Alan Alexander Milne was an English author, best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh and for various poems. Profoundly inspirational A. A. Milne quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.
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Famous A. A. Milne Quotes
Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.
Brains first and then Hard Work.
It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like What about lunch?
Bores can be divided into two classes; those who have their own particular subject, and those who do not need a subject.
I suppose that every one of us hopes secretly for immortality; to leave, I mean, a name behind him which will live forever in this world, whatever he may be doing, himself, in the next.
For one person who dreams of making fifty thousand pounds, a hundred people dream of being left fifty thousand pounds.
The other day I met a man who didn’t know where Tripoli was. Tripoli happened to come into the conversation, and he was evidently at a loss. Let’s see, he said. Tripoli is just down by the – er – you know. What’s the name of that place? That’s right, I answered, just opposite, Thingumabob. I could show you in a minute on a map. It’s near – what do they call it? At this moment the train stopped, and I got out and went straight home to look at my atlas.
When you do the things that you can do, you will find a way.
You can’t help respecting anybody who can spell TUESDAY, even if he doesn’t spell it right; but spelling isn’t everything. There are days when spelling Tuesday simply doesn’t count.
Eeyore, the old grey donkey, stood by the side of the stream and looked at himself in the water. Pathetic, he said. That’s what it is. Pathetic.
I knew when I met you an adventure was going to happen.
What distinguishes Cambridge from Oxford, broadly speaking, is that nobody who has been to Cambridge feels impelled to write about it.
Well, said Owl, the customary procedure in such cases is as follows. What does Crustimoney Proseedcake mean? said Pooh. For I am a Bear of Very Little Brain, and long words Bother me.
But, of course, it isn’t really Good-bye, because the Forest will always be there… and anybody who is Friendly with Bears can find it.
Sometimes,’ said Pooh, ‘the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.
Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
But it isn’t easy,’ said Pooh. ‘Because Poetry and Hums aren’t things which you get, they’re things which get you. And all you can do is to go where they can find you.
Amazing A. A. Milne Quotes
Pay attention to where you are going because without meaning you might get nowhere.
The Old Testament is responsible for more atheism, agnosticism, disbelief – call it what you will – than any book ever written; it has emptied more churches than all the counterattractions of cinema, motor bicycle and golf course.
Hallo, Rabbit, he said, is that you? Let’s pretend it isn’t, said Rabbit, and see what happens.
Something feels funny. I must be thinking too hard.
Now then, Pooh, said Christopher Robin, where’s your boat? I ought to say, explained Pooh as they walked down to the shore of the island, that it isn’t just an ordinary sort of boat. Sometimes it’s a Boat, and sometimes it’s more of an Accident. It all depends. Depends on what? On whether I’m on the top of it or underneath it.
In a very little time, they got to the corner of the field by the side of the pine wood where Eeyore’s house wasn’t any longer. ‘There!’ said Eeyore. ‘Not a stick of it left! Of course, I’ve still got all this snow to do what I like with. One mustn’t complain.
It is hard to be brave, when you’re only a Very Small Animal.
The hardest part is what to leave behind, … It’s time to let go!
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.
We’ll be Friends Forever, won’t we, Pooh?’ asked Piglet. Even longer,’ Pooh answered.
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.
But Piglet is so small that he slips into a pocket, where it is very comfortable to feel him when you are not quite sure whether twice seven is twelve or twenty-two.
Owl,’ said Rabbit shortly, ‘you and I have brains. The others have fluff. If there is easy thinking to be done in this Forest – and when I say thinking I mean thinking – you and I must do it.
Tut, Tut, looks like rain
I have been Foolish and Deluded, and I am a Bear of No Brain at All.
You will be better advised to watch what we do instead of what we say.
Pooh hasn’t much Brain, but he never comes to any harm. He does silly things and they turn out right. There’s Owl. Owl hasn’t exactly got Brain, but he Knows Things. He would know the Right Thing to Do when Surrounded by Water. There’s Rabbit. He hasn’t Learnt in Books, but he can always Think of a Clever Plan. There’s Kanga. She isn’t Clever, Kanga isn’t, but she would be so anxious about Roo that she would do a Good Thing to Do without thinking about it. And then there’s Eeyore. And Eeyore is so miserable anyhow that he wouldn’t mind about this.
If you were a bird, and lived on high, You’d lean on the wind when the wind came by, You’d say to the wind when it took you away: ‘That’s where I wanted to go today!
