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The greatest ever 'Winnie the Pooh' quotes for all moments in life

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"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think," said Christopher Robin to Pooh.

These simple yet powerful words have been lifted from the pages of the classic children's book and shared thousands of times (our estimated guess) whether it's a meme on the internet or the front page of a greeting card. 

There has never been a children's book that has provided us with quite as much soulful, inspiring and life-affirming quotes as Winnie the Pooh. Nor has a children's character touched as many hearts around the world across multiple generations as the bear named Pooh.

He may be softly spoken and a little dopey, but the cuddly figure and his friends Tigger, Piglet, Owl, Rabbit, Kanga, Roo and human pal Christopher Robin are full of humbling advice and profound wisdom.

With the news that there is to be a new Winnie the Pooh book released next year to coincide with 90th anniversary of the classic, we take a look at the quotes that are still relevant in our lives today.

Because if there's one thing the new writer (yet to be announced) will have to achieve, it's the warmth that AA Milne so carefully crafted in his series.

AA Milne with his wife Lesley and son Christopher Robin who inspired his children's book

AA Milne with his wife Lesley and son Christopher Robin who inspired his children's book

Quotes for the daily grind

On perspective
“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 today?” said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully. "It's the same thing,” he said.

On slowing down 
“Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.”

On self rewards
“Pooh always liked a little something at eleven o'clock in the morning, and he was very glad to see Rabbit getting out the plates and mugs; and when Rabbit said, 'Honey or condensed milk with your bread?' he was so excited that he said, 'Both,' and then, so as not to seem greedy, he added, 'But don't bother about the bread, please.'”

On missed goals
“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”

On comfort zones
“You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”

On mistakes
“My spelling is Wobbly. It’s good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places.”

Winnie and friends

Quotes for love and friendships

On affection
“Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.”

On loss 
“A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.”

On separation 
“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.”

On not losing sight of what's important
Piglet: “How do you spell love?”
Pooh: “You don’t spell it, you feel it.”

On attachment
“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”

On closeness
“I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams we can be together all the time.”

On selflessness
“Love is taking a few steps backward maybe even more… to give way to the happiness of the person you love.”

On loss
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

Winnie and friends

Quotes for mindfulness 

On confidence
“The things that make me different are the things that make me.”

On modesty
“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like 'What about lunch?'”

On attitude
“Sometimes the smallest things take the most room in your heart.”

On self worth
“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

On staying assertive
“Always watch where you are going. Otherwise, you may step on a piece of the forest that was left out by mistake.” 

On patience
“If the person you are talking to does not appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in this ear.”

On judgement 
“Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”

Christopher Robin with Winnie the Pooh from the 1920's

Christopher Robin with Winnie the Pooh from the 1920's

The original manuscript and first edition of Winnie the Pooh

The original manuscript and first edition of Winnie the Pooh

Words: Sejal Kapadia, Images: Rex Features and Winnie the Pooh/Facebook

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