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101+ Best A.A Milne Quotes For Children And Adults

Milne quotes from his books are popular even today

Alan Alexander Milne, also known as A. A. Milne, a popular children’s book author, is the creator of the iconic ‘Winnie The Pooh’ franchise.

A. A. Milne quotes are a result of his wonderful poetry and dialogues from his books. Even today, his wise words are recalled as some of the best literary quotes.

His work was adapted for the big screen in the form of a movie titled 'Christopher Robin' (2018). If you are a Pooh fan, you can be sure to find your favorite Christopher Robin quote from the movie.

We previously shared the best Winnie the Pooh friendship quotes and Piglet quotes, but today, we have gathered many quotes from Winnie the Pooh and quotes from Christopher Robin that were written by A. A. Milne. Discover these and more below!

Inspirational Milne Quotes

Here are some inspiring Milne quotes to motivate you whether you are looking for friendship quotes, family quotes, or self-esteem quotes.

1. “Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being.”

- A. A. Milne.

2. “It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like - What about lunch?”

- A. A. Milne.

3. “If one is to be called a liar, one may as well make an effort to deserve the name.”

- A. A. Milne.

4. “The things that make me different are the things that make me.”

- A. A. Milne.

5. “To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks.”

- A. A. Milne.

6. “Whatever fortune brings, don't be afraid of doing things.”

- A. A. Milne.

7. “To seem natural rather than to be natural.”

- A. A. Milne.

8. “'But it isn't easy,' said Pooh. 'Because 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.'”

- A. A. Milne, 'Winnie The Pooh'.

9. “Piglet: When you wake up in the morning, Pooh... what's the first thing you say to yourself?

Pooh: What's for breakfast?... What do you say, Piglet?

Piglet: I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?...

Pooh: [nodded thoughtfully] It's the same thing."

- A. A. Milne, 'Winnie The Pooh'.

10. “The average man finds life very uninteresting as it is. And I think the reason why is that he is always waiting for something to happen to him instead of setting to work to make things happen.”

- A. A. Milne.

11. “Pay attention to where you are going because, without meaning, you might get nowhere.”

- A. A. Milne.

12. “This writing business. Pencils and what-not. Over-rated, if you ask me. Silly stuff. Nothing in it.”

- A. A. Milne.

13. “Friendship is a very comforting thing to have.”

- A. A. Milne, ‘Winnie The Pooh’.

14. “Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering.”

- A. A. Milne.

15. “Some people talk to animals. Not many listen, though. That's the problem.”

- A. A. Milne, ‘Winnie The Pooh’.

16. “Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.”

- A. A. Milne.

17. “One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries.”

- A. A. Milne.

18. “Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”

- A. A. Milne.

19. “Time is swift, it races by; Opportunities are born and die... Still you wait and will not try - A bird with wings who dares not rise and fly.”

- A. A. Milne.

20. “Golf is so popular simply because it is the best game in the world at which to be bad.”

- A. A. Milne.

21. “You will be better advised to watch what we do instead of what we say.”

- A. A. Milne.

22. “It is easier to believe a lie that one has heard a thousand times than to believe a fact that no one has heard before.”

- A. A. Milne.

23. “The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.”

- A. A. Milne.

24. “The Old Testament is responsible for more atheism, agnosticism, disbelief-call it what you will-than any book ever written; it has emptied more churches than all the counterattractions of cinema, motor bicycle and golf course.”

- A. A. Milne.

Milne Quotes From 'Winnie The Pooh' About Friendship

Winnie the Pooh quotes are profound even for kids. A lot of the things Pooh said in the books hold a great meaning even to this day. These are the famous quotes from 'Winnie The Pooh' about friendship.

25. “Say you're surprised? Say you like it? Say it's just what you wanted? Because it's yours- because we love you.”

- A. A. Milne, ‘Winnie The Pooh’.

26. “'It's today,' squeaked Piglet. 'My favorite day', said Pooh.”

- A. A. Milne, ‘Winnie The Pooh’.

27. “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. Milne, ‘Winnie The Pooh’.

28. “Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?”

- A. A. Milne, ‘Winnie The Pooh’.

29. “If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together... there is something you must always remember. 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.”

- A. A. Milne, ‘Winnie The Pooh’.

Great Milen Quotes

Find out more about A. A. Milne from these quotes.

30. “What I say is that, if a man really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.”

- A. A. Milne.

31. “Forever isn't long at all, Christopher, as long as I'm with you.”

- A. A. Milne, ‘Winnie The Pooh’.

32. “Chess has this in common with making poetry; that the desire for it comes upon the amateur in gusts.”

- A. A. Milne.

33. “A writer wants something more than money for his work: he wants permanence.”

- A. A. Milne.

34. “I used to believe in forever, but forever's too good to be true.”

