Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Happy 107th Birthday to Dr. Seuss! I know I’ve discussed how much I enjoy reading on this blog before, and one of my favorite books of all time is his childhood classic “Oh, The Places You’ll Go”. I think EVERY child and adult needs to read this book (or have it read to them), I bought this book for my niece for Christmas, and I’m sure she reads it when she’s not busy with her job as bathing suit model:

" Baby, oh, baby, the places you'll go! The worlds you will visit! The friends you will know! ."

It’s enlightening, inspiring, motivational and instead of being overly idealistic like most children’s books, he throws in a bit of realism that most adults will appreciate as well:

“I’m afraid sometimes you’ll play lonely games too,
games you can’t win because you’ll play against you.”

In honor of Dr. Suess, I’ll leave you with some more of his quotes:

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

Be who you are and say what you feel
because those who mind don’t matter
and those who matter don’t mind.

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

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

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 meant what I said and I said what I meant.

The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

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

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

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

Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting.
So… get on your way.

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

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.

And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so?
It came without ribbons. It came without tags.
It came without packages, boxes or bags.
And he puzzled and puzzled ‘till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store.
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.

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

I meant what I said, and I said what I meant.
An elephant’s faithful, one hundred percent.

It’s high time you were shown,
that you really don’t know all there is to be known.

You’re on your own, and you know what you know.
And you will be the guy who’ll decide where you’ll go.
Oh the places you you’ll go.


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