A Persons A Person No Matter How Small Essays

Theodor Seuss Geisel (2 March1904 – 24 September1991), more famous by his pen name, Dr. Seuss, was an American writer and cartoonist most famous for his children's books.


  • … and the wolf chewed up the children and spit out their bones … But those were Foreign Children and it really didn’t matter …
    • Caption to a political cartoon against the "America First" movement, showing children being read a story of "Adolf the Wolf", in PM Magazine (1 October 1941)
  • You make 'em, I amuse 'em.
    • Statement about children, as quoted in Enter, Conversing (1962) by Clifton Fadiman, p. 108
  • Nonsense wakes up the brain cells. And it helps develop a sense of humor, which is awfully important in this day and age. Humor has a tremendous place in this sordid world. It's more than just a matter of laughing. If you can see things out of whack, then you can see how things can be in whack.
    • As quoted in "Author Isn't Just a Cat in the Hat" by Miles Corwin in The Los Angeles Times (27 November 1983); also in Dr. Seuss: American Icon (2004) by Philip Nel, p. 38
  • When at last we are sure
    You’ve been properly pilled,
    Then a few paper forms
    Must be properly filled
    So that you and your heirs
    May be properly billed.
    • You're Only Old Once! : A Book for Obsolete Children (1986)
  • You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.
    • On becoming a writer, NY Times (May 21, 1986)
  • Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them.
    • On writing for adults, as quoted in Of Sneetches and Whos and the Good Dr. Seuss: Essays on the Writings and Life of Theodor Geisel (1997) by Thomas Fensch, p. 96

And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (1937)[edit]

  • And that is a story that no one can beat,
    When I say that I saw it on Mulberry Street.

Horton Hatches the Egg (1940)[edit]

Horton Hears a Who! (1954)[edit]

  • On the 15th of May, in the Jungle of Nool,
    In the heat of the day, in the cool of the pool,
    He was splashing... enjoying the jungle's great joys...
    When Horton the elephant heard a small noise.
  • A person's a person, no matter how small.
  • "My friends!", cried the elephant.
    "Tell me! Do tell!
    Are you safe? Are you sound?
    Are you whole? Are you well?"
  • "You're going to be roped!
    And you're going to be caged!
    And, as for your dust speck – hah!
    That we shall boil in a hot steaming kettle of Beezle-Nut Oil!"
  • "Don't give up! I believe in you all.
    A person's a person, no matter how small!
    And you very small persons will not have to die
    If you make yourselves heard! So come on, now, and TRY!
  • "This", cried the Mayor, "is your town's darkest hour!
    The time for all Whos who have blood that is red
    To come to the aid of their country!", he said.
    "We've GOT to make noises in greater amounts!
    So, open your mouth, lad! For every voice counts!"

On Beyond Zebra! (1955)[edit]

  • Oh the things you can find
    If you don't stay behind!
  • In the places I go there are things that I see
    That I never could spell if I stopped with the Z.

    I'm telling you this 'cause you're one of my friends.
    My alphabet starts where your alphabet ends!
  • So, on beyond Z!
    It's high time you were shown
    That you really don't know
    All there is to be known.

The Cat in the Hat (1957)[edit]

  • The sun did not shine.
    It was too wet to play.
    So we sat in the house
    All that cold, cold, wet day.
  • We looked! Then we saw him
    Step in on the mat!
    We looked! And we saw him!
    The Cat in the Hat!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1957)[edit]

  • "Maybe Christmas...", he thought, "...Doesn't come from a store."
    "Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more!"
  • Well, in Who-ville they say
    That the Grinch's small heart
    Grew 3 sizes that day.

Yertle the Turtle (1958)[edit]

  • And today the great Yertle, that Marvelous he,
    Is King of the Mud. That is all he can see.
    And the turtles, of course... all the turtles are free
    As turtles and, maybe, all creatures should be.
  • I know up on top you are seeing great sights,
    But down here on the bottom,
    We too should have rights.

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (1960)[edit]

  • From there to here,
    from here to there,
    funny things are everywhere.
  • If you never did
    You should.
    These things are fun.
    and Fun is good.'

Green Eggs and Ham (1960)[edit]

  • That Sam-I-Am!
    That Sam-I-Am!
    I do not like that Sam-I-Am!
  • I would not like them here or there.
    I would not like them anywhere.
    I do not like green eggs and ham.
    I do not like them, Sam-I-Am.
  • Say!
    I like green eggs and ham!
    I do! I like them, Sam-I-Am!

The Lorax (1971)[edit]

  • "Mister!" he said with a sawdusty sneeze.
    "I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees.
    I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.

    And I'm asking you, sir, at the top of my lungs" –
    He was very upset as he shouted and puffed –
    "What's that THING you've made out of my Truffula tuft?"
  • I am the Lorax who speaks for the trees,
    Which you seem to be chopping as fast as you please!

