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I love Dr. Seuss. I always have. I’ve often said that Dr. Seuss is my favorite author of all time. Keep your Steinbecks, your Austens, your Chaucers, and whomever else you think is the best author of all time. I’ll take the simple, goofy children’s author every time.
Reading Seuss is downright fun, if not because of the content, simply because of the words you have to say.
This Wednesday was Read Across America Day marking the birthday of Dr. Seuss, whose real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel. To commemorate the day, here are 10 of my very favorite Dr. Seuss quotes, in no particular order, some from books and perhaps some not:
1. “Ninety percent of the children’s books patronize the child and say there’s a difference between you and me, so you listen to this story. I, for some reason or another, don’t do that. I treat the child as an equal.”
2. “If things start happening, don’t worry, don’t stew, just go right along and you’ll start happening too.”
3. “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!”
4. “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.”
5.”Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
6. “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells.”
7. “Through three cheese trees three free fleas flew. While these fleas flew, freezy breeze blew. Freezy breeze made these three trees freeze. Freezy trees made these trees’ cheese freeze. That’s what made these three free fleas sneeze.”
8. “All those Nupboards in the Cupboards they’re good fun to have about. But that Nooth gush on my tooth brush…..Him I could do without.”
9. “Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.”
10.”You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.”
Dr. Seuss was a major part of my childhood, along with the great works of Shel Silverstein. Millions of children, Millennials, Gen Xers, or otherwise have been blessed by the work of Ted Geisel. I can’t wait to read his stuff to my own kids.
Feel free to share some of your favorite Dr. Seussisms in the comments.