This is a compilation of thoughts and quotes that I have found or written recently, as well as many that I've collected throughout the years. Most thoughts are posted randomly, as I feel inspired. A listing of quotes can be found alphabetically (check the 2008 and 2009 archives listing), or by source.

Feel free to suggest additions!

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Great Quotes by Dr. Seuss

Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American writer, poet, and cartoonist most widely known for his children's books written under the pen names Dr. Seuss andTheo LeSieg.

Geisel published 46 children's books, which were often characterized by imaginative characters, rhyme, and frequent use of anapestic 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 Hatches the Egg, Horton Hears a Who!, 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.

Here are some great quotes from his books and other sayings:  

“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.”

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”

“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...”  ― Oh, the Places You'll Go!

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
Happy Birthday to You!

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”  ― I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

“A person's a person, no matter how small.”
Horton Hears a Who!

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It's not.”
― The Lorax

“Being crazy isn't enough.”

“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.”

“In my world, everyone's a pony and they all eat rainbows and poop butterflies!”

“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!”

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”
“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!”
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

“If things start happening, don't worry, don't stew, just go right along and you'll start happening too.”

“I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant's faithful one-hundred percent!”
Horton Hatches the Egg

“Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”

“How did it get so late so soon?”

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!”
How the Grinch Stole Christmas

“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.” ― Oh, The Places You'll Go!

“Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them.”

“If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.”

“All alone! Whether you like it or not, alone is something you'll be quite a lot!”
Oh, the Places You'll Go! and The Lorax

“Only you can control your future.”

“You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.”
I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

“They say I'm old-fashioned, and live in the past, but sometimes I think progress progresses too fast!”

“I'm afraid that sometimes you'll play lonely games too. Games you can't win 'cause you'll play against you.”

“When beetles fight these battles in a bottle with their paddles
and the bottle's on a poodle and the poodle's eating noodles...
...they call this a muddle puddle tweetle poodle beetle noodle
bottle paddle battle.”
Fox in Socks

“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.”

“You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.”

“Be awesome! Be a book nut!”

“Remember me and smile, for it's better to forget than to remember me and cry.”

“ASAP. Whatever that means. It must mean, 'Act swiftly awesome pacyderm!”
―  Horton Hears a Who!

“Think and wonder, wonder and think.”

“You'll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You'll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life's a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.”

“So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.”

“Look at me!
Look at me!
Look at me NOW!
It is fun to have fun
But you have to know how.”
The Cat in the Hat (Deluxe Edition)

“There's no limit to how much you'll know, depending how far beyond zebra you go.”

“I know, up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here at the bottom we, too, should have rights.”  ― Yertle the Turtle and Gertrude McFuzz

“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 winning-est winner of all.”
Oh, the Places You'll Go!

“He who makes a beast out of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.”

“The storm starts, when the drops start dropping
When the drops stop dropping then the storm starts stopping.”

“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.”

“If you'd never been born, then you might be an Isn't!  An Isn't has no fun at all. No, he disn't.”

“Things may happen and often do to people as brainy and footsy as you”
Oh, the Places You'll Go!

“Oh, the things you can find if you don't stay behind!”

“It has often been said
there’s so much to be read,
you never can cram
all those words in your head.

So the writer who breeds
more words than he needs
is making a chore
for the reader who reads.

That's why my belief is
the briefer the brief is,
the greater the sigh
of the reader's relief is.

And that's why your books
have such power and strength.
You publish with shorth!
(Shorth is better than length.)”

“Just tell yourself, Duckie, you're real quite lucky.”

“Words and pictures are yin and yang. Married, they produce a progeny more interesting than either parent.”

“When he worked, he really worked. But when he played, he really PLAYED.”

“It's not about what it is, it's about what it can become.”
The Lorax

“I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.”
― The Cat in the Hat

“You are you. Now, isn't that pleasant?”

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells.”

“Today I shall behave, as if this is the day I will be remembered.”

“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.”

“Today is your day, your mountain is waiting. So get on your way.”

“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!”
― Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

“I do not like green eggs and ham I do not like them Sam-I-Am.  Try them, try them, and you may! Try them and you may, I say.”
― Green Eggs and Ham

“Oh, the thinks you can think!”

“You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.”

“I meant what I said and I said what I meant.”
― Horton Hatches the Egg

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

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

“It is fun to have fun but you have to know how.”

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