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Dr. Seuss Quotes

100+ of the best book quotes from Dr. Seuss
  1. #1
    “And when you’re in a Slump you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.”
  2. #2
    “Oh dear!” said the cat. “You do not like our game . . .
    Oh dear. What a shame! What a shame! What a shame!”
  3. #3
    “But that is not all. Oh no. That is not all!”
  4. #4
    “Now! Now! Have no fear. Have no fear!” said the cat. “My tricks are not bad,” said the Cat in the Hat.
  5. #5
    “I know some good games we could play,” said the cat. “I know some good tricks,” said the Cat in the Hat.
  6. #6
    “From sun in the summer. From rain when it’s fallish, I’m going to protect them. No matter how small-ish!”
  7. #7
    ″*Everyone* seemed to be yapping or yipping! *Everyone* seemed to be beeping or bipping! But it *wasn’t enough,* all this ruckus and roar! He HAD to find someone to help him make more. He raced through each building! He searched floor-to-floor!”
  8. #8
    “And you very small persons will not have to die if you make yourselves heard! *So come one, now, and TRY!*”
  9. #9
    “So call a big meeting. Get everyone out. Make every *Who* holler! Make every *Who* shout! Make every *Who* scream! If you don’t, every *Who* is going to end up in a Beezle-Nut stew!”
  10. #10
    ″‘My friends!’ cried the elephant. ‘Tell me! Do tell! Are you safe? Are you sound? Are you whole? Are you well?‘”
  11. #11
    ″‘I’ll find it!’ cried Horton. ‘I’ll find it or bust! I SHALL find my friends on my small speck of dust!‘”
  12. #12
    “While Horton chased after, with groans, over stones that tattered his toenails and battered his bones, and begged, ‘Please don’t harm all my little folks, who have as much right to live as us bigger folks do!‘”
  13. #13
    “And Horton called back to the Mayor of the town, ‘You’re safe now. Don’t worry. I won’t let you down.‘”
  14. #14
    ″‘My friend,’ came the voice, ‘you’re a *very* find friend. You’ve helped all us folks on this dust speck no end. You’ve saved all our houses, our ceilings and floors. You’ve saved all our churches and grocery stores.‘”
  15. #15
    ″‘Believe me,’ said Horton, ‘I tell you sincerely, my ears are quite keen and I heard him quite clearly. I *know* there’s a person down there. And, what’s more, quite likely there’s two. Even three. Even four.‘”
  16. #16
    “Today is gone. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”
  17. #17
    “He will live at our house. He will grow and grow. Will our mother like this? We don’t know.”
  18. #18
    “I like to hop all day and night from right to left and left to right.”
  19. #19
    “I sing high and my Ying sings low, and we are not too bad, you know.”
  20. #20
    “It is fun to sing if you sing with a Ying. My Ying can sing like anything.”
  1. #21
    “In yellow socks I box my Gox. I box in yellow Gox box socks.”
  2. #22
    “I do not like this one so well. All he does is yell, yell, yell.”
  3. #23
    “I never take a step to one side.”
  4. #24
    “Things are not quite as bad as you think.”
  5. #25
    ″‘Good grief!’ yelled the ones that had stars at the first. ‘We’re still the best Sneetches and they are the worst. But, now, how in the world will we know,’ they all frowned, if which kind is what, or the other way round?‘”
  6. #26
    “That day, all the Sneetches forgot about stars, and whether they had one, or not, upon thars.”
  7. #27
    “The day they decided that Sneetches were Sneetches. And no kind of Sneetch is the best on the beaches.”
  8. #28
    “Then, when every last cent of their money was spent, the Fix-it-Up Chappie packed up and he went.”
  9. #29
    “Whether this one was that one...or that one was this one or which one was what one...or what one was who.”
  10. #30
    “Off again! On again! In again! Out again!”
  11. #31
    “Then, of course, those with stars all got frightfully mad. To be wearing a star now was frightfully bad.”
  12. #32
    “I’ll make you, again, the best Sneetches on beaches and all it will cost you is ten dollars eaches.”
  13. #33
    ″‘Just pay me your money, then hop right aboard!’ So they clambered inside. Then the big machine roared.”
  14. #34
    “I’ve come here to help you. I have what you need. And my prices are low. And I work at great speed. And my work is one hundred per cent guaranteed.”
  15. #35
    “But, because they had stars, all the Star-Belly Sneetches Would brag, “We’re the best kind of Sneetch on the beaches.”
