More from Dr Seuss

January 17, 2011

Dear Max

A while back I wrote a post about the wisdom of Dr Seuss, and I pulled some quotes from my favourite book, Oh The Places You’ll Go. I’m doing another Dr Seuss post (“But you’ve already done,” exclaimed Dad) to share some of the advice I wish I would’ve thought of myself (and then we could retire and read books all day long, and role-play Dr Seuss books. Imagine the fun!).

Although I’m in the job of words and perhaps it’s expected that I pen all my own, I am so inspired and motivated by so much writing, so I sometimes go by that. When I was a teen, I used to copy down poems and write down song lyrics as I listened to them – this was in the day before lyrics and poems could be accessed online (can you even conceive?). The Doors, Morrissey, Pink Floyd, Robert Frost and Dylan Thomas helped me through crappy times and gave me self-help, and while I hope I can give you my own words, I hope that you’ll be moved and helped by the genius prose out there.

So here they are – more of my favourite Dr Seuss wisdom…

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

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.

From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.

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!

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.

If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.

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

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try!

Today is gone. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.

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

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

You are you. Now, isn’t that pleasant?

You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.

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

Young cat, if you keep your eyes open enough, oh, the stuff you would learn! The most wonderful stuff!

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  • MomAgain@40

    Deep, deep stuff! Love it!

    January 17, 2011 at 9:01 am Reply
  • Sharon

    Gotta love the wise Dr Suess!

    January 17, 2011 at 12:07 pm Reply
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