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Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American children's author, political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, and filmmaker. He is known for his work writing and illustrating more than 60 books under the pen name Dr. Seuss (,). His work includes many of the most popular children's books of all time, selling over 600 million copies and being translated into more than 20 languages by the time of his death.

Geisel adopted the name "Dr. Seuss" as an undergraduate at Dartmouth College and as a graduate student at Lincoln College, Oxford. He left Oxford in 1927 to begin his career as an illustrator and cartoonist for Vanity Fair, Life, and various other publications. He also worked as an illustrator for advertising campaigns, most notably for FLIT and Standard Oil, and as a political cartoonist for the New York newspaper PM. He published his first children's book And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street in 1937. During World War II, he took a brief hiatus from children's literature to illustrate political cartoons, and he also worked in the animation and film department of the United States Army where he wrote, produced or animated many productions including Design for Death, which later won the 1947 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.\n\nAfter the war, Geisel returned to writing children's books, writing classics like If I Ran the Zoo (1950), Horton Hears a Who! (1955), The Cat in the Hat (1957), How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1957), Green Eggs and Ham (1960), One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (1960), The Sneetches (1961), The Lorax (1971), The Butter Battle Book (1981), and Oh, the Places You'll Go (1990). He published over 60 books during his career, which have spawned numerous adaptations, including 11 television specials, five feature films, a Broadway musical, and four television series.

Geisel won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1958 for Horton Hatches the Egg and again in 1961 for And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. Geisel's birthday, March 2, has been adopted as the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association. He also received two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Children's Special for Halloween is Grinch Night (1978) and Outstanding Animated Program for The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat (1982).

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

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

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

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And when they played they really played. And when they worked they really worked.

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You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.

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

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

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People are weird. When we find someone with a weirdness that is compatible with ours, we team up and call it love.

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

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What do you mean you're leaving? You're a baby sitter. Baby sitters don't leave, they sit. Baby leavers leave.

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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.

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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.


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

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

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

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


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


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I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells.

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I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Dr.



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Take every chance. Drop every fear.

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

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Every once in a while, I get mad. 'The Lorax' came out of my being angry. The ecology books I'd read were dull... In 'The Lorax,' I was out to attack what I think are evil things and let the chips fall where they might.

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Sometimes, when I see my granddaughters make small discoveries of their own, I wish I were a child.

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It is fun to have fun.

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It is fun to have fun but you have to know how.



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And this mess is so big
And so deep and so tall,
We cannot pick it up.
There is no way at all!

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Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.

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Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities. Dr.


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Did you ever fly a kite in bed? Did you ever walk with ten cats on your head? Did you ever milk this kind of cow? Well, we can do it. We know how. If you never did, you should. These things are fun and fun is good.

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Shorth is better than length.

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It's high time you were shown
That you really don't know all there is to be known.

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Writing for children is murder. A chapter has to be boiled down to a paragraph. Every word has to count.

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Adults are just outdated children.

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Adults are just outdated children. Dr.


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

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I've heard there are troubles of more than one kind; some come from ahead, and some come from behind. But I've brought a big bat. I'm all ready, you see; now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!

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If you want to catch beasts you don't see every day, You have to go places quite out of the way, You have to go places no others can get to. You have to get cold and you have too get wet, too.

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The news just came in from the County of Keck That a very small bug by the name of Van Vleck Is yawning so wide you can look down his neck. This may not seem very important, I know, but it Is, so I'm bothering telling you so.

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The moon was out and I saw some sheep.
I saw some sheep take a walk in their sleep.
By the light of the moon, by the light of a star,
They walked all night from near to far.
I would never walk, I would take a car.

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

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Ninety percent of the children's books patronize the child and say there's a difference between you and me, so you listen to this story. I, for some reason or another, don't do that. I treat the child as an equal.

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All those Nupboards in the Cupboards they're good fun to have about. But that Nooth gush on my tooth brush.....Him I could do without.

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Day Play We play all day. Night Fight We fight all night.

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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.

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Even though we may all become extinct, we can still leave our footprint in the sand.

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Gray day. Everything is gray. I watch. But nothing moves today.

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When you're in a Slump,
you're not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself
is not easily done.

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Look at me! Look at me! Look at me NOW! It is fun to have fun But you have to know how.

