8 Dr. Seuss Quotes That We Can All Relate To

8 Dr. Seuss Quotes That We Can All Relate To

Dr. Seuss isn't just for kids!

Though Dr. Seuss wrote children’s books, you’d be surprised that much of what he writes about is very useful advice for people of all ages.

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

In today’s society, which is often dominated by conformity, it’s easier to fit in than to stand out. Why would you want to be different in a group of people who are all the same? But being born to stand out doesn’t just mean embracing non-conformity. It can mean going against the odds and trying for a job you want, or even something simple like taking up a hobby that most people don’t pursue.

2. “Oh, the things you can think up if you only try!”

Dr. Seuss is urging us to do something very simple: think! Nowadays, it’s very easy to just go online and Google something instead of thinking about it on your own. When running into a difficult homework problem, some students just automatically grab their phones and try to find the homework online. But Dr. Seuss is trying to encourage us to think -- about everything not just homework -- because we can truly come up with amazing ideas if we just leave ourselves time to think things out.

3. “If things start happening, don’t worry, don’t stew. Just go right along and you’ll start happening, too.”

Many things happen in our lives we don’t plan for. Sometimes we can’t change them. Many times we just have to hop on for the ride even though we may not want to. However, Seuss is telling us here that sometimes unexpected, unwanted situations can actually turn out to be beneficial. I remember when trying to make my schedule for senior year and I wanted to take European History, but I was given U.S. Government because it was the only class that fit. I hated politics at that time and wanted nothing to do with the class, but soon after taking it, I fell in love with the subject and am now considering it for a major in college.

4. “Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”

This resonates with the fact that we only live once and have to make the most of our time. It is up to us, and only us, to make sure we are doing what we love to do. My mom always says that only you can control your own destiny, and I think this quote illustrates that if you’re enjoying life, it is your choice to keep enjoying it. And conversely, if you’re not doing something you love to do, whether it be your job or the college you attend, you can change it. You deserve to be happy, so make yourself happy.

5. “For every voice counts!”

Here, Dr. Seuss is urging us to give our opinions once in a while. A lot of times people are quiet and maybe too timid to be fully happy expressing their thoughts. But everyone has thoughts about things. We may not all agree but I think having conversations with people who have differing views than I do is important because I am able to learn so much more about the other side of the debate. And your opinion doesn’t always have to be expressed aloud either. Voting in November is one of the best ways to have your voice count.

6. “Remember that life’s a great balancing act.”

One of my favorite non-Seuss quotes is, “Don’t limit your challenges. Challenge your limits.” And though I think Seuss would reinforce this, he would also warn us that taking on too many challenges may prove to be difficult. We have to be aware of how certain choices to challenge ourselves can adversely affect different areas of our lives. For example, challenging yourself by doing a sport after school every day is great, but what if it begins to decrease your study time and you do poorly on tests? That is a decision we have to make, because Seuss does warn us that life is a great balancing act.

7. “Everything stinks ‘till it’s finished.”

This quote can relate to something simple like an art project not being great until it’s finished. But more so, I think it applies to the journey you have to take to get somewhere. So right now, college might stink but when you’re finished and get the job you’ve always dreamed of having, it will be worth it. People who want to be doctors may think that the four years of medical school and the residency is a hassle, but once they are a doctor, that journey won’t be annoying anymore; it will have been the most worthwhile experience of their lives. Almost everything we do in life is a challenge, but Seuss is telling us that we’ll be proud of ourselves once we get through the ‘stinky’ times.

8. "You're off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!"

I had to save my favorite for last. This quote is actually my all-time favorite quote and was the inspiration for this article. When I was writing my speech for my high school graduation, I Googled a bunch of inspirational quotes that I wanted to conclude my speech with. And this one was definitely my favorite. It speaks volumes to what you can accomplish in life. It reinforces that even though we tend to be pessimistic at times, we really are off to great places. We can be the best if we seize the day. Sometimes we have to leave one chapter of our lives and move on to the next one, although we may not want to. There are mountains in our lives that are waiting to be moved, but no one will do the work for us. Seuss wants to empower us to take advantage of the opportunities in front of us. We can do whatever we set our minds to do, so overcome those mountainous obstacles and you’ll feel amazing afterwards!

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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