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70 Walt Disney Quotes That Will Inspire You

Let the dreamer in you come out reading these Walt Disney quotes.

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70 Walt Disney Quotes

Walter Elias Disney was an American animator, entrepreneur, voice actor, and film producer. It’s hard to imagine our childhood without his animation movies that have lived with us for many years and still do. Walt Disney inspires people with his passion and perseverance for what he did.

Let these Walt Disney quotes inspire you and help make your dreams come true. Let the magic begin!

1"First, think. Second, believe. Third, dream. And finally, dare."

2"I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I have ever known."

3"It’s a mistake not to give people a chance to learn to depend on themselves while they are young."

4"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."

5"People often ask me if I know the secret of success and if I could tell others how to make their dreams come true. My answer is, you do it by working."

6"Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four Cs. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy."

7"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing."

8"If you can dream it, you can do it."

9"Animation offers a medium of storytelling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world."

10"All cartoon characters and fables must be exaggeration, caricatures. It is the very nature of fantasy and fable."

11"Leadership means that a group, large or small, is willing to entrust authority to a person who has shown judgment, wisdom, personal appeal, and proven competence."

12"Children are people, and they should have to reach to learn about things, to understand things, just as adults have to reach if they want to grow in mental stature."

13"Why do we have to grow up? I know more adults who have the children’s approach to life. They’re people who don’t give a hang what the Jones’ do. You see them at Disneyland every time you go there. They are not afraid to be delighted with simple pleasures, and they have a degree of contentment with what life has brought – sometimes it isn’t much, either."

14"Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive. This facility makes it the most versatile and explicit means of communication yet devised for quick mass appreciation."

15"You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality."

16"I resent the limitations of my own imagination."

17"I am in no sense of the word a great artist, not even a great animator; I have always had men working for me whose skills were greater than my own. I am an idea man."

18"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island."

19"Our heritage and ideals, our code and standards – the things we live by and teach our children – are preserved or diminished by how freely we exchange ideas and feelings."

20"Disneyland is a work of love. We didn’t go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money."

21"The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique."

22"I could never convince the financiers that Disneyland was feasible, because dreams offer too little collateral."

23"For every laugh, there should be a tear."

24"Never get bored or cynical. Yesterday is a thing of the past."

25"I have no use for people who throw their weight around as celebrities, or for those who fawn over you just because you are famous."

26"I am corny, you know? But I think there are just about 140 million people in this country who are just as corny as I am."

27"When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable."

28"Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, dreams are forever."

29"There’s nothing funnier than the human animal."

30"Get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it’s done right."

31"You reach a point where you don’t work for money."

32"All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you."

33"Do a good job. You don’t have to worry about the money; it will take care of itself. Just do your best work — then try to trump it."

34"A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive."

35"Childishness? I think it’s the equivalent of never losing your sense of humor. I mean, there’s a certain something that you retain. It’s the equivalent of not getting so stuffy that you can’t laugh at others."

36"Of all the things I’ve done, the most vital is coordinating those who work with me and aiming their efforts at a certain goal."

37"Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children."

38"We are not trying to entertain the critics. I’ll take my chances with the public."

39"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."

40"Why worry? If you’ve done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it any better."

41"We allow no geniuses around our Studio."

42"When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do. And one thing it takes to accomplish something is courage."

43"Everyone falls down. Getting back up is how you learn how to walk."

44"The difference between winning and losing is most often not quitting."

45"All you’ve got to do is own up to your ignorance honestly, and you’ll find people who are eager to fill your head with information."

46"I have long felt that the way to keep children out of trouble is to keep them interested in things."

47"Courage is the main quality of leadership, in my opinion, no matter where it is exercised. Usually it implies some risk — especially in new undertakings. Courage to initiate something and to keep it going, pioneering and adventurous spirit to blaze new ways, often, in our land of opportunity."

48"That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up. They forget."

49"Crowded classrooms and half-day sessions are a tragic waste of our greatest national resource – the minds of our children."

50"Adults are interested if you don’t play down to the little 2 or 3 year olds or talk down. I don’t believe in talking down to children. I don’t believe in talking down to any certain segment. I like to kind of just talk in a general way to the audience. Children are always reaching."

51"Then people laugh at Mickey Mouse, it’s because he’s so human; and that is the secret of his popularity."

52"I do not make films primarily for children. I make them for the child in all of us, whether he be six or sixty. Call the child innocence."

53"Mickey Mouse popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad 20 years ago on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner."

54"I don’t want the public to see the world they live in while they’re in the Park (Disneyland). I want to feel they’re in another world."

55"I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse."

56"I believe in being an innovator."

57"I don’t believe in playing down to children, either in life or in motion pictures. I didn’t treat my own youngsters like fragile flowers, and I think no parent should."

58"You’re dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway."

59"Every child is born blessed with a vivid imagination. But just as a muscle grows flabby with disuse, so the bright imagination of a child pales in later years if he ceases to exercise it."

60"Until a character becomes a personality it cannot be believed. Without personality, the character may do funny or interesting things, but unless people are able to identify themselves with the character, its actions will seem unreal. And without personality, a story cannot ring true to the audience."

61"Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language."

62"Money doesn’t excite me, my ideas excite me."

63"Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world."

64"Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood."

65"I wanted to retain my individuality. I was afraid of being hampered by studio policies. I knew if someone else got control, I would be restrained."

66"I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained."

67"When I was a kid, a book I read advised young artists to be themselves. That decided it for me. I was a corny kind of guy, so I went in for corn."

68"I don’t make pictures just to make money. I make money to make more pictures."

69"Most of my life I have done what I wanted to do. I have had fun on the job."

70"Whenever I go on a ride, I’m always thinking of what’s wrong with the thing and how it can be improved."