Winnie-the-Pooh is the world’s most famous bear, and has been beloved by children around the world for 90 years. He appears in two storybooks – Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner – and two poetry collections – When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six – written by A. A. Milne and definitively illustrated by E. H. Shepard. With a rich storytelling heritage, the adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood represent friendship, simple joys and the curious and gentle nature of a child’s imagination.
Many have been inspired by Winnie the Pooh’s words of wisdom – or ‘Poohisms’ as they are affectionately known – and today Disney released 10 favorite phrases to celebrate the character’s 90thanniversary. Providing invaluable advice about friendship and love to last a lifetime, parents have used these phrases to introduce their children to the concepts from history’s greatest philosophers including Confucius, Aristotle and Plato.
Favorite ‘Poohisms’ *
· “A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.”
· “If the string breaks, try another piece of string.”
· “The most important thing is, even if we’re apart, I’ll always be with you.”
· “It isn’t much good having anything exciting, if you can’t share it with somebody.”
· “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”
· “Never let things come to you, go out and fetch them.”
· “You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”
· “Love is taking a few steps backward, maybe even more… to give way to the happiness of the person you love.”
· “It’s best to know what you’re looking for before you look for it.”
· “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.”
Dr. Catherine McCall, philosopher and patron of The Philosophy Foundation, believes Pooh has proven his place amongst history’s greatest philosophers. She has developed a theory to determine his unique philosophy and how it compares to some of philosophy’s greatest minds.
“Winnie the Pooh may never have had a university professorship or even gone to school, but his words, experiences and adventures have stood the test of time,” said Dr. Catherine McCall. “Poohisms encapsulate the thinking of many famous philosophers in beautiful, clear and memorable sayings that have inspired children and parents for generations.”
Multiple limited-edition product lines have been launched in celebration of Winnie-the-Pooh’s 90th anniversary. Winnie-the-Pooh was the star of the debut Disney X Cath Kidston collection in September, which resulted in record high traffic for Cath Kidston’s website and the majority of products selling out within hours of launch.
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