"Take care of the sense and the sounds will take care of themselves." What is the meaning behind this quote delivered by The Duchess to Alice in the book "Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll?
It is wordplay on the saying below.
Take care of the pence and the pounds will take care of themselves. On one level it means nothing in itself. Within the context of the book it reflects Carroll' surreal world and use of language which run through the entire story.