Quotations by Seuss, Dr.


I have asked Mr Bernstein,
who is an excellent blesser
to bless you all and say
that in a country where Illiteracy is on the rise
and the economy is sinking low
and Chastity is out the window
it is comforting to know
that though the frost is on the pumpkin
and civilization is on the skids
you guys are ferociously working underground
smuggling books into the hands of kids.

Dr. Seuss (1904-1991) American author, illustrator [pseud. of Theodor Geisel]
“A Rather Short Epic Poem (size 6 and 7/8)” (1988)

Delivered by Robert Bernstein at the 1988 meeting of the American Booksellers Association.
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“I know, up on the top
You are seeing great sights,
But down here at the bottom
We, too, should have rights.”

Dr. Seuss (1904-1991) American author, illustrator [pseud. of Theodor Geisel]
“Yertle the Turtle” (1958)
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Nonsense wakes up the brain cells. And it helps develop a sense of humor, which is awfully important in this day and age. Humor has a tremendous place in this sordid world. It’s more than just a matter of laughing. If you can see things out of whack, then you can see how things can be in whack.

Dr. Seuss (1904-1991) American author, illustrator [pseud. of Theodor Geisel]
(Attributed)

Quoted in Miles Corwin, "Author Isn't Just a Cat in the Hat," Los Angeles Times (27 Nov 1983)

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

Dr. Seuss (1904-1991) American author, illustrator [pseud. of Theodor Geisel]
(Attributed)

Often attributed to Dr. Seuss without a citation of source. Also sometimes attributed, without citation to Gabriel García Márquez: "No llores porque ya se terminó ... sonríe, porque sucedió."
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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.

Dr. Seuss (1904-1991) American author, illustrator [pseud. of Theodor Geisel]
Green Eggs and Ham (1960)
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I meant what I said,
and I said what I meant
An elephant’s faithful,
One hundred percent.

Dr. Seuss (1904-1991) American author, illustrator [pseud. of Theodor Geisel]
Horton Hatches the Egg (1940)
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“My friends!” cried the elephant.
“Tell me! Do tell!
Are you safe? Are you sound?
Are you whole? Are you well?”

Dr. Seuss (1904-1991) American author, illustrator [pseud. of Theodor Geisel]
Horton Hears a Who! (1954)
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I’m sorry to say so
But, sadly it’s true
That bang-ups and hang-ups
Can happen to you.

Dr. Seuss (1904-1991) American author, illustrator [pseud. of Theodor Geisel]
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! (1990)
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If you never did, you should.
These things are fun, and fun is good.

Dr. Seuss (1904-1991) American author, illustrator [pseud. of Theodor Geisel]
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (1960)
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From there to here,
from here to there,
funny things are everywhere.

Dr. Seuss (1904-1991) American author, illustrator [pseud. of Theodor Geisel]
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (1960)
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Unless someone like you
Cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better.
It’s not.

Dr. Seuss (1904-1991) American author, illustrator [pseud. of Theodor Geisel]
The Lorax (1971)
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Unless someone like you
cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better.
It’s not.

Geisel - cares a whole awful lot - wist_info quote 2

Dr. Seuss (1904-1991) American author, illustrator [pseud. of Theodor Geisel]
The Lorax (1971)
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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.

Dr. Seuss (1904-1991) American author, illustrator [pseud. of Theodor Geisel]
Yertle the Turtle (1958)
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