The creator of Paddington Bear, Michael Bond, has passed away at the age of 91 after a brief illness. He will be missed, but the loving chaos of his most famous creation will continue to delight children and families around the world. For that reason, I've put together the 10 best Paddington Bear quotes that will always bring you joy.
The Browns first met their little Peruvian friend at Paddington Station in Bond's 1958 book, A Bear Called Paddington. That short chapter book would eventually be turned into a series of picture books for younger readers. In 1965, with six Paddington books published, Bond quit his day job to become a full-time writer, churning out more stories about the lovable bear until 1979.
According to The New York Times, Bond returned to Paddington "in 2008, to celebrate the bear’s 50th anniversary" with Paddington Here and Now, "in which our hero has his shopping cart towed and his immigration status questioned." That wasn't out of character for Bond's children's books, as Paddington was based on the British children who were relocated during World War II to shield them from the London Blitz, and his friend, Mr. Gruber, fled to the U.K. to escape Nazi occupation.
Check out some picks for the 10 most-joyous Paddington Bear quotes below:
"Seagulls don't know everything … I always keep a marmalade sandwich under my hat, just in case!"
— Paddington, from Paddington at the Beach
"You never know your luck."
— the construction foreman, from Paddington Bear in the Garden
"All the same … it's a very important name. And I don't expect there are many bears in the world called Paddington!"
— Paddington, from A Bear Called Paddington
"Planning a holiday — especially a holiday abroad — was much more complicated than he had imagined, and he decided the only thing to do was to consult his friend Mr. Gruber on the subject."
— from Paddington Abroad
"He was a hopeful bear at heart."
— from Paddington at Work
"Bears like Paddington are very rare. And a good thing too, if you ask me, or it would cost us a small fortune in marmalade."
— Mrs. Bird, from More about Paddington
"I think [the Merry-Go-Round] is a very good way of travelling if you don't want to go anywhere … Especially if you have plenty of marmalade sandwiches to keep you going."
— Paddington, from Paddington at the Fair
"It's as I said in the beginning … young [Paddington] Brown has a way of bringing people closer together in the end."
— Mr. Price, from Paddington Goes to Town
"I think I may paint a family portrait today … That is, if I have enough paint left for all the smiles."
— Paddington, from Paddington's Art Exhibition
"Please look after this bear. Thank you."
— the note on Paddington's coat, from Paddington Bear