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Dr. Seuss, shakes hands with Cat in the Hat, perhaps his most famous character at the New Orleans Museum of Fine Arts in Louisiana on Feb. 13, 1988. (BURT STEEL/AP)

Dr Seuss

No Pat No… Don’t Sit On That!!

The name Theodor Seuss Geisel may not ring a bell, but the shortened Dr. Seuss might. The beloved children’s book author passed away on Sept. 24, 1991 at the age of 87. The author who mainly worked under his pen name wrote a myriad of famous children’s books such as “The Cat in the Hat,” “Green Eggs and Ham,” and “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!”

Seuss was not a doctor of anything and in fact did not have a doctorate until an honorary one was granted to him by his alma mater, Dartmouth, in 1956. He added the “Dr.” to his penname because his father had always wanted him to practice medicine.

While the name Seuss (which is also his mother’s maiden name) was always his, between his first and last names, he didn’t use it until he was in college.

Bootleg gin was responsible for the Dr Seuss pseudonym. It certainly wasn’t a scene out of “Animal House,” but on the night before Easter in 1925, the local police chief caught Dartmouth College senior Ted Geisel partying with his friends and a pint of bootleg gin. The dean ousted Geisel as editor-in-chief of the Dartmouth humour magazine, but in what he called a “corny subterfuge,” Ted continued to ink cartoons under several pen names, including “Seuss” and “T. Seuss.” Geisel added the “Dr.” title a few years later.

Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel at work on a drawing for “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (Credit: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

During his career, Dr Seuss wrote over 60 books, most of them achieving international acclaim, and many were adapted into television series, feature films, and even Broadway musicals.

The National Education Association concluded that the work of Dr. Seuss played such an important role in American education and in the development of a reading culture that they established March 3rd, Dr. Seuss’ birthday, as “National Read Across America Day.” In 1925, Dr. Seuss enrolled in the renowned Lincoln College, Oxford, and intended to earn a Ph.D. in English literature. As soon as he started his studies at Oxford, he began sending his writings and drawings to magazines and publishing agents across the U.K. and the U.S. and soon achieved moderate success by drawing witty political caricatures.

In 1927, his first wife Helen Palmer managed to convince him to leave Oxford and pursue a drawing career. He and his wife moved back to the United States, where he got a job as a writer and illustrator at the satirical magazine Judge. Within a year of his return to the U.S., Dr. Seuss’ illustrations were featured in numerous popular magazines such as Life, Liberty, and Vanity Fair.

Before World War II, Dr. Seuss wrote five books of prose that were poorly received. However, he was already well known as an illustrator and political satirist. During the war, he drew over 500 political comics and wrote several documentary propaganda films. One of these films, Our Job in Japan, became the basis of the acclaimed documentary Design for Death, which won the Academy Award for Documentary Feature in 1947.

Dr. Seuss rose to global literary fame in the years after World War II. His books charmed countless readers with their wacky characters, strange new words, creative wordplays, and unusual settings. The simplicity of Dr. Seuss’ writing style greatly contributed to their popularity. He tried to include as few unique words as possible in order to make his texts suitable for young children. In 1957, he and his wife co-founded the Beginner Books, a subsidiary of the Random House publishing company, which publishes books for readers aged three to nine.

The first book published by Beginner Books was Dr. Seuss’ acclaimed The Cat in the Hat. Although the book is 60 pages long, it contains only 236 words. In 1960, Bennett Cerf, the head of the Random House and Dr. Seuss’ main publisher, challenged Dr. Seuss to write a best-selling children’s book that would contain fewer than 100 unique words. Although Cerf argued that such an endeavor was impossible, Dr. Seuss accepted the challenge and decided to set the limit to only 50 unique words.

A few months after he accepted the challenge, Dr. Seuss wrote Green Eggs and Ham, a 62-page book that contains no more than 50 unique words. In the book, a character named “Sam-I-am” tries to convince an unnamed character to try a plate of delicious green eggs and ham. The book received international praise and immediately became a bestseller.

Green Eggs and Ham currently holds the position of the fourth-best-selling English-language children’s hardcover book of all time, and, as of 2014, more than 8 million copies of the book have been sold. The works of Dr. Seuss have proven that the simplicity of vocabulary is extremely important for children’s books and that a combination of carefully chosen simple words and rhyme can produce an instant classic.

