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Quotes of the Day for 2 March 2002 – Dr Seuss

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born at Springfield, Massachusetts on this day in 1904. He wrote "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street" in the summer of 1936, inspired by the rhythm of the engines on an ocean liner. After his vacation he extended his notes into a full book and saw it rejected by 28 publishers. In 1954 he wrote "The Cat in the Hat" based on a suggestion that children could only deal with 250 words, he used 220. He wrote "Green Eggs and Ham" in 1960 to win a $50 bet that he could write a book with only 50 words - he won the bet but never collected.

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The quotes:

Step with care and great tact
And remember that Life's a Great Balancing Act
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.
     - The Lorax

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope and that enables you to laugh at all of life's realities.

A kid is a guy I never wrote down to. He's interested in what I say if I make it interesting.

You [an aspiring writer] can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.
     - Theodore Seuss Geisel, 1904 - 1991

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