Dr. Seuss

Quotations

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.

Yertle the Turtle (1958)

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.

Except when you don’t
Because, sometimes, you won’t.

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

From there to here,
from here to there,
funny things are everywhere.

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (1960)

If you never did
You should.
These things are fun.
These things are good.

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (1960)

Sam I am
I am Sam
I am Sam
Sam I am

Green Eggs and Ham (1960)

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 (1960)

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. It’s not.

The Lorax (1971)

The more that you read,
The more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
The more places you’ll go.

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

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!

“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!”

Horton Hears a Who! (1954)

My shoe is off.
My foot is cold.
I have a bird
I liked to hold.

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

“My friends!” cried the elephant.
“Tell me! Do tell!
Are you safe? Are you sound?
Are you whole? Are you well?”

Horton Hears a Who! (1954)

When at last we are sure
You’ve been properly pilled,
Then a few paper forms
Must be properly filled
So that you and your heirs
May be properly billed.

You're Only Old Once! : A Book for Obsolete Children (1986)

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!

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

On becoming a writer, NY Times (May 21, 1986)

“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!”

Horton Hears a Who! (1954)

I meant what I said,
and I said what I meant
An elephant’s faithful,
One hundred percent.

Horton Hatches the Egg (1940)

Oh the things you can find
If you don’t stay behind!

On Beyond Zebra! (1955)

In Who-ville they say
That the Grinch’s small heart
Grew three sizes that day!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1957)

It’s high time you were shown
That you really don’t know
All there is to be known.

On Beyond Zebra! (1955)

The sun did not shine.
It was too wet to play.
So we sat in the house
All that cold, cold, wet day.

The Cat in the Hat (1957)

Will you succeed?
Yes you will indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)

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

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

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! (1990)