I was reminded of the joy of the words of Dr. Seuss the other morning, when my teen daughter came downstairs wearing a t-shirt with one of his quotes. It’s been too many days now, I couldn’t tell you the quote without asking her to produce the shirt for me to read.
When my children were young, I read Doctor Seuss books to them all the time. Over and over, as children love the repetition. I’m certain I enjoyed the words and the experience of reading as much as my kids did, as the author was positive, witty, and inspiring. Valuable words for both young and old.
Let me share some of his good words:
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
“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!”
“Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”
“And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed!”
“If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good”
“From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.” (one of my favorites)
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I haven’t done this for awhile. And it’s great fun shuffling through all the amazing quotations out there, picking a few here and there that peak my interest.
“To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate made me an authority myself.”
— Albert Einstein
“Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for – in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.”
— Ellen Goodman (Journalist)
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.”
— Albert Einstein
“You’re never too old to become younger.”
— Mae West
“I have not lost my mind – it’s backed up on disk somewhere.”
“Forsake not an old friend; for the new is not comparable to him: a new friend is as new wine; when it is old, thou shalt drink it with pleasure.”
— The Bible
“Summer time, and the livin’ is easy…”
So goes the song from the musical Porgy and Bess. The weather is warm, the swimming pool is comfortable, the evenings on the deck are pleasant.
Yes, summer in Ohio. Life is good!
I need a break. Time and space to clear my mind, refresh my soul, and lose the stress in my body.
I’ll close with one of my favorite quotes, first found on a t-shirt while on vacation about twenty years ago in Nags Head, North Carolina. The restaurant was towards the south and named Sam and Omies. It’s still there and they have a web site now. I haven’t been there in many a moon, so I’ll make no recommendations.
But I digress. Here’s the quote found on that long since worn-out t-shirt:
“Everyone ought to believe in something, I believe I will go fishing.”
Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.
— Nikita Khrushchev
Take everything you like seriously, except yourselves.
— Rudyard Kipling
This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.
— Will Rogers
It’s so much easier to suggest solutions when you don’t know too much about the problem.
— Malcom Forbes
Making duplicate copies and computer printouts of things no one wanted even one of in the first place is giving America a new sense of purpose.
— Andy Rooney
One of the few good things about modern times: If you die horribly on television, you will not have died in vain. You will have entertained us.
— Kurt Vonnegut
In honor of the opening of the baseball season, I offer a series of baseball related quotes.
Baseball is 90% mental, the other half is physical.
— Yogi Berra (1925 – )
Baseball is a skilled game. It’s America’s game — it, and high taxes.
— Will Rogers (1879 – 1935)
Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball in Italian.
— H. L. Mencken (1880 – 1956)
Baseball has the great advantage over cricket of being sooner ended.
— George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950)
If the fans don’t wanna come out to the ballpark, no one can stop ’em.
— Yogi Berra (1925 – )
Although golf was originally restricted to wealthy, overweight Protestants, today it’s open to anybody who owns hideous clothing.
— Dave Barry (1947 – )
A recent article in The Washington Post on the crisis in the US financial markets ended with the following quote:
“Capitalism without losses is like religion without hell”
While it certainly makes sense that losses are a innate part of an economic system of capitalism, is it similarly true that hell is an innate part of religion?
Can people celebrate a religion without believing there’s a hell? Can people celebrate religion without believing in God?
It’s those questions that caught my attention considering the quote.
I’m going to try not to go into a long dissertation on my religious beliefs, which are steeped in liberal Judaism, with a smattering eastern philosophy, and an evolution towards the independence found in being involved in a Universalist Unitarian congregation.
My moral compass is driven from within, and not from the threat of the eternal damnation of a hell. Religion that imposes that threat of eternal punishment seems controlling and dogmatic, not supportive of the essential humanity of its participants.