Dr. Seuss Quotes - Celebrating Imagination on his 107th Birthday

Posted March 02, 2012 by Denise Gangnes
Dr. Seuss Quotes - Birthday

Dr. Seuss would have been 107 on March 2. It could be argued that the author of 46 perfectly nonsensical books brought more joy and imagination to our world than possibly any other author. Dr. Seuss quotes are an instant antidote to depression. Who can be sad when reading "I like green eggs and ham! I like them Sam I Am!" or the tongue twisting "I am a zizzer zazzer zuzz as you can plainly see."
Theodor Seuss Geisel's first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street was written during his crossing of the Atlantic 75 years ago. Novice writers will appreciate that this early masterpiece was rejected by publishers more than 2 dozen times before finally appearing on bookshelves. He made no excuses for the escape from reality in his writing: "I like nonsense," Seuss quoted, "it wakes up the brain cells."
His legacy reaches much farther than the title of author and illustrator of children's books. Seuss' experiences as a Captain in World War II, his passion for the environment, and his dedicated fight against illiteracy were effectively translated into his books. It is fitting that the theatrical release of the animated movie, The Lorax, takes place on Dr. Seuss' birthday. This allegorical commentary about the plight of the environment includes the quote, "But now," says the Once-ler, "now that you're here, the word of the Lorax seems perfectly clear. UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." How true these words ring today in light of the alarming shrinking of the polar ice cap and other signs of global warming.
Dr. Seuss' birthday has also been designated the annual date for National Read Across America Day in reflection of his significant contribution to literacy. The immortal Cat in the Hat was written in response to a challenge: to help children read some of the most used, basic words in the English Language. Remember this one? "I know it is wet, and the sun is not sunny, but we can have, lots of good fun that is funny!" A lighthearted reminder of the importance of reading is openly encouraged in the quote, "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more places you'll go."
The master of Anapestic tetrameter even weaved this rhyming scheme into advice for beginning authors in the Seuss quote, "So the writer who breeds more words than he needs is making a chore for the reader who reads." Every sentence he penned was carefully crafted to extract the greatest amount of insightful prose and unabashed foolishness. He was liberal with the English language, employing a tremendous freedom in making up words right and left to complete his nonsensical rhyming schemes. In the quote, ""How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?" we almost miss the newly created word "flewn" because it appears so naturally in the sentence.
Perhaps the book with the Seuss quotes that make the greatest impact is "Oh, the Places You'll Go," which would make an excellent commencement speech and should be mandatory reading for any high school graduate. And since any further words I could use would pale in comparison to the hundreds of brilliant Seuss quotes, let's close with some gems from that book as the best advice for everyday living: ""You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own. Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way."

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