Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known by his pen name Dr. Seuss, was a writer and cartoonist who published over 60 books. He published his first children’s book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, under the name of Dr. Seuss in 1937.
Next came a string of bestsellers, including The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. His rhymes and characters are beloved by generations of fans.
At age 18, Geisel left home to attend Dartmouth College, where he became the editor in chief of its humor magazine, Jack-O-Lantern. When Geisel and his friends were caught drinking in his dorm room one night, in violation of prohibition law, he was kicked off the magazine staff, but continued to contribute to it using the pseudonym “Seuss.”
After graduating from Dartmouth, Geisel attended the University of Oxford in England, with plans to eventually become a professor. In 1927, he dropped out of Oxford.
Following World War II, Geisel and his wife Helen purchased an old observation tower in La Jolla, California, where he would write for at least eight hours a day, taking breaks to tend his garden.
Over the following five decades, Geisel would write many books, both in a new, simplified vocabulary style and using his older, more elaborate technique.
In the course of his career, Geisel published more than 60 books
Dr. Seuss has many word of wisdom in his books – here are many of them
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.
Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!
A person’s a person, no matter how small.
I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!
From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.
I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam-I-Am.
Oh the things you can find, if you don’t stay behind!
I meant what I said and I said what I meant.
In my world, everyone’s a pony and they all eat rainbows and poop butterflies!
I’m telling you this ‘cause you’re one of my friends. My alphabet starts where your alphabet ends!
It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.” – a memory.
You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.
If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good
When he worked, he really worked. But when he played, he really PLAYED.
You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.
To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.
Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.
You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.
We looked! Then we saw him. Step in on the mat! We looked! And we saw him! The Cat in the Hat!
I don’t know about you, however some of Dr. Suess’ words have stayed with me through my life’s adventures and gave me the push I needed to go on. So Happy Birthday Dr. Suess, no one can ever take your place.
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