Johnny Depp's “Mad Hatter” Quotes are swirl-eyed wisdoms of lunacy from the upside-down reaches of his ecstatic, hysterical mind. Crazy people have the answers. More of us should listen to them, especially when they emerge from the other-dimensional realms of classic storybooks. The Mad Hatter, no doubt neurologically afflicted by the mercury fumes used in turning certain materials to felt in the tradition of the day, shows us that doing things differently gets you where you're going more efficiently.

When the need arises, the clever employ cunning. “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.” The larger the ego, the easier the surreptitious stroke. Be careful when you sneak past the ego into the heart chamber of the enemy, though. You could forget those compliments weren't real, and mistake your enemy's returned kindnesses for tokens of true alliance – which screws up the entire plan. Keep your head in the game.

A trooper knows friends keep it real. “You used to be much more...muchier. You lost your muchness.” No mad man worth their salt would sacrifice loyalty for pretense. The Hatter couldn't have Alice thinking her vapid approach to the scourge upon Underland even remotely okay. Confusion doesn't look good on Alice. When it's time for your homeskillet to stop playing and relocate her pizazz, let her know.

Imagination trumps impossibility. “...only if you believe it is.” “Anyone can go by horse or rail, but the absolute best way to travel is by hat.” The impossible is only impossible for the fool who defines it as such. As whimsical as these words might be considered by the bearers of less fluid pineal glands, the statement is almost literal... in the symbolic sense when you factor in the faculty of thought, visualization, trance and fully-engaged dream as methods by which forms of being are transported.

Evasion and procrastination before elation. “When the day comes, I shall Futterwacken...vigorously.” No one can expect you to dance and celebrate in the midst of despair in a wartorn dream world you call home. It's perfectly acceptable to brood and acknowledge your feelings on the matter. It's the only way to truly assess your desired response to violation and tyranny. Don't give into peer pressure and futterwacken if you're not feeling it.

Respect the balance. “Why is it you're always too small or too tall?" These words imprinted the quite literal circumstances for the Hatter, but the symbolism is still weighty and highly relevant to any time or place where extremes lose all sight of the middle places where balance exists.

- Daz Wilson