The classic tales of Winnie-the-Pooh and his companions captured hearts in 1926, and continue to bring happiness to kids (and kids at heart) nearly 100 years later. Pooh also holds an extra special place in the hearts of Canadians, who know the real bear which inspired the tales hailed from Winnipeg. That’s how Winnie got his name!
Paired with the delightful and funny stories of Christopher Robin and the creatures of the 100-Acre Wood, Winnie-the-Pooh became a true national treasure, loved by generations across Canada.
The stories and audiobooks offer deep wisdom and cherished truths about love and friendship that have stood the test of time. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most well-loved classic lines, and our favourite quotes from the classic A.A. Milne stories.
There is a beautiful simplicity in how Pooh and his friends show and express their love for one another. From the love of the creator, English author Alan Alexander Milne, that shines through in the stories he wrote for his beloved son, Christopher, to the special bond that Pooh and Piglet share, love is at the centre of Winnie-the-Pooh’s world. Simple yet to the point, these quotes about love are sure to tug at heartstrings.
1.“Some people care too much. I think it's called love.” - Winnie the Pooh
2.“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.” - Winnie the Pooh
3.“‘How do you spell 'love'?’ asked Piglet. ‘You don't spell it...you feel it,’ said Pooh.” - Winnie the Pooh
4.“‘Oh, Bear!’ said Christopher Robin. ‘How I do love you!’ ‘So do I,’ said Pooh.” - Winnie the Pooh
Winnie-the-Pooh was written during a time of struggle and hardship for many. After the First World War had ended, many people were looking for something light to help them make sense of the world around them. The stories and life lessons in Winnie-The-Pooh were a wonderful way for children and parents alike to remind themselves what was important in life. Here are our favourite Winnie-the-Pooh quotes about life in general.
5.“Just because an animal is large, it doesn't mean he doesn't want kindness; however big Tigger seems to be, remember that he wants as much kindness as Roo.” - Winnie the Pooh
6.“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” - Winnie the Pooh
7.“I used to believe in forever, but forever's too good to be true.” - Winnie the Pooh
8.“When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.” - Winnie the Pooh
9.“Sometimes, the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” - Winnie the Pooh
10.“But it's always useful to know where a friend-and-relation is, whether you want him or whether you don't.” - The House at Pooh Corner
11.“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” - Winnie the Pooh
12.“You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” - Winnie the Pooh
13."It is the best way to write poetry, letting things come.” - The House at Pooh Corner
14.“They have no imagination. A tail is just a tail to them, just a little something extra in the back." - Winnie the Pooh
More than anything else, Winnie-the-Pooh is a tale of friendship, and some of the most iconic quotes from the stories are those that focus on the friendship between the characters. Whether it is the unbreakable bond between Pooh and Piglet, the affection they have for Christopher Robin, or the way in which the friends rally around Eeyore, Milne’s depiction of friendship is at once admirable and extremely relatable. Here are our favourite quotes about friendship.
15.“Somehow, almost imperceptibly, Eeyore started to feel a very tiny little bit better. Because Pooh and Piglet were There. No more; no less.” - Winnie the Pooh
16.“‘I don’t feel very much like Pooh today,’ said Pooh. ‘There there,’ said Piglet. ‘I’ll bring you tea and honey until you do.’” - Winnie the Pooh
17.“‘I wonder what Piglet is doing,’ thought Pooh. ‘I wish I were there to be doing it, too.’” - Winnie the Pooh
18.“‘We'll be Friends Forever, won't we, Pooh?' asked Piglet. ‘Even longer,' Pooh answered.” - Winnie the Pooh
19.“And really, it wasn’t much good having anything exciting like floods, if you couldn’t share them with somebody.” - Winnie the Pooh
20.“I wish Pooh were here. It's so much more friendly with two.” - Winnie the Pooh
21."’I do remember,’ explained Christopher Robin, ‘only Pooh doesn’t very well, so that’s why he likes having it told to him again. Because then it’s a real story and not just a remembering.’” - Winnie the Pooh
22.“‘We're sitting here with you,’ said Pooh, ‘because we are your friends. And true friends don't care if someone is feeling Sad, or Alone, or Not Much Fun To Be Around At All. True friends are there for you anyway. And so here we are.’” - Winnie the Pooh
23.“Piglet had got up early that morning to pick himself a bunch of violets; and when he had picked them and put them in a pot in the middle of his house, it suddenly came over him that nobody had ever picked Eeyore a bunch of violets, and the more he thought of this, the more he thought how sad it was to be an Animal who had never had a bunch of violets picked for him.” - The House at Pooh Corner
24.“How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” - Winnie the Pooh
25.“Any day spent with you is my favourite day. So today is my new favourite day.” - Winnie the Pooh
26.“Promise you won't forget me, ever. Not even when I'm a hundred." - The House at Pooh Corner
It’s almost impossible to hear the stories of Pooh and his friends and not smile. The humour of Pooh’s antics, the warmth of friendship, and the excitement of adventure all come together to brighten the mood of any listener. Here are some quotes we hope bring a smile to your face.
