All Time Famous Dr. Seuss Quotes

Dr. Seuss Quotes

Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American children’s author and cartoonist. He is known for his work writing and illustrating more than 60 books under the pen name Dr. Seuss. His work includes many of the most popular children’s books of all time, selling over 600 million copies and being translated into more than 20 languages by the time of his death.

Geisel adopted the name “Dr. Seuss” as an undergraduate at Dartmouth College and as a graduate student at Lincoln College, Oxford. He left Oxford in 1927 to begin his career as an illustrator and cartoonist for Vanity Fair, Life, and various other publications. He also worked as an illustrator for advertising campaigns, including for FLIT and Standard Oil, and as a political cartoonist for the New York newspaper PM. He published his first children’s book And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street in 1937. During World War II, he took a brief hiatus from children’s literature to illustrate political cartoons, and he worked in the animation and film department of the United States Army.

After the war, Geisel returned to writing children’s books, writing acclaimed works such as If I Ran the Zoo (1950), and Horton Hears a Who! (1955), The Cat in the Hat (1957), How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1957), Green Eggs and Ham (1960), One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish (1960), The Sneetches and Other Stories (1961), The Lorax (1971), The Butter Battle Book (1984), and Oh, the Places You’ll Go! (1990). He published over 60 books during his career, which have spawned numerous adaptations, including eleven television specials, five feature films, a Broadway musical, and four television series.

He received two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Children’s Special for Halloween Is Grinch Night (1978) and Outstanding Animated Program for The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat (1982). In 1984, he won a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation. His birthday, March 2, has been adopted as the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative focused on reading created by the National Education Association.

Dr. Seuss Quotes

1. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
— Dr. Seuss

2. “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
— Dr. Seuss

3. “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”
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4. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
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5. “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.”
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6. “When something bad happens you have three choices. You can either let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you.”
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7. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
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8. “Because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing.”
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9. “You have to be odd to be number one.”
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10. “Reading can take you places you have never been before.”
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11. “Kid, you’ll move mountains.”
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12. “If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said it’d be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.”
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13. “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”
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14. “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!”
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15. “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
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16. “Today is your day, your mountain is waiting. So get on your way.”
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17. “You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.”
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18. “He who makes a beast out of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.”
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19. “Remember me and smile, for it’s better to forget than to remember me and cry.”
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20. “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.”
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21. “It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.”
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22. “Congratulations! Today is your day!”
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23. “People who mind don’t matter. But people who matter don’t mind.”
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24. “Being crazy isn’t enough.”
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25. “A life with love will have some thorns, but a life without love will have no roses. To the world, you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.”
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26. “Only you can control your future.”
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27. “Today I shall behave as if this is the day I will be remembered.”
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28. “Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.”
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29. “Oh the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winningest winner of all.”
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30. “I am weird, you are weird. Everyone in this world is weird. One day two people come together in mutual weirdness and fall in love.”
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31. “Oh the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done!”
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32. “I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues.”
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33. “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!”
— Dr. Seuss

34. “How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness, how the time has flown. How did it get so late so soon?”
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35. “The Lorax: Which way does a tree fall? The Once-ler: Uh, down? The Lorax: A tree falls the way it leans. Be careful which way you lean.”
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36. “Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.”
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37. “I’m afraid that sometimes you’ll play lonely games too. Games you can’t win ’cause you’ll play against you.”
— Dr. Seuss

38. “Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!”
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39. “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
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40. “Read. Travel. Read. Ask. Read. Learn. Read. Connect. Read.”
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41. “If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.”
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42. “It is better to know how to learn than to know.”
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43. “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”
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44. “Don’t live to please everyone. Embrace those who enjoy your company and to hell with the haters.”
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45. “Step with care and great tact. And remember life’s a great balancing act.”
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46. “And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed!”
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47. “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!”
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48. “I meant what I said and I said what I meant.”
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49. “All alone! Whether you like it or not, alone is something you’ll be quite a lot!”
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50. “You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.”
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51. “Don’t conform for the sake of pleasing others. Mold yourself into the person that you want to be.”
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52. “It’s opener, out there, in the wide, open air.”
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53. “Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.”
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54. “Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained, and delighted.”
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55. “If you want to catch beasts you don’t see every day, You have to go places quite out of the way, You have to go places no others can get to. You have to get cold and you have to get wet, too.”
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56. “I know it may seem small and insignificant, but it’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become. That’s not a seed, any more than you’re just a boy.”
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57. “You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.”
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58. “It is fun to have fun.”
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59. “Just tell yourself, Duckie, you’re really quite lucky.”
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60. “Out there things can happen and frequently do, To people as brainy and footsy as you. And when things start to happen, don’t worry, don’t stew. Just go right along, you’ll start happening too!”
— Dr. Seuss

