Childhood isn’t easy, and no character represents that as much as Eeyore from the Winnie the Pooh stories. Originally created by A.A. Milne and adapted by Disney, Eeyore and the rest of the Hundred Acre Wood animal friends of Christopher Robin are caricatures of being a child. So without further ado, here are my picks for the best Eeyore quotes that remain timeless.
The Best Eeyore Quotes
“Don’t pay any attention to me. Nobody ever does.”
This statement is decidedly a false one, considering the fact that Eeyore lives constantly surrounded by his friends. The question is, why does Eeyore act miserable when he really has a good life? The answer is simple: children can feel the same way. Eeyore’s character is meant to reassure children that being sad is not a bad thing and it’s okay to feel bad even in the best of circumstances.
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“Good afternoon, Piglet, if it is a good afternoon, which I doubt.”
Other than self pity or misery, it must be mentioned that one of the most prominent attitudes Eeyore has is sass. Even when his words are woefully toned, the humor is still evident. Eeyore is never depressing despite his sad disposition because he had the gift of levity. He can make light of his own blues.
“After all, what are birthdays? Here today and gone tomorrow.”
When Eeyore believes that his friends have forgotten his birthday, he tries to rationalize how sad it makes him.Vocalizing that birthdays don’t really matter, when inside he doesn’t quite believe that, helps him cope with disappointment.
Whether or not that is the most healthy way to deal with emotions is up for debate, but it does allow Eeyore to communicate with his friends when he is especially downcast. Personally, I often wish I was more comfortable with speaking up when I feel forgotten by people I love, and Eeyore has helped me know it’s okay to say what I am feeling in plain terms.
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“The nicest thing about the rain is that it always stops. Eventually.”
Surprise, surprise! Our favorite doleful donkey can be an encouragement! Eeyore is never just a taker, he also gives back to his friends when they are troubled. Even though he is generally more downcast than the others in the Hundred Acre Woods, he knows he isn’t the only person entitled to needing a little help. He often offers his assistance and uplifting to Pooh, Piglet, and the rest of the gang.
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“It’s not much of a tail, but I’m sort of attached to it.”
Perhaps the most ragged of the stuffed animal friends of Christopher Robin, Eeyore is often losing his tail. Understandable, seeing as the tail is only attached to the donkey with a push pin. I have always seen this entertaining problem of Eeyore as a sign of how loved he has been by Christopher Robin. The more stuffed animals are hugged and used by kids, the more worn they become after all.
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“Use caution when standing by the river bank minding your own business. You might get bounced into the water.”
Sometimes the simplistic nature of statements in Winnie the Pooh can have the deepest meaning. If you haven’t watched any Winnie the Pooh since you were a child, I highly recommend going back and watching again.
Even as an adult, there are important lessons to be learned. This quote where Eeyore warns of not getting too comfortable in life and instead staying aware of your own and other’s circumstances is one of many valuable quotes in the stories.
“They’re funny things, accidents. You never have them till you’re having them.”
Unlike characters like Pooh, Owl, and Rabbit, Eeyore accepts the fact that he is not always in control of his life. One of his many positive traits is that he often is better at going with the natural flow of life. While this means he isn’t as ambitious as his friends, he isn’t any the lesser for it. In fact, it’s often beneficial when things don’t go his way…which is often.
“The poem which I am now about to read to you was written by Eeyore, or myself, in a quiet moment.”
The charm of Eeyore is often his melancholy that could often be called poetic without much exaggeration. Eeyore allows himself to simply be. If he wants to float down a river, he does. If he wants to eat, he does. If he wants to write a poem, he does. His preferred way to pass the time is in quiet moments and serene reflection. Who knew a stuffed donkey could be so relatable?
“Sure is a cheerful color. Guess I’ll have to get used to it.”
Eeyore finds comfort in sadness. It sounds unusual but it’s more common than you might think. Sad music, heartbreaking movies, tragic books; people love them. Finding joy in sadness, accepting melancholy as a part of life can be the makings of a happy life. Eeyore does not reject cheerfulness but he finds his own personal fulfillment in the muted but artful parts of life.
“It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine.”
More proof that Eeyore may be pensive but he is not depressed. Not once does any adaption of the beloved animal character ever portray him devoid of hope or care.
Eeyore is a creation of Christopher Robin’s imagination and therefore shares his childlike mind, ever assured and heartening. Innocence and awe of the world will always be present in Winnie the Pooh, one of the many reasons I encourage adults to return and relive the stories.
“Christopher Robin, it’s you, playing again!”
Christopher Robin was a live action movie Disney released in 2018 and easily one of my favorites of their Winnie the Pooh productions. The movie reiterates everything the original Winnie the Pooh stories were encouraging: nurturing your inner child.
Growing up may come with more responsibility but that doesn’t mean we should throw away childhood values. Eeyore is the first in the movie who is able to get the grown up Christopher Robin to remember the joys of pretend and play, however inadvertently he does it.
“A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.”
Self pity is often one of Eeyore’s most exaggerated qualities but he is not selfish. More often than not, his adventures center around helping Pooh or Piglet. While he prefers the comfort of staying in one comfortable place, he is more than willing to venture out for the sake of the people he cares about. He will most likely grumble about it, but everyone knows his true nature isn’t as begrudging as he claims.
“I never get my hopes up, so I never get let down.”
Kids’ media nowadays is sugar coated and complex. Eeyore and Winnie the Pooh are not like that. This quote is a sentiment I feel many people often share. It’s important that Eeyore portrays real feelings in a way that it’s easy for children to relate to and for adults to talk about.
The line is blunt, not veiled with embellishment, simple and honest, just like the majority of the show and movies that take place in the Hundred Acre Woods.
“We can’t all, and some of us don’t.”
I recall as a child being personally affirmed by this quote and that makes this one of the best Eeyore quotes in my opinion. There are many forces in the real world that tell children to do better, be better, make something of themselves that fit their unrealistic expectations.
But children should be allowed to be themselves, whether that includes ambition or not. This quote taught me I didn’t have to live up to anyone else’s standards but my own. You don’t have to do everything. You only have to be yourself and be happy.
“After all, one can’t complain. I have my friends.”
The bottom line of Winnie the Pooh and the Hundred Acre Woods is community, family and friends. Being there for others. Caring and allowing yourself to be loved.
Eeyore treasures his friends and knows that even if he loses his tail or is scared by a spooky noise in the wind, that everything will be okay because he is surrounded by people who loves him. If a donkey can do it, the human race can too.
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This article was written by Kathryn and edited by Michael.