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19 Shel Silverstein Quotes That Definitely Shaped You Growing Up

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

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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." - Where the Sidewalk Ends

2."How much good inside a day?

Depends how good you live 'em.

How much love inside a friend?

Depends how much you give 'em." - A Light in the Attic

3. "There is a voice inside of you

That whispers all day long,

'I feel this is right for me,

I know that this is wrong.'

No teacher, preacher, parent, friend

Or wise man can decide

What's right for you -- just listen to

The voice that speaks inside." - Falling Up

4. "It's amazing the difference

A bit of sky can make." - Where the Sidewalk Ends


6. "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?" - A Light in the Attic

7. "She had blue skin,

And so did he.

He kept it hid

And so did she.

They searched for blue

Their whole life through,

Then passed right by-

And never knew." - Every Thing On It


She drank from a bottle called DRINK ME

And she grew so tall,

She ate from a plate called TASTE ME

And down she shrank so small.

And so she changed, while other folks

Never tried nothin' at all." - Where the Sidewalk Ends

9. "So please get your rags

And your polishing jars,

Somebody has to go polish the stars." - A Light in the Attic

10. "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." - Falling Up

12. "Underneath my outside face

There's a face that none can see.

A little less smiley,

A little less sure,

But a whole lot more like me." - Every Thing On It

13. "He wasted his wishes on wishing." - Where the Sidewalk Ends

14. "I'll take the dream I had last night

And put it in my freezer,

So someday long and far away

When I'm an old grey geezer,

I'll take it out and thaw it out,

This lovely dream I've frozen,

And boil it up and sit me down

A dip my old cold toes in." - A Light in the Attic

15. "Talked my head off

Worked my tail off

Cried my eyes out

Walked my feet off

Sang my heart out

So you see,

There's really not much left of me." - Every Thing On It

17. "I will not play at tug o' war.

I'd rather play at 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." - Where the Sidewalk Ends

18. "All The Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas

Layin' In The Sun,

Talkin' 'Bout The Things

They Woulda-Coulda-Shoulda Done...

But All Those Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas

All Ran Away And Hid

From One Little Did." - Falling Up

19. "There are no happy endings.

Endings are the saddest part,

So just give me a happy middle

And a very happy start." - Every Thing On It