Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss, the soothsayer of our childhoods. As the recent release of The Lorax demonstrates, the celebrated author and illustrator remains a source of whimsical inspiration. But his wisdom, which tackles everything from life lessons to environmental causes, applies not only to kids, but to adults, too.
Here's a list of Seuss-isms that are still well and good. And you really should read them. Yes, you should!
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
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.
Oh, The Places You'll Go
"Mister!" he said with a sawdusty sneeze, "I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues."
And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. 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.
The Cat in the Hat
Look at me! Look at me! Look at me NOW! It is fun to have fun But you have to know how.
I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.
Yertle the Turtle
I know, up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here at the bottom we, too, should have rights.
Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?
Be grateful you’re not in the forest in France Where the average young person just hasn’t a chance To escape from the perilous pants eating plants But your pants are safe, you’re a fortunate guy You ought to be shouting how lucky am I
Horton Hears a Who
Because, after all, a person’s a person, no matter how small.