A. A. Milne Quotes

  • Tiggers don't like honey.

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

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • No sensible author wants anything but praise.

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

  • You can't stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.

  • 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.