Humpty Obama took the book and looked at it carefully. ‘That seems to be done right ’ he began.
‘You’re holding it upside down!’ Alice interrupted.
‘To be sure I was!’ Humpty Obama said gaily as she turned it round for him. ‘I thought it looked a little queer. As I was saying, that seems to be done right though I haven’t time to look it over thoroughly just now and that shows that there are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday presents ’
‘Certainly,’ said Alice.
‘And only one for birthday presents, you know. There’s glory for you!’
‘I don’t know what you mean by “glory”,’ Alice said.
Humpty Obama smiled contemptuously. ‘Of course you don’t till I tell you. I meant “there’s a nice knock-down argument for you!”’
‘But “glory” doesn’t mean “a nice knock-down argument”,’ Alice objected.
‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Obama said, in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean neither more nor less.’
‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’
That is one of the greatest of quotes in the English language.