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The Mad Hatter is one of the most unique characters in literary history!

Lewis Carroll introduced the world to Alice in Wonderland in 1865.

The young girl falls through a rabbit hole, where she meets several interesting characters, one of them being The Hatter.

Since then, there have been many renditions of the story.

Hit TV show Once Upon a Time gave The Mad Hatter a new backstory.

Tim Burton’s version had many whacky things to say.

An interesting thing to note is that Carroll never referred to the character as The Mad Hatter; he was simply The Hatter.

The phrase ‘mad as a hatter’ had already been around before Carroll’s work, and the character was clearly crazy, so it stuck.

If you wonder what some of the maddest things The Hatter has said are, then check out these 43 Mad Hatter quotes.

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Marvelously Mad, Mad Hatter quotes

1. “I want a clean cup,′ interrupted the Hatter: `let’s all move one place on.′”— Mad Hatter

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2. “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

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3. Mad Hatter: “Have I gone mad?” 

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

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4. “Of course you’re here, in my- sanctum sanctorum. You always have been. You always will be. You’re the Nonsense in my head that mustn’t be ignored. You’re the piece of me that maddens everyone, my sister the most.” The Hatter gave her a tired smile and said nothing- which might have been the wisest thing he ever said.” ― Liz Braswell

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5. “Clean cup, clean cup! Move down!” — Mad Hatter

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6. “Yes, yes, but you would have to be half-mad to dream me up.” — Mad Hatter

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7. [Referring to the White Knight] “OK, he’s as mad as a box of frogs.” — Mad Hatter

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8. “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.” — Mad Hatter

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9. “You mean you can’t take less. It’s very easy to take more than nothing.” — Mad Hatter

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10.  [He had been looking at Alice for some time with great curiosity, and this was his first speech.] “Your hair wants cutting.” — Mad Hatter

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11. “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?”

“Have you guessed the riddle yet?” the Hatter said, turning to Alice again.

“No, I give it up,” Alice replied: “what’s the answer?”

“I haven’t the slightest idea.” — Mad Hatter

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12. “My response to that is both profound and meaningful: get your hair cut!” — Mad Hatter

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13. “Why is it you’re always too small or too tall?” — Mad Hatter

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14. “Down with the bloody Red Queen!” — Mad Hatter

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

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16. Alice: “Who are you?”

Mad Hatter: “A friend. I hope.” — Mad Hatter

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17. “Pieces of paper! *whispers* Pointless.” — Mad Hatter

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18. “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!” — Mad Hatter

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Timeless Mad Hatter quotes

19. “If you knew Time as well as I do, you wouldn’t talk about wasting it. It’s him.” — Mad Hatter

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20. “Ah! that accounts for it. 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 were nine o’clock in the morning, just time to begin lessons: you’d only have to whisper a hint to Time, and round goes the clock in a twinkling! Half-past one, time for dinner!” — Mad Hatter

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21. “No wonder you’re late. Why this watch is exactly two days slow.” — Mad Hatter

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22. “Two days wrong!” I told you butter wouldn’t suit the works!” — Mad Hatter

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23. “Yes, yes. And when you come to the end… STOP. See?” — Mad Hatter

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24. “Yes, that’s it! *sigh* It’s always tea time.” — Mad Hatter

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25. “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.” — Mad Hatter

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Did you enjoy these Mad Hatter quotes?

Interestingly, Carrol was surrounded by hatters growing up, as the chief trade in Stockport was hatting.

The character that The Hatter is based on, however, sold furniture and not hats.

The man’s name was Theophilus Carter, and he was somewhat eccentric.

It is rumored that Carter invented the ‘Alarm Clock Bed,’ a maddening device that woke the sleeping occupant by dumping them in a cold water vat.

That sounds exactly like something that the character would own, in case his watch failed!

I wish that had made it into the book! 

Which version of The Mad Hatter is your favorite?

Do you have favorite Mad Hatter quotes and lines you would like to share?

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