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10 Life Lessons Learned From Winnie The Pooh

This week, A.A. Milne, the father of Winnie The Pooh, celebrated his (posthumous) 132nd Birthday. Pooh himself turns 88 this year, having now bestowed his infinite wisdom on easy SIX generations. The inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood, Christopher Robin, Piglet, Tigger, Rabbit, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Owl, and of course Winnie The Pooh himself have been mutual friends of our great grandparents, grandparents, parents, and children alike, and that itself is a pretty rare thing.

But of all the beloved children’s characters of the past century, Winnie the Pooh, “a bear of very little brains” (and his friends) have managed to bequeath invaluable lessons and life skills that withstand the test of time, even inspiring a plethora of academic material, from John Tyerman Williams’ Pooh and the Philosophers : In Which It Is Shown That All of Western Philosophy Is Merely a Preamble to Winnie-The-Poohto Frederic Crew’s satirical The Pooh Perplex : A Freshman Casebook, to Roger E. Allen’s series on Pooh and the gang tackling Business, Success, and Management, to perhaps the most famous and existential Pooh examination of them all, Benjamin Hoff’s The Tao of Pooh. It appears Pooh’s wisdom knows no boundaries.

So with that in mind, I thought what better way to celebrate A.A. Milne’s 132nd than to pay homage to the great life lessons he and his work left us with.

  • The Infinite Wisdom Of Winnie The Pooh 1 of 10
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    "Sometimes," said Pooh, "the smallest things take up the most room in your heart."

    ― A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh

  • On The Passage Of Time 2 of 10
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    "Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day." 
    ― A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh

     

    "You can't save time. You can only spend it, but you can spend it wisely or foolishly." 
    ― Benjamin HoffThe Tao of Pooh

  • On Dreams 3 of 10
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    "I think we dream so we don't have to be apart for so long. If we're in each other's dreams, we can be together all the time." 
    ― A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh

  • On The Treatment Of Animals 4 of 10
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    "If people were superior to animals, they'd take good care of them," said Pooh.

    ― A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh

  • On Getting Out In The World 5 of 10
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    "You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes." 
    ― A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh

  • On Limitations 6 of 10
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    "People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day." 
    ― A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh

  • On Cleverness 7 of 10
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    "Rabbit's clever," said Pooh thoughtfully. 
    "Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit's clever." 
    "And he has Brain." 
    "Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit has Brain." 
    There was a long silence. 
    "I suppose," said Pooh, "that that's why he never understands anything."

    ― A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh

  • On Knowing 8 of 10
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    "I'm not lost for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost." 
    ― A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh

     

    "A clever mind is not a heart. Knowledge doesn't really care, wisdom does." 
    ― Benjamin HoffThe Tao of Pooh

  • On Inner Nature 9 of 10
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    "Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude." 
    ― A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh

     

    The first thing we need to do is recognize and trust our own Inner Nature, and not lose sight of it." 
    ― Benjamin HoffThe Tao of Pooh

  • On Appreciating What We Have 10 of 10
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    "Well," said Pooh, "what I like best," and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called." 
    ― A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh

     

    "How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard." 
    ― A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh


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