„Alice asked the Cheshire Cat, who was sitting in a tree, “What road do I take?”
The cat asked, “Where do you want to go?”
“I don’t know,” Alice answered.
“Then,” said the cat, “it really doesn’t matter, does it?“
Variant: One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. ‘Which road do I take?’ she asked. ‘Where do you want to go?’ was his response. ‘I don’t know,’ Alice answered. ‘Then,’ said the cat, ‘it doesn’t matter.
Source: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
— Orson Welles American actor, director, writer and producer 1915 - 1985
From the published screenplay for "The Big Brass Ring" (Santa Barbara, Calif.: Santa Teresa Press, 1987)
Variant: If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.
Source: Alice in Wonderland
„But I don’t want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat: "we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad."
"How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn’t have come here.“
Source: Alice in Wonderland
Source: The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (1988), Ch. 13
Context: My own strategy is to find a car, or the nearest equivalent, which looks as if it knows where it's going and follow it. I rarely end up where I was intending to go, but often I end up somewhere I needed to be.
„When the men on the chessboard
Get up and tell you where to go
And you've just had some kind of mushroom
And your mind is moving low.
Go ask Alice
I think she'll know.“
— Grace Slick American musician, writer and painter 1939
White Rabbit (1965)
Source: The Surgeon
„This was what could happen to you: you could end up this far from where you thought you were going.“
Source: She's Come Undone
„God wants you to get where God wants you to go more than you want to get where God wants you to go.“
— Mark Batterson American pastor and writer 1969
Source: In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars
— Yogi Berra American baseball player, manager, coach 1925 - 2015
Variant: If you don't know where you are going,
you'll end up someplace else.
Source: The Yogi Book : I Really Didn't Say Everything I Said
— Laurence J. Peter Canadian eductor 1919 - 1990
Source: Peter's Quotations: Ideas for Our Time (1977), p. 125
— Thom Yorke English musician, philanthropist and singer-songwriter 1968
Lyrics, In Rainbows (2007)
— James Thurber American cartoonist, author, journalist, playwright 1894 - 1961
"The Wolf Who Went Places", The New Yorker, Page 28 http://archives.newyorker.com/?i=1956-05-19#folio=028 (19 May 1956); Further Fables for Our Time http://books.google.com/books?id=ZnhbAAAAMAAJ&q=%22moral+Where+most+of+us+end+up+there+is+no+knowing+but+the+hellbent+get+where+they+are+going%22&pg=PA28#v=onepage (1956)
From Fables for Our Time and Further Fables for Our Time
„If you don’t change the direction you are going, then you’re likely to end up where you’re heading…“
— John C. Maxwell American author, speaker and pastor 1947
„I'm going to take you out of here… I'm going to take you home, to the world where you belong, where cats with bent tails live, and there are little backyards, and alarm clocks ring in the morning.“
Source: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
„I don’t want her to have a cat because she’ll end up talking baby talk to the cat. That’s the way it is, and how can a P. I. do that?“
— Sue Grafton American writer 1940 - 2017
On why Kinsey Millhone, the private-investigator heroine of her popular series of mystery novels, will never have a cat.
New York Times, p. C10 (August 4, 1994)
— Chesty Puller United States Marine Corps general 1898 - 1971
Statement on his reasons for leaving Virginia Military Institute after his freshman year to enlist in the US Marine Corps (1918), as quoted in Fox Valley Veterans : A Salute to Hometown Heroism (2008) by George Rawlinson, p. 230
Source: Chesty Puller http://www.polaris.net/~jrube/chestpul.htm
— Sue Monk Kidd Novelist 1948
Source: The Invention of Wings