A. A. Milne Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous A. A. Milne quotes and A. A. Milne sayings, and A. A. Milne proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Alan Alexander Milne (18 January 1882 – 31 January 1956) was an English author, best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh and for various poems. Milne was a noted writer, primarily as a playwright, before the huge success of Pooh overshadowed all his previous work. Milne served in both World Wars, joining the British Army in World War I, and was a captain of the British Home Guard in World War II.

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

"For I am a bear of very little brain and long words bother me."

"On Wednesday, when the sky is blue, and I have nothing else to do, I sometimes wonder if it’s true That who is what and what is who. – Winnie-the-Pooh"

"Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being."

"I gave up writing children’s books. I wanted to escape from them as I had once wanted to escape from ‘Punch’: as I have always wanted to escape. In vain."

"I am sure of this: that no one can write a book which children will like unless he write it for himself first."

"A writer wants something more than money for his work: he wants permanence."

"Is ‘The Wind in the Willows’ a children’s book? Is ‘Alice in Wonderland?’ Is ‘Treasure Island?’ These are masterpieces which we read with pleasure as children, but with how much more pleasure when we are grown-up."

"War is something of man’s own fostering, and if all mankind renounces it, then it is no longer there."

"Bores can be divided into two classes; those who have their own particular subject, and those who do not need a subject."

"No sensible author wants anything but praise."

"If one is to be called a liar, one may as well make an effort to deserve the name."

"I suppose that every one of us hopes secretly for immortality; to leave, I mean, a name behind him which will live forever in this world, whatever he may be doing, himself, in the next."

"You will be better advised to watch what we do instead of what we say."

"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 counter-attractions of cinema, motor-bicycle and golf course."

"Golf is so popular simply because it is the best game in the world at which to be bad."

"Some people care too much. I think it’s called love."

"What I say is that, if a fellow really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow."

"My spelling is Wobbly. It’s good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places."

"Never forget me, because if I thought you would, I’d never leave."

"One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries."

"Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the thing you can’t hear, and not bothering."

"A clever conjurer is welcome anywhere, and those of us whose powers of entertainment are limited to the setting of booby-traps or the arranging of apple-pie beds must view with envy the much greater tribute of laughter and applause which is the lot of the prestidigitator with some natural gift for legerdemain."

"To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks."

"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."

"Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?"

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

"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."

"Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up."

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

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