"'You recall the branches of arithmetic, Nick? Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision ...?'"
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1863)
Public DomainCharles Lutwidge Dodgson (1863) - Credit: Oskar Gustav Rejlander

A modification of Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, this quotation is taken from Chapter IX of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, entitled 'The Mock Turtle's Story'.

See p.143 of this e-book.

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, who wrote the Alice books under the pen name Lewis Carroll, was a mathematics don at Christ Church College, Oxford.