Alan Alexander Milne’s best-known works are his stories featuring Winnie the Pooh and his friends in the enchanted forest. Children’s authors have tried to emulate A.A. Milne’s distinctive and sweet writing style that has appealed to generations of young readers — and their parents, too. His characters speak simply and earnestly, allowing the philosophies of kindness, friendship and love to shine through their silly adventures.
You can learn nearly everything you need to know about friendship from A.A. Milne’s writing. Step, jump or bounce into Hundred Acre Wood, you’ve got friends everywhere you look.
“After all, one can’t complain. I have my friends. Somebody spoke to me only yesterday. And was it last week or the week before that Rabbit bumped into me and said ‘Bother!’ The Social Round. Always something going on.” - Winnie-the-Pooh
“By the time it came to the edge of the Forest, the stream had grown up, so that it was almost a river, and, being grown-up, it did not run and jump and sparkle along as it used to do when it was younger, but moved more slowly. For it knew now where it was going, and it said to itself, ‘There is no hurry. We shall get there some day.’ But all the little streams higher up in the Forest went this way and that, quickly, eagerly, having so much to find out before it was too late.” - The House at Pooh Corner
“Kanga said very kindly, ‘Well, look in my cupboard, Tigger dear, and see what you’d like.’ Because she knew at once that, however big Tigger seemed to be, he wanted as much kindness as Roo.” - The House at Pooh Corner
“A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.” - Winnie-the-Pooh
“I’ve found somebody just like me. I thought I was the only one of them.” - The House at Pooh Corner
If we all appreciated our lives as much as Pooh appreciates a pot of honey, we’d be off to a good start. A.A. Milne’s details on small pleasures are a great way to inspire us daily.
“Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.” - Winnie-the-Pooh
“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.” - The House at Pooh Corner
“What I like best in the whole world is Me and Piglet going to see You, and You saying ‘What about a little something?’ and Me saying, ‘Well, I shouldn’t mind a little something, should you, Piglet,’ and it being a hummy sort of day outside, and birds singing.” - The House at Pooh Corner
“Christopher Robin came down from the Forest to the bridge, feeling all sunny and careless, and just as if twice nineteen didn’t matter a bit, as it didn’t on such a happy afternoon, and he thought that if he stood on the bottom rail of the bridge, and leant over, and watched the river slipping slowly away beneath him, then he would suddenly know everything that there was to be known, and he would be able to tell Pooh, who wasn’t quite sure about some of it.” - The House at Pooh Corner
“So they went off together. But wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the Forest, a little boy and his Bear will always be playing.” - The House at Pooh Corner
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