When I was young, we always had mornings like this.
He thought how sad it was to be an Animal who had never had a bunch of violets picked for him.
But Pooh couldn’t sleep. The more he tried to sleep the more he couldn’t. He tried counting Sheep, which is sometimes a good way of getting to sleep, and, as that was no good, he tried counting Heffalumps. And that was worse. Because every Heffalump that he counted was making straight for a pot of Pooh’s honey, and eating it all. For some minutes he lay there miserably, but when the five hundred and eighty-seventh Heffalump was licking its jaws, and saying to itself, very good honey this, I don’t know when I’ve tasted better, Pooh could bear it no longer.
So he started to climb out of the hole. He pulled with his front paws, and pushed with his back paws, and in a little while his nose was in the open again … and then his ears … and then his front paws … and then his shoulders … and then-‘Oh, help!’ said Pooh, ‘I’d better go back,’ ‘Oh bother!’ said Pooh, ‘I shall have to go on.’ ‘I can’t do either!’ said Pooh, ‘Oh help and bother!
Inspirational A. A. Milne Quotes
What I like doing best is Nothing. How do you do Nothing, asked Pooh after he had wondered for a long time. Well, it’s when people call out at you just as you’re going off to do it, ‘What are you going to do, Christopher Robin?’ and you say, ‘Oh, Nothing,’ and then you go and do it. It means just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering. Oh! said Pooh.
The more he looked inside the more Piglet wasn’t there.
Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing
The things that make me different are the things that make me.
Be sure to put the knocker fairly low on your door in case a very small friend drops by.
I used to believe in forever, but forever’s too good to be true
A Proper Tea is much nicer than a Very Nearly Tea, which is one you forget about afterwards.
And by and by Christopher Robin came to the end of things, and he was silent, and he sat there, looking out over the world, just wishing it wouldn’t stop.
Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.
If one is to be called a liar, one may as well make an effort to deserve the name.
Friendship, said Christopher Robin, is a very comforting thing to have.
A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.
Forever isn’t long at all, Christopher, as long as I’m with you.
They wanted to come in after the pounds, explained Pooh, so I let them. It’s the best way to write poetry, letting things come.
I did know once, only I’ve sort of forgotten.
What day is it? It’s today, squeaked Piglet. My favorite day, said Pooh.
You never can tell with bees.
To her- Hand in hand we come Christopher Robin and I To lay this book in your lap. Say you’re surprised? Say you like it? Say it’s just what you wanted? Because it’s yours- because we love you.
Christopher Robin was sitting outside his door, putting on his Big Boots. As soon as he saw the Big Boots, Pooh knew that an Adventure was going to happen, and he brushed the honey off his nose with the back of his paw, and spruced himself up as well as he could, so as to look ready for Anything.
Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
James gave the huffle of a snail in danger. And nobody heard him at all.
If the English language had been properly organized … then there would be a word which meant both ‘he’ and ‘she’, and I could write, ‘If John or Mary comes heesh will want to play tennis’, which would save a lot of trouble.
When we asked Pooh what the opposite of an Introduction was, he said The what of a what? which didn’t help us as much as we had hoped, but luckily Owl kept his head and told us that the Opposite of an Introduction, my dear Pooh, was a Contradiction; and, as he is very good at long words, I am sure that that’s what it is.
That’s what Tiggers do best!
It’s not much of a tail, but I’m sort of attached to it.
If you were a cloud, and sailed up there, You’d sail on water as blue as air, And you’d see me here in the fields and say: ‘Doesn’t the sky look green today?
If a statement is untrue, it is not the more respectable because it has been said in Latin.
The Dormouse looked out, and he said with a sigh: I suppose all these people know better than I. It was silly, perhaps, but I did like the view Of geraniums (red) and delphiniums (blue).
There was once an old sailor my grandfather knew, Who had so many things which he wanted to do That, whenever he thought it was time to begin, He couldn’t because of the state he was in.
I suppose that by this time they had finished their dressing. Roger Scurvilegs tells us nothing on such important matters; no doubt from modesty. Next morning they rose, he says, and disappoints us of a picture of Udo brushing his hair.
When carrying a jar of honey to give to a friend for his birthday, don’t stop and eat it along the way.
If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.
Piglet: How do you spell ‘love’? Winnie the Pooh: You don’t spell it…you feel it.