Happy birthday, A. A. Milne. The English author is most famous for his books about an anthropomorphic bear obsessed with honey, Winnie-the-Pooh. Inspired by his son Christopher’s stuffed toy (originally named Edward), Milne and artist E. H. Shepard set out to create a magical world of talking animals. Milne’s books have fascinated generations for almost 90 years, but there’s no denying that Pooh and friends are a maudlin bunch. In fact, based on these quotes from the Pooh canon (the films included), the wistful creatures were absurdly melancholic and surprisingly existential. If you never appreciated Pooh in your youth, check out these lines that could easily be scrapped Morrissey lyrics.
“Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.”
“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”
“Promise me you’ll never forget me because if I thought you would, I’d never leave.”
“Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.”
“I have been Foolish and Deluded. I am a Bear of No Brain At All.”