Affirming the loyalties of his German-American family during World War I, 14-year-old Ted Geisel was one of Springfield’s top sellers of war bonds. Before an audience of thousands, Ted was to be the last of 10 Boy Scouts to receive a personal award for his efforts from former president Theodore Roosevelt. The president, however, was only given nine medals, and when he reached Geisel, Roosevelt gruffly bellowed, “What’s this little boy doing here?” Honor quickly turned to humiliation as the flustered scoutmaster whisked Ted off the stage. The event so scarred Dr. Seuss that he dreaded public appearances for the rest of his life.

Dr. Seuss, 1957. New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection/Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 

If you want to pronounce the name the way his family did, say Zoice, not Soose. Seuss is a Bavarian name, and was his mother’s maiden name: Henrietta Seuss’s parents emigrated from Bavaria (part of modern-day Germany) in the nineteenth century. Seuss was also his middle name.

Theodor Seuss Geisel — known as “Ted” to family and friends — liked to say that he adopted the name “Dr. Seuss” because he was saving his real name for the Great American Novel he would one day write. But that’s probably not true. When talking to the media, Geisel was more interested in telling a good story than he was in telling a true story.

Theodor Seuss Geisel, born on March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts, was the son of Theodor Robert Geisel, a brew master, and Henrietta Seuss Geisel. Red Smith, his English teacher at Springfield Public Schools, supported and helped Seuss in writing his stories.

Affirming the loyalties of his German-American family during World War I, 14-year-old Ted Geisel was one of Springfield’s top sellers of war bonds. Before an audience of thousands, Ted was to be the last of 10 Boy Scouts to receive a personal award for his efforts from former president Theodore Roosevelt. The president, however, was only given nine medals, and when he reached Geisel, Roosevelt gruffly bellowed, “What’s this little boy doing here?” Honor quickly turned to humiliation as the flustered scoutmaster whisked Ted off the stage. The event so scarred Dr. Seuss that he dreaded public appearances for the rest of his life.

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish’ is a Seuss classic.

He attended Dartmouth College and became chief editor of ‘Jack-O-Lantern.’, the school magazine. After graduating with a Liberal Arts Degree, he went to Oxford University for English Literature in 1925, before deciding to drop out. There he met Helen Marion Palmer, a petite, well-mannered young woman, and his future wife.

Ted Geisel did consider pursuing a Ph.D. in English: After graduating from Dartmouth, he went to Oxford, where he studied literature from 1925 to 1926. Though his Oxford notebooks include some notes on the lectures, they reveal a much greater propensity for doodling. One day after class, his classmate Helen looked over at his notebook.

“You’re crazy to be a professor. What you really want to do is draw,” she told him. “That’s a very fine flying cow!”

Geisel had a short attention span during school, so he would doodle to pass the time. Palmer noticed his artistic imagery and suggested he focused on illustrating, rather than literature. Seuss loved the idea and began to love her as well. The humorous story behind their engagement is just as amusing as Seuss’ books.

He and Helen rode a motorcycle one day when Dr. Seuss thought that this would be a perfect time to propose to his future wife. When she said yes, the excited writer ran directly into a ditch, much to their amusement, and they were wed in 1927, allegedly uninjured.

‘Green Eggs and Ham’ is a fan favourite written by Dr. Seuss. The founder and publisher of Random House, Bennett Cerf, bet Dr. Seuss $50 that he couldn’t write a children’s book using just 50 words. So he did. Green Eggs and Ham. Cerf never did pay up. (THOMAS Y. CROWELL CO.)

Success was not immediate. Ted married Helen in 1927, and they moved into a walk-up apartment on New York’s Lower West Side while he tried to establish himself as a cartoonist. After a year of scraping by, Ted chanced upon the career that would make him famous: advertising. It all began when he happened to use a popular insecticide for a punchline. For a 1928 issue of Judge magazine, Seuss drew a cartoon in which a knight remarks, “Darn it all, another dragon. And just after I’d sprayed the whole castle with Flit!” The wife of an advertising executive saw the cartoon and asked her husband to hire Seuss to write ads for Flit.

