Sheldon Allen Silverstein, popularly known by his pen name Shel Silverstein, was an American children’s book writer, poet, cartoonist, screenwriter and a singer. He went on to become one of the most popular children’s story book writers of all time. Silverstein had been an avid cartoonist since his childhood and had reiterated in interviews that since he struggled with sports; making cartoon strips was his favorite activity. His work was published by several well known magazines and in 1955 he had his first big break when his cartoon collection ‘Take Ten’ was published. He also worked as a cartoonist for many years for the hugely popular men’s magazine ‘Playboy’ and worked on global stories for the magazine. He started off as a children’s book writer a bit late but soon became a hugely successful one and his books became instant hit across the globe with sales running into millions. Some of his well-known works include, ‘A Boy Named Sue’, ‘Where the Sidewalk Ends’ and ‘The Giving Tree’ among many others. He was also an accomplished songwriter and singer and had won two ‘Grammy Awards’. He was a man of rare gifts, with a pithy sense of humor. Much of what he has said or written has become quite famous as his quotes and thoughts and is quoted extensively. His thoughts and quotations tackled the most serious and sensitive topics in a lighter tone. Here are few of Shel Silverstein’s notable quotes.
Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.
If you are a dreamer come in
If you are a dreamer a wisher a liar
A hoper a pray-er a magic-bean-buyer
If youre a pretender com sit by my fire
For we have some flax golden tales to spin
I'd rather play tennis than go to the dentist.
I'd rather play soccer than go to the doctor.
I'd rather play Hurk than go to work.
Hurk? Hurk? What's Hurk?
I don't know, but it must be better than work.
I keep meeting all the right people
At all the wrong times.