Dr. Seuss was a wise man, despite the fact his wisdom was hidden in the pages of hilarious and creatively illustrated children's books. The wise “doctor” may never have claimed to be a guru, but his words have helped many people in the decades since he released his first book. Here are five simple life lessons all of us can learn from the memorable words of Dr. Seuss:

Be Thankful for What You Have

"Be grateful you’re not in the forest in France

Where the average young person just hasn’t a chance

To escape from the perilous pants-eating plants

But your pants are safe, you’re a fortunate guy

You ought to be shouting how lucky am I!" – “Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?”

No matter how bad things are, remember they could always be worse.

Life Isn't About Stuff

"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas . . . perhaps . . . means a little bit more!" — “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

The Grinch learned things are only a small part of what Christmas is about. Though things are enjoyable, Christmas — and life overall — is more about friends, family and love. Things can come and go, but remember what (and who) matters most to you.

There is No "Best"

The day they decided that Sneetches are Sneetches. And no kind of Sneetch is the best on the beaches." — “The Sneetches”

What may today seem like "the best" will probably be different tomorrow. The Sneetches in this story spent their money adding and removing stars from their bellies, until they finally realized the stars don't make a difference. We're all similar despite our outward appearances and there are no "better Sneetches.”

All People Matter

“A person's a person, no matter how small.” —Horton Hears a Who!”

Perhaps it's not the size of the person that alters our opinion of them, but it took a lot for Horton the Elephant to make the rest of the jungle creatures realize there really were people on the speck of dust — even if they couldn't see them. Take a look at those around you and see them for "a person,” no matter who they seem to be.

You’re in Charge of Your Life

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...” — “Oh, the Places You'll Go!”

If you set your life on a path and decide to walk down it — like the child in the book does — you'll see and experience things that will leave you amazed and forever changed.

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About the Author: Garth Hammerton is a businessman, freelance writer and lifelong Dr. Seuss fan. He cites figures such as John Studzinski as his other influences.