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A collection of thoughts and sayings by Dr. Seuss on happiness, life, optimism, love, dreams, humor, inspiration, trouble and time.

99 Thought-Provoking Quotes By Dr. Seuss, The Distinguished American Cartoonist

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Theodor Seuss Geisel was a renowned American author, artist, cartoonist, animator, and book publisher who wrote children’s books under the pseudonym Dr. Seuss. In 1937, Seuss published his maiden children’s book ‘And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street’. From 1938-40, Seuss published ‘Horton Hatches the Egg’, ‘The King's Stilts’, and ‘The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins’. From 1953-56, Seuss published one book each year, ‘On Beyond Zebra’, ‘Horton Hears A Who!’, ‘If I Ran The Circus’ and ‘Scrambled Eggs Super!’. In 1957, he published ‘The Cat in the Hat’ and ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas’. Seuss published two books ‘Yertle The Turtle’ and ‘The Cat In The Hat Comes Back!’ in 1958. From 1978-90, Seuss published ‘Hunches In Bunches’, ‘I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!’, ‘Oh Say Can You Say?’, ‘You're Only Old Once!’, ‘I am Not Going to Get Up Today’, ‘Oh, The Places You'll Go!’ and ‘The Butter Battle Book’. His writings and books have been translated into approximately 20 languages and have recorded a sale of approximately 600 million copies. Through his cartoons and writings, he covered several subjects and over a period of time a lot of his words became popular quotes. He is extensively quoted by people all over the world. Following is a collection of quotes by Dr. Seuss on happiness, life, optimism, love, dreams, humor, inspiration, trouble and time..

Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.

- Dr. Seuss

You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.

- Dr. Seuss

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.

- 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...

- Oh, Dr. Seuss

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

- Dr. Seuss

Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.

- Happy Birthday to You!, Dr. Seuss

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.

- I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!, Dr. Seuss

A person's a person, no matter how small.

- Horton Hears a Who!, Dr. Seuss

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not.

- The Lorax, Dr. Seuss

Being crazy isn't enough.

- Dr. Seuss

Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.

- Dr. Seuss

Why fit in when you were born to stand out?

- Dr. Seuss

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!

- Dr. Seuss

Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!

- Dr. Seuss

You're off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So... get on your way!

- Oh, Dr. Seuss

How did it get so late so soon?

- Dr. Seuss

If things start happening, don't worry, don't stew, just go right along and you'll start happening too.

- Dr. Seuss

Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.

- Dr. Seuss

From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!

- One Fish, Dr. Seuss

All alone! Whether you like it or not, alone is something you'll be quite a lot!

- Oh, Dr. Seuss

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!

- How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Dr. Seuss

I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant's faithful one-hundred percent!

- Horton Hatches the Egg, Dr. Seuss

Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them.

- Dr. Seuss

Remember me and smile, for it's better to forget than to remember me and cry.

- Dr. Seuss

They say I'm old-fashioned, and live in the past, but sometimes I think progress progresses too fast!

- Dr. Seuss

Only you can control your future.

- Dr. Seuss

If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.

- Dr. Seuss

You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.

- I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!, Dr. Seuss

I'm afraid that sometimes you'll play lonely games too. Games you can't win 'cause you'll play against you.

- Dr. Seuss

Be awesome! Be a book nut!

- Dr. Seuss

I’m glad we had the times together just to laugh and sing a song, seems like we just got started and then before you know it, the times we had together were gone.

- Dr. Seuss

You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.

- Dr. Seuss

Think and wonder, wonder and think.

- Dr. Seuss

So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.

- Dr. Seuss

ASAP. Whatever that means. It must mean, 'Act swiftly awesome pacyderm!

- Horton Hears a Who!, Dr. Seuss

I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues.

- The Lorax, Dr. Seuss

Look at me! Look at me! Look at me NOW! It is fun to have fun But you have to know how.

- The Cat in the Hat (Deluxe Edition), Dr. Seuss

Christmas doesn't come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more....

- How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Dr. Seuss

I know, up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here at the bottom we, too, should have rights.

- Yertle the Turtle and Gertrude McFuzz, Dr. Seuss

Oh the places you'll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all.

- Oh, Dr. Seuss

There's no limit to how much you'll know, depending how far beyond zebra you go.

- Dr. Seuss

How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before it's June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?

- Dr. Seuss

It's not about what it is, it's about what it can become.

- The Lorax, Dr. Seuss

To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.

- Dr. Seuss

He who makes a beast out of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.

- Dr. Seuss

The storm starts, when the drops start dropping When the drops stop dropping then the storm starts stopping.

- Dr. Seuss

Poor empty pants With nobody inside them.

