21 August 2016

Winnie the Pooh Quotations Quiz

A little "Pooh Corner" of my room

A couple of weeks ago, I was browsing around Books-a-Million and found two separate items for sale featuring quotes falsely attributed to A. A. Milne's books Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner. This isn't the first time I've come across quotations misattributed to the silly old bear and his friends--a few years ago I wrote about the subject for my children's literature website, Sparrow Tree Square.

Today, in honor of Winnie-the-Pooh's 95th birthday, I'm reposting the Pooh quotes pop quiz I previously featured on Sparrow Tree Square. Below you'll find six quotations popularly attributed to Milne's Pooh books--see if you can figure out whether or not they're truly from Pooh, and then scroll down for answers and more information!

TRUE OR FALSE - Did any of the following quotations come from A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh or The House at Pooh Corner?

1. Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday.

2. Sometimes people care too much. I think it's called "love."

3. How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.

4. 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.

5. Promise me you’ll never forget me because if I thought you would, I’d never leave.

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


1. TRUE -- sort of.

This quotation was modified from a passage that appears in Chapter 6 of The House at Pooh Corner. Here's the full version:
By the time it came to the edge of the Forest the stream had grown  up, so that it was almost a river, and, being grown-up, it did not run and jump and sparkle along as it  used to do when it was younger, but moved more slowly. For it knew now where it was going, and it said to  itself, "There is no hurry. We shall get there some day."

2. FALSE -- but it was said by Pooh.

This quotation actually comes from the Disney television series The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. It appears in the episode "Find Her, Keep Her," and was said by Pooh about Rabbit.

3. FALSE -- this quotation has nothing to do with Pooh.

Searching for this quote online will bring up pages and pages of results attributing it to Pooh, and specifically to Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne. I'm not sure how this misattribution came about, but the quotation isn't from Milne's books or anything related to Pooh. It seems that this quotation actually comes from the 1982 film version of the musical Annie.

4. FALSE -- but it was said by Christopher Robin.

Like quotation number 2, this one comes from a Disney adaptation of Milne's books. This is specifically from the movie Pooh's Grand Adventure, and was said by Christopher Robin to Pooh.

5. TRUE -- sort of -- and FALSE -- the first half is paraphrased from Milne, the second is not.

This quotation begins with paraphrased material from chapter ten, the final chapter, of House at Pooh Corner. It deviates from the source material wildly after that:
"Pooh, promise you won't forget about me, ever. Not even when I'm a hundred."
Pooh thought for a little.
How old shall I be then?"
Pooh nodded.
"I promise," he said

5. FALSE -- but it has a Pooh connection.

I'm not sure that I would have found the true source of this quotation if I hadn't recently organized my collection of Winnie the Pooh Hallmark cards. It appears, in a slightly different form, on a Valentine's Day card:
"How do you spell 'Love'?" Piglet asked Pooh.
"I don't have to spell it," said Pooh, "I just feel it."
The lesson here? Please try to attribute your quotations correctly! If you think your quotation appeared in a book but you're not sure, use Amazon's search inside function and Google books to check. Also, look through some Google results from IMDb to see if your quotation actually came from film or television, as was the case with more than one of these quotations.

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