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Theodor Seuss Geisel  was an American writer and illustrator best known for authoring popular children’s books under the pen name Dr. Seuss. His work includes several of the most popular children’s books of all time, selling over 600 million copies and being translated into more than 20 languages by the time of his death.

He wrote an impressive list of children’s books that offer a great message and many lessons for both children and parents alike! In fact, anyone reading a Dr. Seuss book is sure to gain some valuable insight about life and themselves. For a surefire way to brighten your day, here are pieces of wisdom from the  great Dr. Seuss himself!

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

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This applies to all of us, we were all born to stand out in our own unique way. Unfortunately it’s very easy to fit in, do what everyone else is doing, and get what everyone else gets. Standing out can come in many forms, you can give a standout performance, or you can simply hold ideas and beliefs that are uncommon and go against the grain. So don’t be content just to do things the way everyone else is doing it, stand out like you were meant to!

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

This is a very simplistic way of saying that you can be and do anything you want! If you can think it, then surely your feet and motivation can get you there.

You are you. Now isn’t that pleasant?”

Be happy with who you are. This can be one of the most challenging lessons to learn in life. But try embracing your unique qualities and focus on the great things about yourself instead of dwelling on the things you perceive as negative. Show yourself some love and take good care.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Never stop learning. The moment you feel like you have it all figured out is exactly the moment where you should pick up a book and read something new. If there is something you always wanted to know more about, then do some research. It may just lead you on some new and exciting adventures.

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”

Often times we tend to overthink things. Sometimes the answer is right there in front of you just waiting for you to clear your head enough to see it. Don’t over-complicate things, and trust your intuition.

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory.”

Enjoy the little things in life because you won’t realize just how important they are until they become your memories.

“Only you can control your future.”

This seems like one of the most intense quotes that at least I’ve ever heard from Dr. Seuss, but like the rest, it couldn’t be truer. You have the power to decide your future, and the fate of your future lies in your hands alone. Ask yourself, what it is that you want, and go make that happen.

“Step with great care and tact, and remember that life’s a great balancing act.”

It is important to move forward, but just make sure that you are doing this with tact and not hurting others along the way. It is true, life is a great balancing act, and you need to find out what works best for you.

“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive, who is youer than you.”

It’s true, there is no one that is more youer than you! So as mentioned above, don’t be afraid to embrace those qualities that make you, you!

“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!”

Well, today is your day because every day is today. Your mountain refers to whatever it is you want to accomplish, so get going!

 “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

This is a great reminder that every person and being on this planet deserves the same respect, no matter their race, cultural background, or views.

“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking through life through the wrong end of a telescope.”

Clearly, Dr. Seuss had a great imagination. We can tell by all the amazing characters he dreamed up for his stories. It is important to be able to use your imagination as often as possible and fantasize about your future self and goals.

 “You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.”

Don’t worry about those who you perceive as above you, just focus on yourself and soon you’ll join them at the top!

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Theodor Seuss Geisel  was an American writer and illustrator best known for authoring popular children's books under the pen name Dr. Seuss. His work includes several of the most popular children's books of all time, selling over 600 million copies and being translated into more than 20 languages by...