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Quotes About the Marriages of Theodor Geisel

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Ted about his honeymoon with Helen: "But it is fun ... We have not let any saltwater taffy pass the portals of our lips. But I have broken off three teeth trying to open pistachio nuts for my bride ... We are growing stout and catering to our predispositions toward laziness."
Source: Judith and Neil Morgan. Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel: A Biography pg. 61.

Ted's niece Peggy Dahmen Owens about his marriage to Helen: "Ted could be difficult and 'uptight' but Helen usually smoothed things over."
Source: Judith and Neil Morgan. Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel: A Biography. pg. 143.

Walter Retan, editor, about Ted and Helen's marriage, 1967: "They had so much in common, but they were dirivng each other crazy. Helen wasn't well, and she probably depressed Ted. She had been very, very good for him, but I could not say she was good for him at that time."
Source: Judith and Neil Morgan. Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel: A Biography. pg. 193.

Ted on realizing that Helen was dead: "I didn't know whether to kill myself, burn the house down, or just go away and get lost."
Source: Judith and Neil Morgan. Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel: A Biography. pg. 195.

New York Times Obituary of Helen Palmer: "... her major activities ... were centered on her husband, for whom she was chief critic, editor, business manager and wife for forty years."
Source: Judith and Neil Morgan. Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel: A Biography. pg. 198.

About Helen's death: "Whatever Helen did, she did it out of absolute love for Ted ... her death was her last and greatest gift to him."
Source: Judith and Neil Morgan. Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel: A Biography. pg. 198.

Audrey about her relationship with Ted: "He caught me and we looked at each other and the awareness was mutual. You look away and you talk about inane things, but it would never be the same."
Source: Judith and Neil Morgan. Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel: A Biography. pg. 201.

Ted about marrying Audrey: "My best friend is being divorced and I'm going to Reno to comfort his wife."
Source: Anapsid.org

About Ted's marriage to Audrey: "Life with Audrey brought a sense of freshness and renewal to Ted; he became more social and more active in his community ... Ted's interest in travel was also revived, and together he and Audrey traveled extensively ... It was also Audrey who suggested that Ted grow a beard -- and for the first time in his life, he did ... Never one to interfere directly with her husband's affairs, Audrey -- a former nurse -- saw her role as that of a caretaker and chief supporter, a role she continues to this day as the head of Dr. Seuss Enterprises."
Source: Seussville.com

Ted about his decision to marry Audrey: "On the 21st of June, Audrey Dimond is going to Reno to divorce Grey Dimond ... Audrey and i are going to be married about the first week in August. I am acquiring two daughters, aged nine and fourteen. I am rebuilding the house to take care of the influx. I am 64 years old. I am marrying a woman eighteen years younger ... I have not flipped my lid. This is not a sudden nutty decision ... This is an inevitable, inescapable conclusion to five years of four people's frustration. All I can ask you is to try to believe in me."
Source: Judith and Neil Morgan. Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel: A Biography. pg. 201.

Melissa Kaplan, about Ted and Helen's marriage: "Their close and loving relationship began to deteriorate as Helen could no longer provide the support, nurturing and protection Ted required to be able to freely create."
Source: Anapsid.org

Helen's last note to Ted: "Dear Ted, What has happened to us? I don't know. I feel myself in a spiral, going down down down, into a black hole from which there is no escape, no brightness. And loud in my ears from every side I hear, 'failure, failure, failure... I love you so much ... I am too old and enmeshed in everything you do and are, that I cannot conceive of life without you ... My going will leave quite a rumor but you can say I was overworked and overwrought. Your reputation with your friends and fans will not be harmed ... Sometimes think of the fun we had all thru the years ..."
Source: Judith and Neil Morgan. Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel: A Biography. pg. 195.

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