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A. A. Milne

Milne in 1922
Born Alan Alexander Milne
(1882-01-18)18 January 1882
Kilburn, London, England
Died 31 January 1956(1956-01-31) (aged 74)
Hartfield, Sussex, England
Occupation Novelist, playwright, poet
Nationality British
Alma mater University of Cambridge
Period Edwardian
Genre Children’s literature
Notable works Winnie-the-Pooh
Spouse Dorothy “Daphne” de Sélincourt (1890–1971) (m. 1913)
Children Christopher Robin Milne
Military career
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
British Home Guard
Years of service 1915–1920
1939–1945
Rank Captain
Battles/wars First World War
Second World War

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.
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To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks.
What I say is that, if a fellow really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.
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No sensible author wants anything but praise.
War is something of man's own fostering, and if all mankind renounces it, then it is no longer there.
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If one is to be called a liar, one may as well make an effort to deserve the name.
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Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.
It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words, like 'What about lunch?'
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Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.
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What I say is that, if a fellow really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.
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Never forget me, because if I thought you would, I'd never leave.
I suppose that every one of us hopes secretly for immortality; to leave, I mean, a name behind him which will live forever in this world, whatever he may be doing, himself, in the next.
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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.
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Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being.
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You can't stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.
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Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
A writer wants something more than money for his work: he wants permanence.
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My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places.
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The Old Testament is responsible for more atheism, agnosticism, disbelief – call it what you will – than any book ever written. It has emptied more churches than all the counter-attractions of cinema, motor-bicycle and golf course.
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A clever conjurer is welcome anywhere, and those of us whose powers of entertainment are limited to the setting of booby-traps or the arranging of apple-pie beds must view with envy the much greater tribute of laughter and applause which is the lot of the prestidigitator with some natural gift for legerdemain.
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Is 'The Wind in the Willows' a children's book? Is 'Alice in Wonderland?' Is 'Treasure Island?' These are masterpieces which we read with pleasure as children, but with how much more pleasure when we are grown-up.
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Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
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Don't underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the thing you can't hear, and not bothering.
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Bores can be divided into two classes; those who have their own particular subject, and those who do not need a subject.
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The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.
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You will be better advised to watch what we do instead of what we say.
Some people care too much. I think it's called love.
I am sure of this: that no one can write a book which children will like unless he write it for himself first.
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Tiggers don't like honey.
I gave up writing children's books. I wanted to escape from them as I had once wanted to escape from 'Punch': as I have always wanted to escape. In vain.
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Golf is so popular simply because it is the best game in the world at which to be bad.
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