Winnie the Pooh may be a bear of very little brain who spends his days wandering around the forest wearing a t-shirt and no pants with his paw in a jar of hunny but he is also a poet and composer whose musings on friendship and love are as deep as his hunny pots.
A. Milne’s beloved story collections about Winnie the Pooh and his friends’ adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood are full of quotes that’ll hit you right in the feels. Here are 11 of our favourite.
On Saying Goodbye
Sorry, there’s no easing you into it here. This is what Pooh bear has to say about death and letting go. It’s funny how can take the words of a fictional, anthropomorphic teddy bear to make you face your own mortality but just go with it, enjoy the Piglet and Christopher Robin in your life, and remember the wise words of Pooh when it’s time to say goodbye.
Winnie the Pooh understands love better than any tortured poet or singer-songwriter I can think of. Pooh bear knows you don’t need to spell love, to analyse it, to understand it, to explain it, you just have to feel it, which is handy because Pooh bear can’t spell anyway.
When you consider the other residents of the Hundred Acre Wood and their many and complex emotional problems it makes sense that Pooh bear would hold regular group therapy sessions in between scenes.
The importance of stepping out of your comfort zone, the danger of judging people based on their appearance, the emptiness of a life lived without friends and the significance of being considerate, is there anything about effective social inclusion Pooh bear hasn’t got covered?