Every March 2nd, Americans celebprice the birthday of Dr. Seuss (a.k.a. Ted Geisel) by reading his work… and by sharing words he neither wrote nor said.

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I understand why. Seuss can be pithy. He’s far from the just aphoristic writer to be attributed with phrases he didn’t coin. Mark Twain, Ghandi, Groucho Marx, and also many type of others have actually posthumously become the authors of many kind of principles.

But finding somepoint on the internet does not confirm that what you’ve uncovered is true. So, in what will most likely be a failed initiative to set the record right, below are some points that Dr. Seuss never before said — or, at least, there’s no document of him saying these points. And the historical document is all we have actually.

1. Be who you are and also say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those that issue don’t mind.

The sentiment here is congruent via Seuss’s public statements and also some of his children’s publications, however he never shelp this. (Below: one of many graphics that spread misindevelopment around Seuss. He only shelp numbers 1 and also 3.)

2. Today I shall behave actually, as if this is the day I will certainly be remembered.

Not only did Seuss never before say this, but he tfinished to celebprice mishabits.

3. Don’t cry because it’s over… Smile because it happened.

You need to be kidding me. Smile bereason it happened? No. He never before shelp this.

4. Why fit in once you were born to stand also out?

This is a Seussian sentiment, however he never before uttered it making use of these words.

5. We are all a little weird and life’s a tiny weird, and once we discover someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and also autumn in common weirdness and also speak to it love.

Seuss can agree via this sentiment, however he never sassist it.

6. Sometimes the inquiries are complex and the answers are simple.

Nope. Not something Seuss shelp.

7. Be awesome! Be a book nut!

Seuss composed several books and also read many kind of others, yet he did not say this. The giveamethod is the colloquial usage of “awesome.”

25 Things That Seuss Said

Tright here are many type of quotable lines that Seuss actually did say. Why not usage those instead? Here’s a sampling.

1. It is fun to have fun.

But you have to know how.

— the Cat in the Hat, in The Cat in the Hat (1957)

2. Today you are you! That is truer than true!

There is no one alive who is you-er than you!

Shout loud, “I am lucky to be what I am!

Thank goodness I’m not a clam or a ham

Or a dusty old jar of sour gooseberry jam!

I am what I am! That’s a great point to be!”

— narrator, Happy Birthday to You! (1959)

3. You have actually brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes.

You have the right to steer yourself

any kind of direction you select.

— narrator, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! (1990)

4. UNLESS someone like you

cares a whole awful lot,

nothing is going to acquire better.

It’s not.

— the Once-ler, The Lorax (1971)

5. Outside of my beginner books, I never before compose for kids. I compose for world.

— Dr. Seuss, intersee via Michael Lee Katz (1984)

6. From there to here,

from right here to there,

funny things

are all over.

— narrator, One fish 2 fish red fish blue fish (1960)

7. I expected what I said

And I said what I expected. . .

An elephant’s faithful

One hundred per cent!

— Horton, Horton Hatches the Egg (1940)


8. Don’t offer up! I think in you all!

A person’s a person, no matter just how small!

— Horton, Horton Hears a Who! (1954)

9. Adults are obsolete children and also the hell through them.

— Dr. Seuss, in many interviews, including Shepard 1968, Dangaard 1976, & Bandler 1977

10. you’re in pretty excellent shape

for the shape you are in!

— narrator, You’re Only Old Once! (1986)

11. Children are simply as smart as you are. The main difference is they don’t know so many type of words, and you’ll lose them if your story gets facility. But if your story is simple, you can tell it just as if you’re informing it to adults.

— Dr. Seuss, lectures at College of Utah (1949), quoted in my Dr. Seuss: Amerideserve to Icon (2004)

12. I understand, up on height you are seeing great sights,

But down at the bottom we, also, must have legal rights.


— Mack, Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories (1958)

13. STOP

You should not

hop on Pop.

— Pop, Hop on Pop (1963)

 14. So be sure as soon as you action.

Tip via treatment and also excellent tact

and also remember that Life’s

a Great Balancing Act.

