To mark the birthday of A. A. Milne, creator of Winnie the Pooh and his beloved gaggle of woodland pals, we take a look at his heartwarming prose.
Way before Taylor Swift’s #squadgoals became a thing, the likes of Pooh Bear, Piglet and co. were showing us how true friendship works.
They knew the value of loyalty, humour and trust; and how sometimes, a good friend just needs more honey…
So, in the name of real, honest and deliciously funny friendship, we’ve shared a few of our favourite (and forever wise) Winnie the Pooh quotes, below.
No matter how old you are, these golden words of wisdom never get tired:
Being a cheerleader
“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think”
“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”
“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like ‘What about lunch?'”
“I don’t feel very much like Pooh today,” said Pooh.
“There there,” said Piglet. “I’ll bring you tea and honey until you do.”
“How do you spell ‘love’?” – Piglet
“You don’t spell it…you feel it.” – Pooh
Lasting the distance
“We’ll be Friends Forever, won’t we, Pooh?” asked Piglet.
“Even longer,” Pooh answered.
The caring vibe
“A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.”
Got your corner
“Would you mind coming with me, Piglet, in case they turn out to be Hostile Animals?”
Deep ‘n’ meaningful
“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.”
The power of pals
“A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.”
(Photos: Mark Burgess/ Disney 2015/REX Shutterstock – 2010 postage stamps, and lead image from the British beekeepers’ association bee-friendly guide inspired by Winnie the Pooh and friends)