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The Lorax Quotes: Eco-Friendly Wisdom from Dr. Seuss

Updated on April 6, 2013

Lorax Quotes Have Green Living Message

Dr. Seuss wrote simple rhyming books for kids, but he often had a message that was an important reminder for all of us. He gave us such a message in "The Lorax," his 1971 story about a man who chops down all the trees to make "Thneeds," and in the process, destroys the environment for all the creatures in the area. The book has recently been made into an animated movie starring Danny DeVito as the voice of The Lorax. The movie expands upon the book, adding new characters and new scenes, but stays true to the original message of the book - we must be careful with our earth. Here are some Lorax quotes from the original book that remind us all of this important message.

I am the Lorax, I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.

The Lorax - Dr. Suess' 1971 classic tale of environmental caution

The Lorax (Classic Seuss)
The Lorax (Classic Seuss)

Amazon review: When Dr. Seuss gets serious, you know it must be important. Published in 1971, and perhaps inspired by the "save our planet" mindset of the 1960s, The Lorax is an ecological warning that still rings true today amidst the dangers of clear-cutting, pollution, and disregard for the earth's environment. In The Lorax, we find what we've come to expect from the illustrious doctor: brilliantly whimsical rhymes, delightfully original creatures, and weirdly undulating illustrations. But here there is also something more--a powerful message that Seuss implores both adults and children to heed.

The now remorseful Once-ler--our faceless, bodiless narrator--tells the story himself. Long ago this enterprising villain chances upon a place filled with wondrous Truffula Trees, Swomee-Swans, Brown Bar-ba- loots, and Humming-Fishes. Bewitched by the beauty of the Truffula Tree tufts, he greedily chops them down to produce and mass-market Thneeds. ("It's a shirt. It's a sock. It's a glove. It's a hat.") As the trees swiftly disappear and the denizens leave for greener pastures, the fuzzy yellow Lorax (who speaks for the trees "for the trees have no tongues") repeatedly warns the Once-ler, but his words of wisdom are for naught. Finally the Lorax extricates himself from the scorched earth (by the seat of his own furry pants), leaving only a rock engraved "UNLESS." Thus, with his own colorful version of a compelling morality play, Dr. Seuss teaches readers not to fool with Mother Nature. But as you might expect from Seuss, all hope is not lost--the Once-ler has saved a single Truffula Tree seed! Our fate now rests in the hands of a caring child, who becomes our last chance for a clean, green future.


Once-ler! You're making such smogulous smoke - my poor swomee swans, why they can't sing a note! No one can sing who has smog in his throat.

The Lorax Supports the Forest Service

Lorax quotes - forest service poster
Lorax quotes - forest service poster

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"Now, thanks to your hacking my trees to the ground, there's not enough truffula fruit to go 'round!"

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax Merchandise - Find more great Lorax toys and gifts

The Lorax Movie Trailer

Final Words

You're in charge of the last of the truffula seeds. And truffula trees are what everyone needs! Plant a new truffula. Treat it with care. Give it clean water, and feed it fresh air. Grow a forest. Protect it from axes that hack. Then the Lorax, and all of his friends may... come back.

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