In a typical Flit cartoon, large mosquitoes converge on a child at a picnic. His mother cries, “Quick, Henry, the Flit!” Father (Henry) looks for the Flit to save the day. In another, a ventriloquist’s dummy sees a giant insect heading for him. To the astonishment of the ventriloquist, the dummy shouts, “Quick, Henry, the Flit!”

Dr. Seuss’s ad campaign was a hit. “Quick, Henry, the Flit!” was the “Got Milk?” or the “Where’s the Beef?” of its day — a catchphrase that everyone knew. As Robert Cahn wrote in his 1957 profile of Seuss, “‘Quick Henry, the Flit’ became a standard line of repartee in radio jokes. A song was based on it. The phrase became a part of the American vernacular for use in emergencies. It was the first major advertising campaign to be based on humorous cartoons.”

Seuss went on to create ads for Holly Sugar, NBC, Ford, General Electric, and many others. For the next thirty years, advertising would remain Ted Geisel’s main source of income. The Cat in the Hat would change all that.

Horton Hatches the Egg (1940) was Seuss’ last book for seven years – after the wild success of the book, he took some time off from the world of children’s publishing to draw political cartoons for PM newspaper during WWII. This included Mein Early Kampf, which showed Hitler as being a hateful baby who refused milk because it came from Holstein cows.

‘Oh the Places You’ll Go!’ by Dr. Seuss teaches youngings to dream big. (RANDOM HOUSE )

At the start of World War II, Seuss started drawing cartoons with political backgrounds for PM Magazine. He was too old to be drafted, but he made animated propaganda films and military posters that vigorously opposed fascism.

After the war, Seuss and his wife purchased an old observation tower in La Jolla, California. There he would tirelessly focus on work, writing ‘If I Ran the Zoo’ and ‘Horton Hears a Who!’

Dr. Seuss’ career met a major turning point for the better. Houghton Mifflin and Random House asked Seuss to write a children’s book using only 220 words.

Because of a 1954 article in a Life Magazine that criticized illiteracy among children, Dr. Seuss was obliged to write books that would be “more fun” for children.  The result was Seuss’ most famous work, ‘The Cat in the Hat’ and the book cemented Dr Seuss career as a writer.

It was lauded for it’s simple, yet powerful delivery, content, and writing style that was appealing to children. The simplified vocabulary and charming wordplay quickly became Seuss’ weapon of choice.

His later works include the popular ‘Green Eggs and Ham’, and ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas.’ At one time, he had the honour of working with everyone’s favorite cartoonist Chuck Jones. Together, they adapted The Grinch into an animated film.

American author and illustrator Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) sits at his drafting table in his home office with a copy of his book, “The Cat in the Hat,” in La Jolla, California. (April 25, 1957). (Photo by Gene Lester/Getty Images)

People often asked Dr. Seuss where he got his ideas. Since Seuss wasn’t sure himself, he tended to invent answers. As he told one such questioner:

This is the most asked question of any successful author. Most authors will not disclose their source for fear that other, less successful authors will chisel in on their territory. However, I am willing to take that chance. I get all my ideas in Switzerland, near the Forka Pass. There is a little town called Gletch, and two thousand feet up above Gletch there is a smaller hamlet called Uber Gletch. I go there on the fourth of August every summer to get my cuckoo clock repaired. While the cuckoo is in the hospital, I wander around and talk to the people in the streets. They are very strange people, and I get my ideas from them.

Though many of his inspirations were mysteries to him, Seuss based two of his most famous characters on himself: the Grinch and the Cat in the Hat. In December 1957, just after How the Grinch Stole Christmas! appeared, Seuss explained the origins of the story to Redbook magazine:

I was brushing my teeth on the morning of the 26th of last December when I noted a very Grinchish countenance in the mirror. It was Seuss! Something had gone wrong with Christmas, I realized, or more likely with me. So I wrote the story about my sour friend, the Grinch, to see if I could rediscover something about Christmas that obviously I’d lost.

To accompany the article, he has drawn a self-portrait of Geisel looking into his bathroom mirror and the Grinch looking back. Seuss told many variations on this story, but he always mentions his identification with the Grinch, once describing him as a “nasty anti-Christmas character that was really myself.”

