Dr. Seuss

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Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991), better known by his pen name, Dr. Seuss, was a famous American writer and cartoonist best known for his children's books.

Sourced quotes

  • I meant what I said,
    and I said what I meant
    An elephant's faithful,
    One hundred percent.
  • "Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store."
    "Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more!"
  • In Who-ville they say
    That the Grinch's small heart
    Grew three sizes that day!
    • How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
  • The sun did not shine.
    It was too wet to play.
    So we sat in the house
    All that cold, cold, wet day.
  • We looked! Then we saw him
    Step in on the mat!
    We looked! And we saw him!
    The Cat in the Hat!
    • The Cat in the Hat
  • And today the great Yertle, that Marvelous he,
    Is King of the Mud. That is all he can see.
    And the turtles, of course...all the turtles are free
    As turtles and, maybe, all creatures should be.
  • If you never did
    You should.
    These things are fun.
    These things are good.
    • One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
  • 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.
    • Green Eggs and Ham
  • Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
    nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
  • The more that you read,
    The more things you will know.
    The more that you learn,
    The more places you’ll go.
  • Young cat! If you keep
    Your eyes open enough,
    Oh, the stuff you will learn!
    The most wonderful stuff!
    • I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

Horton Hears a Who! (1954)

  • On the fifteenth of May, in the Jungle of Nool,
    In the heat of the day, in the cool of the pool,
    He was splashing ...enjoying the jungle's great joys...
    When Horton the elephant heard a small noise.
  • A person’s a person, no matter how small.
  • “My friends!” cried the elephant.
    “Tell me! Do tell!
    Are you safe? Are you sound?
    Are you whole? Are you well?”
  • You’re going to be roped!
    And you’re going to be caged!
    And, as for your dust speck - hah!
    That we shall boil in a hot steaming kettle of Beezle-Nut Oil!”
  • 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!
  • “This,” cried the Mayor, “is your town's darkest hour!
    The time for all Whos who have blood that is red
    To come to the aid of their country!” he said.
    “We’ve GOT to make noises in greater amounts!
    So, open your mouth, lad! For every voice counts!”

On Beyond Zebra! (1955)

  • 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.
    I'm telling you this 'cause you're one of my friends.
    My alphabet starts where your alphabet ends!
  • It's high time you were shown
    That you really don't know
    All there is to be known.

Oh, the Places You'll Go! (1990)

  • 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.
  • You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed.
    You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead.
    Wherever you fly, you’ll be the best of the best.
    Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.
  • I'm sorry to say so
    But, sadly it's true
    That bang-ups and hang-ups
    Can happen to you.
  • Will you succeed?
    Yes you will indeed!
    (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)

Attributed quotes

  • "Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them."
  • "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
  • "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened."
  • "I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. 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."
  • "Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple."
  • "You make 'em, I amuse 'em."
Simple: You create children, and I entertain them.

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