Saturday, May 21, 2011

Dear Dr. Seuss,

Why are your graduation quotes so cheesy and yet so perfect?

I mean, there's only so much "reach for the moon and land among the stars" hubaloo that a girl can handle before the gag reflex kicks in. And yet, for some reason, you've escaped that fate. Because while a couple of your sayings have become a bit trite now ("Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened."), the rest are still pretty good.

(Though, between you and me, I see through your act. Pretty sure you wrote Oh, the Places You'll Go! solely with perpetual royalties from Hallmark in mind.)

My current favorites include:

"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..."

"Things may happen and often do
to people as brainy and footsy as you."


"You'll get mixed up, of course, as you already know.
You'll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
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."

Some pretty fun stuff, Mr. Seuss. Thanks for the entertainment.

A Devoted Quote Lover

P.S. I never thought about this before, but you're a doctor, right? Or have your doctorate? So you've been through many a graduation, it would seem. Speaking from experience?

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