Although his license plate read “GRINCH,” Seuss also identified with the Cat in the Hat. A self- portrait of himself as the Cat accompanied a profile in the Saturday Evening Post of July 6, 1957. As his editor Michael Frith once remarked, “The Cat in the Hat and Ted Geisel were inseparable and the same. I think there’s no question about it. This is someone who delighted in the chaos of life, who delighted in the seeming insanity of the world around him.” But the Cat in the Hat is more than just Geisel’s alter ego.

Dr. Seuss was made part of the pro-vaccine movement in the late 1990s through an immunization campaign featuring his most cherished illustrations. Then-secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Donna Shalala, announced a national Dr. Seuss Immunization Awareness Campaign on Oct. 30, 1997, along with Audrey Geisel, the author’s widow. The campaign released prints of illustrations from Dr. Seuss’ most famous works accompanied by rhymes encouraging parents to vaccinate their children.

Seuss wrote The Cat in the Hat because he was worried that children were not learning to read. Rudolf Flesch’s Why Johnny Can’t Read — and what you can do about it (1955), and John Hersey’s “Why Do Students Bog Down on the First R?” (Life, 1954) both said that boring primers like Dick and Jane were a major cause of children failing to read. Hersey even suggested that Seuss write a better primer. William Spaulding, whom Seuss had worked with during the Second World War and who was then the director of Houghton Mifflin’s education division, challenged him to “Write me a story that first- graders can’t put down!” He asked that Seuss limit the book’s vocabulary to no more than 225 different words, choosing those words from a list of 348. (For those of you who like to know these things, The Cat in the Hat has 236 different words)

Accustomed to using any words he liked or even making up words, Seuss nearly gave up when he faced that word list. His favourite story is that frustration with the list inspired the book. As he put it, “I read the list three times and almost went out of my head. I said, I’ll read it once more and if I can find two words that rhyme, that’ll be the title of my book… . I found ‘cat’ and ‘hat’ and I said, The title will be The Cat in the Hat.”

That story is probably not true. Images came to him easier than words did. In the very first interviews he gave after the book’s publication, he says that an image of the Cat inspired the book. He had halfway finished a story about a King Cat and a Queen Cat before he “realized the word ‘queen’ was not on the list,” Frustrated and ready to quit, he then saw his sketch of “a raffish cat wearing a battered stovepipe hat.” He “checked his list — both ‘hat’ and ‘cat’ were on it.” So, The Cat in the Hat became the book’s title.

Wherever the Cat came from, the book was an immediate hit. Published in March of 1957, The Cat in the Hat sold nearly a million copies by the end of 1960. The book’s runaway success inspired Seuss, his wife Helen, and Phyllis Cerf to found Beginner Books, a division of Random House that would publish books designed to help children learn to read. In the fall of 1958, The Cat in the Hat Comes Back and four other titles launched the Beginner Books series, which would soon include P. D. Eastman’s Go, Dog. Go! (1961), Stan and Jan Berenstain’s The Big Honey Hunt (the first Berenstain Bears book, 1962), and Seuss’s own Green Eggs and Ham (1960).

When publisher Bennett Cerf bet him that he could not make a book using fifty or fewer different words, Seuss wrote Green Eggs and Ham. The book is his best-selling title. The Cat in the Hat is in second place, followed by two more Beginner Books: One fish two fish red fish blue fish (1960) and Hop on Pop(1963). With the exception of Oh, the Places You’ll Go! (1990), seven of the top eight best-selling Seuss titles of all time are Beginner Books. Dr. Seuss did not start writing children’s books with the goal of helping children learn how to read, but he became America’s best-known reading teacher.

JAN 1, 1988. Suess Marries Audrey Dimond. After divorcing her husband Audrey Dimond and Theodor Geisel get married. Suess was married twice but never had any children. He was once quoted as saying “You have ‘em, I’ll amuse them.

Seuss’ first wife, Helen Marion Palmer Geisel, was known professionally as Helen Palmer, was an American children’s author, editor, and philanthropist. She was married Seuss, from 1927 until her death.

Helen Marion Palmer was born in New York in 1898 and spent her childhood in Bedford–Stuyvesant, a prosperous Brooklyn neighbourhood. As a child, she contracted polio but recovered from it almost completely. Her father, George Howard Palmer, was an ophthalmologist, and he died when she was 11. She graduated from Wellesley College with honours in 1920, then spent three years teaching English at Girls High School in Brooklyn before moving with her mother to England to attend Oxford University.

