Posted by: Jodi | March 13, 2011

Quickly Quotable #50 – Dr. Seuss

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

“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.”

“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.

“And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells.”

“I start drawing, and eventually the characters involve themselves in a situation. Then in the end, I go back and try to cut out most of the preachments.”

Dr. Seuss

  • Born: 2 March 1904
  • Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Died: 24 September 1991 (natural causes)
  • Best Known As: Author of The Cat In the Hat

Name at birth: Theodor Geisel

Perhaps the 20th century’s most famous author for children, Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated nearly 50 books of quirky children’s verse during his lifetime. His books were famous for their funny rhymes and whimsical characters; among Seuss’s most famous titles are The Cat in the Hat (1957), Green Eggs and Ham (1960), Horton Hears a Who (1954) and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish (1960). His story How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1957) was made into 1966 animated TV special (directed by Chuck Jones) and a 2000 feature film starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch. Dr. Seuss was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize in 1984.

Theodore Geisel died after an illness of several months, The New York Times noted in its obituary: “The exact cause of death was unclear, said Jerry Harrison, who oversees children’s books for Random House, Mr. Geisel’s longtime publishers. Mr. Harrison said the author had been suffering from an infection of his jawbone that had become acute in recent months”… Geisel attended Dartmouth College, graduating in 1925… He won an Academy Award for writing the best documentary short subject of 1945, Your Job in Germany (also known as Hitler Lives)… Jim Carrey also voiced Horton the Elephant in a 2008 feature film of Horton Hears a Who… Actor Mike Myers played the title role in a 2003 feature film of The Cat in the Hat.

Biography from Answers.com

Quotes from BrainyQuote.com

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Responses

  1. “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.”

    Awesome. The free thinker’s motto, right there.

    • Should put it on a T-shirt or a bumper sticker – would be popular!

  2. Who doesn’t love Dr. Seuss? Hadn’t realized the ‘Be who you are…’ quote was his, though–and never knew about the documentary. Will have to check that out.

    • The documentary was an eye opener for me, had never considered that he might have written other works.

  3. Dr. Seuss rocks! Thanks, Jo.

    • I’m having a blast reading Seuss books to my kiddos, they love them.

  4. Some great quotes here. I totally agree that fantasy is a necessary part of life. How boring it would be if reality was all we had!

    • Amen! He shows us the fun of being silly along with teaching important life lessons.

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