Winnie the Pooh was a favorite of mine as a child, and it looks like I'm not alone. This collection of quotes illustrates just how much writer A. A. Milne knew and understood about friendship.
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.
This is arguably the most common quote from Winnie the Pooh, not just for friendship but also for inspiration. It's funny how sometimes those two things can be so closely related. This quote, to me, sums up friendship in a nutshell. A good friend knows how to make you believe in yourself. It's not fluff, either. Good friends know you are capable of great things even before you do. If there is one quote to cut out and put on your desk, calendar, or in a note to a friend, it's this one.
I used to believe in forever, but forever is too good to be true.
Forever is a dangerous word when it comes to friendship. While the term BFF is a popular one (and means "best friends forever,") the reality is that most people you become friends with are going to move on from your life at some point. It's doesn't mean all your best friends will do that, but most friendships don't last a lifetime. Perhaps they're not meant to.
What friendships are meant to do is teach you about yourself. With some, you learn about boundaries you should make. With others, you might learn about the world from a completely different viewpoint. All of it helps you grow as a person, which in turn helps you meet more interesting and fascinating people.
Having friends "forever" might be too good to be true, but keeping their love and lessons isn't. Those can stay with you forever.
Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.
How often do you want to push a friendship into something it isn't ready to be yet? Some people become friends very quickly. They just click. With others, it takes time. You might spend years trying to figure out one of your friends. That's okay. You don't win points for how quickly to get to be friends. If it takes longer, you'll still get there one day.
You can't stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.
This is the quote every introvert needs to hear when it comes to friendship. Too often, we introverts sit at home and do our intellectual pursuits, like read or paint or think about life, when in fact we should head out to see some people. If there's one thing you can do today to change the amount of people you interact with on a daily basis, it is get out. Take your laptop, book, or knitting out and see a few more people so you can practice small talk and have more conversations with others. One of those people you see could wind up being your friend one day.
It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?"
This quote isn't about the type of words you use, but rather, finding the words that someone else says that appeal to you. The only way you can do that is by hanging out with a variety of people, until eventually you meet that one special friend you seem to have a shortcut with in terms of conversation and "getting" what the other person is talking about.
If the person you are talking to doesn't appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.
To me, this quote really calls up images of our busy society. If someone isn't listening, it's probably because they are busy and frazzled and thinking of something else. Friends do tend to get pushed aside at times, and when your friend does realize you've been chatting all along and hasn't heard a word you've said, they will remove that "piece of fluff" (or mental block) and listen.
The key in this quote is "be patient." It's easy to get frustrated with friends who don't (or won't) listen or pay attention to you. But we all go through periods when we're focused on other things from time to time. This is where good friends will patiently stand by and remind you what's important.
If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.
I've heard this quote many times in relation to romantic love, but it also applies to friendship. How sad it is when we need to move on from a friend. You do go through a period of grief when a friendship ends. The feelings you have may vary, but if you're particularly close to a friend and lost them because of death or even a misunderstanding, it can be very painful.