Aside from the simplicity of the story, this book is filled with so much heart, as well as beautiful quotes to take to heart, especially for those who grew up either reading and/or watching 'Winnie The Pooh.'
In honor of the adorable, honey eating treasure, on this day I bring you his best quotes. All of these are sure to put a smile on your face and warmth in your heart.
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“A hug is always the right size.”
“If you live to be a hundred, I hope I live to be a hundred minus one day, so that I never have to live a day without you.”
“A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.”
“It isn’t much good having anything exciting, if you can’t share it with somebody.”
“If it’s not Here, that means it’s out There.”
“I always get to where I’m going by walking away from where I have been.”
“Love is taking a few steps backward maybe even more to give way to the happiness of the person you love.”
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Winnie the Pooh is an icon. Period.
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Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh
Tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff
He’s Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh
Willy nilly silly old bear
Sorry, didn’t mean to get that stuck in your head. But its a good introduction to what was doubtlessly a massive childhood memory for us: Winnie the Pooh. The silly old bear has made quite the impact on children across the world, universally beloved by young and old alike. Although Winnie the Pooh’s books have been overshadowed by the Disney adaptations, they’re still lovely and cherished by millions for their warmth and simplistic yet surprisingly complicated philosophical musings.
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First published on October 14th, 1926, the children’s book introduced the world to Winnie the Pooh and his colorful cast of companions: Piglet, Eyeore, Kanga and Roo, Owl, and Rabbit. Tigger is the sole exception, not being introduced until the book’s sequel, The House at Pooh Corner. The book was written by A.A. Milne, who drew inspiration for the character from his son, Christopher Robin, who was also put into the books more or less as himself. Winnie the Pooh was named after Christopher’s toy bear, who was named ‘Winnie’ for the Canadian black bear he saw at the London zoo and ‘Pooh’ a swan the family had met while on holiday. On the character’s name, the author was quoted as saying:
But his arms were so stiff … they stayed up straight in the air for more than a week, and whenever a fly came and settled on his nose he had to blow it off. And I think – but I am not sure – that that is why he is always called Pooh.
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Winnie the Pooh became a bestselling phenomenon upon release, with its sequel following its publication shortly after. It has been translated into dozens of languages, including Latin (the Latin translation made the New York Times bestseller’s list). The rights were licensed by Disney in the 60s, where Winnie the Pooh and his cast were featured in several cartoon features by Disney, before Disney acquired full rights from Milne’s estate in 2001.
In the stories, Pooh is characterized as being a bear of very little brain, being often slow witted but also thoughtful, kind, and steadfast to his friends. Overall, his main motivation is often honey, which he spells as ‘hunny’. Overall, he is kindhearted and very loyal to his friends, even the perpetually grumpy Eyeore.
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Happy birthday to our favorite bear, with the publication of his very first book. What fond memories do you have of the bear of little brain and his friends? Tell us in the comments and maybe you can help introduce Pooh to the next generation as well!
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As we grow up, the meaning of books that stress the importance of friendship evolve. Children’s books based on friendship are simple in nature, yet the message they leave behind can be incredibly profound, while books for younger and older adults based on friendship are more complex and tackle the moral and emotional qualities of relationships.
Nonetheless, both can leave you appreciating just what your friends mean to you a little more. Here are the two best books that portray true friendship.
Instead of just talking about how A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh, I feel like a series of quotes would be more appropriate.
“A friend is someone who helps you up when you’re down, and if they can’t, they lay down beside you and listen.”
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“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.”
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
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“If ever there is a 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.”
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Some may say that he is merely a cartoon, or a bear of very little brain. Yet, he’s an inspiration. He always reminds us how lucky we are to have the friends that we do.
The Harry Potter series of novels teaches us a handful of things, but I think its most powerful lesson is that of the importance of friendship.
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Throughout the seven books, it becomes very clear Harry, Ron and Hermione become the closest of friends. As the storyline gets darker and more mature, the situations they are in become more dangerous, thus they must prove to be there for each other when they’re needed the most.
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Harry’s narrative would not have been nearly the same without the powerful friendships he developed throughout the books. This is quite evident when they go searching for the Sorcerer’s Stone and end up facing the series of tests. They make it to the end because of Harry’s courage, Ron’s loyalty, and Hermione’s intelligence. From the start of the story, we see Harry and his friends making choices that make have happy and healthy social lives.
By choosing friends who you connect with intellectually, who you can be yourself with, and who respect and value your opinions, your friendships can become immensely powerful.
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Simply aging does not mean the life lessons we learn from children’s books become meaningless. As the great C.S Lewis once proclaimed, “A children’s story which is enjoyed only by children is a bad children’s story”. The simplicity of children’s narratives allows us as adults to easily revisit them and experience them in a completely different way.
I wrote an article about The Giving Tree and how the message it sends is extremely profound; something I never would have picked up as an eight year old. Here are two more adult perspectives of classic children’s stories.
1-Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
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Winnie The Pooh‘s simplicity is its greatest attribute. When you revisit the the story, don’t be surprised if you see bits of your personality scattered throughout the main cast of characters.
Eeyore is the representation of depression that is within all of us, whether it’s hidden or not. No matter how much he tries, he can’t seem to find the light in any situation.
Tigger represents the adventurous, carefree side in all of us. He is always happy and there is very little that can bring him down from his upbeat look on life. He also represents our individuality. Although he refers himself in the third person, saying things like “Tiggers don’t like honey”, he maintains that “he is the only one”.
Piglet is a symbol of the anxiety that resides within us. He is generally afraid of everything and has a generally timid disposition. Despite this, he does attempt to be brave on occasion and will try to conquer his fears.
Although Pooh and his friends agree that he is “a bear of very little brain”, that’s a huge part of what makes him so lovable. He has unconditional love for all of his friends, which is a trait of his I never truly appreciated until I revisited this story. Pooh represents the pure heart and soul that every one of us can pursue.
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2-Where the WIld Things Are by Maurice Sendak
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It’s really surprising how many life lessons are present within Where the Wild Things Are. Although the book is barely longer than 300 words and is only 40 pages, there are many things that we as adults can take out of it.
No Matter How Old we Get, the power of imagination will always remain extremely powerful
The main character, Max, envisions a world where he would want to live; where he is king and his parents do not have any sort of control over him. The immense power of his imagination is what became the foundation of this book.
Don’t judge merely based on appearance
Although the wild things may have appeared ferocious, roaring with terrible claws and teeth, they were not as terrible as they seemed. They accepted Max into their tribe, in spite of his small size and lack of intimidation, and they all became really close friends.
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