Shel Silverstein Quotes

Shel Silverstein was a master wordsmith, and his quotes are proof of that. They are wise, funny, and insightful all at the same time. If you’re ever feeling down, or lost, take a look at the words of Shel Silverstein. His poetry and prose is a poignant reminder that we all have a light inside of us, no matter how dark things seem. Here are some of the best quotes from Shel Silverstein that will remind you of the beauty and power of language.

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

    Shel Silverstein
  • Stand-up comics reflect less of a visual humor and more of a commentary.

    Shel Silverstein
  • 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 you.

    Shel Silverstein
  • There was a lot about the military that I thought was pretty silly, but these cartoons weren’t meant to take a poke at anybody or anything. They were meant to make people laugh.

    Shel Silverstein
  • I can write a poem in 10 minutes. I like writing songs; I can write songs in 5 or 10 minutes. My concentration seems very short.

    Shel Silverstein
  • I myself do not believe in explaining anything.

    Shel Silverstein
  • I didn’t have a lot of friends. I just walked around a lot and made up stories in my head. Then I’d go home and write them down. That’s how I got started.

    Shel Silverstein
  • I’m free to leave… go wherever I please, do whatever I want; I believe everyone should live like that. Don’t be dependent on anyone else – man, woman, child, or dog.

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

    Shel Silverstein
  • Comfortable shoes and the freedom to leave are the two most important things in life.

    Shel Silverstein
  • 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.

    Shel Silverstein
  • If the track is tough and the hill is rough, THINKING you can just ain’t enough!

    Shel Silverstein
  • I couldn’t play ball. I couldn’t dance. Luckily, the girls didn’t want me. Not much I could do about that. So I started to draw and to write. By the time I got to where I was attracting girls, I was already into work, and it was more important to me.

    Shel Silverstein
  • 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.

    Shel Silverstein
  • 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.

    Shel Silverstein
  • To me, freedom entitles you to do something, not to not do something.

    Shel Silverstein
  • 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.

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

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

    Shel Silverstein
  • I want to go everywhere, look at and listen to everything. You can go crazy with some of the wonderful stuff there is in life.

    Shel Silverstein
  • What you’ve got to say, you say.

    Shel Silverstein
  • When I was younger, I wasn’t making it, and I was mad at everybody who was.

    Shel Silverstein
  • 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.

    Shel Silverstein
  • The child asks, ‘Why don’t I have this happiness thing you’re telling me about?’

    Shel Silverstein
  • People are always giving you credit for really wanting to say more than you said.

    Shel Silverstein

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