had it written down: but I can’t quite follow it as you say it.”

“That’s nothing to what I could say if I chose,” the Duchess replied, in a pleased tone.

“Pray don’t trouble yourself to say it any longer than that,” said Alice.

  1. The White Rabbit put on his spectacles. “Where shall I begin, please your Majesty?” he asked.

“Begin at the beginning,” the King said gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”

  1. “Well, in our country,” said Alice, still panting a little, “you’d generally get to somewhere else — if you ran very fast for a long time, as we’ve been doing.”

“A slow sort of country!” said the Queen. “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!”

13. “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.”

“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”

“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master – – that’s all.”

14. “Well, now that we have seen each other,” said the Unicorn, “if you’ll believe in me, I’ll believe in you. Is that a bargain?”

15. “How long is forever?”

“Sometimes, just one second.”

16. “Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.”

17. “I’m sorry, but how can one possibly pay attention to a book with no pictures in it?”

18. “If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense.”

19. “Curiouser and curiouser!”

20. “I was just giving myself some good advice.”

21. “Oh dear, I do wish I hadn’t cried so much.”

22. “I wonder which way I ought to go.”

23. “Well, I’ve had enough nonsense. I’m going home!”

24. “Three inches is such a wretched height.”

25. “When I get home I shall write a book about this place.”

26. “It would be so nice if something made sense for a change.”

27. “But that’s just the trouble with me. I give myself very good advice, but I very seldom follow it.”

28. “Oh, dear.”

29. “Ah, but that’s the point! If you don’t think, you shouldn’t talk!”

30. “I have an excellent idea! Let’s change the subject.”

31. “How about a nice cup of tea?”

32. “Ah, but it’s very rude to sit down without being invited!”

33. “She doesn’t know what an unbirthday is!”

34. “Who’s been painting my roses red?”

35. “That’s enough! Off with their heads!”

36. “Curtsey while you’re thinking. It saves time.”

37. “SILENCE!”

38. “Most everyone’s mad here.”

39. “You may have noticed that I’m not all there myself.”

40. “Some go this way. Some go that way. But as for me, myself, personally, I prefer the short cut.”

41. “The oysters were curious too, weren’t they?”

42. “Aye, and you remember what happened to them.”

43. “That’s logic!”

44. “If you stay long enough, we might have a battle!”

45. “Oh my fur and whiskers! I’m late, I’m late, I’m late!”

46. “I’m late, I’m late! For a very important date! No time to say ‘hello, goodbye,’ I’m late, I’m late, I’m late!”

47. “Who. Are. You?”

48. “Nothing’s impossible!”

49.“Come, come now. Crying won’t help.”

50.“I think she’s pretty.”

“Quiet, Bud.” –Rose and Rosebud

85+ Famous Mad Hatter Quotes

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Nadejda Romanciuc holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a diploma in Addiction studies. She is part of the Romanian Association of Integrative Psychotherapy as a psychotherapist under supervision. She's practicing online counselling for over two years and is a strong advocate for mental health.