— narrator, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! (1990)

15. A yawn is fairly catching, you check out. Like a cough.

It just takes one yawn to begin various other yawns off.

— narrator, Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book (1962)

16. My uncle ordered popovers

from the restaurant’s bill of fare.

And as soon as they were offered,

he pertained to them with a penetrating stare . . .

Then he spoke excellent Words of Wisdom

as he sat there on that chair:

“To eat these points,”

said my uncle,

“you should exercise good treatment.

You may swenable dvery own what’s solid . . .

BUT . . .

You have to spit out the air!”


And . . .

As you partake of the world’s bill of fare,

that’s darned great advice to follow.

Do many spitting out the hot air.

And be cautious what you swallow.

— Dr. Seuss, “My Uncle Terwilliger on the Art of Eating Popovers” (1977), quoted in Judith and Neil Morgan’s Dr. Seuss and also Mr. Geisel (1995)

17. Nonsense wakes up the brain cells. And it helps build a feeling of humor, which is awfully crucial in this day and age. Humor has a incredible place in this sordid civilization. It’s more than just a issue of laughing. If you have the right to check out things out of whack, then you deserve to watch just how points deserve to be in whack.

— Dr. Seuss, in intercheck out via Miles Corwin (1983)

18. Then the Grinch assumed of something he hadn’t before!

“Maybe Christmas,” he assumed, “doesn’t come from a store.

Maybe Christmas, . . . probably . . . indicates a tiny bit more!”

— narrator, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1957)

19. children’s analysis and children’s thinking are the rock bottom base upon which this country will certainly increase. Or not increase. In these days of anxiety and confusion, writers are beginning to realize that publications for youngsters have actually a better potential for excellent or evil, than any type of other develop of literature on earth.

— Dr. Seuss, “Writing for Children: A Mission” (1960)

20. The more that you review,

the even more things you will understand.

The even more that you learn,

the even more locations you’ll go.

— the Cat in the Hat, I Can Read through My Eyes Shut! (1978)

21. It has actually regularly been said

there’s so much to be check out,

you never can cram

all those words in your head.


So the writer that breeds

more words than he needs

is making a chore

for the reader that reads.


That’s why my belief is

the briefer the brief is,

the greater the sigh

of the reader’s relief is.

— Dr. Seuss, “A Brief Condensed Poem in Praise of Reader’s Digest Condensed Books” (1980)

22. Think left and think right

and think low and also think high.

Oh the thinks you have the right to think up

if just you try!

— narrator, Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! (1975)


23. Whenever before points go a little sour in a task I’m doing, I always tell myself, “You can do much better than this.” The best slogan I have the right to think of to leave through the youngsters of the U.S.A. would certainly be “We deserve to . . . and we’ve got to . . . do much better than this.”

— Dr. Seuss to his biographers, Judith and Neil Morgan, as reported in their Dr. Seuss and also Mr. Geisel (1995)

24. And will certainly you succeed?

Yes! You will certainly, indeed!

(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)


— narrator, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! (1990)

25. Today is gone. Today was fun.

Tomorrow is an additional one.

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— narrator, One fish 2 fish red fish blue fish (1960)

In celebration of what would be Seuss’s 110th birthday (March 2nd), you might reap permaking use of various other short articles tagged Seuss. Here’s a selection:

Occasionally, I get asked to talk around Dr. Seuss:

Though the webwebsite appears to have been designed to impede its utility, Random House’s Seussville‘s author section contains a bio. and timeline I composed — the previous heavily affected by Judith and Neil Morgan’s excellent Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel. (If you check out just one book about Dr. Seuss, the Morgans’ bio is the one I’d recommend.)And… that’s all. Happy Read Across America Day!*

*Each year on or close to March second (the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss), the National Education Association sponsors Read Across America, designed to promote literacy. This year, it’ll be commemorated on Monday, March third. Read more around it at the NEA’s webwebsite.