"Horton Hears a Who!" quotes come from the movie based on the children's book written by Dr. Seuss. Horton is a big seemingly dumb elephant who is actually an intellectual and emotional savant. The book, and the film made from the book, offers readers and viewers both humor and life lessons. Not bad for a film based on a book originally written for children. The strength of the message attracted film producers who released the movie in 2008. The main characters doing all the chatting in "Horton Hears a Who!" are comic actors Carol Burnett, Jim Carrey and Steve Carell

"I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. That's my code, my motto." -Horton. Good life philosophy for anyone, it's Horton's main mantra throughout the film. It's always good to have a life code and children learn through the Seuss-created elephant that life is all about establishing boundaries between right and wrong and then sticking to them. It's a lesson that many adults never learned. 

"And Morton, for being the only one who stood by me. Well, not right by me; he hid in the bushes sending me good thoughts. He's small." -Horton. The plot of the film involves a tiny, microscopic world that Horton knows it there, but most everyone else denies. They can't see it; they can't hear it; so, therefore, it doesn't exist. If it sounds like the good doctor has a major message here for the big folks watching this film with their kids, you're on the right track. 

"We must become invisible, travel silently, for there are forces that would seek to destroy us." -Horton. More of the in-your-face messages for the adult viewers are seen this "Horton Hears a Who!" quote. Most Seuss fans aren't aware that the doctor has a long history of cartooning on political issues, before turning his focus to his cast of unusual book characters. The reference to forces out to get us can apply to any movement and Dr. Seuss inserts this language, not by accident, but purposefully in this book. The screenplay keeps the quote to good effect. The other characters are out to get the invisible, tiny folks. 

"Mom! Mom, please! You are so weird! Don't do this to me!" Rudy. Clueless big people and wiser little people is another theme of Dr. Seuss, and "Horton Hears a Who!" carries the message in many different character quotes. Any kid knows that their parents are excruciatingly embarrassing on occasion. Rudy makes a shout out to that fact in this quote. The older the kid, the greater the potential that a parent can break bad at any point in time. The pointedness in this quote is Rudy thinks his parents are doing something to him. As kids age, they realize that parents do their own thing and you can separate yourself from them, so that the apparent weirdness doesn't rub off on your reputation. 

"I'm an elephant and elephants never forget. It's a curse really!" -Horton. Everyone can relate to Horton's quote lamenting his best quality does him in on many an occasion. This quote from "Horton Hears a Who!" is a lesson for kids who might be teased for skills and talents other kids view as odd or a curse. The quote also rings true for adults who have mastered certain areas and wonder what's up with the mastery. Grownups and kids alike get satisfaction from Horton's quote. 

-Lee Grayson