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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Happy Seuss (birth) Day!


Today is Theodore Seuss Geisel (aka Dr Seuss') birthday, and I couldn't be happier. I've always considered Dr. Seuss to have been one of the smartest men to grace this earth.

I think celebrations should be held everywhere for this special day, and apparently the First Lady is already on it. The day the Dr. would have turned 106, Michelle Obama read The Cat in the Hat to a group of children for the "Read Across America" project. She has been quoted as saying her daughters read every night, because if they do they are allowed to stay up an extra half hour before bed. If incentives get kids reading again, then so be it. I used to read with my mom all the time when I was younger, and although times have changed and I don't have as much time to read, I still have a passionate love for reading. I think that passion directly correlates with the fact that I spent so much time with it as a child.

You've already seen me tackle one of Dr. Seuss' quotes about love, so I thought I'd share with you some of my other favorites, which you can ponder for yourself. I really want to read The Lorax now! (P.S. Seussville is a really fun web site.)

Here's some quotes from the witty man himself!

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”

“You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.” (my profile quote on here!)

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”

“I meant what I said and I said what I meant.”

“I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!”

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life's realities.”

“And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed!”

“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way.”

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.”

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose."

"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened."

"So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads."

And with that, I'm done. Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

2 comments:

RAY J said...

His Wiki page is pretty interesting too - just learning about the history and all he did in his life! I once spent a good hour or so reading it!

LirSudi said...

this is much belated, but something fun, Did you know that Theodore Geisel was TERRIFIED of children? He was a smart man and understood the influence adults had on shaping children, and because of that didn't like to be around them? Yup, true story and horribly ironic.

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