The Lorax Language and Communication Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Line)
"I will call you by Whisper-ma-Phone,
for the secrets I tell are for your ears alone. (42-43)
Everybody loves a secret! But by the end of the story, it seems like maybe this shouldn't be so secretive after all…
"Now I'll tell you," he says, with his teeth sounding gray,
"how the Lorax got lifted and taken away…" (51-52)
Dr. Seuss chooses his words wisely to let us know that the Once-ler is, ahem, no longer young. And the Once-ler also has a way with words. Since we've read the story, we know that the Lorax lifts himself and takes himself away—but the Once-ler uses the passive voice to make things sound even eerier than they are. He's learned a thing or two about storytelling since back in the day.
The Lorax said,
"Sir! You are crazy with greed.
There is no one on earth
who would buy that fool Thneed. (109-12)
The Lorax could learn a lesson or two in diplomacy. Dissing the Thneed like this isn't winning him points with the Once-ler.