15 Words Of Wisdom From Winnie The Pooh

Celebrating the wise and wonderful Winnie-the-Pooh on his author’s birthday.

Happy Winnie the Pooh Day! This national holiday is celebrated on Jan. 18 because it is A.A. Milne’s birthday. Milne first wrote about Pooh and his friends in 1926, and the characters were inspired by his son Christopher Robin Milne and his son’s stuffed animals.

Milne wrote four books featuring the lovable bear, but after Disney acquired the rights in 1961, they dropped the funky hyphens from Pooh’s name and put Pooh on the Disney assembly line, producing more books, films, TV shows, dolls, board games -- you name it. Throughout all these versions, one thing has remained consistent: Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and the rest of the Hundred Acre Wood gang are much wiser that you’d expect from animals whose heads are stuffed with cotton.

So to celebrate Winnie the Pooh Day, grab a honey treat and enjoy these quotes from A.A. Milne and the world of Winnie-the-Pooh.

On the awesomeness of breakfast

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”

“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”

“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting to-day?” said Piglet.

Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.

― A.A. Milne, “Winnie-the-Pooh”

On the importance of proper footwear

As soon as he saw the Big Boots, Pooh knew that an Adventure was going to happen.

― A.A. Milne, “Winnie-the-Pooh”

On the perks of being a slob

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.

― A.A. Milne

On not being a selfish tool

When carrying a jar of honey to give to a friend for his birthday, don’t stop and eat it along the way.

― A.A. Milne /Joan Powers, “Pooh's Little Instruction Book”

On the necessity of exercise

A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.

― A.A. Milne, Teddy Bear from “The Complete Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh”

On zoning out

It means just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.

― A.A. Milne, “The House at Pooh Corner”

On thinking for yourself

I wrote somewhere once that the third-rate mind was only happy when it was thinking with the majority, the second-rate mind was only happy when it was thinking with the minority, and the first-rate mind was only happy when it was thinking.

― A.A. Milne

On fighting shyness

You can't stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.

― A.A. Milne/Joan Powers, “Pooh's Little Instruction Book”

On when size doesn’t matter

“It is very hard to be brave," said Piglet, sniffing slightly, "when you're only a Very Small Animal."

― A.A. Milne, “Winnie-the-Pooh”

On not borrowing trouble

“Supposing a tree fell down, Pooh, when we were underneath it?”

“Supposing it didn’t,” said Pooh after careful thought.

Piglet was comforted by this.

― A.A. Milne, “The House at Pooh Corner”

On celebrating differences

The things that make me different are the things that make me.

― A.A. Milne, Piglet

On just being there for each other

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.

"Pooh!" he whispered.

"Yes, Piglet?"

"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw. "I just wanted to be sure of you.”

― A.A. Milne, “The House at Pooh Corner”

On not being a jerk

A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.

― A.A. Milne, “Winnie-the-Pooh”

On building people up

If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.

― A.A. Milne, “Winnie-the-Pooh”/“Pooh's Most Grand Adventure: The Search For Christopher Robin”

On the suckiness of saying goodbye

Promise me you’ll never forget me because if I thought you would, I’d never leave.

― A.A. Milne, “The House at Pooh Corner”