  16. #36
    “It’s a shirt. It’s a sock. It’s a glove. It’s a hat.”
  17. #37
    “A Thneed’s a Fine-Something-That-All-People-Need.”
    author
    Dr. Seuss
    book
    The Lorax
    concept
    Needs
  18. #38
    “You may like them. You will see. You may like them in a tree!”
  19. #39
    “Say! In the dark? Here in the dark! Would you, could you, in the dark?”
    “I would not, could not, in the dark.”
  20. #40
    “You do not like them. So you say. Try them! Try them! And you may. Try them and you may, I say.”
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  1. #41
    “I do so like green eggs and ham. Thank you! Thank you, Sam-I-am.”
  2. #42
    “Would you eat them in a box? Would you eat them with a fox?”
  3. #43
    “Would you like them in a house? Would you like them with a mouse?”
  4. #44
    “Do you like green eggs and ham?”
  5. #45
    “KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!”
  6. #46
    “Somehow you’ll escape all that waiting and staying. You’ll find the bright places where Boom Bands are playing.”
  7. #47
    “Wherever you fly, you’ll be the best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.”
  8. #48
    “OH! THE PLACES YOU’LL GO! You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.”
  9. #49
    “With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.”
  10. #50
    “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
  11. #51
    “Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!”
  12. #52
    “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.”
  13. #53
    “Day
    Play
    We play all day.
    Night
    Fight
    We fight all night.”
    author
    Dr. Seuss
    book
    Hop On Pop
    concept
    Time
  14. #54
    “I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam-I-Am.”
  15. #55
    “So, open your mouth, lad! For every voice counts!”
  16. #56
    “A book is just like life and anything can change.”
  17. #57
    “It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.”
  18. #58
    “You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.”
  19. #59
    “From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!”
  20. #60
    “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
  1. #61
    “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
  2. #62
    “Kid, you’ll move mountains! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So get on your way!”
  3. #63
    “The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day.”
  4. #64
    “It is fun to have fun
    But you have to know how.”
  5. #65
    “I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.”
  6. #66
    “A tree falls the way it leans. Be careful which way you lean.”
    author
    Dr. Seuss
    book
    The Lorax
    concept
    Trees
  7. #67
    “Would you like them here or there?”
  8. #68
    “He should not be here, ” said the fish in the pot. “he should not be here when your mother is not.”
  9. #69
    “That was long, long ago. But each day since that day I’ve sat here and worried and worried away.”
    author
    Dr. Seuss
    book
    The Lorax
    concept
    Worries
  10. #70
    “Don’t give up! I believe in you all. A person’s a person, no matter how small!”
  11. #71
    “My town is called *Who*-ville, for I am a *Who* And we *Whos* are all thankful and grateful to you.”
  12. #72
    “Here are some who like to run. They run for fun in the hot, hot sun.”
  13. #73
    “Oh me! Oh my! Oh me! Oh my! What a lot of funny things go by.”
  14. #74
    ″‘What terrible splashing!’ the elephant frowned. ‘I can’t let my very small persons get drowned! I’ve *got* to protect them. I’m bigger than they.’ So he plucked up the clover and hustled away.”
  15. #75
    “Not one of them is like another. Don’t ask us why. Go ask your mother.”
  16. #76
    “They walked all night from near to far. I would never walk. I would take a car.”
  17. #77
    “No one can sing who has smog in his throat.”
    author
    Dr. Seuss
    book
    The Lorax
    concept
    Music
  18. #78
    “I went right on biggering . . . selling more Thneeds. And I biggered my money, which everyone needs.”
    author
    Dr. Seuss
    book
    The Lorax
    concepts
    SizeMoney
  19. #79
    “I meant no harm. I most truly did not. But I had to grow bigger. So bigger I got.”
  20. #80
    “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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  1. #81
    “And my poor Bar-ba-loots are all getting the crummies because they have gas, and no food, in their tummies.”
    author
    Dr. Seuss
    book
    The Lorax
    concept
    Food
  2. #82
    “Get over here fast! Take the road to North Nitch. Turn left at Weehawken. Sharp right at South Stitch.”
  3. #83
    “I called all my brothers and uncles and aunts and I said, ‘Listen here! Here’s a wonderful chance for the whole Once-ler Family to get mighty rich.‘”
  4. #84
    “Sir! You are crazy with greed. There is no one on earth that would buy that fool Thneed!”
  5. #85
    “And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)”
  6. #86
    “I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you.”
