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!
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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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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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After 'Extremely Wicked' And 'The Stranger Beside Me,' We Now Understand The Criminal Mind Of Ted Bundy

1 hour and 50 minutes, plus 550 pages later.

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Netflix recently released a movie in May called "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile" (2019), based on the life of Ted Bundy from his girlfriend's viewpoint.

In 1980, an author and former Seattle police officer, Ann Rule, published a book about her experience and personal, close friendship with Ted Bundy, called "The Stranger Beside Me."

These two sources together create an explosion of important information we either skim over or ignore about Ted Bundy. Watching this movie and reading this book can really open your eyes to who Ted Bundy really was. Yeah, there are the confession tapes on Netflix, too, but these other things can really tie it all into one big masterpiece of destruction.

I swear, it will blow your mind in different ways you never thought possible.

In the movie, "Extremely Wicked", Zac Efron stars as the infamous Ted Bundy, America's most notorious serial killer. He portrayed the murderer who kidnapped, killed, and raped 30 women or more. Personally, he made a great Ted Bundy, mannerisms and all. Lily Collins stars as Ted's girlfriend who was easily manipulated by Ted and believed that he was innocent for years.

The movie is told in the order that Liz, Ted's girlfriend, remembers.

In the book, "The Stranger Beside Me", Ann Rule writes about Ted Bundy, who used to be her old friend. They met while working at a crisis center in the state of Washington and were close ever since. Like Liz, Ann believed he was innocent and that he was incapable of these horrific crimes.

Ted Bundy had made both Liz and Ann fools. He easily manipulated and lied to both women about many things for years, his murders being "one" of them.

Okay, so we all know that Ted Bundy was absolutely guilty as hell and totally murdered those women. 30 women or more. He literally confessed to that, but researchers and authorities believe that number to be way higher.

But... you must know that the movie and the book tell two different stories that lead to the same ending. That's why it's so intriguing.

At one point, I couldn't stop watching the movie. Then, I bought Ann Rule's book and was completely attached to it. I couldn't put it down.

For me, Ted Bundy is interesting to me. Unlike most young girls today, I don't have a thing for him nor do I think he's cute or hot. I know that he used his charm and looks to lure women into his murderous trap. That's why it's so hard to understand why this movie and book created a new generation of women "falling in love" with Ted Bundy.

GROSS: He sodomized women with objects. He bludgeoned women with objects or his own hands. He was a necrophile. Look those up if you have not a clue of what they mean. That could change your mind about your own feelings for Ted Bundy.

After "Extremely Wicked" and "The Stranger Beside Me", I now understand the criminal mind of Ted Bundy. He was insane, but he was also smart, put together, educated, charming, and lots more. That's why I'm so interested in why his brain was the way it was.

The criminal mind is an interesting topic for me anyway, but for Ted Bundy, it was amazing to learn about.

I highly recommend both the movie and the book I quickly read in two weeks! If you want answers, they are there.

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