Wise Words from a Bear of Very Little Brain is a wisdom book by A. A. Milne and E. H. Shepard.

Before you BeginEdit

"It isn't Brain," said Pooh humbly, "because You Know Why; but it comes to me sometimes."

Pooh is a Bear of Very Little Brain who can't always think of the right words to say, but even so has said some very wise wordsand thought some ver interesting thoughts, which he would like to share with you. Poetry and Hums and little Words of Wisdom aren't things Pooh gets, they are things that get him. All he can do is go where they can find him. So, reader, go where they can find you, too, and dip your paws into this little collection of Wisdom from an Asture and Helpful Bear, The Best Bear in All the World: Winnie the Pooh.

Wisdom WordsEdit

Personal ThoughtsEdit

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

Set PrioritiesEdit

Nearly eleven o'clock is time for a little smackerel of something.

Check your Store CupboardEdit

It's sort of comforting to know if you have fourteen pots of honey left, or fifteen, as the case may be.


Although Eating Honey is a very good thing to do, there is a moment just before you begin to eat it which is better than when you are.

Plan AheadEdit

Many a bear going out on a warm day would never think of bringing a little something with him.

Have a Friendly DayEdit

When you've been walking in the wind for miles, and you suddenly go into somebody's house, and he says, "Hallo Pooh, you're just in time for a little smackerel of something," and you are, then it's what I call a Friendly Day.

Take Time to RelaxEdit

What I like doing best is Nothing. It's when people call out to you just as you're going out to do it, "What are you going to do?" and you say "Oh, Nothing," and then you go and do it. Doing Nothing means just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering.

Control your Stress LevelEdit

To seem quite at ease hum tiddely-pom once or twice in what-shall-we-do-now kind of way.

A Little CautionEdit

When you go after honey with a balloon, the great thing is not to let the bees know you're coming.

A Matter of TasteEdit

The wrong sort of bees would make the wrong sort of honey.

Cold LogicEdit

It's no good going home to practise a Special Outdoor Song that Has To Be Sung In The Snow.

Keep busyEdit

It's just the day for doing things.

Don't ProcrastinateEdit

If you're always saying "we'll see," nothing ever happens.

Assess your SurroundingsEdit

When your house doesn't look like a house and looks like a tree that has been blown down, it is time you tried to find another one.