Often people who work miracles in various spheres far from wisdom are great thinkers. Otherwise, they would never have been able to create their business empires. Walt Disney and his quotes are one of the most striking examples.

He has always been the embodiment of the so-called American Dream and one of the pioneers of animation. Although often he himself was not the author of various scripts, it was his adjustments that were the merit of the great popularity of numerous film adaptations. He is a real genius of animation, and his name and biography have often been left out of the attention of children from all over the world.

Walt Disney quotes were rarely heard in public. Despite the celebrity of his studio, it is difficult to call this man a real public person. Many details of his personal life were hidden from the press forever. He did not have children of his own, which resulted in a kind of desire to give boys and girls from all over the world a lot of screened fairy tales.

Contemporaries argued that he himself possessed a sufficiently powerful imagination, allowing him to correct classical works before adaptation. It turns out that he himself possessed a sufficient amount of intelligence to interpret and adapt the texts of the great classics for a drawn picture.

Curiously, his drawing skills were extremely poor. But he could convey the idea to professional artists. No one then could have thought that he would become famous, and his modest studio, stuffed with paper and pencils, would give rise to amusement parks and a huge business.

Best Walt Disney Quotes

These are the most recognizable phrases from the great animator. Many of them were used in his animated films.

“All right. I’m corny. But I think there’s just about a-hundred-and-forty-million people in this country that are just as corny as I am.”

“For every laugh, there should be a tear.”

“Nothing’s impossible.”– The Doorknob in Alice in Wonderland

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

“Giving up is for rookies.”– Phil in Hercules

“Animation is different from other parts. Its language is the language of caricature. Our most difficult job was to develop the cartoon’s unnatural but seemingly natural anatomy for humans and animals.”

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

“When people laugh at Mickey Mouse, it’s because he’s so human; and that is the secret of his popularity.”

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

“Never get bored or cynical. Yesterday is a thing of the past.”

“Animation offers a medium of story telling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world.”

“We have created characters and animated them in the dimension of depth, revealing through them to our perturbed world that the things we have in common far outnumber and outweigh those that divide us.”

“Dreams, ideas and plans not only are an escape, they give me purpose, a reason to hang on.”

“Listen with your heart, you will understand.”– Grandmother Willow in Pocahontas

“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.”

“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.”

“I think you have to know these fellows definitely before you can draw them. When you start to caricature a person,you can’t do it without knowing the person. Take Laurel and Hardy for example; everybody can see Laurel doing certain things because they know Laurel.”

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

“Life is composed of lights and shadows, and we would be untruthful, insincere, and saccharine if we tried to pretend there were no shadows.”

Walt Disney’s most recognizable quotes

Almost every one of you has heard this since childhood. Many children keep this in mind until adulthood and then start using it.

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

“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.”

“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.”

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

“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”– Christopher Robin in Winnie the Pooh

“I dream, I test my dreams against my beliefs, I dare to take risks, and I execute my vision to make those dreams come true.”

“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.”

“Fantasy and reality often overlap.”

“My greatest reward is that I have been able to build this wonderful organization.”

“Everyone falls down. Getting back up is how you learn how to walk.”

“Never get bored or cynical. Yesterday is a thing of the past.”

“I think a good study of music would be indispensable to the animators — a realization on their part of how primitive music is, how natural it is for people to want to go to music — a study of rhythm, the dance — the various rhythms enter into our lives every day.”

“I am interested in entertaining people, in bringing pleasure, particularly laughter, to others, rather than being concerned with ‘expressing’ myself with obscure creative impressions.”

“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.”

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

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

“You can dream, create, design and build the most wonderful place in the world, but it requires people to make the dream a reality.”

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

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

“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.”

Walt Disney quotes for every day

Use them to enrich your own inner world. Your interlocutors will appreciate your eloquence.

“I have never been interested in personal gain or profit. This business and this studio have been my entire life.”

“Fairy tales can come true. You gotta make them happen, it all depends on you.”– Tiana in The Princess and the Frog

“I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I have ever known.”

“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.”

“I never called my work an ‘art’. It’s part of show business, the business of building entertainment.”

“I don’t like formal gardens. I like wild nature. It’s just the wilderness instinct in me, I guess.”

“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.”

“At first the cartoon medium was just a novelty, but it never really began to hit until we had more than tricks… until we developed personalities. We had to get beyond getting a laugh. They may roll in the aisles, but that doesn’t mean you have a great picture. You have pathos in the thing.”

“The era we are living in today is a dream of coming true.”

“Adults are only kids grown up.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

“Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.”

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

“To all who come to this happy place: Welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here, age relives fond memories of the past… and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America… with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.”

“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.”

“Think beyond your lifetime if you want to do something truly great.”

“A man should never neglect his family for business.”

“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.”

The wisest quotes by Walt Disney

His wisdom is extremely simple and understandable for most people. It consists in highlighting the most important life values ​​and numerous situations.

“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.”

“The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.”

“When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.”

“I try to build a full personality for each of our cartoon characters – to make them personalities.”

“We allow no geniuses around our Studio.”

“I resent the limitations of my own imagination.”

“To infinity and beyond.”– Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story

“The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.”– Rafiki in The Lion King

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

“In bad times and in good, I’ve never lost my sense of zest for life.”

“The worst of us is not without innocence, although buried deeply it might be.”

“The worst of us is not without innocence, although buried deeply it might be.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

“Laughter is America’s most important export.”

“I dream, I test my dreams against my beliefs, I dare to take risks, and I execute my vision to make those dreams come true.”

“I’d say it’s been my biggest problem all my life… it’s money. It takes a lot of money to make these dreams come true.”