- Dr. Seuss

If you'd never been born, then you might be an Isn't! An Isn't has no fun at all. No, he disn't.

- Dr. Seuss

Things may happen and often do to people as brainy and footsy as you

- Oh, Dr. Seuss

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells.

- Dr. Seuss

You are you. Now, isn't that pleasant?

- Dr. Seuss

Oh, the things you can find if you don't stay behind!

- Dr. Seuss

When he worked, he really worked. But when he played, he really PLAYED.

- Dr. Seuss

And the turtles, of course...all the turtles are free, as turtles and, maybe, all creatures should be.

- Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories, Dr. Seuss

Today I shall behave, as if this is the day I will be remembered.

- Dr. Seuss

Just tell yourself, Duckie, you're real quite lucky.

- Dr. Seuss

Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You're off and away!

- Oh, Dr. Seuss

And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed!

- Dr. Seuss

I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.

- The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss

Sometimes you will never know the value of something,until it becomes a memory.

- Dr. Seuss

And this mess is so big And so deep and so tall, We cannot pick it up. There is no way at all!

- The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss

It's opener, out there, in the wide, open air.

- Oh, Dr. Seuss

Cause when a guy does something stupid once, well that’s because he’s a guy. But if he does the same stupid thing twice, that’s usually to impress some girl.

- Dr. Seuss

You'll be on your way up! You'll be seeing great sights! You'll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.

- Dr. Seuss

Today is your day, your mountain is waiting. So get on your way.

- Dr. Seuss

My alphabet starts with this letter called yuzz. It s the letter I use to spell yuzz a ma tuzz. You ll be sort of surprised what there is to be found once you go beyond Z and start poking around

- Dr. Seuss

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

- Oh, Dr. Seuss

You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.

- Dr. Seuss

I meant what I said and I said what I meant.

- Horton Hatches the Egg, 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

I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam-I-Am.

- Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss

You have to be a speedy reader because there’s so so much to read.

- I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!, Dr. Seuss

You are you that is truer than true

- Dr. Seuss

It is better to know how to learn than to know.

- Dr. Seuss

It all began with a shoe on the wall. A shoe on the wall shouldn't be there at all.

- Wacky Wednesday, Dr. Seuss

Oh, the thinks you can think!

- Oh, Dr. Seuss

If you want to catch beasts you don't see every day, You have to go places quite out of the way, You have to go places no others can get to. You have to get cold and you have too get wet, too.

- Dr. Seuss

I can read in red. I can read in blue. I can read in pickle color too.

- I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!, Dr. Seuss

Everything stinks till it’s finished.

- Dr. Seuss

It is fun to have fun but you have to know how.

- Dr. Seuss

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.

- The Lorax, Dr. Seuss

The Lorax: Which way does a tree fall? The Once-ler: Uh, down? The Lorax: A tree falls the way it leans. Be careful which way you lean.

- The Lorax, Dr. Seuss

Try them, try them, and you may! Try them and you may, I say.

- Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss

One fish Two fish Red fish Blue fish!

- Dr. Seuss

This is not good. This is not right. My feet stick out of bed all night. And when I pull them in, oh dear! My head sticks out of bed out here!

- Dr. Seuss

Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.

- Dr. Seuss

Thank goodness for all the things you are not, thank goodness you're not something someone forgot, and left all alone in some punkerish place, like a rusty tin coat hanger hanging in space.

- Dr. Seuss

Fame you'll be famous, as famous as can be, with everyone watching you win on TV, Except when they don't because sometimes they won't..

- Oh, Dr. Seuss

When you're in a Slump, you're not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.

- Oh, Dr. Seuss

My trouble was I had a mind but I couldn't make it up!

- Hunches in Bunches, Dr. Seuss

Horton, the kangaroo has sent Vlad!' Vlad? I know two Vlads. One is a cute little bunny that brings me cookies. The other is bad Vlad. Which Vlad?' Which one do you think?' Bad Vlad?' Good call.

- Horton Hears a Who!, Dr. Seuss

You ought to be thankful a hole heaping lot, for The places and people you're lucky you're not!

- Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?, Dr. Seuss

Big Z, little Z, what begins with Z? I do. I'm a zizzer zazzer zuzz, as you can plainly see.

- Dr. Seuss

I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.

- The Lorax, Dr. Seuss

Onward up many a frightening creek, though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak. Oh! The places you'll go!

- Oh, Dr. Seuss

My shoe is off. My foot is cold. I have a bird I like to hold.

- One Fish, Dr. Seuss

Day Play We play all day. Night Fight We fight all night.

- Hop On Pop, Dr. Seuss

So... be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea, you're off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So...get on your way!

- Oh, Dr. Seuss

For a host, above all, must be kind to his guests.

- Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose, Dr. Seuss