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Through iconic tales like "The Lorax" and "The Cat in the Hat," Theodor Seuss Geisel — more commonly known as Dr. Seuss — taught us important lessons about caring for the environment and obeying our parents.
And, through inspirational works like "Oh, the Places You'll Go" and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," the author reminded us of the importance of having a kind heart and believing in our limitless potential.
Having written and illustrated more than 40 children's books during his career, Seuss also made us laugh as we attempted the tongue twisters of "Fox in Socks" and silently cheered for Sam I Am and his "Green Eggs and Ham."
Today, on the 116th anniversary of Dr. Seuss' birthday, here are 12 quotes that shaped our childhoods and are still impacting kids today.
“If you keep your eyes open enough, oh, the stuff you will learn! The most wonderful stuff!”
“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!”
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
- The Lorax (1971, $13 on Amazon)
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
“And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too!”
“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so…get on your way!”
“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.”
“Look at me! Look at me now! It is fun to have fun, but you have to know how.”
“And what happened then? Well…in Who-ville they say that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day!”
“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”
- Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! (1975)
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
“I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam-I-am.”
Editor's note: This story was originally published on March 1, 2016.