Happy 114th birthday to Dr. Seuss! Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Doctor Seuss, is a world-famous children’s author, known for writing timeless classics such as Green Eggs and Ham, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Lorax, The Cat in the Hat, and so much more. On Friday, March 2, teachers and students across the country celebrated the books of Dr. Seuss with “Read Across America Day.”
Theodor Seuss Giesel was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He would have turned 114 today if he didn’t pass away on September 24, 1991.
How did he get the name of Dr. Seuss? It’s a funny story actually. According to Biography.com, the future children’s author picked up the penname of Dr. Seuss in his senior year at Dartmouth College. The reason he adopted this name is simply because he was prohibited from contributing to the campus’ humor magazine after he was discovered drinking gin in his dorm. Who knew Dr. Seuss was a total bro?
For all those writers who are feeling down after receiving rejection after rejection from publisher after publisher, you should keep in mind that Dr. Seuss’ first novel was rejected 27 times. That’s right! Even the great Dr. Seuss had trouble getting published. In 1937, his friend helped him get his first novel, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, published through Vanguard Press.
I bet you didn’t know that Dr. Seuss also had a job making animated training videos for U.S. soldiers and propaganda posters during World War II. Just a little fun fact before you get to those Seuss quotes…
Dr. Seuss Quotes 2018: Best Quotes & Most-Famous Sayings of Theodor Seuss Geisel
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss
“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss
“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” – Dr. Seuss
“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” – Dr. Seuss
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss
“How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” – Dr. Seuss
“I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.” – Dr. Seuss
“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” – Dr. Seuss
“Today I shall behave, as if this is the day I will be remembered.” – Dr. Seuss
Editor’s Note: I wonder what Dr. Seuss would say about the world today…