Friday, March 2, 2012

The Wisdom of Dr. Seuss - Happy Birthday

"STOP.  You must not hop on Pop."  --Hop on Pop

Theodor Geisel, or Dr. Seuss, was born on March 2, 1904.  The author and illustrator of 44 children's books left a legacy of wit and wisdom, from the somewhat obvious to the profound.  Thanks, Dr. Seuss, for all you've given us!  Here are some of my favorites to commemorate the anniversary of his birth.

"From near to far, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!"  --Fox in Socks

"Don't ask us why.  Go ask your mother."  --Fox in Socks 

The King's Stilts

"When he worked, he really worked...but when he played, he really PLAYED!"  --The King's Stilts

The North-Going Zax and the South-Going Zax
(Don't be stubborn)

"And I'll prove to you that I won't change my ways if I have to keep standing here fifty-nine days!"  --The Zax

Sylvester McMonkey McBean
(Beware of scams)

"Then, when every last cent of their money was spent, the Fix-It-Up Chappie packed up and he went.  And he laughed as he drove in his car up the beach, 'They will never learn.  No.  You can't teach a Sneetch!'"  --The Sneetches

And, of course, ""Oh, the Places You'll Go!" has become a traditional gift for graduates everywhere because of the life lessons it contains.  Perhaps it should be a gift for us in mid-life, when our idealism is a bit tarnished.  Here are some snippets from this gem of a book.


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


"You'll come down from the Lurch with an unpleasant bump.  And the chances are, then, that you'll be in a Slump.  And when you're in a Slump, you're not in for much fun.  Un-slumping yourself is not easily done."


"All Alone!  Whether you like it or not, alone will be something you'll be quite a lot."

"On and on you will hike.  And I know you'll hike far and face up to your problems whatever they are."

Moving a Mountain

"Today is your day!  Your mountain is waiting.  So...get on your way!"

What is your favorite Dr. Seuss?  Read some today!

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