I really like Carroll as an author because he always thinks out of the box. Many of his riddles and little sayings always makes you want to think more in depth about the quote.
One of my many favorite quotes in the book.
“That’s the reason they’re called lessons,” the Gryphon remarked: “because they lessen from day to day.”
I believe this quote has truth to it. Yet, it can be taken from two different points of view.
Mistakes are really what makes a person. Through mistakes they learn lessons such as a child learning they cannot touch a hot stove or else they will burn their fingers. Once the child learns their lesson, they surely won’t do it again. Although, lessons can really lessen by day. People who commit crimes suffer consequences for a reason. For a speeding ticket, you might pay a fine and for a bigger charge, such as theft you might go to jail.
You are suppose to learn these lessons after suffering the consequences correct? Well, not so much.
The lessons that people claim to learn may actually lessen day to day. Let’s take the speeding ticket. You get the ticket, you tell the officer you are sorry and it won’t happen again and then later on you go pay the fine. It should be done with after that right? Many may drive safer the next couple of days, especially in the area they were ticketed but a week, month, or year from then, do you think they will be speeding again? This is an example of a lesson lessening day by day.
Either way you look at it it is an interesting quote and something to think about.