By Raven Fon
As a child, I loved Dr. Seuss. As an adult, I realize his words are so much more powerful than I ever knew. And I love him even more, now.
Dr. Seuss, or as he was once known, Theodor Seuss Geisel, was famous for writing children’s books. Several of the most popular children’s books of all time, actually. At the time of his death in 1991, he sold over 600 million copies and his work was translated into more than 20 languages.
We know him as the Cat, Horton, the Grinch, the Lorax, both Red Fish and Blue Fish, as well as Thing 1 and Thing 2…but he was so much more than that.
He was the one who shaped our childhood and taught us to be curious and imaginative. If we were lucky, we carried those traits with us into adulthood.
Here are 21 quotes from Dr. Seuss that will inspire you to find your inner-child, and your inner-guide once more.
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”– Dr. Seuss
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”– Dr. Seuss
“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!
“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”– Dr. Seuss
“Step with care and great tact, and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act.”– Oh, the Places You’ll Go
“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” – Dr. Seuss
“If you keep your eyes open enough, oh, the stuff you will learn! The most wonderful stuff!”– I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
“Words and pictures are yin and yang. Married, they produce a progeny more interesting than either parent.”– Dr. Seuss
“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so…get on your way!”– Oh, the Places You’ll Go
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”- Dr. Seuss
“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”– Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!
“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
“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”– Horton Hears a Who!
“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” – Happy Birthday to You!
“If things start happening, don’t worry, don’t stew, just go right along and you’ll start happening too.”– Dr. Seuss
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – The Lorax
“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.”– One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
“You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who will decide where to go.”– Dr. Seuss
“Look at me! Look at me now! It is fun to have fun, but you have to know how.”– The Cat in the Hat
“So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.”– Dr. Seuss