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You ought to be thankful a hole heaping lot, for The places and people you're lucky you're not!

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And that is a story that no one can beat, When I say that I saw it on Mulberry Street.

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I don't like audiences, I prefer my mistakes in private.

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We should strive to treat each other with common Human Decency.

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You can think about red. You can think about pink. You can think up a horse. Oh, the THINKS you can think!

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Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and 3 4 percent guaranteed.).

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Oh the places you'll go! There is fun to be done!

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Oh the places you'll go! There is fun to be done! 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.



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So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact.

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Step with care and great tact. And remember life's a great balancing act.

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We've taught you that the earth is round, That red and white make pink, And something else that matters more -- We've taught you how to think.

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Don't give up! I believe in you all. A person's a person, no matter how small! And you very small persons will not have to die If you make yourselves heard! So come on, now, and TRY!

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You can get so confused that you'll start in to race down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space, headed, I fear, toward a most useless place. The Waiting Place.

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Whats the point of fitting in, when we were meant to stand out?

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If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said it'd be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.

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I'm sorry to say so but, sadly, it's true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you.

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Pop guns! And bicycles! Roller skates! Drums! Checkerboards! Tricycles! Popcorn! And plums! And he stuffed them in bags. Then the Grinch, very nimbly, Stuffed all the bags, one by one, up the chimbley!

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It doesn't matter what it is.What matters is what it will become.

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There's no limit to how much you'll know, depending how far beyond zebra you go.

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And will you succeed? Yes, you will indeed!

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If I went in debt a million dollars every time I committed genocide, I'd be our economy.

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When beetles fight these battles in a bottle with their paddles and the bottle's on a poodle and the poodle's eating noodles... ...they call this a muddle puddle tweetle poodle beetle noodle bottle paddle battle.

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Look at life through the wrong end of the telescope.

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Don't grumble! Don't stew! Some critters are much-much, Oh, ever so much-much So muchly much-much more unlucky than you!

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Out there things can happen, and frequently do, To people as brainy and footsy as you. And when things start to happen, don't worry, don't stew. Just go right along, you'll start happening too!

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You'll be on your way up! You'll be seeing great sights! You'll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.

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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.


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

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Once-ler! You're making such smogulous smoke -- my poor swomee swans, why they can't sing a note! No one can sing who has smog in his throat.

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It's a troublesome world. All the people who are in it are troubled with troubles almost every minute. You ought to be thankful, a whole heaping lot, for the places and people you're lucky you're not.

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We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.

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The ribbons! The wrappings! The tags! And the tinsel! The trimmings! The trappings!

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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.

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You can't dribble on bow ties.

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I box in yellow Gox box socks.

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I'm afraid that sometimes you'll play lonely games too. Games you can't win 'cause you'll play against you.

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The Lorax: Which way does a tree fall? The Once-ler: Uh, down? The Lorax: A tree falls the way it leans. Be careful which way you lean.

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

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I am the Lorax! I speak for the trees, Which you seem to be chopping as fast as you please; But I also speak for the brown Barbaloots, Who frolicked and played in their Barbaloot suits, Happily eating Truffula fruits. Now, since you've chopped the trees to the ground There's not enough Truffula fruit to go 'round! And my poor Barbaloots are all feeling the crummies Because they have gas, and no food, in their tummies.


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People who mind don't matter. But people who matter don't mind.

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The people that mind don't matter, and the people that matter don't mind.

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I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant's faithful one-hundred percent!

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

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

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


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

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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.

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Oh, the places you will go.

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Oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done! 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. Fame! You'll be as famous as famous can be, with the whole wide world watching you win on TV. Except when they don't Because, sometimes they won't. I'm afraid that some times you'll play lonely games too. Games you can't win 'cause you'll play against you.


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I will not eat them in a house, I will not eat them with a mouse, I will not eat them in a box I will not eat them with a fox, I will not eat them here of there I will not eat them anywhere, I do not like green eggs and ham I do not like them Sam I am.

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In my world, everyone's a pony and they all eat rainbows and poop butterflies!

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Here are some who like to run. They run for fun in the hot, hot sun.

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Stop telling such outlandish tales. Stop turning minnows into whales.

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Kid, you'll move mountains.

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Kid, you'll move mountains!


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