‘Come, we shall have some fun now!’ thought Alice. ‘I’m glad they’ve begun asking riddles.— I believe I can guess that,’ she added aloud.
‘Do you mean that you think you can find out the answer to it?’ said the March Hare.
‘Exactly so,’ said Alice.
‘Then you should say what you mean,’ the March Hare went on.
‘I do,’ Alice hastily replied; ‘at least— at least I mean what I say— that’s the same thing, you know.’
‘Not the same thing a bit!’ said the Hatter. ‘You might just as well say that “I see what I eat” is the same thing as “I eat what I see”!’
‘You might just as well say,’ added the March Hare, ‘that “I like what I get” is the same thing as “I get what I like”!’
‘You might just as well say,’ added the Dormouse, who seemed to be talking in his sleep, ‘that “I breathe when I sleep” is the same thing as “I sleep when I breathe”!’
Carroll, Lewis. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass (with the complete original illustrations by John Tenniel) (pp. 29-30). Digireads.com. Kindle Edition.
“If you cannot say what you mean, your majesty, you will never mean what you say and a gentleman should always mean what he says.”
‘The Last Emperor’ Reginald Fleming Johnston