18th January is the birthday of Winnie the Pooh author A. A. Milne and to celebrate I have collected my top 10 favourite Winnie the Pooh quotes. Winnie the Pooh has provided generations of children and grownups with insightful and inspiring words that have not only touched their hearts, but have become the most shared children storybooks quotes of all time. Winnie the Pooh may be clumsy at times and a little dim-witted, but he and his friends, Piglet, Owl, Tigger, Rabbit, Kanga, Roo and Christopher Robin are full of humbling and heartfelt advice, as shown below (header image from just-pooh.com):
Winnie the Pooh Quotes:
1. Never underestimate yourself.
First on my inspirational list of Winnie the Pooh quotes is:
“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
There’s a lot of people out there that think they are not good enough, smart enough or even strong enough. Most of the time this is all down to negative thinking and low self-esteem. The truth is, that if you believe in your head that you are strong enough, chances are you will be strong enough to handle any difficult situation. It’s all about mind over matter, if you believe then you can achieve anything!
2. Success comes from leaving your comfort zone.
“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”
I’m guilty of this one! Sometimes I tend to get lazy in my ways and expect opportunities to come to me. When they don’t come, I sit there thinking that life is unfair! But always remember, you are in charge of your own destiny and the decisions you make. If you want to be a writer, don’t just sit there! Do something about. Go to a night class, do an online course or find a mentor. Whatever it takes, there’s always a way and it starts with leaving your comfort zone.
3. Patience is important!
“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”
In today’s modern life, people expect to get things done quicker and want everything now. This leads to stress, frustration and feeling of inadequacy when you don’t get what you want. It’s important to take time to reflect on your achievements and know that bit by bit you will get there in the end. And most importantly there is no need to rush into things and forget to live your life! There’s a time for everything!
4. Even a weakness has it benefits!
“One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries.”
It’s always important to look on the bright side of life. For every weakness there is a strength. For example if people say you’re too quiet, that means you’re more reflective on your decisions and can develop closer relationships with people. If you’re disorganised, then you have the thrill of finding something new every time you look through your stuff. You can almost say that there is no such thing as a weakness!
5. Be yourself!
Halfway through my list of inspiring Winnie the Pooh quotes is:
“The things that make me different are the things that make me.”
You should always be proud of who you are and the background you come from. Everyone is different and it’s these differences that make you a unique and likeable human-being. Whether you have a quirky sense of humour or funny sounding voice. There is always room on this planet for you to make your mark and stand-out from the crowd.
6. Keep it simple, silly!
“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?”
There’s too many people out there that think the only way to speak to a person is through flowery, long words. The truth is, most people prefer someone who can keep it simple and say what they mean. Rather than a person who is always dancing around the issue and using long words to hide their own insecurities.
7. People you love will always be with you!
“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.”
People come and people go and that’s the sad part of life. But if you hold onto the good memories you had with them, you’ll never feel sad about the way life turns out. True friendships or relationships will live forever and with bad ones…well you’ll just have to hope that they fade.
8. The true meaning of dreams?
“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.”
I always wondered why I dream about some people and not others. I think this Winnie the Pooh quote has it spot on. If you keep dreaming about a particular someone, it could be because you miss them. If a person you know is somewhere faraway, dreaming about them can mean you’re always together. This is also a pretty cute quote to use on Valentine’s Day card or for Mother’s Day.
9. Never judge anyone!
“Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
Never make assumptions about a person before you get to know them. You never know their background or how they can help you in the future. A person may seem a little nervous or like a weed at first, but as they develop they may become the “bestest” friend you ever known. As a general rule of thumb just be friendly to everyone you meet. After all, it’s better to build bridges than walls!
10. Some people just need time.
Last, but not least of my list of Winnie the Pooh quotes is:
“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.”
There’s nothing more frustrating than a person who seems disinterested or is difficult to get to know. But this doesn’t mean you should just give up on that person. There’s different ways of getting them to pay attention. The best way is to find out their interests and go from there. Or it may be the case, that they actually do have some fluff in their ear. In which case you could try some written communication.
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Has our list of Winnie the Pooh quotes inspired you? Let us know if you have any more inspirational Winnie the Pooh quotes, in the comments below. In the meantime, why not see more inspirational quotes from children’s books on the Imagine Forest blog.