We live in tough and uncertain times. Here are are twelve of A. A. Milne’s most profound quotes about the meaning of life, love, friendship and humanity.

On keeping people close, even when they’re far away: ‘I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.’

On being grateful:  ‘Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.’

On the importance of compassion and not judging a book by its cover: ‘Just because an animal is large, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t want kindness; however big Tigger seems to be, remember that he wants as much kindness as Roo.’

On care and affection:  ‘Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.’

On appearances being deceptive: ‘Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.’

On trying to be more thoughtful:  ‘A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.’

On stepping out of your comfort zone:  ‘You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.’

On perspective:  ‘When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.’

On accepting that some things take time: ‘Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.’

On what’s really important in life:  Piglet: ‘How do you spell love?’ Pooh: ‘You don’t spell it, you feel it.’

On the simple things:  ‘It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like ‘What about lunch?”

On individuality:  ‘The things that make me different are the things that make me.’