“If people were superior to animals, they'd take good care of them," said Pooh.” ― Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh. Here are 26 Famous The Tao Of Pooh Quotes Worth Reading.

The Tao Of Pooh Quotes

1. “The surest way to become Tense, Awkward, and Confused is to develop a mind that tries too hard - one that thinks too much.”
Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

2. “The wise know their limitations; the foolish do not.”
Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

3. “We don't need to shift our responsibilities onto the shoulders of some deified Spiritual Superman, or sit around and wait for Fate to come knocking at the door. We simply need to believe in the power that's within us and use it. When we do that, and stop imitating others and competing against them, things begin to work for us.”
Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

4. “A way of life that keeps saying 'Around the next corner, above the next step,' works against the natural order of things and makes it so difficult to be happy and good.”
Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

5. “Things just happen in the right way, at the right time. At least when you let them, when you work with circumstances instead of saying, 'This isn't supposed to be happening this way,' and trying harder to make it happen some other way.”
Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

6. “The play-it-safe pessimists of the world never accomplish much of anything, because they don't look clearly and objectively at situations, they don't recognize or believe in their own abilities to overcome even the smallest amount of risk.”
Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

The Tao Of Pooh Quotes

7. “How can you get very far,
If you don't know who you are?
How can you do what you ought,
If you don't know what you've got?
And if you don't know which to do
Of all the things in front of you,
Then what you'll have when you are through
Is just a mess without a clue
Of all the best that can come true
If you know What and Which and Who.”
Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

8. “The honey doesn't taste so good once it is being eaten; the goal doesn't mean so much once it is reached; the reward is no so rewarding once it has been given. If we add up all the rewards in our lives, we won't have very much. But if we add up the spaces *between* the rewards, we'll come up with quite a bit. And if we add up the rewards *and* the spaces, then we'll have everything - every minute of the time that we spent.”
Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

9. “Do you really want to be happy? You can begin by being appreciative of who you are and what you've got.”
Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

10. “But isn't the knowledge that comes from experience more valuable than the knowledge that doesn't? It seems fairly obvious to some of us that a lot of scholars need to go outside and sniff around - walk through the grass, talk to the animals. That sort of thing.”
Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

11. “Wisdom, Happiness, and Courage are not waiting somewhere out beyond sight at the end of a straight line; they're part of a continuous cycle that begins right here. They're not only the ending but the beginning as well.”
Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

12. “Now, scholars can be very useful and necessary, in their own dull and unamusing way. They provide a lot of information. It's just that there is Something More, and that Something More is what life is really all about.”― Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

The Tao Of Pooh Quotes

13. “There are things about ourselves that we need to get rid of; there are things we need to change. But at the same time, we do not need to be too desperate, too ruthless, too combative. Along the way to usefulness and happiness, many of those things will change themselves, and the others can be worked on as we go. The first thing we need to do is recognize and trust our own Inner Nature, and not lose sight of it.”
Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

14. “When you know and respect your Inner Nature, you know where you belong. You also know where you don't belong.”
Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

15. “You can't save time. You can only spend it, but you can spend it wisely or foolishly.”
Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

16. “Sourness and bitterness come from the interfering and unappreciative mind. Life itself, when understood and utilized for what it is, is sweet. That is the message of The Vinegar Tasters.”
Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

17. “The main problem with this great obsession for saving time is very simple: you can't save time. You can only spend it. But you can spend it wisely or foolishly.”
Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

18. "You complain that your tree is not valuable as lumber. But you could make use of the shade it provides, rest under its sheltering branches, and stroll beneath it, admiring its character and appearance. Since it would not be endangered by an axe, what could threaten its existence? It is useless to you only because you want to make it into something else and do not use it in its proper way.”
Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

19. “If people were superior to animals, they'd take good care of them," said Pooh.”
Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

The Tao Of Pooh Quotes

20. “I think, therefore I am... confused.”
Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

21. “You'd be surprised how many people violate this simple principle every day of their lives and try to fit square pegs into round holes, ignoring the clear reality that Things Are As They Are.”
Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

22. “The masters of life know the way, for they listen to the voice within them, the voice of wisdom and simplicity, the voice that reasons beyond cleverness and knows beyond knowledge.”
Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

23. “A clever mind is not a heart. Knowledge doesn't really care, wisdom does.”
Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

24. “Like silence after noise, or cool, clear water on a hot, stuffy day, Emptiness cleans out the messy mind and charges up the batteries of spiritual energy. Many people are afraid of Emptiness, however, because it reminds them of Loneliness.”
Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

25. “Rabbit's clever," said Pooh thoughtfully.
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit's clever."
"And he has Brain."
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit has Brain."
There was a long silence.
"I suppose," said Pooh, "that that's why he never understands anything.”
Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

26. “When you discard arrogance, complexity, and a few other things that get in the way, sooner or later you will discover that simple, childlike, and mysterious secret known to those of the Uncarved Block: Life is Fun.”
Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

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