31 Impactful Dr. Seuss Quotes

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Today we celebrate all things Dr. Seuss. As one of the most well-known and beloved authors of all time, Dr. Seuess’ 46 children’s books have been adapted into 11 TV specials, four feature films, a Broadway musical, four television series and a theme park over the years.

Prolific and adored, he won the Pulitzer Prize, a Peabody and an Academy Award (for a documentary!), and his works have been translated into more than 20 languages with sales of over 600 millions copies worldwide. He has been an inspiration to those young and old.

Though he passed away in 1991 at the age of 87, Dr. Seuess’s birthday (today!) was adopted as the annual date for National Read Across America. So if, like us, you’ve heard a Who, hopped on pop or seen some things on Mulberry Street, these Seussian quotes should inspire you to pick up a book and get reading with your little one!


  1. “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
  2. “Why fit in when you’re born to stand out?”
  3. “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”
  4. “You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.”
  5. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
  6. “Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting. So … get on your way.”
  7. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
  8. “If things start happening, don’t worry, don’t stew, just go right along and you’ll start happening too.”
  9. “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.”
  10. “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
  11. “It is better to know how to learn than to know.”
  12. “Be who you are and say what you mean. Because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
  13. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
  14. “You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where to go.”
  15. “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.”Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.
  16. “With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.”
  17. “Adults are just outdated children.”
  18. “And turtles, of course… all the turtles are FREE. As turtles and, maybe, ALL creatures should be.”
  19. “To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.”
  20. “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”
  21. “Life’s too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forgive the ones who don’t and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said it’d be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.”
  22. “Oh the things you can find if you don’t stay behind.”
  23. “Will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)”
  24. “If you never did you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.”
  25. “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!”
  26. “If you never did, You should. These things are fun. And fun is good.”
  27. “We’ve GOT to make noises in greater amounts! So, open your mouth, lad! For every voice counts!”
  28. “I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.”
  29. “You do not like them. So you say. Try them! Try them! And you may!”
  30. “So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that life’s a Great Balancing Act.”
  31. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

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