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To brighten our day, gentle wit and wisdom from A.A. Milne,* Winnie-the-Pooh’s creator:
“‘This Writing business. Pencils and what-not. Over-rated, if you ask me. Silly stuff. Nothing in it.'” (Eeyore)
“Pooh began to feel a little more comfortable, because 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.”
“Pooh tried to think of something he would say, but the more he thought, the more he felt that there is no real answer to “Ho-ho!” said by a Heffalump in the sort of voice this Heffalump was going to say it in.”
“They’re funny things, Accidents. You never have them till you’re having them.” (Eeyore)
“‘Then would you read a Sustaining Book, such as would help and comfort a Wedged Bear in Great Tightness?'” (Pooh)
“‘I am a Bear of Very Little Brain, and long words Bother me.'”
“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.” (Pooh)
“‘A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.'” (Eeyore)
Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.
“Pooh!” he whispered.
“Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw. “I just wanted to be sure of you.”
“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”
“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.”
“One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.”
“So they went off together. But 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.”
And now, with a heart that’s lighter and a smile that’s brighter, let’s all write on!
*In the interests of accuracy, I must note that I’ve just learned that the quote in the KWD post, “Always Remember,” is not actually A. A. Milne’s, but is from a Winnie-the-Pooh movie. Ah well, learn and grow. Still it’s wonderful and I love it!