Dr. Seuss National Memorial
The marching orders Ted Geisel received sound simple. "Write me a story that first graders can't put down" and limit the vocabulary to 225 words. It took Ted, writing as Dr. Seuss, 9 months using 236 individual words, the longest being playthings, to create his masterpiece The Cat in the Hat.
Dr. Seuss who's 105th birthday was yesterday, continued to write books for children, and like most educators knew that buried within every good children's story was a message, Ted rarely skimped on the message. As a tribute to Dr. Seuss I offer some of my favorite Seuss quotes, from The Quotations Page.
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.
If you never did, you should. These things are fun and fun is good!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own.
And you know what you know.
And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go....
Young cat, if you keep your eyes open enough, oh, the stuff you would learn! The most wonderful stuff!
I am the Lorax, and I'll yell and I'll shout for the fine things on earth that are on their way out
I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.
When at last we are sure, You've been properly pilled, Then a few paper forms, Must be properly filled. So that you and your heirs, May be properly billed.