  7. #87
    “And he spoke with a voice that was sharpish and bossy.”
  8. #88
    “Describe him? That’s hard, I don’t know if I can.”
  9. #89
    “I felt a great leaping of joy in my heart.”
  10. #90
    “And I first saw the trees! The Truffula trees! The bright-colored tufts of the Truffula trees! Mile after mile in the fresh morning breeze.”
  11. #91
    “Then he grunts, ‘I will call you by Whisper-Ma-Phone, for the secrets I tell are for your ears alone.‘”
    author
    Dr. Seuss
    book
    The Lorax
    concept
    Secrets
  12. #92
    “Then he pulls up the pail, makes a most careful count to see if you’ve paid him the proper amount.”
    author
    Dr. Seuss
    book
    The Lorax
    concept
    Money
  13. #93
    “Then they yelled at the ones that had stars at the start. We’re exactly like you! You can’t tell us apart. We’re all just the same, now, you snooty old smarties! And now we can go to your frankfurter parties.”
  14. #94
    “And on special dank midnights in August, he peeks out of the shutters and sometimes he speaks.”
  15. #95
    “He’ll tell you, perhaps . . . if you’re willing to pay.”
  16. #96
    “The Waiting Place...for people just waiting. Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or the waiting around for a Yes or No or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting.
    “Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for the wind to fly a kite or waiting around for Friday night or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil, or a Better Break or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants or a wig with curls, or Another Chance. Everyone is just waiting.”
  17. #97
    “Never budge! That’s my rule. Never budge in the least! Not an inch to the west! Not an inch to the east! I’ll stay here, not budging! I can and I will if it makes you and me and the whole world stand still!”
  18. #98
    “Would you, could you, on a boat?”
  19. #99
    “Every Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot.
    But the Grinch who lived just North of Whoville did not!”
  20. #100
    “We know who is who! Now there isn’t a doubt. The very best Sneetches are Sneetches without.”
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  1. #101
    “And that handy machine working very precisely removed all the stars from their tummies quite nicely.”
  2. #102
    “And then something went BUMP! How that bump made us jump!”
  3. #103
    “Then he got an idea! An awful idea!
    The Grinch got a wonderful, awful idea!”
  4. #104
    “You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where to go.”
  5. #105
    “Would you? Could you? In a car? Eat them! Eat them! Here they are.”
  6. #106
    “But this sound wasn’t sad!
    Why, this sound sounded glad!”
  7. #107
    “I am the Lorax who speaks for the trees, which you seem to be chopping as fast as you please!”
  8. #108
    “If you will let me be, I will try them. You will see.”
  9. #109
    He said, “Do I like this? Oh, no! I do not.”
  10. #110
    “They’ve proved they ARE persons, no matter how small. And their whole world was saved by the Smallest of All!”
  11. #111
    “Say! I like green eggs and ham! I do! I like them, Sam-I-am!”
  12. #112
    “Why are they sad and glad and bad? I do not know. Go ask your dad.”
  13. #113
    “So all we could do was to Sit! Sit! Sit! Sit! And we did not like it. Not one little bit.”
  14. #114
    ″‘Of course,’ Horton answered. ‘Of course I will stick. I will stick by you small folks through thin and through thick!‘”
  15. #115
    “I know just what to do!” The Grinch laughed in his throat.
    “I’ll make a quick Santy Claus hat and a coat.”
  16. #116
    “I will NOT go away. I do NOT wish to go!”
  17. #117
    ″[B]usiness is business! And business must grow regardless of crummies in tummies, you know.”
  18. #118
    “ASAP. Whatever that means. It must mean, ‘Act swiftly awesome pachyderm!”
  19. #119
    “Every Who down in Whoville, the tall and the small,
    Was singing without any presents at all!”
  20. #120
    “Then he slid down the chimney, a rather tight pinch.
    But if Santa could do it, then so could the Grinch.”
  1. #121
    “For, tomorrow, I know all the Who girls and boys
    Will wake bright and early. They’ll rush for their toys!”
  2. #122
    “Then Sally and I Did not know what to say. Our mother was out of the house for the day.”
  3. #123
    “I would not like them here or there. I would not like them anywhere.”
  4. #124
    ″‘Find THAT!’ sneered the bird. ‘But I think you will fail.’ And he left with a flip of his black-bottomed tail.”
  5. #125
    “Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more!”
  6. #126
    “All Alone! Whether you like it or not, Alone will be something you’ll be quite a lot.”
  7. #127
    “Except when you don’t. Because, sometimes, you won’t.”
