Top 110 Walt Disney Quotes that will Encourage Everyone

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

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

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

“Adults are only kids grown up.”

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

Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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?

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

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.

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

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

There’s nothing funnier than the human animal.

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

I resent the limitations of my own imagination.

For every laugh, there should be a tear.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

Whatever you do, do it well.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

“I believe in being a motivator.”

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

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

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

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

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

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

“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.”

“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.”

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

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

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

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

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

“I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.”“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

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

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

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

“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.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

“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 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.”

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

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

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

“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.”

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

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

“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.”

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

“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.”

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

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

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

“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.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

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

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

“Disneyland is a show.”

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