Our Readers' Most Beloved Dr. Seuss Quotes

Posted by Marie on March 2, 2018
Theodor Seuss Geisel, known all over the world by his pen name Dr. Seuss, was an acclaimed illustrator and author who published more than 60 children's books over the course of his career. It's no surprise that Read Across America Day, a nationwide celebration that encourages children to read, is observed on his birthday.

We asked Dr. Seuss fans on Twitter and Facebook for their favorite quotes. Below is a list of your beloved Seuss-isms. If you have a favorite Dr. Seuss quote that you would like to include, make sure to share it with us!



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



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“Look at me! Look at me now! It is fun to have fun, but you have to know how.”



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



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“I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam-I-am.”



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



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“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”



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“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so…get on your way!”



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“Don't give up, I believe in you all. A person's, a person, no matter how small.”




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message 1: by Vicki (new)

Vicki How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss

"Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more."


message 2: by Paola, Goodreads employee (new)

Paola Quiros “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” by Dr. Seuss, my favorite quote EVER :)


message 3: by Jgrace (last edited Mar 02, 2018 10:16AM) (new)

Jgrace Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss

"I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant'a faithful 100%."


message 4: by Josiah (new)

Josiah Oh, the Places You'll Go! is a treasury of insightful quotes. It's one of my favorite picture books ever. I still get chills every time I read it.


message 5: by Janice (new)

Janice Love his old books.


message 6: by Cathy (new)

Cathy “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”


message 7: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine These are great quotes!


message 8: by Josiah (new)

Josiah "And when you're alone, there's a very good chance
you'll meet things that scare you right out of your pants
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won't want to go on."

—from Oh, the Places You'll Go!


message 9: by AGMaynard (new)

AGMaynard ...and to think that I saw it on Mulberry Street. "
The very first Seuss after many tries to be published.


message 10: by Easedwithwords (new)

Easedwithwords "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."


message 11: by Joseph (new)

Joseph Jgrace wrote: "Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss

"I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant'a faithful 100%.""


My favorite too.


message 12: by Lori (new)

Lori Mangan Green Eggs and Ham:
"You do not like them. So you say. Try them! Try them! And YOU MAY!""


message 13: by Milo (new)

Milo  "That's not fair, I have one she has two. I must have a tail like Lala Lee Loo."
Gertrude McFuzz.

I actually did this play yesterday. I got invited by the director to do more children's plays because she said I was the best actress there. I am very excited. :D


message 14: by Heather (new)

Heather Hamilton “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...”

― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!


message 15: by Sean Fallon (new)

Sean Fallon “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, The Places You'll Go!


message 16: by SoulSurvivor (new)

SoulSurvivor There are too many to pick a favorite ! What I most remember is 35 years ago making Green Eggs and Ham for my daughter and neice on St. Patricks' Days after reading them the book !


message 17: by CARISSA (new)

CARISSA E Easedwithwords wrote: ""Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.""
definitely the best one!!!


message 18: by CARISSA (new)

CARISSA E There are so many good ones!


message 19: by Richp (new)

Richp Paola wrote: "“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” by Dr. Seuss, my favorite quote EVER :)"

That is really some quote.


message 20: by Jessy (new)

Jessy "There are so many things you can learn about, but You'll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut ."

___ I Can Read With My Eyes Shut !


message 21: by Glenda (new)

Glenda Osnach Where is "The Sneeches" a commentary on racism if there ever was one. The Sneeches with the stars upon thar's vs the non starred Sneeches.


message 22: by Georgina (new)

Georgina “I am lucky to be what I am! Thank goodness I'm not just a clam or ham or a dirty jar of sour gooseberry jam! I am what I am. That's a great thing to be.”

― Dr. Seuss


message 23: by NOOR (new)

NOOR “Don't give up, I believe in you all. A person's, a person, no matter how small.”
- Horton Hears a Who


message 24: by Reece (new)

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


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