Dr. Seuss: Why Fit In When You Were Born To Stand Out?

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Theodor Seuss Geisel, very well known as Dr. Seuss was a writer and cartoonist who has inspired visual artists, poets, writers, filmmakers, and people from different fields of life. He has remained one of the favourite children book writers, publishing about 46 children’s books. His famous ones being The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Fox in Socks, The Lorax and many more.

Dr. Seuss inspires us through his life stories and quotes. Presenting a few such inspirations from the man who has a lot to offer us.

The pseudonym “Seuss.”

Dr. Seuss, pretty well known as ‘Geisel’ in his college days was an editor in chief of a humor magazine in his college. Once he was caught violating the prohibition law by drinking with his friends which made him leave his job.

But he continued to live his dream with a pseudonym “Seuss.”

From English Literature to cartoons.

He intended to get PhD in English literature to become an English teacher. But later chose to pursue his dream with Helen Palmer’s (his wife) encouragement.

When you are hungry, you see food everywhere.

It was the time when Dr. Seuss was returning from an ocean voyage. He heard the ship’s engine rhythm. And that rhythm became his inspiration for his first book. It’s true, when you are very passionate about something, anything can inspire you.

30+ NO but somewhere he heard an YES

Seuss’s first book was rejected by more than 30 publishers. After 30 plus NO he heard an YES.

Poor to Rich

Before you think its about money let me alert you. It isn’t about money here. His children’s collection called Boners book sold poorly but made him a rich man. It gave him a break into children’s literature. And even to this day his books are the finest and one of the best-selling children’s books of all time.

“You have ’em; I’ll entertain ’em.”

Dr. Seuss didn’t have his own children, when asked about this he would say, “You have ’em; I’ll entertain ’em.” This makes me wonder on the positive attitude of Dr. Seuss. How often we worry on all the things we don’t have. Maybe it comforts us for time being but what keeps us happy for a lifetime is what we choose to replace our worries with.


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


“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.”


“I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!”


‘Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”


“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”

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5 thoughts on “Dr. Seuss: Why Fit In When You Were Born To Stand Out?

  1. What a coincidence.. yesterday I saw a movie ‘The Lorax’ and now I read about Dr. Seuss. I admire him and his thoughts. He is truly a great person, who sends amazing messages to the world through stories. Thank you for sharing the info. Vidyashree 🙂

  2. Beautiful write up Vidya. Too inspirational and motivating. I love first quote the most – “why fit in when you were born to stand out?” Great line of thought. Enjoyed reading it. Thanks for Sharing….:)

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