How to Cite a Dr. Seuss Quote

Have you ever eaten Green Eggs and Ham? Maybe not, but you’ve probably read the book when you were young! It was written by Dr. Seuss, the well-known pen name of American children’s author Theodor Seuss Geisel. He’s famous for works such as The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who, and The Lorax. He would go on to publish over 40 children’s books until his death in 1991.

There are many well-known and often reproduced quotes and sayings by Geisel that have been published in other works of literature and are often used in academic papers.

Do you want to cite a quote by Dr. Seuss in your paper? Read on for tips and formatting examples for how to cite a Dr. Seuss quote in MLA style, APA, and Chicago formats.

In this guide, we will use the following quote by Dr. Seuss’ Oh, The Places You’ll Go! as an example:

“Be sure when you step, step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s a great balancing act.”

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Information you may need to cite a Dr. Seuss quote:

  • Author or authors
  • The title of the book or website where you found the quote
  • Publisher name
  • Date published
  • Location of publisher
  • Page numbers
  • URL (if used to locate the quote)

Cite a Dr. Seuss quote in print in MLA format:

MLA format citation structure:

Author Last Name, First Name. Book Title. Publisher, Year.

Example citation:

Seuss, Dr. Oh, The Places You’ll Go!. Random House, 1990.

If you’re looking for more MLA help on creating a full MLA Works Cited page, or an MLA annotated bibliography, check the EasyBib Writing Center for resources.

Cite a Dr. Seuss quote found online in MLA format:

MLA format citation structure:

Author Last Name, First Name. Book Title. Publisher, Year. Website Title, URL.<.p>

Example citation:

Seuss, Dr. Oh, The Places You’ll Go!. Random House, 1990. Google Books, books.google.com/books?id=1q_xAwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=oh+the+places+you%27ll+go&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiYy8bSjOTiAhWDYysKHWYXC8MQ6AEIKjAA#v=onepage&q=oh%20the%20places%20you’ll%20go&f=false

Cite a Dr. Seuss quote in print in APA format:

APA reference structure:

Author Last Name, First Initial. (Year) Book title. City, State Published: Publisher.

Example reference:

Seuss, Dr. (1990). Oh, the places you’ll go!. New York, NY: Random House.

Cite a Dr. Seuss quote found online in APA format:

APA reference structure:

Author Last Name, First Initial. (Year) Book title. Retrieved from URL.

Example reference:

Seuss, Dr. (1990). Oh, the places you’ll go!. Retrieved from //books.google.com/books?id=1q_xAwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=oh+the+places+you%27ll+go&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiYy8bSjOTiAhWDYysKHWYXC8MQ6AEIKjAA#v=onepage&q=oh%20the%20places%20you’ll%20go&f=false

Cite a Dr. Seuss quote in print in Chicago Style:

Chicago citation structure:

Last name, First name. Title of Book. Place of publication: Publisher, Year of publication.

Example citation:

Seuss, Dr. Oh, The Places You’ll Go!. New York: Random House, 1990.

Cite a Dr. Seuss quote found online in Chicago Style:

Chicago citation structure:

Last name, First name. Title of Book. Place of publication: Publisher, Year of publication. URL.

Example citation:

Seuss, Dr. Oh, The Places You’ll Go!. New York: Random House, 1990. //books.google.com/books?id=1q_xAwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=oh+the+places+you%27ll+go&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiYy8bSjOTiAhWDYysKHWYXC8MQ6AEIKjAA#v=onepage&q=oh%20the%20places%20you’ll%20go&f=false


Now that you’ve cited your sources, give the EasyBib plagiarism tool a try. If you’re in need of more quotes, review our other EasyBib topic guides on Martin Luther King Jr., Albert Einstein, and other quotable figures!

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About the Author

Elise Barbeau

Elise Barbeau is the Citation Specialist at Chegg. She has worked in digital marketing, libraries, and publishing. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor’s degree in History/Art History, and earned her Master’s degree in Public History/Library Science from St. John’s University. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, running, and cheering on the Yankees/Islanders/Jets. She lives and works in New York.