Dr. Seuss Quotes – Witty, Fun and Wise Inspiration For All Occasions

Dr. Seuss is one of the most popular children’s authors of all time. Here’s a collection of the most quoted Dr. Seuss quotes and words.

Dr. Seuss – Author

Dr. Seuss is one of the most famous children’s authors of all time. His work has been loved by generations of kids and adults alike. It’s no surprising then, that his words are some of the most quoted when it comes to insights into human nature.

Born Theodor Seuss Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1904, Ted began working as a magazine editor but found little success getting his own work published. Undeterred, he kept writing and finally had his first book, “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” published in 1937. Famously, he was rejected 27 times before he got a publishing deal for the book – hence Dr. Seuss quotes often appearing in collections of quotes to do with perseverance and determination.

While And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street was not an immediate success, Dr. Seuss kept writing. He went on to publish dozens of iconic children’s books over the course of his career, including The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, and Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Many of his books have been made into movies or television shows, such as The Lorax and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Here’s some of the best quotes of Dr. Seuss.

Dr. Seuss Inspirational Quotes

You have to be odd to be number one.

– 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


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

– Dr. Seuss


What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!

– Dr. Seuss


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

– Dr. Seuss


I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells.

– Dr. Seuss


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

– Dr. Seuss

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


I don’t care how you go. Just get.

– 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


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

– Dr. Seuss

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


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

– Dr. Seuss


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.

– Dr. Seuss


Just tell yourself, Duckie, you’re really quite lucky.

– Dr. Seuss


You do not like them. So you say. Try them! Try them! And you may!

– Dr. Seuss


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

– Dr. Seuss


Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

– Dr. Seuss


Famous Quotes by Dr. Seuss

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

– Dr. Seuss

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


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

– Dr. Seuss

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. - Dr. Seuss


When something bad happens you have three choices. You can either let it define you, let is destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you.

– Dr. Seuss


Why are they sad and glad and bad? I do not know, go ask your dad.

– Dr. Seuss


Oh, the places you’ll go.

– Dr. Seuss


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

– Dr. Seuss

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. - Dr. Seuss


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

– Dr. Seuss


So, open your mouth, lad! For every voice counts!

– Dr. Seuss


Not here, not there, not anywhere!

– Dr. Seuss


Reading can take you places you have never been before.

– Dr. Seuss

Reading can take you places you have never been before. - Dr. Seuss


It’s opener there in the wide open air.

– Dr. Seuss


Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive that is youer than you.

– Dr. Seuss


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

– Dr. Seuss


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

– Dr. Seuss


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

– Dr. Seuss


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

– Dr. Seuss


Best Quotes Dr. Seuss

Simple it’s not, I am afraid you will find, for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.

– Dr. Seuss


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

– Dr. Seuss


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

– Dr. Seuss

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


Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and twice as beautiful as you’ve ever imagined.

– Dr. Seuss


Being crazy isn’t enough.

– 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


You ll be sort of surprised what there is to be found once you go beyond Z and start poking around

– Dr. Seuss


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

– Dr. Seuss

Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one. - Dr. Seuss


I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that bang-ups and hang-ups can happen to you.

– Dr. Seuss


‘Tut tut!’ said the doctor. ‘Such talk! How absurd! Your tail is just right for your kind of bird.’

– Dr. Seuss


Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend.

– Dr. Seuss

Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend. - Dr. Seuss


You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where to go.

– Dr. Seuss

You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where to go. - Dr. Seuss


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

– Dr. Seuss


Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them.

– Dr. Seuss


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

– Dr. Seuss

A person’s a person, no matter how small. - Dr. Seuss


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

– Dr. Seuss

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


Inspiring Dr. Seuss Quotes

You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So get on your way!

– Dr. Seuss


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

– Dr. Seuss


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

– Dr. Seuss


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

– 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


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

– Dr. Seuss

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

– 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


Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.

– Dr. Seuss


Some people are much more… oh, ever so much more… oh, muchly much-much more unlucky than you!

– Dr. Seuss


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

– Dr. Seuss


Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets.

– Dr. Seuss

Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. - Dr. Seuss

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Congratulations! Today is your day!

– Dr. Seuss


You’re in pretty good shape for the shape you are in.

– Dr. Seuss


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

– Dr. Seuss


If we do not choose, we will end up with none.

– Dr. Seuss

If we do not choose, we will end up with none. - Dr. Seuss


Inspirational Quotes from Dr. Seuss

Poor empty pants with nobody inside them.

– Dr. Seuss


Why fit in when you were born to stand out.

– Dr. Seuss

Why fit in when you were born to stand out. - Dr. Seuss


Hollywood is not suited for me, and I am not suited for it.

– 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 didn’t!

– Dr. Seuss


I sort of got thinking—it’s sort of a shame that scrambled eggs always taste always the same.

– Dr. Seuss


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

– Dr. Seuss

When he worked, he really worked. But when he played, he really played. - Dr. Seuss


Whenever things go a bit sour in a job I’m doing, I always tell myself, ‘You can do better than this.’

– Dr. Seuss


So be sure when you step, step with care and great tact. And remember that life is a great balancing act.

– Dr. Seuss


It’s not about what it is. It’s about what it can become.

– Dr. Seuss

It’s not about what it is. It’s about what it can become. - Dr. Seuss


From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.

– Dr. Seuss


Think and wonder. Wonder and think.

– Dr. Seuss


Kid, you’ll move mountains.

– Dr. Seuss

Kid, you’ll move mountains. - Dr. Seuss


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

– Dr. Seuss


Take every chance, drop every fear.

– Dr. Seuss


You’ll never be bored when you try something new. There’s really no limit to what you can do.

– Dr. Seuss


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

– Dr. Seuss

Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment 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!

– Dr. Seuss


Inspirational Dr Seuss Most Quoted

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


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


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


Adults are just outdated children


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

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

– Dr. Seuss

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

If you’ve ever read a Dr. Seuss book, then you know just how special his work truly is!

Dr. Seuss was more than just a children’s author – he was a storyteller who used his unique talents to entertain and enlighten readers of all ages. His work continues to be beloved by both kids and adults alike, proving that the power of a good story is timeless.

Dr. Seuss’s legacy continues to live on through his most quoted words—and through the good work that has been made possible by his generosity through philanthropy.

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