- A. A. Milne.

35. “I suppose this is the reason why diaries are so rarely kept nowadays - that nothing ever happens to anybody.”

- A. A. Milne.

36. “War is something of man's own fostering, and if all mankind renounces it, then it is no longer there.”

- A. A. Milne.

37. “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. Milne.

38. “I gave up writing children's books. I wanted to escape from them as I had once wanted to escape from 'Punch': as I have always wanted to escape. In vain.”

- A. A. Milne.

39. “No sensible author wants anything but praise.”

- A. A. Milne.

40. “I suppose that every one of us hopes secretly for immortality; to leave, I mean, a name behind him which will live forever in this world, whatever he may be doing, himself, in the next.”

- A. A. Milne.

41. “I am sure of this: that no one can write a book which children will like unless he writes it for himself first.”

- A. A. Milne.

42. “Never forget me, because if I thought you would, I'd never leave.”

- A. A. Milne.

43. “It is impossible to win gracefully at chess. No man has yet said 'Mate!' in a voice which failed to sound to his opponent bitter, boastful and malicious.”

- A. A. Milne.

Milne Quotes From 'Winnie The Pooh' About Life

Milne quotes from 'Winnie The Pooh' about love and friendship will inspire you

'Winnie The Pooh' quotes about honey and the little things in life are very cute yet meaningful. These are some cute quotes from 'Winnie The Pooh' that are also inspirational. Find your favorite 'Winnie The Pooh' quote down below.

44. “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday.”

- A. A. Milne, ‘Winnie The Pooh’.

45. “Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it’s not all mixed up.”

- A. A. Milne, ‘Winnie The Pooh’.

46. “Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. 'Pooh!' he whispered. 'Yes, Piglet?' 'Nothing,' said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw. 'I just wanted to be sure of you.'”

- A. A. Milne, ‘Winnie The Pooh’.

47. “'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. Milne, ‘Winnie The Pooh’.

48. “Whatever fortune brings, don’t be afraid of doing things.”

- A. A. Milne, ‘Winnie The Pooh’.

49. “Pooh: Rabbit's clever...

Piglet: Yes... Rabbit's clever.

Pooh: And he has Brain.

Piglet: Yes... Rabbit has Brain. [There was a long silence.]

Pooh: I suppose... that that's why he never understands anything.”

- A. A. Milne, ‘Winnie The Pooh’.

50. “A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.”

- A. A. Milne, ‘Winnie The Pooh’.

51. “The hardest part is what to leave behind... It's time to let go!”

- A. A. Milne, ‘Winnie The Pooh’.

52. “Before beginning a Hunt, it is wise to ask someone what you are looking for before you begin looking for it.”

- A. A. Milne, ‘Winnie The Pooh’.

53. “Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.”

- A. A. Milne, ‘Winnie The Pooh’.

Famous A. A. Milne Quotes

Whether you are looking for famous 'Winnie The Pooh' quotes, Pooh and Piglet quotes, or quotes from A. A. Milne's other words, you will find what you are looking for here.

54. “A quotation is a handy thing to have about, saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself.”

- A. A. Milne.

55. “People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.”

- A. A. Milne, ‘The Complete Tales Of Winnie The Pooh’.

56. “But with a notebook in the pocket you are safe; no thought is too fleeting to escape you.”

- A. A. Milne, ‘An Ideal Author’.

57. “Piglet: How do you spell love?

Pooh: 'You don't spell it, you feel it.”

- A. A. Milne, ‘Winnie The Pooh’.

58. “I am short, fat, and proud of that.”

- A. A. Milne, ‘Winnie The Pooh’.

59. “The truth is that a layman will never take an author quite seriously. He regards authorship not as a profession, but as something between an inspiration and a hobby.”

- A. A. Milne, ‘An Ideal Author’.

60. “Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.”

- A. A. Milne, ‘The Complete Tales Of Winnie The Pooh’.

61. “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!”  

- A. A. Milne.

62. “Good judgment comes from experience, and experience well, that comes from poor judgment.”    

- A. A. Milne.

63. “But after all, what are birthdays? Here today and gone tomorrow.”      

- A. A. Milne.

64. “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”    

- A. A. Milne, ‘Winnie The Pooh’.

65. “A house with daffodils in it is a house lit up, whether or not the sun be shining outside. Daffodils in a green bowl and let it snow if it will.”    

- A. A. Milne.

66. “The end of the summer is not the end of the world. Here's to October…”    

- A. A. Milne.

67. “On Tuesday, when it hails and snows,

The feeling on me grows and grows

That hardly anybody knows

If those are these or these are those.”

- A. A. Milne.

68. “So perhaps the best thing to do is to stop writing introductions and get on with the book.”

- A. A. Milne.

