Dr. Seuss – Snippits of Wisdom for us Adults

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I have a confession to make: I an one of those few children who did not grow up with Dr. Seuss’s work. I started reading at a young age, and by the time everyone I knew had gotten into Dr. Seuss I thought they were awfully childish and far too easy to read.

It wasn’t until I was an adult and I read a little deeper that these books finally made sense to me. It started in Grade12 when our class valedictorian read “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” for his address, which really introduced me to my love for Dr. Seuss books. These creative, colorful, and silly childrens’ books have some very profound wisdom hidden in their pages and I would like to think that adults can also learn from and enjoy them. I have made a small list of my favorite lines from Dr. Seuss and his books, and I encourage you to check them out and read them with the kids in your life. Maybe you too will learn something new!

  1. “I know, up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here at the bottom we, too, should have rights.”
    ~Dr. Seuss, Yertle the Turtle
  2. “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
  3. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
    ~Dr. Seuss, I can Read with My Eyes Shut
  4. “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”
    ~Dr. Seuss
  5. “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…”
    ~Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You’ll Go
  6. “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
    ~Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears a Who!
  7. “If things start happening, don’t worry, don’t stew, just go right along and you’ll start happening too.”
    ~Dr. Seuss
  8. “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.”
    ~Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You’ll Go
  9. “You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.”
    ~Dr. Seuss, I can Read with My Eyes Shut
  10. “When he worked, he really worked.
    but when he played, he really PLAYED.”
    ~Dr. Seuss
  11. Think left and think right and think low and think high.  Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!
    ~Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!
  12. “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.”
    ~Dr. Seuss


Well These are some of my favorite Dr. Seuss quotes. What are yours?
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