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six impossible things before breakfast

Many of my favourite quotes are from books I read as a child and ones I’ve read to/with my son. Here’s one — quote, not book :o) — we have on our fridge that’s printed on a magnet I found in a shop in Solvang while my husband was a student at Brooks Institute of Photography a few years ago.

A little context first . . .

The Queen has just asked Alice how old she is. Alice answers, “I’m seven and a half exactly.”

“You needn’t say ‘exactly,'” the Queen remarked: “I can believe it without that. Now I’ll give you something to believe. I’m just one hundred and one, five months and a day.”

“I can’t believe that,” said Alice.

“Can’t you?” the Queen said, in a pitying tone. “Try again; draw a long breath, and shut your eyes.”

Alice laughed.

“Alice and the White Queen” ~ sld

“There is no use trying,” said Alice; “one can’t believe impossible things.”

“I dare say 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.”

~ Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass

Recently, I found a wonderful blog that takes the idea just a little further, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast. :o) I highly recommend a visit there for anyone who loves books.

8 thoughts on “six impossible things before breakfast

    • Hi Ruth! Thanks for liking my doodle :o)

      It’s a fun way of looking at things, isn’t it? You’ve given me an idea — I wonder what would happen if I actually picked 6 things that somewhere along the line I’ve decided are impossible and then, tomorrow morning, before breakfast, I start believing in them. Hmmmm . . . maybe start a Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast Club. Want to join in?


  1. Alice Through The Looking Glass was one of my favourite books as a child. My hardback copy of it has survived many, many house moves over 3 different counties and, four decades later, it still sits in pride of place on my bookshelves. Thanks for the reminder.


    • Hi Claire. It’s a book filled with so much imagination, isn’t it? And the illustrations never fail to bring a smile. Speaking of art that brings a smile — I love your paintings. So wonderfully whimsical and bright.


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