69. “Food is a subject of conversation more spiritually refreshing even than the weather, for the number of possible remarks about the weather is limited, whereas of food you can talk on and on and on.”

- A. A. Milne.

70. “If a statement is untrue, it is not the more respectable because it has been said in Latin.”

- A. A. Milne.

71. “They're funny things, accidents. You never have them till you're having them.”

- A. A. Milne.

72. “And I'd say to myself as I looked so lazily down at the sea: There's nobody else in the world, and the world was made for me.”

- A. A. Milne.

73. “Piglet was so excited about the idea of being useful that he forgot to be frightened any more.”

- A. A. Milne, ‘Winnie The Pooh’.

74. “Good friends will help you until you’re unstuck.”

- A. A. Milne, ‘The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh’.

75. “We can't all and some of us don't. That's all there is to it.”

- A. A. Milne, ‘Winnie The Pooh’.

76. “For a long time they looked at the river beneath them, saying nothing, and the river said nothing too, for it felt very quiet and peaceful on this summer afternoon.”

- A. A. Milne, ‘The House At Pooh Corner’.

77. “'Pooh, promise you won't forget about me, ever. Not even when I'm a hundred.' Pooh thought for a while. 'How old shall I be then?' 'Ninety nine.' Pooh nodded. 'I promise,' he said.”

- A. A. Milne, ‘The House At Pooh Corner’.

78. “'I don't see much sense in that,' said Rabbit. 'No,' said Pooh humbly, 'there isn't. But there was going to be when I began it. It's just that something happened to it on the way.'”

- A. A. Milne, ‘Winnie The Pooh’.

Lovely Christopher Robin Quotes By A. A. Milne

Christopher Robin Milne was Milne’s son. These are some of the best Christopher Robin quotes, both about Milne's son and some 'Winnie The Pooh' love quotes about the character named after Milne's son in the books.

79. “Love is taking a few steps backward, maybe even more, to give way to the happiness of the person you love.”

- A. A. Milne.

80. “A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.”

- A. A. Milne, ‘Winnie The Pooh’.

81. “If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.”

- A. A. Milne.

82. “Any day spent with you is my favorite day. So today is my new favorite day.”

- A. A. Milne.

83. “In the quiet hours when we are alone and there is nobody to tell us what fine fellows we are, we come sometimes upon a moment in which we wonder, not how much money we are earning, nor how famous we have become, but what good we are doing.”

- A. A. Milne.

84. “When you do the things that you can do, you will find a way.”

- A. A. Milne.

85. “'There’s the South Pole,' said Christopher Robin, 'and I expect there’s an East Pole and a West Pole, though people don’t like talking about them.'”

- A. A. Milne, ‘Winnie The Pooh’.

86. “Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits...”

- A. A. Milne, ‘Winnie The Pooh’.

87. “A Fly can’t bird, but a bird can fly.”

- A. A. Milne.

88. “I’m not lost for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.”

- A. A. Milne.

89. “I have a house where I go,

Where nobody ever says 'no'

Where no one says anything – so

There is no one but me.”

- A. A. Milne.

Milne Quotes About Friendship

Here are some other Milne quotes on the topic of friendship and more.

90. “For one person who dreams of making fifty thousand pounds, a hundred people dream of being left fifty thousand pounds.”

- A. A. Milne.

91. “It is a terrible thing for an author to have a lot of people running about his book without any invitation from him at all.”

- A. A. Milne.

92. “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.”

- A. A. Milne.

93. “Some have brains, and some haven't... and there it is.”

- A. A. Milne.

94. “What I like doing best is Nothing.”

- A. A. Milne.

95. “Bores can be divided into two classes; those who have their own particular subject, and those who do not need a subject.”

- A. A. Milne.

96. “'I always did whatever I liked,' she said, 'but now I really can do it.'”

- A. A. Milne, ‘Once On A Time’.

97. “The nicest thing about the rain is that it always stops. Eventually.”

- A. A. Milne.

98. “You know, when once you've discovered a secret yourself, it always seems as if it must be so obvious to everybody else.”

- A. A. Milne, ‘The Red House Mystery’.

99. “Always wear a smile, because your smile is a reason for many others to smile!”

- A. A. Milne.

100. “Like all really nice people, you have a weakness for detective stories, and feel that there are not enough of them. So, after all that you have done for me, the least that I can do for you is to write you one.”

- A. A. Milne, ‘The Red House Mystery’.

101. “Childhood is not the happiest time of one's life, but only to a child is pure happiness possible.”

- A. A. Milne, ‘It's Too Late Now: The Autobiography Of A Writer’.

Here at Kidadl, we have created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our quote suggestions for the best A.A Milne quotes for children and adults alike, then please take a look at these Tigger quotes and Winnie the Pooh love quotes for more!

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