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    28 Lessons Winnie-The-Pooh Can Teach You About Life

    Everything you need to know from The Hundred Acre Wood.

    Winnie-The-Pooh is a friendly bear who lives in The Hundred Acre Wood with his friends. He first came to life in A. A. Milne's book in 1924 and was adopted by Disney in 1961. Since then, Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends have appeared everywhere from our TV screens to the cinema. Anyone who grew up wanting to visit The Hundred Acre Wood knows that Winnie-the-Pooh has answers to all of life's problems. Herewith, our pick of his best:

    1. Cherish your friends. / Via

    “If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.”

    2. Live in the moment.

    “What day is it?"

    It's today," squeaked Piglet.

    My favorite day," said Pooh.”

    3. Never take your friends for granted.

    “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.””

    4. Using long words is overrated.

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

    5. You can never be too vigilant.

    “Always watch where you are going. Otherwise, you may step on a piece of the Forest that was left out by mistake.”

    6. Few things are better than a truly yummy breakfast.

    “When you wake up in the morning, Pooh," said Piglet at last, "what's the first thing you say to yourself?"

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

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

    Pooh nodded thoughtfully. "It's the same thing," he said.”

    7. If you want something, go and get it.

    “You can’t always sit in your corner of the forest and wait for people to come to you… you have to go to them sometimes.”

    8. There's no such thing as a silly question.

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

    9. Sometimes, it's OK to do nothing.

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

    10. The world can be a confusing place.

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

    11. Size doesn't matter.

    “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.”

    12. Love can really hurt.

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

    13. There is always a silver lining to be found.

    “It's snowing still," said Eeyore gloomily.

    "So it is."

    "And freezing."

    "Is it?"

    "Yes," said Eeyore. "However," he said, brightening up a little, "we haven't had an

    earthquake lately.”

    14. Look after your body.

    “A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.”

    15. Don't sweat the small things.

    “You can’t help respecting anybody who can spell TUESDAY, even if he doesn’t spell it right; but spelling isn’t everything. There are days when spelling Tuesday simply doesn’t count.”

    16. Be patient.

    “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.”

    17. Manners don't mean everything.

    “Oh Tigger, where are your manners?"

    "I don’t know, but I bet they’re having more fun than I am.”

    18. There are some things you can't explain.

    “Poetry and Hums aren’t things which you get, they’re things which get you. And all you can do is go where they can find you.”

    19. Being smart is kinda overrated.

    “Those who are clever, who have a Brain, never understand anything.”

    20. Sometimes, working towards getting something you really want is even better than having it.

    “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."

    21. There's no problem that can't be solved by a cup of tea.

    “I don’t feel very much like Pooh today," said Pooh.

    "There there," said Piglet. "I’ll bring you tea and honey until you do.”

    22. Balloons are just one of the best things.

    “Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon."

    23. There's more to life than this.

    “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.”

    24. You can't explain love.

    “Sometimes,' said Pooh, 'the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”

    25. People say some really dumb things.

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

    26. It's OK to get confused.

    “The old grey donkey, Eeyore stood by himself in a thistly corner of the Forest, his front feet well apart, his head on one side, and thought about things. Sometimes he thought sadly to himself, "Why?" and sometimes he thought, "Wherefore?" and sometimes he thought, "Inasmuch as which?" and sometimes he didn't quite know what he was thinking about.”

    27. It's good to make believe sometimes.

    “Hallo, Rabbit,” he said, “is that you?”

    "Let’s pretend it isn’t,” said Rabbit, “and see what happens.”

    28. Slow and steady wins the race.

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