Inspire, Motivate & Smile
with Dr. Seuss Quotes


Many of us grew up learning to read the rhyming words of Dr. Seuss. How many of us realized that in every one of his playful stories there was a life lesson woven throughout?

Listed below are Dr. Seuss quotes from some of his works to remind us of those inspiring lessons.



MOTIVATIONAL ~ Dr. Seuss Quotes

“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way.”

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

“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.”

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

“Did you ever fly a kite in bed?”

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

“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!”

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

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

“My alphabet starts with this letter called yuzz. It’s the letter I use to spell yuzz-a-matuzz. You’ll be sort of surprised what there is to be found once you go beyond ‘Z’ and start poking around!”



LIFE ~ Dr. Seuss Quotes

“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!”

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

“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”

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

“Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite. Or waiting around for Friday night or waiting perhaps for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil or a better break or a string of pearls or a pair of pants or a wig with curls or another chance. Everyone is just waiting.”

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

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

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

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

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

“Young cat, if you keep your eyes open enough, oh, the stuff you would learn! The most wonderful stuff!”

“It’s high time you were shown, that you really don’t know all there is to be known.

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ‘till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

“And when they played they really played. And when they worked they really worked.”

“You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you will be the guy who’ll decide where you’ll go. Oh the places you you’ll go.”




HAPPINESS ~ Dr. Seuss Quotes

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

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

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



PERSONAL GROWTH ~ Dr. Seuss Quotes

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

“You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”

“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.”

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

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

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

“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!”



WORDS OF WISDOM ~ Dr. Seuss Quotes

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

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

“It’s high time you were shown, that you really don’t know all there is to be known.”

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ‘till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

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

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

“Step with care and great tact.”

“You have brains in your head.”

“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!”

“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”

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

“So you see! There’s no end to the things you might know, depending how far beyond Zebra you go.”

“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.”

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

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

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

“I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.”



WRITING ~ Dr. Seuss Quotes

“So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.”

“My alphabet starts with this letter called yuzz. It’s the letter I use to spell yuzz-a-matuzz. You’ll be sort of surprised what there is to be found once you go beyond ‘Z’ and start poking around!”

“Preachers in pulpits talked about what a great message is in the book. No matter what you do, somebody always imputes meaning into your books.”



ENVIRONMENT ~ Dr. Seuss Quotes

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

“I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.”

“Now…thanks to your hacking my trees to the ground, there’s not enough Truffula Fruit to go ‘round.”



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BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS ~ Dr. Seuss Quotes

There are few books that compile the wise and witty sayings of Dr. Seuss.

For those looking for Dr. Seuss quotes & sayings that apply to everyday living then I recommend, Seuss-isms: Wise and Witty Prescriptions for Living from the Good Doctor (Life Favors(TM)).

If however, you are looking for something for a college graduate or a business colleague, then I recommend, Seuss-isms for Success (Life Favors(TM)).

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