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The Lorax

The Lorax


Dr. Seuss

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The Lorax Compassion and Forgiveness Quotes

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Quote #4

I meant no harm. I most truly did not.
But I had to grow bigger. So bigger I got. (171-72)

Hmmm. It isn't the Once-ler's goal to do harm, but he is doing it anyway, and he knows it. Ask your little one if there was a way for the Once-ler to grow bigger without doing harm.

Quote #5

"Grow a forest. Protect it from axes that hack.
Then the Lorax
and all of his friends
may come back." (261-64)

Ta-da! The Once-ler has learned compassion! He can't do anything about the past, but he can try to make the future better. But does he deserve forgiveness? What would the Lorax say?

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