Theodor Seuss Geisel was born March 2nd, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts, and eventually became one of the best known children’s writers of the 20th century under his pen name Dr. Seuss.
Dr. Seuss began his career in the 1920s as a cartoonist, and eventually he wrote his first children’s book in 1936. This was the first of 46 works he published for children. His most famous books include Green Eggs and Ham, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Cat in the Hat, and The Lorax.
Dr. Seuss died in 1991 at the age of 87. He left the world his indelible spirit which is imprinted on the pages of his famous books.
Many of the following Dr. Seuss quotes are well known to children and adults for their wit, wisdom, and fun…
“Being crazy isn’t enough.”
“They say I’m old-fashioned, and live in the past, but sometimes I think progress progresses too fast!”
“Oh the things you can find, if you don’t stay behind!”
“In the places I go there are things that I see that I never could spell if I stopped with the Z.”
“How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”
“Simple it’s not, I am afraid you will find, for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.”
“I know, up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here at the bottom we, too, should have rights.”
“Today I shall behave, as if this is the day I will be remembered.”
“I meant what I said and I said what I meant.”
“In my world, everyone’s a pony and they all eat rainbows and poop butterflies!”
“I’m telling you this ‘cause you’re one of my friends. My alphabet starts where your alphabet ends!”
“Think and wonder, wonder and think.”
“So be sure when you step, step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains.”
“Only you can control your future.”
“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!”
“He who makes a beast out of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man”
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”
“Remember me and smile, for it’s better to forget than to remember me and cry.”
“You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.”
“Just tell yourself, Duckie, you’re really quite lucky!”
“With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.”
“Congratulations! Today is your day!”
“Think! You can think any Think that you wish!”
“Teeth are always in style.”
“You do not like them. So you say. Try them! Try them! And you may!”
“And you very small persons will not have to die if you make yourselves heard! So come on, now, and TRY!”
“If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good”
“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!”
“I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.”
“When he worked, he really worked. But when he played, he really PLAYED.”
“Day Play. We play all day. Night Fight. We fight all night.”
“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
“I’m glad we had the times together just to laugh and sing a song, seems like we just got started and then before you know it, the times we had together were gone.”
“To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.”
“Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them.”
“Adults are just outdated children.”
“You make ‘em, I amuse ‘em.”
“Sometimes, when I see my granddaughters make small discoveries of their own, I wish I were a child.”
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
“So, open your mouth, lad! For every voice counts!”
“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
“If you’d never been born, then you might be an Isn’t! An Isn’t has no fun at all. No, he didn’t!”
“Don’t give up. I believe in you all.”
“I am what I am! That’s a great thing to be! If I say so my self, Happy Birthday to me!”
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
“I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!”
“It’s a troublesome world. All the people who are in it are troubled with troubles almost every minute. You ought to be thankful, a whole heaping lot, for the places and people you’re lucky you’re not.”
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
“If things start happening, don’t worry, don’t stew, just go right along and you’ll start happening too.”
“All alone! Whether you like it or not, alone is something you’ll be quite a lot!”
“Everything stinks till it’s finished.”
“I’m sorry to say so but, sadly it’s true that bang-ups and hang-ups can happen to you.”
“Things may happen and often do to people as brainy and footsy as you.”
“I’m afraid sometimes you’ll play lonely games too, games you can’t win because you’ll play against you.”
“When you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.”
“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.”
“The problem with writing a book in verse is, to be successful, it has to sound like you knocked it off on a rainy Friday afternoon. It has to sound easy. When you can do it, it helps tremendously because it’s a thing that forces kids to read on. You have this unconsummated feeling if you stop.”
“‘The Lorax’ book was intended to be propaganda.”
“Preachers in pulpits talked about what a great message is in the book. No matter what you do, somebody always imputes meaning into your books.”
“I stay out of politics because if I begin thinking too much about politics, I’ll probably… drop writing children’s books and become a political cartoonist again.”
“I am not a consecutive writer.”
“Whenever things go a bit sour in a job I’m doing, I always tell myself, ‘You can do better than this.’”
“So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.”
“You have to be a speedy reader because there’s so so much to read.”
“You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.”
“It is better to know how to learn than to know.”
“If you keep your eyes open enough, oh, the stuff you will learn. Oh, the most wonderful stuff.”
“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”
“There’s no limit to how much you’ll know, depending how far beyond zebra you go.”
“Words and pictures are yin and yang. Married, they produce a progeny more interesting than either parent.”
“What it really said to me is how hard the people at our school work, … All of our employees who work here are working hard to do what’s right for our kids.”
“I would not like them here or there. I would not like them anywhere. I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them Sam I Am.”
“We looked! Then we saw him. Step in on the mat! We looked! And we saw him! The Cat in the Hat!”
“My wonderful weapon, the Jigger-Rock Snatchem, will fling ‘em right back just as quick as we catch ‘em.”
“So, on beyond Z! It’s high time you were shown. That you really don’t know. All there is to be known.”
“Just go. Go. Go! I don’t care how. You can go by foot. You can go by cow.”
“And that is a story that no one can beat, When I say that I saw it on Mulberry Street.”
“And turtles, of course… all the turtles are FREE. As turtles and, maybe, ALL creatures should be.”
#1. Dr. Seuss never had any biological children. Although he did have two step-children from his second wife.
#2. Dr. Seuss was not actually a Doctor of anything. He added ‘Dr.’ to his pen-name because his father had always wanted him to study medicine.
#3. His books were not a success from the beginning. His first book was rejected by 27 publishers.
#4. The first recorded use of the word ‘nerd’ was in his book, If I Ran a Zoo, in 1950.
#5. Dr. Seuss won several major awards, including two Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award and a Peabody Award.
#6. Oh, the Places You’ll Go sells about 200,000 copies each year. It’s sales come from its popularity as a high school and/or college graduation gift.
#7. To check his publisher’s attention span, Dr. Seuss included the word ‘contraceptive’ in a draft of his one of his books.
#8. ‘Dr. Seuss’ is one of the most mispronounced of all writers’ names. It actually rhymes with ‘voice’, so ‘Zoyce’ rather than ‘Zeus’.
These famous Dr. Seuss quotes illustrate his timeless wisdom and humor. Beloved by children all over the world, Dr. Seuss’s works will not be forgotten and will continue to capture readers for generations to come.