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17 Dr. Seuss Quotes Plus His Biography

Book Quotes by Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss Biography

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You’ll find 17 Dr. Seuss quotes below, but first here are a few interesting facts about his life.

You probably know that Dr. Seuss is a well-known author of children’s books, but his given name was Theodor Seuss Geisel. He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1904 to parents who emigrated from Bavaria (present-day Germany).  He began using his pen name, Dr. Seuss, in 1928, which would have originally been pronounced “Zoice.”

Ted Geisel (Seuss) graduated from Dartmouth College in 1925 and went on to Oxford University from 1925-1926.  It was while at Oxford that he both met his first wife, Helen Palmer, and also realized that his passion was for drawing and not writing.  It was then that he returned to the United States and began his career working in advertising.  He became well-known after drawing a cartoon for a popular insecticide, Flit, in 1928.  He penned the phrase, “Quick, Henry, the Flit!” which became a popular household expression.  He went on to create ads for Holly Sugar, NBC, Ford, General Electric, and many others.

Standard Oil Company - Essomarine advertisement, between 1930 and 1940, Dr. Seuss Advertising Artwork. Special Collection & Archives, UC San Diego Library

Standard Oil Company – Essomarine advertisement, between 1930 and 1940, Dr. Seuss Advertising Artwork. Special Collection & Archives, UC San Diego Library – Click for full ad

Although Seuss published his first children’s book, And To Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street, in 1937, he did not become a well-known author until The Cat in The Hat was published in 1957.  He then went on to write and illustrate 44 books in his lifetime.  However, he actually penned a total of 66 books if you include books illustrated by others, written under another name, co-authored, and books published after his death in 1991.

Dr. Seuss Books

Yertle the Turtle is probably my all-time favorite Dr. Seuss book. However, I also really like Green Eggs and Ham.

One Dr. Seuss book I have always wanted to read, but never have, is I Can Read With My Eyes Shut.

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Dr. Seuss Quotes

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ~ Dr. Seuss

“Think and wonder, wonder and think.” ~ Dr. Seuss

“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

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

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” ~ Dr. Seuss

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” ~ Dr. Seuss

“I meant what I said and I said what I meant.” ~ Dr. Seuss

“Look at me!
Look at me!
Look at me NOW!
It is fun to have fun
But you have to know how.”
~ Dr. Seuss

“It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.” ~ Dr. Seuss

"It's not about what it is, it's about what it can become." ~ Dr. Seuss
“It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.” ~ Dr. Seuss

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

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” ~ Dr. Seuss

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

“Sometimes you will never know the value of something, until it becomes a memory.” ~ Dr. Seuss

“You were not born to just fit in, you were born to stand out!” ~ Dr. Seuss

“Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.” ~ Dr. Seuss

“You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.” ~ Dr. Seuss

“It is better to know how to learn than to know.” ~ Dr. Seuss

“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” ~ Dr. Seuss

“Oh, the thinks you can think!” ~ Dr. Seuss

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~ Dr. Seuss

17 Quotes by Dr. Seuss
17 Quotes by Dr. Seuss

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