30 Great Shel Silverstein Quotes

30 Great Shel Silverstein Quotes

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Shel Silverstein was a poet, songwriter, and cartoonist from Chicago, Illinois. He is most famous for his book, Where The Sidewalk Ends, which is a collection of his world famous children’s poems. He died on May 10, 1999 at the age of 68.

“And all the colors I am inside have not been invented yet.”

“And he didn’t really know where he was going, but he did know he was going somewhere, because you really have to go somewhere, don’t you?”

“Anything is possible. Anything can be.”

“He has the obligation to society that any human being has. I don’t think a satirist has any greater obligation to society than a bricklayer or anybody else.”

“How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it. How many slices in a bread? Depends how thin you cut it. How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live ‘em. How
much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give ‘em.”

“I believe that if you don’t want to do anything, then sit there and don’t do it, but don’t expect people to hand you a corn beef sandwich and wash your socks for you and unzip your fly for

“I know a way to stay friends forever, There’s really nothing to it, I tell you what to do, And you do it.”

“I myself do not believe in explaining anything.”

“I will not play tug o’ war. I’d rather play hug o’ war. Where everyone hugs instead of tugs, Where everyone giggles and rolls on the rug, Where everyone kisses, and everyone grins, and
everyone cuddles, and everyone wins.”

“If the track is tough and the hill is rough, THINKING you can just ain’t enough!”

“If there is a book you want to read but isn`t written yet,write it.”

“If you are a dreamer,come in. If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, a hoper, a prayer, a magic-bean-buyer. If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire, for we have some flax-golden tales
to spin. Come in! Come in!”

“If you want to find out what a writer or a cartoonist really feels, look at his work. That’s enough.”

“If you’re behind the times, they won’t notice you. If you’re right in tune with them, you’re no better than they are, so they won’t care much for you. Be just a little ahead of them.”

“Imagine – four years you could have spent travelling around Europe meeting people, or going to the Far East of Africa or India, meeting people, exchanging ideas, reading all you wanted to
anyway, and instead I wasted it at Roosevelt.”

“It’s always a nice feeling, having people think that you feel things much deeper than you’re allowed to say, but this isn’t true. If you want to find out what a writer or a cartoonist
really feels, look at his work. That’s enough.”

“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child.
“Anything can be.”

“Never explain what you do. It speaks for itself. You only muddle it by talking about it.”

“Once there was a tree, and she loved a little boy.”

“People are always giving you credit for really wanting to say more than you said.”

“So I’m all of love that could make it today.”

“Stand-up comics reflect less of a visual humor and more of a commentary.”

“Tell me I’m clever, Tell me I’m kind, Tell me I’m talented, Tell me I’m cute, Tell me I’m sensitive, Graceful and wise, Tell me I’m perfect– But tell me the truth.”

“There’s a great myth about cartoonists, writers and people that are on TV.”

“This bridge will only take you halfway there, to those mysterious lands you long to see. Through gypsy camps and swirling Arab fair, and moonlit woods where unicorns run free. So come and
walk awhile with me and share the twisting trails and wonderous worlds Ive known. But this bridge will only take you halfway there. The last few steps you have to take alone.”

“To me, freedom entitles you to do something, not to not do something.”

“What you’ve got to say, you say.”

“When the light turns green, you go. When the light turns red, you stop. But what do you do when the light turns blue with orange and lavender spots?”

“You’d better get your laugh while you’re making your point, or you won’t be doing it very long.”