I will admit it.  I love Dr. Seuss.  I loved his books as a child, I used his books extensively as a teacher, and I still love my copy of Oh the Places You’ll Go!


The man didn’t just know how to rhyme and make up cool words; he had a good bit of wisdom in those phrases.  Here are just a few that I want to make sure I remember:

“Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened.”

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

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”

“So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains.”

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

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

“To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.”

“If you want to catch beasts you don’t see every day,

You have to go places quite out of the way,

You have to go places no others can get to.

You have to get cold and you have too get wet, too.”

“You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed.

You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead.

Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best.

Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don’t.

Because, sometimes, you won’t.”


be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray

or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,

you’re off to Great Places!

Today is your day!

Your mountain is waiting.

So…get on your way!”


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