She had a profound influence on her future husbands life, starting with her suggestion that he should be an artist rather than an English professor. She later stated, “Ted’s notebooks were always filled with these fabulous animals. So I set to work diverting him; here was a man who could draw such pictures; he should be earning a living doing that.” They married in 1927 and never had children, as Helen was unable to.

Following World War II, Ted worked in Hollywood expanding his propaganda films into films for general release. RKO commissioned him to adapt his Your Job in Japan; he brought Helen on as a collaborator and the two shared a writing credit. The finished project, Design for Death, won the 1947 Academy Award for best documentary feature.

For about a decade following World War II, Suess worked to feed a booming children’s book market, creating a bevy of books. During this period, he relied heavily on the encouragement and editorial input of Helen. In fact, throughout much of his career, he relied on her support

Sadly, the love life of Seuss and Helen Palmer was a tragic one. While Seuss was a prominent writer, he was not a faithful man.

He had an affair with their house friend, Audrey Stone Diamond. Helen, who was crippled by cancer, could not take the emotional pain from Seuss’ adultery.

Helen, committed suicide in 1967. She had a long history of health problems and was fighting a losing battle, but likely also contributing to her decision to kill herself was the fact that her husband of 41 years was having an affair with a married woman 18 years younger than him. After Helen died, Seuss married Audrey Dimond, the woman he had been having an affair with.

Geisel may not have been crazy about kids, exactly, but he and his first wife did want to have children of their own – they just couldn’t. To try to make light of the sad situation, Dr. Seuss made up a fake child named Chrysanthemum Pearl and often referenced her when friends were bragging about the accomplishments of their own kids. She apparently made a mean oyster stew with chocolate frosting and flaming Roman candles. He even dedicated The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins to her, writing, “To Chrysanthemum Pearl, age 89 months, going on 90.”

Beloved author Dr. Seuss passed away on Sept. 24, 1991. The author penned many popular children’s books such as, ‘The Cat in the Hat,’ and ‘Green Eggs and Ham.’ In 2004, there was a postage stamp created in his honor featuring the author and a bunch of his story characters. (AP)

Audrey Dimond was married with two children when she fell in love with Ted Geisel. Geisel, 18 years her senior, was also married. In the wake of their affair, After Geisel’s wife, Helen, committed suicide, causing, as Mrs. Geisel puts it, ”a rather large ripple in the community of La Jolla.” Dimond divorced her husband to marry Geisel, 64, and when she did, her daughters, 9 and 14, were sent away to school.

”They wouldn’t have been happy with Ted, and Ted wouldn’t have been happy with them. He’s the man who said of children, ‘You have ’em and I’ll entertain ’em.’ ”

”Ted’s a hard man to break down, but this is who he was. He lived his whole life without children and he was very happy without children. I’ve never been very maternal. There were too many other things I wanted to do. My life with him was what I wanted my life to be.”

Audrey’s own childhood, in and around New York, did not come with a great deal of security. Her father was a medical furniture salesman, her mother a nurse, their marriage was off and on.

”It cometh and it goeth, it cometh and it goeth, ” Audrey says, singsong and wry, ”and that was my father, too.”

When Audrey is 5, her mother decides to live in a nurses’ dormitory to save money. She sends her daughter to live with a friend in New Rochelle, N.Y., for five years, visiting on weekends. Later she studies nursing at Indiana University. She knows, looking at the application form, that she is supposed to say she wants to be a nurse ”to serve humanity,” but she writes what she really wants: to be in the centre of the action.

AT 25, she marries Grey Dimond, a fellow student who becomes a cardiologist. After the Dimonds move to La Jolla, they became friends of the Geisels. In October 1967, Helen Geisel, in frail health, takes an overdose of barbiturates after a series of illnesses (including cancer) spanning 13 years. She was also despondent over Ted’s affair with Audrey Stone Dimond. Feeling unable to live without him, Helen wrote in her suicide note:

“Dear Ted, What has happened to us? I don’t know. I feel myself in a spiral, going down down down, into a black hole from which there is no escape, no brightness. And loud in my ears from every side I hear, ‘failure, failure, failure…’ I love you so much … I am too old and enmeshed in everything you do and are, that I cannot conceive of life without you … My going will leave quite a rumour but you can say I was overworked and overwrought. Your reputation with your friends and fans will not be harmed … Sometimes think of the fun we had all thru the years …”

Ted later described his reaction to her death: “I didn’t know whether to kill myself, burn the house down, or just go away and get lost.” About Helen’s death, Ted’s niece Peggy commented: “Whatever Helen did, she did it out of absolute love for Ted.” Peggy called Helen’s death “her last and greatest gift to him.”

