A. A. Milne

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It's very good for an idea to be commonplace. The important thing is that a new idea should develop out of what is already there so that it soon becomes an old acquaintance. Old acquaintances aren't by any means always welcome, but at least one can't be mistaken as to who or what they are.
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Alan Alexander Milne was a British author, poet and playwright, best known for his books Winnie the Pooh.


When We Were Very Young (1924)

  • They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace -
    Christopher Robin went down with Alice.
    They've great big parties inside the grounds.
    "I wouldn't be king for a hundred pounds",
    Says Alice.
  • James James
    Morrison Morrisson
    Weatherby George Dupree
    Took great care of his mother
    Though he was only three.
    James James said to his mother
    Mother he said, said he:
    You mustn't go down to the end of the town if you don't go down with me.
    James James Morrison's Mother
    Put on a golden gown.
    James James Morrison's Mother
    Went to the end of the town
    James James Morrison's Mother
    Said to herself, said she:
    I can go right down to the end of the town and be back in time for tea!

Winnie-the-Pooh (1926)

See main article: Winnie-the-Pooh‎
  • "And how are you?", said Winnie-the-Pooh. (...)
    "Not very how", he said. "I don't seem to have felt at all how for a long time."
  • Cottleston, cottleston, cottleston pie,
    A fly can't bird, but a bird can fly.
    Ask me a riddle and I reply,
    Cottleston, cottleston, cottleston pie.
  • "Good morning, Pooh Bear", said Eeyore gloomily. "If it is a good morning", he said. "Which I doubt", said he.
  • Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin.
  • How sweet to be a cloud
    Floating in the blue
  • "My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places."
  • "Hello Rabbit, is that you?"
    "Let's pretend it isn't", said Rabbit, "and see what happens."
  • Isn't it funny
    How a bear likes honey?
    Buzz! Buzz! Buzz!
    I wonder why he does?
  • There are some people who begin the Zoo at the beginning, called WAYIN, and walk as quickly as they can past every cage until they get to the one called WAYOUT, but the nicest people go straight to the animal they love the most, and stay there.
  • We can't all and some of us don't. That's all there is to it. -Eeyore

Now We are Six (1927)

  • The End
    When I was One,
    I had just begun.
    When I was Two,
    I was nearly new.
    When I was Three
    I was hardly me.
    When I was Four,
    I was not much more.
    When I was Five, I was just alive.
    But now I am Six, I'm as clever as clever,
    So I think I'll be six now for ever and ever.

  • Alexander Beetle
    I found a little beetle, so that beetle was his name,
    And I called him Alexander and he answered just the same.
    I put him in a matchbox, and I kept him all the day...

    And Nanny let my beetle out
    Yes, Nanny let my beetle out
    She went and let my beetle out-
    And beetle ran away.

    She said she didn't mean it, and I never said she did,
    She said she wanted matches, and she just took off the lid
    She said that she was sorry, but it's difficult to catch
    An excited sort of beetle you've mistaken for a match.

    She said that she was sorry, and I really mustn't mind
    As there's lots and lots of beetles which she's certain we could find
    If we looked about the garden for the holes where beetles hid-
    And we'd get another matchbox, and write BEETLE on the lid.

    We went to all the places which a beetle might be near,
    And we made the sort of noises which a beetle likes to hear,
    And I saw a kind of something, and I gave a sort of shout:
    "A beetle-house and Alexander Beetle coming out!"

    It was Alexander Beetle I'm as certain as can be
    And he had a sort of look as if he thought it might be ME,
    And he had a kind of look as if he thought he ought to say:
    "I'm very, very sorry that I tried to run away."

    And Nanny's very sorry too, for you know what she did,
    And she's writing ALEXANDER very blackly on the lid,
    So Nan and me are friends, because it's difficult to catch
    An excited Alexander you've mistaken for a match.

The House at Pooh Corner (1928)

  • "I'm not going to do nothing anymore."
    "Never again?"
    "Well, not so much. They don't let you."
  • "I shouldn't be surprised if it hailed a good deal tomorrow", Eeyore was saying. "Blizzards and what-not. Being fine today doesn't mean anything. It has no sig - what's that word? Well, it has none of that. It's just a small piece of wheather."
  • If I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will grow up into a beehive.
  • So they went off together. But wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the forest a little boy and his bear will always be playing.
  • "That's what Jagulars always do", said Pooh, much interested. "They call 'Help! Help!' and then when you look up, they drop on you."
  • "They wanted to come in after the pounds", explained Pooh, "so I let them. It's the best way to write poetry, letting things come."


  • "A quotation is a handy thing to have about, saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself."
  • "What I like doing best is nothing. It means just going along,
    listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering."
  • "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."
  • "One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries."
  • "The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking."
  • "When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it."
  • "The Old Testament is responsible for more atheism, agnosticism, disbelief — call it what you will — than any book ever written; it has emptied more churches than all the counterattractions of cinema, motor bicycle, and golf course."
  • While everybody else shakes my hand, you my heart.

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