Theodor Seuss Geisel was born March 2nd, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts, and eventually became one of the best known children’s writers of the 20th century under his pen name Dr. Seuss.
Dr. Seuss began his career in the 1920s as a cartoonist, and eventually he wrote his first children’s book in 1936. This was the first of 46 works he published for children. His most famous books include Green Eggs and Ham, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Cat in the Hat, and The Lorax.
Dr. Seuss died in 1991 at the age of 87. He left the world his indelible spirit which is imprinted on the pages of his famous books.
Many of the following Dr. Seuss quotes are well known to children and adults for their wit, wisdom, and fun…
#1. Dr. Seuss never had any biological children. Although he did have two step-children from his second wife.
#2. Dr. Seuss was not actually a Doctor of anything. He added ‘Dr.’ to his pen-name because his father had always wanted him to study medicine.
#3. His books were not a success from the beginning. His first book was rejected by 27 publishers.
#4. The first recorded use of the word ‘nerd’ was in his book, If I Ran a Zoo, in 1950.
#5. Dr. Seuss won several major awards, including two Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award and a Peabody Award.
#6. Oh, the Places You’ll Go sells about 200,000 copies each year. It’s sales come from its popularity as a high school and/or college graduation gift.
#7. To check his publisher’s attention span, Dr. Seuss included the word ‘contraceptive’ in a draft of his one of his books.
#8. ‘Dr. Seuss’ is one of the most mispronounced of all writers’ names. It actually rhymes with ‘voice’, so ‘Zoyce’ rather than ‘Zeus’.
These famous Dr. Seuss quotes illustrate his timeless wisdom and humor. Beloved by children all over the world, Dr. Seuss’s works will not be forgotten and will continue to capture readers for generations to come.