    But I'm also in charge of the brown Bar-ba-loots,
    Who played in the shade in their Bar-ba-loot suits,
    And happily lived, eating Truffula fruits.
    Now, thanks to your hacking my trees to the ground,
    There's not enough Truffula fruit to go 'round!
    And my poor Bar-ba-loots are all getting the crummies
    Because they have gas, and no food, in their tummies!
  • UNLESS someone like you
    cares a whole awful lot,
    nothing is going to get better.
    It's not.
  • "So . . .
    Catch!" calls the Once-ler.
    He lets something fall.
    "It's a Truffula Seed.
    It's the last one of all!
    You're in charge of the last of the Truffula Seeds.
    And Truffula Trees are what everyone needs.
    Plant a new Truffula. Treat it with care.
    Give it clean water. And feed it fresh air.
    Grow a forest. Protect it from axes that hack.
    Then the Lorax
    and all of his friends
    may come back."
  • Now all that was left 'neath the bad-smelling sky
    was my big empty factory...
    the Lorax...
    and I.
    The Lorax said nothing.
    Just gave me a glance,
    just gave me a very sad, sad backward glance,
    as he lifted himself by the seat of his pants.
    And I'll never forget the grim look on his face
    when he heisted himself and took leave of this place,
    through a hole in the smog, without leaving a trace.
    And all that the Lorax left here in this mess
    was a small pile of rocks with the one word:
    Whatever that meant . . . well, I just couldn't guess.

Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? (1973)[edit]

  • It’s a troublesome world. All the people who're in it
    are troubled with troubles almost every minute.
    You oughta be thankful, a whole heaping lot,
    For the places and people you're lucky you're not!
    • The last sentence of this statement is often misquoted as "You oughta be thankful, a whole heaping lot, / For the people and places you're lucky you're not!'"
  • And suppose that you lived in that forest in France
    Where the average young person just hasn't a chance
    To escape from the perilous pants-eating plants!
    But your pants are safe! You're a fortunate guy.
    And you ought to be shouting, "How lucky am I!"
  • Thank goodness for all the things you are not!
    Thank goodness you're not something someone forgot,
    and left all alone in some punkerish place
    like a rusty tin coat hanger hanging in space.
  • That's why I say, "Duckie!
    Don’t grumble! Don’t stew!
    Some critters are much-much,
    oh, ever so much-much,
    so muchly much-much more unlucky than you!

I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! (1978)[edit]

  • The more that you read,
    The more things you will know.
    The more that you learn,
    The more places you’ll go.
  • Young cat! If you keep
    Your eyes open enough,
    Oh, the stuff you will learn!
    The most wonderful stuff!
  • you'll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut

Oh, the Places You'll Go! (1990)[edit]

  • You have brains in your head.
    You have feet in your shoes.
    You can steer yourself
    any direction you choose.
  • With your head full of brains,
    and your shoes full of feet,
    You're too smart to go down any not-so-good-street.
  • Out there things can happen, and frequently do,
    To people as brainy and footsy as you.
    And when things start to happen, don't worry, don't stew.
    Just go right along, you'll start happening too!
  • You're off to great places. Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way.


  • "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened."
    • Often attributed to Dr. Seuss without citation; also cited as an anonymous proverb.
    • This quote has also been attributed to Gabriel García Márquez, in Spanish: "No llores porque ya se terminó, sonríe porque sucedió."
      • Compare lines from In Memoriam A.H.H. of Tennyson:
          'Tis better to have loved and lost
          Than never to have loved at all.


  • Those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.
    • Bernard Baruch in response to a question by Igor Cassini as to how he handled the seating arrangements at his dinner parties, as quoted in Shake Well Before Using: A New Collection of Impressions and Anecdotes Mostly Humorous (1948) by Bennett Cerf, p. 249; the full response was "I never bother about that. Those who matter don't mind, and those who mind don't matter." This anecdote is also quoted online at Chiasmus.com. It has also become part of a larger expression, which has been commonly attributed to Dr. Seuss, even in print, but without citation of a specific work: "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
  • You want my opinion? We're all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness — and call it love — true love.
    • Robert Fulghum in True Love (1998). Versions attributed to Dr. Seuss usually run "mutual weirdness".
  • Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.
    • Georges Duhamel in THE HEART'S DOMAIN (1919). As it was composed in French, the wording in English may vary in translation. Theodore Geisel / Dr. Seuss was born in 1904, and would have been about 15 years old at the time that it was published. The full text can be found at the link below: We do not know the true value of our moments until they have undergone the test of memory. Like the images the photographer plunges into a golden bath, our sentiments take on color; and only then, after that recoil and that trans-figuration, do we understand their real meaning and enjoy them in all their tranquil splendor.