27.“Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.” - Winnie the Pooh
28.“They're funny things, Accidents. You never have them till you're having them.” - The House at Pooh Corner
29.“Here I am in the dark alone,/What is it going to be?/What is it going to be?/I can think whatever I like to think,/I can play whatever I like to play,/I can laugh whatever I like to laugh,/there's nobody here but me.” - Now We Are Six
30.“Doing nothing often leads to the very best of something.” - Winnie the Pooh
31.“‘What day is it?’ asked Pooh. ‘It’s today,’ squeaked Piglet. ‘My favorite day,’ said Pooh.” - Winnie the Pooh
32.“Oh! Thank you, God, for a lovely day. And what was the other I had to say? I said ‘Bless Daddy,’ so what can it be? Oh! Now I remember. God bless Me.” - When We Were Young
33."‘Hallo, Rabbit,’ he said, ‘is that you?’ ‘Let’s pretend it isn’t,’ said Rabbit, ‘and see what happens.’” - Winnie the Pooh
34."‘Oh! Well, Many happy returns of the day, Eeyore.’ ‘And many happy returns to you, Pooh Bear.’ ‘But it isn't my birthday.’ ’No, it's mine.’ ’But you said 'Many happy returns'—’ ’Well, why not? You don't always want to be miserable on my birthday, do you?’" - Winnie the Pooh
35."Pooh went into a corner and tried saying 'Aha!' in that sort of voice. Sometimes it seemed to him that it did mean what Rabbit said, and sometimes it seemed to him that it didn't. ‘I suppose it's just practice,’ he thought. ‘I wonder if Kanga will have to practise too so as to understand it.’" - Winnie the Pooh
Children’s books are wonderful in their sense of wonder and adventure, and the tales of Winnie-the-Pooh are no different. Milne creates the perfect environment for Pooh and his friends to get up to all sorts of adventures, from bouncing to searching for honey, and so much more. His words and stories are sure to instill a sense of wonder and adventure in listeners of all ages.
36.“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
37.“Where am I going? I don't quite know. What does it matter where people go? Down to the wood where the blue-bells grow— Anywhere, anywhere. I don't know.” - When We Were Young
38.“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 We Were Young
39.“As soon as I saw you I knew an adventure was going to begin.” - Winnie the Pooh
Pooh is loveable, but he often gets himself into trouble. Because of this, Milne’s stories, and the tales of Pooh and his friends, are often filled with encouragement. Pooh and his friends are always there to help each other out of predicaments and offer support. These lessons are inspiring and heartening. Read these quotes when you need a little extra inspiration.
40.“It is hard to be brave, when you're only a Very Small Animal.” - Winnie the Pooh
41.“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.” - Winnie the Pooh
42.“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.’" - The House at Pooh Corner
43."Piglet was so excited at the idea of being Useful that he forgot to be frightened any more, and when Rabbit went on to say that Kangas were only Fierce during the winter months, being at other times of an Affectionate Disposition, he could hardly sit still, he was so eager to begin being useful at once." - Winnie the Pooh
Listening to stories can give children amazing opportunities for imagination and adventure. Here are the best audiobooks for kids to start their journey.