The best Mad Hatter quotes don’t always come directly from “Alice in Wonderland” or “Through the Looking Glass.” Some of the best Mad Hatter quotes come from the different animated incarnations of the Mad Hatter through the years. These Mad Hatter quotes may be based on the stories of Lewis Carroll, but their delivery brings to light the sinister, angry sides of the Mad Hatter while managing to maintain the sweet insanity of Lewis Carroll’s character.

  1. “Twinkle twinkle little bat how I wonder where you’re at” ("Batman the Animated Series: Mad as a Hatter” 1992) - Originally, this Mad Hatter quote was the beginning of a poem that the Hatter recites in chapter 7 of Lewis Carroll's “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” It was cute back then but when The Mad Hatter--one of the lesser known members of Batman’s rouges gallery--uses this line while trying to destroy the great detective, it takes on a sinister air that makes it just a bit more awesome.

  2. “No wonder you’re late, this watch is exactly two days slow” ("Alice in Wonderland" 1951) - This is one of many Mad Hatter quotes that doesn’t make much sense at all and this reaction to the White Rabbit crashing his tea party is one of them. From where we’re sitting, a watch that’s two days slow is a watch that is decidedly broken.

  3. “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. Its all about you, you know.” ("Alice in Wonderland" 2010)- In the Tim Burton version of “Alice in Wonderland,” this Mad Hatter quote takes a slight turn from the nonsensical to dark and angry as he describe the Jabberwok, the scourge of Wonderland. As the Mad Hatter, Johnny Depp does a brilliant job of driving home the seething rage beneath the veneer of silly in this Mad Hatter quote.

  4. “Why is a raven like a writing desk” ("Alice in Wonderland" 1951-2010)- Not even Lewis Carroll knew the answer to this riddle, and he’s the one who wrote it. This Mad Hatter quote has been making people scratch by their heads and say “WTF?" for over 100 years.

  5. “You mean you can’t take less; it’s very easy to take more than nothing.” ("Alice in Wonderland" 1951)- On it’s face, Wonderland and everything in it is nothing more than whimsical fancy and silly fun. But every now and again one of the characters says something that is a bit of advice that works in the real world. So the next time you’re feeling like life sucks and you have nothing, that it can’t get any worse, think of this Mad Hatter quote and know that it can’t get much worse.

- Sameerah Blue