If there were ever a day to talk in rhymes and wear a red-and-white striped top hat, today would be it. It's Dr. Seuss' birthday, and the man who gave us such iconic fictional characters as the Cat in the Hat, the Grinch and the Lorax would have been 111 today.
Dr. Seuss Day, also known as Read Across America Day, is dedicated to the wonders of reading and all of the whimsy and delight that Dr. Seuss, né Theodor Seuss Geisel, has bestowed upon this planet. In addition to giving us some of the most imaginative stories and characters ever, Dr. Seuss has also dispensed plenty of wisdom in his books and past interviews that are words we should all live by. Here are 14 of Dr. Seuss' best quotes that are sure to put a smile on your face today and beyond.
1. “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
2. “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”
3. “You are you. Now, isn't that pleasant?”
4. “There are so many things you can learn about, but you’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut. The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
5. “Think and wonder. Wonder and think.”
6. “It is better to know how to learn than to know.”
7. “Everything stinks ‘till it’s finished.”
8. “Only you can control your future.”
9. "Life's too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forgive the ones who don't and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said it'd be easy, they just promised it would be worth it."
10. "Fun is good."
11. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
12. “Today you are you. That is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.”
13. “Read. Travel. Read. Ask. Read. Learn. Read. Connect. Read.”
14. “I’m afraid that sometimes you’ll play lonely games too. Games you can’t win ’cause you’ll play against you.”