Dr Seuss Love Quotes and Sayings
#1 The Lorax, 1971
1. Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
#2-3 Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
2. I’m sorry to say so
but, sadly, it’s true
can happen to you.
You can get all hung up
in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You’ll be left in a Lurch.
3. Whether you like it or not,
Alone will be something
you’ll be quite a lot.
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American writer, poet, and cartoonist most widely known for his children’s books written under the pen names Dr. Seuss, Theo LeSieg and, in one case, Rosetta Stone.
He published 46 children’s books, which were often characterized by imaginative characters, rhyme, and frequent use of trisyllabic meter. His most celebrated books include the bestselling Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Horton Hears a Who, Horton Hatches the Egg, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas!. Numerous adaptations of his work have been created, including 11 television specials, four feature films, a Broadway musical and four television series. He won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1958 for Horton Hatches the Egg and again in 1961 for And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.
Sayings by Dr. Seuss
#1 Horton Hears a Who!, 1954
1. “Don’t give up! I believe in you all. A person’s a person, no matter how small! And you very small persons will not have to die if you make yourselves heard! So come on, now, and TRY!”
#2 Happy Birthday to You!, 1959
2. Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.
#3 How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, 1957
3. “Maybe Christmas…”, he thought, “…Doesn’t come from a store.” “Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more!”
#4 Statement about children, as quoted in Enter, Conversing, 1962, Clifton Fadiman, p. 108
4. You make ’em, I amuse ’em.
#5 “Author Isn’t Just a Cat in the Hat”, Miles Corwin in The Los Angeles Times, 27 November 1983
5. Nonsense wakes up the brain cells. And it helps develop a sense of humor, which is awfully important in this day and age. Humor has a tremendous place in this sordid world. It’s more than just a matter of laughing. If you can see things out of whack, then you can see how things can be in whack.
#6 On Beyond Zebra!, 1955
6. Oh the things you can find if you don’t stay behind!
#7 I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew
7. And I learned there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind.
#8 Horton Hatches the Egg, 1940
8. I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. An elephant’s faithful, one hundred percent.
#9 The Beginnings of Dr. Seuss: An informal reminiscence
9. I began to get it through my skull that words and pictures were Yin and Yang. I began thinking that words and pictures, married, might possibly produce a progeny more interesting than either parent.
#10-11 I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! 1978
10. The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
11. You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.
#12 One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
12. Today is gone. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one. Every day, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.
#13 You’re Only Old Once!
13. …you’re in pretty good shape for the shape you are in!
#14 Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!
14. Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the Thinks you can think up if only you try.
#15 On becoming a writer, NY Times, May 21, 1986
15. You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.
#16-21 Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, 1990
16. And when things start to happen, don’t worry, don’t stew. Just go right along, you’ll start happening too!
17. You’re off to great places. Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So … get on your way.
18. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)
19. Onward up many a frightening creek, though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak. Oh! The places you’ll go!
20. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
21. I’m afraid that some times you’ll play lonely games too. Games you can’t win ’cause you’ll play against you.
#22 The Cat in the Hat
22. I know it is wet
And the sun is not sunny.
But we can have
Lots of good fun that is funny!
#23 Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?, 1973
23. When you think things are bad,
when you feel sour and blue,
when you start to get mad…
you should do what I do!
Just tell yourself, Duckie,
you’re really quite lucky!
Some people are much more…
oh, ever so much more…
oh, muchly much-much more
unlucky than you!
Quotes attributed to Dr. Seuss but without source
1. It is better to know how to learn than to know.
2. I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.
3. Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.
4. Only you can control your future.
5. Why fit in when you were born to stand out?
6. I start drawing, and eventually the characters involve themselves in a situation. Then in the end, I go back and try to cut out most of the preachments.
7. You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.
Quotes Misattributed to Dr Seuss
#1 The heart’s domain, 1919, Author Georges Duhamel, Translation: Eleanor Stimson Brooks [S]
1. Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.
– Georges Duhamel
Excerpt from The Heart’s Domain: We do not know the true value of our moments until they have undergone the test of memory. Like the images the photographer plunges into a golden bath, our sentiments take on color; and only then, after that recoil and that transfiguration, do we understand their real meaning and enjoy them in all their tranquil splendor.
#2 Perspective, True Love, 1997, Robert Fulghum
2. You want my opinion? We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.
– Robert Fulghum