21 Dr. Seuss Quotes That Can Change The World

Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American children’s author, political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, screenwriter, and filmmaker. He is known for his work writing and illustrating more than 60 books under the pen name Doctor Seuss.

This is a collection Seuss quotes that have the power to change the world if their message is heeded. Simple and poignant at the same time, that is what he was famous for, and is on display.

1. “Nerd herd, focus. You’re here to help the fledglings. Dour One and Dour Two aren’t important,” said Aphrodite.”Dr. Seuss reference. I like it,” Stark said, giving me a check-me-out-I’ve-always-read-books hottie grin. Aphrodite frowned at him. I said focus, not flirt.”

— P.C. Cast


2. “Writing simply means no dependent clauses, no dangling things, no flashbacks, and keeping the subject near the predicate. We throw in as many fresh words we can get away with. Simple, short sentences don’t always work. You have to do tricks with pacing, alternate long sentences with short, to keep it vital and alive…. Virtually every page is a cliffhanger–you’ve got to force them to turn it.”

— Dr. Seuss


3. “But now,” says the Once-ler, “now that you’re here, the word of the Lorax seems perfectly clear. UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

— Dr. Seuss


4. “He should not be here, ” said the fish in the pot. ” he should not be here when your mother is not.”

— Dr. Seuss


5. “I said, “I do not fear those pants with nobody inside them.” I said, and said, and said those words. I said them but I lied them. “

— Dr. Seuss


6. “Oh, the jobs people work at! Out west near Hawtch-Hawtch there’s a Hawtch-Hawtcher bee watcher, his job is to watch. Is to keep both his eyes on the lazy town bee, a bee that is watched will work harder you see. So he watched and he watched, but in spite of his watch that bee didn’t work any harder not mawtch. So then somebody said “Our old bee-watching man just isn’t bee watching as hard as he can, he ought to be watched by another Hawtch-Hawtcher! The thing that we need is a bee-watcher-watcher!”. Well, the bee-watcher-watcher watched the bee-watcher. He didn’t watch well so another Hawtch-Hawtcher had to come in as a watch-watcher-watcher! And now all the Hawtchers who live in Hawtch-Hawtch are watching on watch watcher watchering watch, watch watching the watcher who’s watching that bee. You’re not a Hawtch-Watcher you’re lucky you see!”

— Dr. Seuss


7. “How true, how true” said the Sour Kangaroo, “And from now on, you know what I’m gonna do? I’m going to protect them with you!”
And the Young Kangaroo in her pouch said “Me too!”

— Dr. Seuss


8. “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.”

— Dr. Seuss


9. “I sounded like Horton the Elephant. “A person is a person no matter how small.” What the hell was I doing standing in the middle of a cave, in the dark, surrounded by wererats, quoting Dr. Seuss, and trying to kill a one-thousand-year-old vampire?”

— Laurell K. Hamilton


10. “I would read the Shel Silverstein poems, Dr. Seuss, and I noticed early on that poetry was something that just stuck in my head and I was replaying those rhymes and try to think of my own. In English, the only thing I wanted to do was poetry and all the other kids were like, “Oh, man. We have to write poems again?” and I would have a three-page long poem. I won a national poetry contest when I was in fourth grade for a poem called “Monster In My Closet.”

— Taylor Swift


11. “Dr. Seuss provided “ingenious and uniquely witty solutions to the standing problem of the juvenile fantasy writer: how to find, not another Alice, but another rabbit hole.”

— Clifton Fadiman


12. “mooo,” she said… “I mean mmmm,” she moaned. Louder this time. Goddamn Dr. Seuss is ruining my sex life.”

— Jennifer Weiner


13. “If God could run out of grace, He would’ve for me by now. And yet every morning I wake up, He says, “There is more, there is still more.”

—Genereux Philip


14. “That day, they decided that Sneetches are Sneetches, and no kind of Sneetch is the BEST on the beaches.” The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss”

— Dr. Seuss


15. “This,” cried the Mayor, “is your town’s darkest hour! The time for all Whos who have blood that is red To come to the aid of their country!” he said.We’ve GOT to make noises in greater amounts!So, open your mouth, lad! For every voice counts!”

— Dr. Seuss


16. “Auden? Does he rhyme? I only like poetry that rhymes. All the best poets write in rhyme.”Really?”Dr. Seuss and Shakespeare. You can’t do better than that.”

— Shiela Jane


17. To label this book “Dr. Seuss” is too much. He never yet wrote it, nor genius it touched. It’s flat, it’s pedantic, it leaves children bored, The very things Teddy S. Geisel abhorred.Go read some real Dr. Seuss if you wish.Let these hand-puppet zombies drone on about fish.”

— Bonnie Worth


18. “And I said to myself, “Now I really don’t see Why trubles like this have to happen to me!”

— Dr. Seuss


19. “But neither Bartholomew Cubbins, nor King Derwin himself, nor anyone else in the Kingdom of Didd could ever explain how the strange thing happened. They could only say it just “happened to happen” and was not very likely to happen again.”

— Dr. Seuss


20. “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You. — Dr. Seuss Since writing my memoir, I’m beginning to realize what it means to be ” … Youer than You. I will be blogging about this soon.”

— Kathleen P. Perkins


21. “Now, I never had ever had Troubles before, So I said to myself,”I don’t want anymore.”

— Dr. Seuss


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