21 Winnie the Pooh Quotes About Death, Life & Saying Goodbye

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When you think of Winnie the Pooh, you may automatically think of the Disney cartoons that feature the “tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff.” Before Winnie the Pooh starred in cartoons, he was the main character in several books written by British author A.A. Milne. 

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Pooh and some of his pals were inspired by the author’s real-life son named Christopher Robin. Milne called his bear “Winnie” after a Canadian black bear named Winnipeg was left to the London Zoo after World War I.

If you have read the books, you know that Winnie and friends are more than “stuffed friends.” They are also part-time philosophers. You probably wouldn’t have thought about turning to Winnie the Pooh to find quotes about death, but here are some to consider. 

Winnie the Pooh Quotes About Death

What does Winnie the Pooh have to say about death? Actually, he doesn’t have much to say about the subject directly. Instead, most of the quotes are about how to say a proper goodbye

1. “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.”

Milne wrote two books of “light verse” for children in the 1920s before publishing the Winnie the Pooh books. The two books of poems were called “When We Were Very Young” and “Now We Are Six.”

2. “If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together, there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.”

These beautiful words or reassurance would be appropriate for a person of any age following the death of a loved one.

3. “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.”

Your loved one will live forever in your memory and the memories of others. If this is a comforting thought, you might want to use this quote to illustrate that point.

4. “I used to believe in forever, but forever’s too good to be true.”

This is as close as it gets to a reference to death in Pooh’s world. The bittersweet words might be an appropriate quote to use for a funeral program. You may also be interested in our list of quotes to help you get through the death of a friend

5. “Forever isn’t long at all, Christopher, as long as I’m with you.”

Christopher Robin’s real stuffed animals that inspired Milne’s works can be seen at the New York City Library’s main branch.

6. “‘How does one become a butterfly?’ Pooh asked pensively. ‘You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar,’ Piglet replied. ‘You mean to die?’ asked Pooh. ‘Yes and no,’ he answered. ‘What looks like you will die, but what’s really you will live on.’”

Milne served in World War I, and that experience probably gave him plenty of opportunities to think about life and death. 

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Winnie the Pooh Quotes About Saying Goodbye

If you are looking for a way to soften the blow of saying goodbye, turn to Winnie the Pooh. He’s always able to put things in perspective. To further reassure yourself about the situation, you may also like to look at these quotes about reuniting with a loved one

7. “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” 

This often-used quote is an excellent reminder for anyone who has had to say goodbye. Instead of being sad to say goodbye, it’s better to be thankful that it happened.

8. “But, of course, it isn’t really good-bye, because the forest will always be there… and anybody who is friendly with bears can find it.”

This sweet quote reminds you that goodbye doesn’t have to mean forever.

9. “I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.”

A.A. Milne was a somewhat successful playwright before his children’s stories became legend. 

10. “Christopher Robin is going. At least I think he is. Where? Nobody knows. But he is going.”

Are you looking for a clear, concise way to say goodbye to a friend? Pooh might not be able to help you with that. 

Winnie the Pooh Quotes About Life

Winnie the Pooh had so much good advice that we hate to limit his subject matter to death and “saying goodbye.” Learn how to live a better life with these gems. 

11. “Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.”

Ernest Shepherd was the illustrator of Milne’s books. He based the look of Pooh on a stuffed bear (named Growler), owned by his son. A dog later destroyed this stuffed animal.

12. “‘How do you spell ‘love?’ – Piglet
‘You don’t spell it . . . you feel it.’” – Pooh

Although each character has his moments of wisdom, it seems as if the interaction between Pooh and Piglet results in the most profound thoughts. 

13. “‘Friendship,’” said Christopher Robin, ‘is a very comforting thing to have.’” 

Christopher Robin was named after Milne’s son. The Hundred Acre Wood was based on the Five Hundred Acre Wood in Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, southeast England.

14. “You can’t stay in your corner of the forest, waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”

As we mentioned, Milne’s characters offered great advice for a variety of situations. Are you feeling lonely and forgotten? Perhaps you need to reach out to others. 

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

One of Pooh’s most memorable adventures involves him eating too much honey while visiting his friend Rabbit. He ends up getting stuck in Rabbit’s doorway because his tummy was too round. 

16. “He was telling an interesting anecdote full of exciting words like ‘encyclopedia’ and ‘rhododendron’.”

Winnie the Pooh describes himself as a “bear of very little brain.” Who was using such big words in a conversation with Pooh Bear? It may have been his wise friend, Owl. 

17. “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”

Yes, patience is a virtue, but it is one that not everyone has. If you are an impatient person, place the quote someplace where you see it every day.

18. “Doing nothing often leads to the very best of something.”

Milne, whose full name was Alan Alexander Milne, earned a degree in mathematics. 

19. “Sometimes,’ said Pooh, ‘the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”

Pooh was probably talking about his diminutive friend Piglet when he said this. What small things take up room in your heart?

20. “People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.”

The real Christopher Robin was an only child and earned notable fame for being Milne’s inspiration.

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

This, perhaps, is the most profound statement Milne ever wrote.

What is Your Favorite Winnie the Pooh Quote?

If you grew up with Winnie the Pooh books or cartoons, you may have your own favorite quote. Perhaps you loved when Pooh would put his finger to his head and mutter “Think, think, think” to form a thought. Maybe you loved how Tigger described his need to bounce. 

It’s easy to love Pooh’s comedic style, but you can’t ignore the more poignant Winnie the Pooh quotes about loss he introduces as well. 

If you're looking for quotes, read our guides on baby quotes and reflection quotes.


Sources

  1. “A.A. Milne.” Encyclopædia Britannica. 6 February 2020. www.britannica.com/biography/A-A-Milne 
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