The following summer, Audrey Dimond marries Ted Geisel. Her daughters are sent away.

Audrey Geisel did the same thing to her daughters that her mother did to her, she is told.

”Not entirely,” she said, with unsparing self-appraisal. ”I think she did it out of absolute necessity, you know, as the wife of one who cometh and goeth. She’s a better person than I am, Gunga Din.”

Audrey is proud of her contributions to Ted Geisel’s work. She doesn’t want to sound self-centered, she says, but his editors at Random House told her ”his juices were getting diluted and he needed something to start him again.” She also says she improved his appearance.

”His head was mine,” she says. ”I created the beard. He had a nose that was looking for that beard all his life. I chose clothes for him.”

After Suess died Audrey Geisel apologized to her two daughters for not being ”the best of mothers,” and now, she says, they are close.

Dr. Seuss died on September 24, 1991, at the age of 87, in La Jolla, California. The irony is that Dr. Seuss had no children of his own, and regarding this, he once jokingly said: “You have ’em; I’ll entertain ’em.” Many of his books expressed and brought up many critical issues concerning social and political views. His book ‘The Lorax’ explored environmentalism and anti-consumerism, ‘Horton Hears a Who!’, reflects on anti-isolationism and internationalism, while ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas!’ criticized consumerism during the Christmas holidays. Seuss’ legacy lives on, and he is remembered as one of the greatest children’s writers in literature.

In 1991, a few weeks before his death, Judith and Neil Morgan asked him if there were anything he might have left unsaid. Seuss replied, “Any message or slogan? Whenever things go a bit sour in a job I’m doing, I always tell myself, ‘You can do better than this.’ The best slogan I can think of to leave with the kids would be ‘We can … and we’ve got to … do better than this.’”

Seuss wrote books that make people think and imagine. In On Beyond Zebra!, he invented an entirely new alphabet because, as the book’s narrator explains, “In the places I go there are things that I see / That I never could spell if I stopped with the Z. / I’m telling you this ’cause you’re one of my friends. / My alphabet starts where your alphabet ends.” In inviting readers to create a new alphabet, Seuss suggests that the imagination can lead to discoveries that are literally beyond words. So, to conclude with some verse from Seuss’s Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!: “Think left and think right / and think low and think high / Oh, the THINKS you can think up if only you try!”

Here is a list of some of his books’ most memorable lines.

On determination

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

From: “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”

On making the most of bad situations

“I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.”

From: “The Cat in the Hat”

On recognizing others’ differences

“Some are thin. And some are fat. The fat one has a yellow hat.”

From: “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Bue Fish”

On learning modesty

“Say, what IS that thing that dares to be higher than Yertle the King? I shall not allow it. I’ll go higher still!”

From: “Yertle the Turtle”

On trying new things (in reference to green eggs and ham)

“You do not like them. So you say. Try them! Try them! And you may. Try them and you may, I say.”

From: “Green eggs and Ham”

On remaining open to the world

“You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.”

From: “I Can Read with my Eyes Shut”

On finding deeper meaning in the simple things

“It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.”

From: “The Lorax”

On seeing the not always so clear value of commercial holidays:

“What if Christmas, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas perhaps means a little bit more!”

From: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

On grown-ups not appreciating a kid’s fantastical observances

“But when I tell him where I’ve been and what I think I’ve seen, he looks at me and sternly says, ‘Your eyesight’s much too keen.’”

From: “And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street”

On realizing your potential

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

From: “Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!”

As amazing as Dr Seuss was as a writer and an illustrator, he once said he felt his biggest accomplishment had nothing to do with his profession. He was most proud of the lion wading pool at the San Diego Zoo, which he paid for in 1973.

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