Oh The Places You’ll Go Quotes You Like 2020

Oh The Places You’ll Go Quotes: Today is the 30th anniversary of the Dr. Seuss book Oh The Places You’ll Go!

It is one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books and one of my favorites of all time so in honor of this huge anniversary I’ve gathered the best quotes from Oh The Places You’ll Go!



#5 “Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!”


#4 “And when you’re alone there’s a very good chance
you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.”


#3 “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!”


#2 “So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains.”


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



Find the perfect quote to float your boat. Shmoop breaks down key quotations from Oh, the Places You’ll Go!.

Exploration Quotes

Congratulations!Today is your day.You’re off to Great Places!You’re off and away! (1)

Disappointment Quotes

Except when you don’t.Because, sometimes, you won’t.I’m sorry to say sobut, sadly, it’s truethat Bang-upsand Hang-ups can happen to you.You can get all hung upin a prickle-ly perch.And your gang wi…

Choices Quotes

You have brains in your head.You have feet in your shoes.You can steer yourselfany direction you choose.You’re on your own. And you know what you knowAnd YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go. (2)

Perseverance Quotes

And when things start to happen,Don’t worry. Don’t stew.Just go right along.You’ll start happening too. (7)

Awe and Amazement Quotes



Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away! (1)

With this enthusiastic declaration, let the exploration begin! Note Seuss’s capitalization of the “G” and “P” in “Great Places.” This confirms for us that this journey is important, our various destinations as real and wonderful as any capitalized city we know in our real lives. When your super young adult reads this passage, what do you think they’re imagining?

Somehow you’ll escape
all that waiting and staying.
You’ll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing. (21)

There are times in the story when your child just won’t want to keep exploring—specifically, in the Waiting Place, where not a ton goes down. But here we see that any slumps are temporary, and soon the hunt will be on again. Notice the use of the word “find” here, not the phrase, “You’ll be sitting there and then this cool thing will happen to you” (or something like that). There are no Boom Bands without the exploration. You just gotta follow the notes.


Except when you don’t.
Because, sometimes, you won’t.

I’m sorry to say so
but, sadly, it’s true
that Bang-ups
and Hang-ups
can happen to you.

You can get all hung up
in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You’ll be left in a Lurch. (11-13)


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