Important Life Lessons from Winnie-the-Pooh Bear

Who doesn’t love Winnie-the-Pooh? The iconic bear may be funny and childish, but his inspiring quotes have some inherent wisdom for the whole family. Read on to get inspired...

By Aarthi Arun

Important Life Lessons from Winnie-the-Pooh Bear

The most beloved fictional character and the icon of England — who is worth millions with a star on the Hollywood's Walk of Fame — Winnie remains ever popular with children and adults alike. A A Milne created this character based on his son Christopher Robin Milne's toy bear. The friendly bear first appeared in a poem in 1925 and went on to win many hearts with his wit and thoughtfulness. Winnie and his crew’s adventures in the Hundred Acres Wood have become a staple in every modern family’s home. And there is a wise truth that we can derive a lesson from, in many of the bear’s quotes. As we celebrate the cuddliest of all holidays, Winnie-the-Pooh day on January 18, let's look at some profound wisdom from the yellow bear and his friends for your family --

Love is the primal need for every one of us. We thrive when our emotional needs are met. Here is what the lovable bear has to say about love:

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

Piglet: “How do you spell love?”
Winnie: “You don't spell it, you feel it.”
“Love is taking a few steps backward maybe even more… to give way to the happiness of the person you love.”
“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.”

Where is the fun in life without friends? Celebrate friendship with quotes from the world's official ambassador of friendship, Winnie, himself!

“A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey.”
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
“I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams we can be together all the time.”

In this digital era, time is hard to come by. Cherish spending quality time with your family with these quotes:

“We didn’t realise we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun.”
“A day spent with you is my favourite day. So today is my new favourite day.”

It is not the material things, but the little things that make our lives worth living. Check these meaningful quotes from the Disney bear:

“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”
“A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.”
“Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.”

No one is perfect - we all come with our flaws. Take inspiration from this chubby bear about acceptance and show some self-love to yourself. And, these quotes come in handy to teach your child to be comfortable in his own skin:

“The things that make me different are the things that make me.”
“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
“I am short, fat, and proud of that.”
“Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”

How many times have you heard this: think before you act? See how the bear encourages you to think carefully and explain the consequences if you don't:

“Think it over, think it under.”
“Always watch where you are going. Otherwise, you may step on a piece of the forest that was left out by mistake.”

As much as you want to think and consider, it isn't much fun to be stuck in the same place. The below quotes tell you why you should try and live the moment:

“I used to believe in forever, but forever’s too good to be true”
“You can't stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”

We are living in a modern world, where everything goes by in a break-neck speed. So, once in a while, take time to slow down. Look how beautifully Pooh bear puts it in the below quotes:

“Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering."
“Let’s Begin by taking a smallish nap or two.”
“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”

A positive outlook on life changes everything for better. Here are some quotes that make you get up and face the world with positivity:

“What day is it?” asked Pooh.
“It's today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favourite day,” said Pooh.
“Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved.”