  8. #128
    “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.”
  9. #129
    “But I think that the most likely reason of all
    May have been that his heart was two sizes too small.”
  10. #130
    “A lot of good tricks. I will show them to you. Your mother Will not mind at all if I do.”
  11. #131
    “On the end of a rope
    he lets down a tin pail
    and you have to toss in fifteen cents
    and a nail
    and the shell of a great-great-great-
    grandfather snail.”
  12. #132
    “You will like these two things,” Said the cat with a bow.
  13. #133
    “He brought back their snoof and their tringlers and fuzzles,
    Brought back their pantookas, their dafflers and wuzzles.”
  14. #134
    “Welcome Christmas. Bring your cheer,
    Cheer to all Whos, far and near.”
  15. #135
    “And what happened then? Well, in Whoville they say
    That the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day!”
  16. #136
    “Now look what you did!” Said the fish to the cat. “Now look at this house!”
  17. #137
    “They’re just waking up! I know just what they’ll do!
    Their mouths will hang open a minute or two
    Then the Whos down in Whoville will all cry boo-hoo!”
  18. #138
    “Packed it up with their presents, their ribbons, their wrappings,
    Their snoof and their fuzzles, their tringlers and trappings!
    Ten thousand feet up, up the side of Mount Crumpet,
    He rode with his load to the tiptop to dump it!”
  19. #139
    “But I like to be here. Oh, I like it a lot!”
  20. #140
    “They’ll stand close together, with Christmas bells ringing.
    They’ll stand hand-in-hand, and those Whos will start singing!”
  1. #141
    “Then he growled, with his Grinch fingers nervously drumming,
    ‘I must find some way to keep Christmas from coming!‘”
  2. #142
    “I could not, would not, on a boat. I will not, will not, with a goat. I will not eat them in the rain. I will not eat them on a train. Not in the dark! Not in a tree! Not in a car! You let me be! I do not like them in a box. I do not like them with a fox. I will not eat them in a house. I do not like them with a mouse. I do not like them here or there. I do not like them ANYWHERE!”
  3. #143
    “And it klonked. And it bonked. And it jerked. And it berked And it bopped them about. But the thing really worked!”
  4. #144
    “The old Once-ler still lives here. Ask him. He knows.”
  5. #145
    “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.”
  6. #146
    “If you never did, you should. These things are fun and fun is good.”
  7. #147
    “And then! Oh, the noise! Oh, the noise! Noise! Noise! Noise!
    There’s one thing I hate! All the NOISE! NOISE! NOISE! NOISE!”
  8. #148
    “I would not, could not, in the rain. Not in the dark. Not on a train. Not in a car. Not in a tree. I do not like them, Sam, you see.”
  9. #149
    “Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won.”
  10. #150
    “But on you will go though the weather be foul. On you will go though your enemies prowl. On you will go though the Hakken-Kraks howl. Onward up many a frightening creek, though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak.”
  11. #151
    “You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.”
  12. #152
    ″‘Should I put this speck down? . . .’ Horton thought with alarm. ‘If I do, these small persons may come to great harm. I *can’t* put it down. And I *won’t!* After all A person’s a person. No matter how small.‘”
  13. #153
    “Now, the Star-Belly Sneetches had bellies with stars. The Plain-Belly Sneetches had none upon thars.”
  14. #154
    “He brought everything back, all the food for the feast!
    And he, he himself, the Grinch carved the roast beast!”
  15. #155
    “Christmas Day will always be
    Just as long as we have we.”
  16. #156
    “Then he slithered and slunk, with a smile most unpleasant,
    Around the whole room, and he took every present!”
  17. #157
    “I’m afraid that some times you’ll play lonely games too. Games you can’t win ‘cause you’ll play against you.”
  18. #158
    ″[T]he 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.”
  19. #159
    “With a smile to his soul, he descended Mount Crumpet
    Cheerily blowing “Who! Who!” on his trumpet.”
  20. #160
    “On and on you will hike, And I know you’ll hike far and face up to your problems whatever they are.”
  21. #161
    “Welcome Christmas while we stand
    Heart to heart and hand in hand.”
  22. #162
    “Christmas Day is in our grasp
    So long as we have hands to grasp.”
  23. #163
    “He rode into Whoville. He brought back their toys.
    He brought back their floof to the Who girls and boys.”
  24. #164
    “She stared at the Grinch and said, ‘Santy Claus, why, why are you taking our Christmas tree? WHY?‘”
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