61. “When he worked, he really worked. But when he played, he really PLAYED.”
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62. “Think! Think and wonder. Wonder and think. How much water can 55 elephants drink?”
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63. “Look at me! Look at me! Look at me NOW! It is fun to have fun But you have to know how.”
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64. “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.”
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65. “Nothing is going to change unless someone does something soon.”
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66. “And when you’re alone there’s a very good chance you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants There are some, down the road between hither and yon, that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.”
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67. “Onward up many a frightening creek, though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak. Oh! The places you’ll go!”
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68. “Teeth are always in style.”
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69. “Sleep is like the unicorn – it is rumored to exist, but I doubt I will see any.”
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70. “You can get so confused that you’ll start in to race down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space, headed, I fear, toward a most useless place. The Waiting Place…”
— Dr. Seuss

71. “Everything stinks till it’s finished.”
— Dr. Seuss

72. “The Sneetches got really quite smart on that day. The day they decided that Sneetches are Sneetches. And no kind of Sneetch is the best on the beaches. That day, all the Sneetches forgot about stars and whether they had one, or not, upon thars.”
— Dr. Seuss

73. “If you want to get things you can’t buy in a store, you have to do things never thought of before.”
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74. “So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact.”
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75. “When you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.”
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76. “Cause when a guy does something stupid once, well that’s because he’s a guy. But if he does the same stupid thing twice, that’s usually to impress some girl.”
— Dr. Seuss

77. “Oh, what a day. I will make it a holiday.”
— Dr. Seuss

78. “Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find, for a mind maker-upper to make up his mind.”
— Dr. Seuss

79. “Whenever things go a bit sour in a job I’m doing, I always tell myself, ‘You can do better than this.’”
— Dr. Seuss

80. “We’ve taught you that the earth is round, That red and white make pink, And something else that matters more – We’ve taught you how to think.”
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81. “There’s no limit to how much you’ll know, depending how far beyond zebra you go.”
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82. “In the places I go there are things that I see that I never could spell if I stopped with the Z.”
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83. “I know, up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here at the bottom we, too, should have rights.”
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84. “My shoe is off. My foot is cold. I have a bird I like to hold.”
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85. “Gray day. Everything is gray. I watch. But nothing moves today.”
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86. “Think and wonder, wonder and think.”
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87. “Did you ever fly a kite in bed? Did you ever walk with ten cats on your head? Did you ever milk this kind of cow? Well, we can do it. We know how. If you never did, you should. These things are fun and fun is good.”
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88. “Things may happen and often do to people as brainy and footsy as you.”
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89. “Be awesome! Be a book nut!”
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90. “Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand.”
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91. “People are weird. When we find someone with weirdness that is compatible with ours, we team up and call it love.”
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92. “The three words that best describe you are as follows, and I quote: stink. Stank. Stunk.”
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93. “I still climb Mount Everest just as often as I used to. I play polo just as often as I used to. But to walk down to the hardware store I find a little bit more difficult.”
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94. “Oh, the places you will go.”
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95. “You have to be a speedy reader because there’s so so much to read.”
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96. “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.”
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97. “In my world, everyone’s a pony and they all eat rainbows and poop butterflies!”
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98. “I box in yellow Gox box socks.”
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99. “If I went in debt a million dollars every time I committed genocide, I’d be our economy.”
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100. “Got something new, maybe it’ll work before the end of the day if that’s ok .”
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101. “For a host, above all, must be kind to his guests.”
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102. “You can’t build a substantial V out of turtles!”
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103. “Oh, the things you can find if you don’t stay behind!”
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104. “Once-ler! You’re making such smogulous smoke – my poor swomee swans, why they can’t sing a note! No one can sing who has smog in his throat.”
— Dr. Seuss

105. “Big Z, little Z, what begins with Z? I do. I’m a zizzer zazzer zuzz, as you can plainly see.”
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106. “This is not good. This is not right. My feet stick out of bed all night. And when I pull them in, oh dear! My head sticks out of bed out here!”
— Dr. Seuss

107. “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.”
— Dr. Seuss

108. “And this mess is so big And so deep and so tall, We cannot pick it up. There is no way at all!”
— Dr. Seuss

109. “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.”
— Dr. Seuss

110. “Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”
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111. “And will you succeed? Yes, you will indeed!”
— Dr. Seuss

112. “You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.”
— Dr. Seuss

113. “With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.”
— Dr. Seuss

114. “And when they played they really played. And when they worked they really worked.”
— Dr. Seuss

115. “Here are some who like to run. They run for fun in the hot, hot sun.”
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116. “I am lucky to be what I am! Thank goodness I’m not just a clam, or a ham, or a dusty jar of sour gooseberry jam! I am what I am – that’s a great thing to be!”
— Dr. Seuss

117. “The storm starts, when the drops start dropping When the drops stop dropping then the storm starts stopping.”
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118. “From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.”
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119. “One fish. Two fish. Redfish. Bluefish. Blackfish. Bluefish. Old fish. New fish. This one has a little star. This one has a little car. Say! What a lot of fish there are.”
— Dr. Seuss

120. “And what happened then? Well, in Whoville they say that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day.”
— Dr. Seuss

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