Dr. Seuss said a lot of wise things among the rhymes and zany characters that epitomize his legendary books. However, while reading, your kids may miss the deeper meaning. Pull out these quotable lines and use them when kids need a little motivation in the school of life.
“And will you succeed? Yes you will indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)”–from Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
Nothing in life is 100% guaranteed, but a positive attitude goes a long way toward success, and when kids get discouraged, this is a good reminder.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” –from The Lorax
If you’re fans of the delightful film or the story, your kids have probably heard this one. But it’s a great reminder that everyone has within them the power to invoke change.
“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!
As children grow and mature, it is important to remember their life choices ultimately belong to them. They can make good choices because you, as their parent, have provided them the tools (education, physical safety, emotional support).
“Think and wonder, wonder and think.”–from Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
An important reminder for kids in our tech-driven world to never stop thinking, wondering, and appreciating the world around them.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”–from Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
There’s a reason this quote comes from one of Seuss’s most popular books. It’s full of all the nuggets of wisdom we want our children to glean from life. Never stop learning and you’ll never stop finding new things to enjoy.
“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try!”–from Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!
Learning can be challenging. This quote encourages your child to try and try again rather than giving up.
“With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.”–from Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
“You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where to go.”–from Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
Empowering children to make their own decisions is an important step in raising the next generation. Remind them smart people make smart choices because they use the gifts they’ve been given.
“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.”–from The Birthday Bird
A lovely reminder that we are all unique and specially crafted to do the things only YOU can do.
“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”–from Horton Hears a Who
Use this anytime you want to remind your children how important it is to defend those who cannot defend themselves.
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