“The difference in winning and losing is most often not quitting.”

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

The most interesting quotes by Walt Disney

His phrases aroused interest even among his contemporaries. And many famous people tried to strike up a conversation with him.

“I am not influenced by the techniques or fashions of any other motion picture company.”

“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.”

“You can’t just let nature run wild.”

“Who says we have to grow up?”

“The most important thing brought about in the past quarter century of motion-picture history is the recognition that amusement, recreation, mass diversion, is no longer a dispensable luxury. Family fun is as necessary to modern living as a kitchen refrigerator.”

“You reach a point where you don’t work for money.”

“I believe in being a motivator.”

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

“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.”

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

“I’d say it’s been my biggest problem all my life… it’s money. It takes a lot of money to make these dreams come true.”

“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.”

“You reach a point where you don’t work for money.”

“Everyone falls down. Getting back up is how you learn how to walk.”

“I take great pride in the artistic development of cartoons. Our characters are made to go through emotions.”

“I do not like to repeat successes, I like to go on to other things.”

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

“We believed in our idea – a family park where parents and children could have fun- together.”

“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.”– Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins

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

Walt Disney quotes about life and dreams

He often reflected on various situations and was afraid to harm someone. Perhaps that is why this pure soul and heart man poured out all his love for this world through cartoons.

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

“The difference between winning and losing is most often not quitting.”

“The important thing is the family. If you can keep the family together — and that’s the backbone of our whole business, catering to families — that’s what we hope to do.”

“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.”

“First, think. Second, believe. Third, dream. And finally, dare.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

“I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.”

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

“When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

“Disneyland is a show.”

“You control your destiny — you don’t need magic to do it. And there are no magical shortcuts to solving your problems.”– Merida in Brave

“We didn’t set out to be superheroes. But sometimes life doesn’t go the way you planned.”– Hiro in Big Hero 6

Disney understood that it takes love and dedication to accomplish something well.

“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.”

“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.”– Walt Disney

Great quotes from Walt Disney

His rapid ascent to the heights of the cartoon world has always been admired. We can consider him not only a genius, but also a very strong businessman.

“You can dream, create, design and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it requires people to make the dream a reality.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“When people laugh at Mickey Mouse, it’s because he’s so human; and that is the secret of his popularity.”

“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 C’s. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy.”

“There’s nothing funnier than the human animal.”

“I am interested in entertaining people, in bringing pleasure, particularly laughter, to others, rather than being concerned with ‘expressing’ myself with obscure creative impressions.”

“Whatever you do, do it well.”

“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.”

“You must be imaginative, strong-hearted. You must try things that may not work, and you must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul.”– Auguste Gusteau in Ratatouille

“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.”

“Do not be fooled by its commonplace appearance. Like so many things, it is not what is outside, but what is inside that counts.”– The Merchant in Aladdin

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

“Laughter is America’s most important export.”

“Because when I look at you, I can feel it. And I look at you and I’m home.”– Dory in Finding Nemo

“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 C s. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy.”

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

“We did it Disneyland, in the knowledge that most of the people I talked to thought it would be a financial disaster – closed and forgotten within the first year.”

“We think of the family audience. Mickey Mouse would not have been the success he was were it not for the broad appeal. We are not playing just for kids. If you took your kids to the movies and left them there to be picked up later and did not go in yourself, I’d feel unhappy. After all, if you are aiming at the kids, what age would you aim at?”

Trending quotes by Walt Disney

Strain your memory, it is possible that one of your relatives is using it. These aphorisms from the great master are very well recognizable and translated into many languages ​​of the world.

“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.”

“No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.”– Cinderella in Cinderella

“There is great comfort and inspiration in the feeling of close human relationships and its bearing on our mutual fortunes – a powerful force, to overcome the ‘tough breaks’ which are certain to come to most of us from time to time.” “I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.”

“The very things that hold you down are going to lift you up.” – Timothy Q. Mouse in Dumbo

“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.”

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

“The most important thing is family. If you can keep the family together — and that’s the backbone of our whole business, catering to families — that’s what we hope to do.”

“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.”

“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.”

He worked hard to make Disneyland “the happiest place on earth.”

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

“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.”

“That’s what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. We instill hope again and again and again.”

His animated films touched people’s lives, brought them to tears, and made them laugh. They reminded adults of how it felt like to be children again.

“In our animation we must show only the actions and reactions of a character, but we must picture also with the action. . . the feeling of those characters.”

“Money doesn’t excite me, my ideas excite me.”

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

“There’s nothing funnier than the human animal.”

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

“I do not like to repeat successes, I like to go on to other things.”

“I don’t make pictures just to make money. I make money to make more pictures.”

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

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

Secrets of the great animator

LOS ANGELES – CIRCA 1955: Walt Disney poses for a portrait circa 1955 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Theisen/Getty Images)

According to Walt Disney, he never took problems seriously, but always focused only on the final goal. This helped him get better results and outperform the competition.

Walt Disney quotes from cartoons are still used even by adults. But they no longer understand why they need it and when it was all invented. After reading our list, you probably realized that many of his aphorisms are still used in everyday life.

The uniqueness of his wisdom lies in the fact that children perceive characters in their own way, and adults find their own meaning in each plot. Walt Disney quotes lie outside of space and time. Centuries will pass, but they still will not lose their relevance.

If we turn to modern cartoonists, many of them will mention his name as a source of inspiration. It seems that there can be nothing interesting in black and white shots for a world dominated by three-dimensional models and vivid special effects. So enjoy this great selection of Walt Disney quotes to expand your horizons and use its wisdom in your speech.