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Winnie-the-Pooh | Quotes


There are some people who begin the Zoo at the beginning, called WAYIN ... until they get to the one called WAYOUT ... .

Narrator, Introduction

Readers are introduced to Milne's wordplay and the use of capital letters to indicate signs, emphasis, or humor. Here he is speaking about the London Zoo, the home of the tame bear known as Winnipeg, or Winnie.


We did know once, but we have forgotten.

Narrator, Introduction

The self-mocking tone in which Milne describes his recollection about how Pooh was named indicates this narrator does not take himself too seriously, and nor should they.


I shall try to look like a small black cloud. That will deceive them.

Winnie-the-Pooh, Chapter 1

Pooh's genius is he is optimistic enough to practice such "deception" on the bees. Honey is Pooh's great motivator.


I shall do what I can by singing a little Cloud Song, such as a cloud might sing.

Winnie-the-Pooh, Chapter 1

Winnie-the-Pooh conceives a plan with which to fool the bees into thinking he is a rain cloud passing by. He uses his inventiveness in composing songs to entertain and distract others, thinking that all are as attuned to and captivated by poetry and song as he is.


Oh, help and bother.

Winnie-the-Pooh, Chapter 2

Winnie-the-Pooh can go neither in nor out of the entrance to Rabbit's hole. This phrase becomes emblematic of Winnie-the-Pooh.


Would you read a Sustaining Book [to] help and comfort a Wedged Bear in Great Tightness?

Winnie-the-Pooh, Chapter 2

Pooh swaps one ritual, his meals, for another, a comforting story, while he is forced to go on a diet to get himself unstuck from the doorway.


I have been Foolish and Deluded, and I am a Bear of No Brain at All.

Winnie-the-Pooh, Chapter 3

Pooh's self-awareness is an interesting contrast to hunting his own paw prints. The capital letters in the middle of the sentence are emblematic of Milne's rules of capitalization for emphasis.


Not very how. I don't seem to have felt ... how for a long time.

Eeyore, Chapter 4

Eeyore's self-pitying reply to a cheerful "How are you?" sets the precedent for his morose ramblings. He doesn't always make sense, syntactically, but there is no denying he is easily understood. Eeyore's voice comes into a reader's head because of the word choice and order.


Would it make any difference if the Pig had a grandfather called TRESPASSERS WILLIAM?

Piglet, Chapter 5

This is Piglet's self-speak as he reacts to the possible appearance of a Heffalump that might be particularly fierce toward pigs. Piglet is frightening himself rather than reassuring himself. The capitalization and the text create the tone and quickening pace, almost as if they were stage directions.


Piglet wasn't afraid if he had Christopher Robin with him, so off they went.

Narrator, Chapter 5

Christopher Robin's presence gives Piglet the confidence to face his fear.


Gaiety. Song-and-Dance. Here we go round the mulberry bush.

Eeyore, Chapter 6

Eeyore is enumerating celebratory events from which he is excluded. People may use these words to describe parties to which they aren't invited. The tone is both disdainful and wistful. Milne uses fragments to keep the sentences short and ensure a pause between them.


We say "Aha" so that Kanga knows that we know where Baby Roo is.

Rabbit, Chapter 7

Rabbit feels important while planning and likes to know things others don't. He is less self-aware than Pooh and doesn't hear the circularity of his words.


As soon as he saw the Big Boots, Pooh knew ... an Adventure was going to happen.

Narrator, Chapter 8

This quotation explains Pooh's reverence for, knowledge about, and total trust in Christopher Robin, who makes life both exciting and safe.


I wish Pooh were here. It's so much more friendly with two.

Piglet, Chapter 9

These sentences explain the close and fond relationship between Pooh and Piglet. They are never lonely when together, as is common with dear friends. Their friendship is deep and abiding, and they are unquestionably loyal to each other.


I heard Winnie-the-Pooh—bump, bump, bump—going up the stairs behind him.

Narrator, Chapter 10

Milne returns Christopher Robin to his home, Pooh returns to being a beloved stuffed bear, and the stories come to a close, opposite from in the way they began.

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