10 beautiful A. A. Milne quotes to bring positivity into the new year for Winnie-the-Pooh day


18 January marks Winnie-the-Pooh Day, a celebration of the wonderful character created by author A. A. Milne in 1926 for his son, Christopher Robin.

Milne’s stories have captured the minds of readers both young and old over the best part of the last century, largely down to the incredibly profound moments of wisdom that the silly old bear and his animal friends can offer.

So, read these 10 beautiful A. A. Milne quotes that can offer positivity, optimism, and inspiration for the new year.

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

The first quote on this list comes from Eeyore, Winnie-the-Pooh’s morose donkey friend. Whether you take it figuratively or literally, these uplifting words are a reminder that, no matter how difficult things are right now, the sun is always shining beyond the clouds.

When you experience moments of difficulty through 2023, remember this sentiment so that you know better days are always ahead.

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.”

This moving line is all about that yearning feeling to see someone, but imbued with that wonderful, childlike innocence that Milne excels at capturing.

Much like the previous quote, these words are a sign that keeping that positive mindset and looking for the meaning in the madness can help you navigate the difficult times.

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

Another line given to Eeyore, these words remind us of the importance of being outward-thinking wherever we can. Whether it’s family, friends, colleagues, or even small interactions with strangers, we could all do better in thinking about other people before ourselves.

Try to take the words of the sombre donkey into 2023, and look for ways you can have a little more thought and consideration for others.

4. “You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”

Pooh is a character who is always on the move and interested in the world around him, wonderfully articulated in these words.

In many ways, this quote is a longer-form version of “carpe diem” – simply, you must go and seize the day. The world is your “forest” in 2023, so make an effort to be the one going out to others this year.

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

These words are spoken by Pooh’s small friend, Piglet, and remind us that our individuality is important. Piglet is always uncertain and nervous, yet he is surrounded by friends who embrace him for who he is.

There’s never any reason to be sad or ashamed about who we are. So, use this new year to be unapologetically yourself, whatever that means for you.

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

This funny little quote may seem humorous and entirely innocuous, but it actually contains a truth that can easily go missing over the Christmas period and new year: that it’s okay to sometimes take a day off.

It’s all too easy to overbook yourself with social events over Christmas and in the new year. Remember that there’s no harm in taking a day or weekend to yourself to relax and decompress, especially if you’ve had a busy festive period.

7. “You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

These captivating words spoken by Christopher Robin are an inspiring reminder to always believe in yourself. It’s all too easy to lose sight of our own resilience, especially in the face of adversity.

So, remember this important message throughout the year. Even when you don’t feel up to a challenge, no matter what it may be, keep these words at the forefront of your mind and believe in your ability to overcome all obstacles.

8. “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

A quote tinged with sadness, this stirring line has become a favourite in speeches for all kinds of social events, thanks to the way it captures that truly human emotion of missing those around us.

Whether it’s a child moving out of the family home or a bereavement, these words can offer great comfort in knowing just how fortunate you truly are to have your family and friends in your life.

Remember to be grateful for your loved ones in 2023.

9. “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”

These motivational words spoken by Pooh Bear himself remind us of the immense value of staying the course and remaining on track, even when it’s difficult to do so.

No matter what falls into a river and delays its progress, the water will always find its way to its destination. It’s a simple yet elegant reminder to try and be like the water: gently make your way towards your target this year, and don’t let temporary setbacks put you off your stride.

10. “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”

In just 12 words, Milne managed to capture a fundamental truth in all our lives: that no matter what or how big they are, what we hold in our hearts is completely personal to us.

Above all else, it teaches us the importance of valuing the things that mean the most to us. Remember to make sure that what you treasure the most is at the top of your list of priorities in the new year.

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