It is not for nothing that the character of the Mad Hatter has stuck through all these years as probably the quirkiest and one of the most insane characters of all times. In fact, the world celebrates 6th of October as ‘Mad Hatter Day’! You would be amazed at some of the most quaint, silly, and yet, strangely profound quotes of Mad Hatter.
Mad About the Hatter
The Mad Hatter of the Batman series was modeled after the Hatter from Lewis Carroll’s novel, ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’.
Even before Johnny Depp burst onto the screen in the 2010 film ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and played the character of the Mad Hatter to complete perfection, Lewis Caroll’s novel ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and its sequel ‘Through the Looking-Glass’ had made the Mad Hatter legendary. If it was anything that led to the popularity of the character, it was the peculiar and unconventional things that the Hatter said; the hat and the garb only but adding to the “unusual” factor a little more. Though Caroll never actually used the term ‘Mad Hatter’ in either of his novels, the term stuck and got so popular that it became the very identity of this quirky character.
With a special day being celebrated as the Mad Hatter Day (6th of October), the popularity of this character is pretty evident. To commemorate one of the best characters of recent times, the following paragraphs will list out some of the Hatter’s most famous dialogs through these popular quotes.
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.
Mad Hatter: What a regrettably large head you have. I would very much like to hat it. I used to hat The White Queen, you know. Her head was so small.
Mad Hatter: You used to be much more…”muchier.” You’ve lost your muchness.
Mad Hatter: Have you any idea why a raven is like a writing desk?
Alice Kingsley: Mad Hatter, why is a raven like a writing-desk?
Mad Hatter: Have you guessed the riddle yet?
Alice Kingsley: No, I give it up, what’s the answer?
Mad Hatter: I haven’t the slightest idea.
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.
Mad Hatter: No wonder you’re late. Why, this watch is exactly two days slow.
Mad Hatter: Clean cup, clean cup! Move down!
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.
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?
Mad Hatter: When that day comes I shall futterwacken… vigorously.
Mad Hatter: Why is it you’re always too small or too tall?
Mad Hatter: What is the hatter with me?
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.
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…
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.
Mad Hatter: Already lost them. All together now!
Mad Hatter, Dormouse, The March Hare: “Up above the world you fly, like a tea tray in the sky. Twinkle twinkle…”
[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?
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.
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!
March Hare: Start at the beginning.
Mad Hatter: Yes, yes. And when you come to the end… [chuckles] STOP. See?
Alice Kingsley: Sometimes I believe in as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
Mad Hatter: That is an excellent practice.
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.
Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.
Mad Hatter: Yes, yes but you would have to be half-mad to dream me up.
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.
Mad Hatter: Teeeea?
[slices a tea cup in half]
March Hare: Just half a cup, if you don’t mind.
Mad Hatter: Mustard! Yes, mu- MUSTARD? Don’t let’s be silly! Lemon, that’s different…
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”!
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]
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.
Mad Hatter: Pieces of paper! [whispers] Pointless.
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?’.
[Referring to the White Knight]
Mad Hatter: OK, he’s as mad as a box of frogs.
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.
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.
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.
Mad Hatter: Oh, tea! I never “thought” of tea! “Of course”!
Mad Hatter: Down with the bloody Red Queen!
The Mad Hatter has been a much-loved character through all these years for the madness that he almost always causes and for the way that he makes us think with even the most quirkiest and seemingly nonsensical quotes. If we at all love the Hatter, it is probably because he lets us get in touch with the slightly crazy aspects of our personality, and we all know we have those. Here’s to the Hatter, then.