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Quotes of the Day for 18 January 2004 – A. A. Milne

Alan Alexander Milne was born at Hampstead, London on this day in 1882, the third son of two school teachers. After graduating from Trinity College, Cambridge he was assistant editor of Punch, the English satirical magazine. While serving in France in World War One he contracted trench fever and was sent home, where he started writing plays and contributed items to Punch. Soon after his son Christopher Robin was born, the Milnes moved to a home adjacent to Ashdown Forest in East Sussex. With no expectation of publishing, he wrote several poems about Christopher Robin and a collection of talking animals over the bridge in the forest. But the first collection was published, in 1924, which began the series most of us remember. Long before All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten or Mr Roger's Neighborhood, Christopher Robin, Tigger, Pooh, Eeyore, and Piglet were teaching us how to get along in the world.

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The quotes:

A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.

Before beginning a Hunt, it is wise to ask someone what you are looking for before you begin looking for it.

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

It's always useful to know where a friend-and-relation is, whether you want him or whether you don't.

It's so much more friendly with two.

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.

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

You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.
     - From the various characters created by
       Alan Alexander Milne, 1882 - 1956

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