Not every bear has its private day. But not every bear is Winnie-the-Pooh.
A.A. Milne’s first assortment of tales — impressed by his son Christopher Robin’s teddy bear from Harrods — was revealed with iconic illustrations by E.H. Shepard in 1926. And higher than 93 years later, his enduring fanbase is celebrating Winnie-the-Pooh Day throughout the globe.
Not-so-tasty trivia: Winnie was named after an precise Canadian black bear at London Zoo, nevertheless the real-life Pooh was so in type with visitors (collectively with Christopher) that she ended up with gum sickness as a result of all the honey followers fed her.
Pooh’s buddies Kanga, Roo, Tigger and Eeyore moreover had been impressed by Christopher’s toy discipline — nevertheless Owl and Rabbit had been named after precise animals on the Milnes’ family Cotchford Farm in Sussex, England.
More torrid trivia: The Cotchford property was later purchased by doomed Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones, who was found floating ineffective inside the farm’s swimming pool in 1969.
But on this illustrious — albeit made-up — trip, let’s maintain it constructive with just a few of Pooh’s most treasured quotes:
He pioneered the self-care movement
“Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing — of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.”
“A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.”
“People say nothing is impossible — but I do nothing every day.”
He’s generous with affirmations
“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.”
“Never let things come to you — go out and fetch them.”
“Never stop dreaming.”
He is prone to be a little bit of dyslexic
“My spelling is Wobbly. It’s good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places.”
He’s an excellent buddy
“We didn’t realize we were making memories. We just knew we were having fun.”
“Just because an animal is large, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t want kindness.”
He’s moreover pretty the romantic
“A hug is always the right size.”
“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.”
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”