Dr Seuss Quotes: Top 13
13. The Lorax is a book about a creature who is trying to stop the trees he loves from being cut down. The main character, for which the book is named, reminds us that progress isn’t always a good thing, and that it’s important to consider the consequences of our actions.
“They say I'm old-fashioned, and live in the past, but sometimes I think progress progresses too fast!”
12. This next quote is a Seussism, which is a saying attributed to Seuss, though the exact origin of it is unknown. It may be from an undocumented interview, or just something he liked to say in the company of friends. This is one of the author’s most popular, life-affirming and positive quotes:
“Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.”
11. Dr Seuss often takes common expressions, in this case ‘make up your mind’, and turns them on their head. His playfulness with the English language has made for some wonderful quotes and sayings. This quote is from Hunches in Bunches, a tale about a boy who is finding it hard to decide what to do.
“My trouble was I had a mind but I couldn't make it up!”
10. Now for one of my all-time favorite Cat in the Hat quotes. It comes from a book called I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!, in which the cat teaches a younger cat the joys and benefits of reading. Knowledge can make you look at the world in a whole new way.
“Young cat, if you keep your eyes open enough, oh, the stuff you would learn! The most wonderful stuff!”
9. Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? is a fun book that puts a positive spin on the many unfortunate things that can happen to a person. Remember that no matter how bad things may seem, there’s always someone less fortunate than you.
“You oughta be thankful, a whole heaping lot, for the people and places you're lucky you're not.”
8. Be yourself! This is a consistent theme running throughout Dr Seuss’s books. This quote is from the book, Happy Birthay to You!, in which the Birthday Bird, from the fantastic land of Katroo, celebrates the reader’s special day.
“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.”
7. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is about life and its many challenges. It reminds us that we are masters of our own destiny and that it’s important to go out and live life instead of just waiting around for something exciting to happen.
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
6. The beauty of Seuss’ writing is its simplicity, which is what makes it so appealing to children and adults alike. He doesn’t waffle or use unnecessary words. He gets straight to the point. This quote is not from one of his many colorful characters, but from the man himself, Theodor Seuss Geisel, talking about writing:
“So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.”
5. In this Seussism, Seuss again plays around with a common saying. ‘Mind over matter’ refers to the use of willpower to overcome physical problems. Seuss’s quote means you should be yourself because people who love you will accept you for being you, and it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks.
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.”
4. Dr Seuss has a brilliant way of condensing complicated ideas and notions and reducing them into one simple, straightforward, but illuminating quote. Here is another of his many pearls of wisdom:
“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”
3. This popular Seussism calls on us all to be true to ourselves, even if that means being different to everyone else.
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”
2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is one of my all-time favorite books by Dr Seuss. After stealing everything from the homes of the Christmas-loving Whos of Whoville on Christmas Eve, the Grinch expects to hear the sound of wailing rising up from the town. Instead, he hears sounds of celebration and jubilation, and realizes that there’s more to the holiday season than material things.
“And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?”
1. What would life be without fantasy? Drab and dreary, confined within the limitations of concrete reality. Yawn! Fortunately, we have all been gifted with people like Dr Seuss, who have enriched our work through their many amazing creations. Here Seuss explains his fascination with fantasy and why it’s so essential:
“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, which is what I do. And that enables you to laugh at life's realities.”
Hear, hear, doc!
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