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From there to here,
from here to there,
funny things are everywhere.
… and the wolf chewed up the children and spit out their bones … But those were Foreign Children and it really didn’t matter … 
Nonsense wakes up the brain cells. And it helps develop a sense of humor, which is awfully important in this day and age.
"Maybe Christmas", he thought, "doesn't come from a store."
"Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more!"
So, on beyond Z!
It's high time you were shown
That you really don't know
All there is to be known.
We looked! And we saw him!
The Cat in the Hat!
I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees.
UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. It's not.
When things start to happen, don't worry, don't stew.
Just go right along, you'll start happening too!

As the government begins its crackdown on essay mill websites, it’s easy to see just how much pressure students are under to get top grades for their coursework these days. But writing a high-scoring paper doesn’t need to be complicated. We spoke to experts to get some simple techniques that will raise your writing game.

Tim Squirrell is a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, and is teaching for the first time this year. When he was asked to deliver sessions on the art of essay-writing, he decided to publish a comprehensive (and brilliant) blog on the topic, offering wisdom gleaned from turning out two or three essays a week for his own undergraduate degree.

“There is a knack to it,” he says. “It took me until my second or third year at Cambridge to work it out. No one tells you how to put together an argument and push yourself from a 60 to a 70, but once you to get grips with how you’re meant to construct them, it’s simple.”

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Poke holes

The goal of writing any essay is to show that you can think critically about the material at hand (whatever it may be). This means going beyond regurgitating what you’ve read; if you’re just repeating other people’s arguments, you’re never going to trouble the upper end of the marking scale.

“You need to be using your higher cognitive abilities,” says Bryan Greetham, author of the bestselling How to Write Better Essays. “You’re not just showing understanding and recall, but analysing and synthesising ideas from different sources, then critically evaluating them. That’s where the marks lie.”

But what does critical evaluation actually look like? According to Squirrell, it’s simple: you need to “poke holes” in the texts you’re exploring and work out the ways in which “the authors aren’t perfect”.

“That can be an intimidating idea,” he says. “You’re reading something that someone has probably spent their career studying, so how can you, as an undergraduate, critique it?

“The answer is that you’re not going to discover some gaping flaw in Foucault’s History of Sexuality Volume 3, but you are going to be able to say: ‘There are issues with these certain accounts, here is how you might resolve those’. That’s the difference between a 60-something essay and a 70-something essay.”

Critique your own arguments

Once you’ve cast a critical eye over the texts, you should turn it back on your own arguments. This may feel like going against the grain of what you’ve learned about writing academic essays, but it’s the key to drawing out developed points.

“We’re taught at an early age to present both sides of the argument,” Squirrell continues. “Then you get to university and you’re told to present one side of the argument and sustain it throughout the piece. But that’s not quite it: you need to figure out what the strongest objections to your own argument would be. Write them and try to respond to them, so you become aware of flaws in your reasoning. Every argument has its limits and if you can try and explore those, the markers will often reward that.”

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Fine, use Wikipedia then

The use of Wikipedia for research is a controversial topic among academics, with many advising their students to stay away from the site altogether.

“I genuinely disagree,” says Squirrell. “Those on the other side say that you can’t know who has written it, what they had in mind, what their biases are. But if you’re just trying to get a handle on a subject, or you want to find a scattering of secondary sources, it can be quite useful. I would only recommend it as either a primer or a last resort, but it does have its place.”

Focus your reading

Reading lists can be a hindrance as well as a help. They should be your first port of call for guidance, but they aren’t to-do lists. A book may be listed, but that doesn’t mean you need to absorb the whole thing.

Squirrell advises reading the introduction and conclusion and a relevant chapter but no more. “Otherwise you won’t actually get anything out of it because you’re trying to plough your way through a 300-page monograph,” he says.

You also need to store the information you’re gathering in a helpful, systematic way. Bryan Greetham recommends a digital update of his old-school “project box” approach.

“I have a box to catch all of those small things – a figure, a quotation, something interesting someone says – I’ll write them down and put them in the box so I don’t lose them. Then when I come to write, I have all of my material.”

There are a plenty of online offerings to help with this, such as the project management app Scrivener and referencing tool Zotero, and, for the procrastinators, there are productivity programmes like Self Control, which allow users to block certain websites from their computers for a set period.

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Look beyond the reading list

“This is comparatively easy to do,” says Squirrell. “Look at the citations used in the text, put them in Google Scholar, read the abstracts and decide whether they’re worth reading. Then you can look on Google Scholar at other papers that have cited the work you’re writing about – some of those will be useful. But quality matters more than quantity.”

And finally, the introduction

The old trick of dealing with your introduction last is common knowledge, but it seems few have really mastered the art of writing an effective opener.

“Introductions are the easiest things in the world to get right and nobody does it properly,” Squirrel says. “It should be ‘Here is the argument I am going to make, I am going to substantiate this with three or four strands of argumentation, drawing upon these theorists, who say these things, and I will conclude with some thoughts on this area and how it might clarify our understanding of this phenomenon.’ You should be able to encapsulate it in 100 words or so. That’s literally it.”

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