You’re braver than you believe,
Stronger than you seem,
Smarter than you think.
-Winnie the pooh
Thats right- all those kids books were trying to teach us how to be good humans. All those moral lessons were from adults who had been through all the harsh realities of growing up, and they just wanted to steer us in the right direction.
Desperately anticipating the same obstacles, they were (and still are) trying to convey a simple message in a format that children can understand. It’s about being a good person, not letting life get you down, and creating a heart of stone within you. So many books I have read and movies I have watched have contained this same simple message! Retain your innocence, do not stray from what makes you fundamentally pure and good. Looking back I am now able to appreciate what these writers were trying to teach, and I am glad for it.
Perhaps one day I will even write a children’s book myself.
[Taken from http://www.buzzfeed.com/briangalindo]
1. Antoine de Saint Exupéry, The Little Prince
The most important things in life are not what you can see, but what you feel.
2. J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
Never doubt yourself, it will only hold you back.
3. Roald Dahl, The Twits
Always keep a positive mindset, it will improve your outlook on the world.
4. Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
Only you can determine the path you choose.
5. Judith Viorst, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Some days really are just shitty, don’t let them bring you down.
6. Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time
Sometimes being over analytical is a good thing, most of the time it isn’t.
7. J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
Materialism does not bring us happiness.
8. Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
Don’t be afraid of life’s challenges.
9. Kevin Henkes, Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse
Always remember there are brighter days ahead.
10. Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy
Always be honest with yourself.
11. A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
Everyone needs a good affirmation once in awhile.
12. Andrea Beaty, Iggy Peck Architect
Never be afraid to dream.
13. Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Truth: We are constantly evolving people. Embrace the fact that your views on things will change.
14. Arthur Ransome, Swallows and Amazons
When an opportunity knocks, don’t be afraid to take it.
15. Aesop, The Lion and the Mouse
Kindness goes a long way, you can really change someone’s day by being nice to them.
This quote is actually a misattributed to Winnie the Pooh, but it is a beautiful sentiment none the less.