Theodore Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, is a wordsmith with a sharp wit and a knack for good zingers and catchy rhymes. He’s one of the greatest children book authors of all time! See what I did there?

Dr. Seuss also wrote words to make you think, feel inspired, and make your crazy dreams seem like they’re possible. There’s a reason Oh, the Places You’ll Go is such a popular gift for graduations.

If you dream of being an entrepreneur or small business owner, listen up! You will feel empowered and ready for action by these inspiring quotes from his books.

Here are ten motivational quotes from the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss!

“Don’t give up! I believe in you all. A person’s a person, no matter how small!”

You might think you can’t make it just because you don’t have a lot of money or know the right people (or maybe you’re just really small like those Whos in Who-ville). It’s time to stop with the excuses! You’re a person as significant as any other. Go out there and make things happen.

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

If you’re interested in starting your own business, all the info you need to know may seem overwhelming. The truth is the whole thing’s as simple as taking the first step and then going from there. It doesn’t go from One Fish to Blue Fish overnight.

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

Take a break from your cell phone and pick up a book. You probably loved reading Dr. Seuss when you were a kid. Now’s the time to look into other books that will help you on your road to success. Save “Fox in Socks” for later.

“You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.”

In I Can Read with My Eyes Shut, it’s said that if you keep your eyes open, “you might learn a way to earn a few dollars.” Who doesn’t want that as a business owner? You can follow your dream and earn a steady living if you just stay open to the possibilities.

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

Now’s not the time to be as closeminded as the sneetches. Speak your mind and stick to your guns about your unique vision. The people who support you are the only ones that matter.

“Today is your day, your mountain is waiting. So get on your way.”

You may have a lot of climbing to do to make it to the top. You better get going! It doesn’t matter how high it seems, you just need to start moving and you’ll make progress.

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”

There are so many directions you can go as a business owner. It’s up to you and what you believe is possible. Set no limits and allow yourself to imagine anything and everything.

“Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”

At the end of the Cat in the Hat, Max and Sally have to clean up their mess and put the day behind them. Today may have been good for you as an aspiring entrepreneur, but tomorrow is right around the corner with a bunch of other possibilities. 

“If things start happening, don’t worry, don’t stew, just go right along and you’ll start happening too.”

Every road has its bumps, but you can’t let them get you down. Give yourself a moment to feel sad about it, maybe punch a pillow or two, and get right back to all that happening.

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

Think about the Grinch. His anger may have come from the fact that his shoes were two sizes too small. Do you have a comfy pair of sneakers? How about a working brain? You have everything you need to start working toward your dream!

Go to the letter “D” in The ABC Book. David Donald Doo dreamed a dozen donuts and a duck-dog, too. You’re every bit the person as David. Dream up any wild thing you can imagine and do what you can to turn it into a reality!

You may not actively read Dr. Seuss books anymore, but that doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from the sense of wonder and potential they evoke. Look back at these quotes any time you need a little pick-me-up!

About the author

Alyssa Mertes

Alyssa is a promo expert with over four years of experience in the industry. She is the Lead Copywriter at Quality Logo Products and has had work published for the Promotional Products Association International and the Advertising Specialty Institute.