14 Winnie the Pooh Quotes That Will Make You Smile, Then Cry

As a child, I saw Winnie the Pooh as an adorable honey-loving bear with amazing friends and adventures. And while that still holds true, it wasn't until I became an adult that I realized that the stories of A.A. Milne offer profound life lessons just as much as they do nostalgic comfort. The fact that Milne's philosophy is disguised as children's books make the tales of the Hundred Acre Wood even more special. Ahead are 14 life-changing quotes that will make you smile, then cry.

01
On patience
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On patience

"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."

02
On things that matter most
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On things that matter most

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

03
On embracing who you are
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On embracing who you are

"The things that make me different are the things that make me."

04
On stepping out of your comfort zone
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On stepping out of your comfort zone

"You can't stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes."

05
On being apart
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On being apart

"If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart; I'll stay there forever."

06
On acceptance
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On acceptance

"Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them."

07
On love
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On love

"How do you spell 'love'?" — Piglet
"You don't spell it . . . you feel it." — Pooh

08
On never underestimating yourself
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On never underestimating yourself

"Promise me you'll always remember: you're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."

09
On loss
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On loss

"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard."

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On friendship
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On friendship

"A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside."

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On rolling with the punches
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On rolling with the punches

"They're funny things, accidents. You never have them till you're having them."

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On being grateful
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On being grateful

"'What day is it?' 'It's today,' squeaked Piglet. 'My favorite day,' said Pooh."

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On forever love
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On forever 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."

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On not always needing a plan
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On not always needing a plan

"One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries."