Dr. Seuss Life Lessons: 7 Things Every Big Kid Should Know

Like almost every child, I grew up on Dr. Seuss books -- Green Eggs and Ham, Cat in the Hat, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. I read them all and I loved them. Now I read them to my own little ones who are 4 and 2, the perfect ages for silliness and rhyming and wildly tall tales. But children of all ages can benefit from the life lessons of Dr. Seuss whose birthday is tomorrow (March 2).

Almost every high school or college graduate receives at least one copy of Oh, the Places You'll Go! I remember opening mine and crying at its simple truth. But it isn't the only Dr. Seuss book that can carry us through adulthood.

Here are some of the best Dr. Seuss quotes of all time that can give us all an important life lesson or two, but especially those children who are long past toddlerhood but not yet adults.

7 Life Lessons from Dr. Seuss:


Lesson #1: Stay committed and be honest.

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

Horton Hatches the Egg

Lesson #2: Remember your passions.

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."

The Lorax

Lesson #3: Try new things and enjoy them.

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

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Lesson #4: Be true to who you are.

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

Happy Birthday to You

Lesson #5: Be kind.

"A person's a person, no matter how small."

Horton Hears a Who!

Lesson #6: Do not be afraid!

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

I Can Read With My Eyes Shut

Lesson #7 Be confident:

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

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

What is your favorite Dr. Seuss life lesson?


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