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Wit and Wisdom of Dr Seuss

Updated: Sep 12, 2023

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in 1904 in Massachusetts. He eventually became one of the best known children’s writers of the 20th century under his pen name Dr. Seuss.

Theodor Seuss Geisel
Credit: Library of Congress

He 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.

Many of the following Dr. Seuss quotes are well known to children and adults for their wit, wisdom, and fun…

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…

Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory.

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.

You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.

Life’s too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forgive the ones who don’t and believe that everything happens for a reason. 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.

Just tell yourself, Duckie, you’re really quite lucky!

To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.

Take every chance. Drop every fear.

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.

It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.

I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.

People are weird. When we find someone with weirdness that is compatible with ours, we team up and call it love.

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!

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

You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.


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