The Sneetches and Other Stories
by Dr. Seuss
The Sneetches and Other Stories Prejudice Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Story.Line)
Those stars weren't so big. They were really so small / You might think such a thing wouldn't matter at all. (Sneetches.5-6)
People say, "It's the small things in life that matter most." Too bad they never point out how this isn't always a good thing. Prejudice, it seems, can revolve around the smallest of small things.
They never invited the Plain-Belly Sneetches. / They left them out cold, in the dark of the beaches. (Sneetches. 19-20)
Weak, Star-belly Sneetches. Super weak. Interesting how it isn't enough to just feel superior to the Plain-Belly Sneetches; they have to rub it in, too.
"We know who is who! Now there isn't a doubt. / The best kind of Sneetches are Sneetches without!" (Sneetches.67-68)
It isn't the thing itself that matters with prejudice. It's the ability to go, "Nyah, nyah, nyah, I'm better than you" in as whiny and childish a voice as you can muster. For some reason, this makes some people feel better.