A.A. Milne was born on January 18, 1882 and to honor him and the character he brought to life, Winnie the Pooh Day is celebrated every January 18th. (You can learn more about the silly old bear here.) Milne’s gentle wisdom and soulful words from the book Winnie-the-Pooh, published in 1926, are poignant and relevant still today.
The stories about and lessons learned in the 100 Acre Wood aren’t just for kids – they are relevant to all ages. Here are some of my favorite quotes from Winnie-the-Pooh:
“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think,” said Christopher Robin to Pooh.
“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”
Piglet: “How do you spell ‘love’?”
Pooh: “You don’t spell it…you feel it.”
“Just because an animal is large, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t want kindness; however big Tigger seems to be, remember that he wants as much kindness as Roo.”
“A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.”
“We’ll be Friends Forever, won’t we, Pooh?’ asked Piglet.
“Even longer,” Pooh answered.
“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.”
“The things that make me different are the things that make me.”
“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”
“A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.”
“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”