Shel Silverstein

Literary Birthday – 25 September – Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein was born 25 September 1930 and died 10 May 1999.

Six Quotes

  1. 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.
  2. Once there was a tree, and she loved a little boy.
  3. 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?
  4. Never explain what you do. It speaks for itself. You only muddle it by talking about it.
  5. If you want to find out what a writer or a cartoonist really feels, look at his work. That’s enough.
  6. And all the colours I am inside have not been invented yet.

Shel Silverstein was an American poet, singer-songwriter, cartoonist, screenwriter, and author of children’s books. His works include Where the Sidewalk Ends, The Giving Tree, and A Boy Named Sue. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages, and have sold over 20 million copies.


Jerry Yulsman (given on back of dust jacket), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 25th September 2015