99 Quotes That Demonstrate the Wisdom of Walt Disney

The magic of Disney has truly made an impact on the children of today. Even the adults are still connected to their childhood selves because of Disney.

If you ask dreamers, they would know of a man named Walt Disney. He was a passionate man who never gave up on his dream. He persevered and created something truly magical.

99 Quotes by Walt Disney

Here are some wise words from the man himself:

  1. “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”
  2. “When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way implicitly and unquestionable.”
  3. “Life is composed of lights and shadows, and we would be untruthful, insincere, and saccharine if we tried to pretend there were no shadows.”
  4. “If you can dream it, you can do it.”
  5. “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”
  6. “That’s the real trouble with the world. Too many people grow up.”
  7. “The more you are in a state of gratitude, the more you will attract things to be grateful for.”
  8. “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.”
  9. “If you can visualize it, if you can dream it, there’s some way to do it.”
  10. “Do your best work then try to trump it.”
  11. “I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing: that it was all started by a mouse.”
  12. “The era we are living in today is a dream of coming true.”
  13. “The greatest moments in life are not concerned with selfish achievements but rather with the things we do for the people we love and esteem.”
  14. “Around here, however, we don’t look backward for very long. We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
  15. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
  16. “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.”
  17. “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.”
  18. “Why worry? If you’ve done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it any better.”
  19. “Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age and dreams are forever.”
  20. “A man should never neglect his family for business.”
  21. “The difference in winning and losing is most often not quitting.”
  22. “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.”
  23. “Whatever you do, do it well.”
  24. “Do what you do so well that they want to see it again and bring their friends.”
  25. “Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.”
  26. “You can’t just let nature run wild.”
  27. “The worst of us is not without innocence, although buried deeply it might be.”
  28. “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.”
  29. “Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim constantly focused on the future.”
  30. “First, think. Second, dream. Third, believe. And finally, dare.”
  31. “The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.”
  32. “Fantasy and reality often overlap.”
  33. “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.”
  34. “All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all the 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.”
  35. “Get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it’s done right.”
  36. “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.”
  37. “You can design and create and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.”
  38. “A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there.”
  39. “There’s nothing funnier than the human animal.”
  40. “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.”
  41. “Faith is the most important thing. If you believe in something, believe it till the end, unequivocally and without hesitation.”
  42. “Most of my life I have done what I wanted to do. I have had fun on the job.”
  43. “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.”
  44. “Dreams, ideas, and plans not only are an escape, they give me purpose, a reason to hang on.”
  45. “Growing old is mandatory but growing up is optional.”
  46. “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.”
  47. “You reach a point where you don’t work for money.”
  48. “Disneyland is a work of love. We didn’t go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money.”
  49. “We create happiness.”
  50. “For every laugh, there should be a tear.”
  51. “In bad times and in good I’ve never lost my sense of zest for life.”
  52. “Never forget! You can design, create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make a dream a reality.”
  53. “I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.”
  54. “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.”
  55. “To the youngsters of today, I say believe in the future; the world is getting better.”
  56. “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.”
  57. “I believe in being an innovator.”
  58. “Happiness is a state of mind. It’s just according to the way you look at things.”
  59. “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.”
  60. “I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know how to get along without it.”
  61. “Who says we have to grow up?”
  62. “Everyone falls down. Getting back up is how you learn how to walk.”
  63. “Ideas come from curiosity.”
  64. “It is good to have a failure while you’re young because it teaches you so much, and once you’ve lived through the worst, you’re never quite as vulnerable afterward.”
  65. “Never get bored or cynical. Yesterday is a thing of the past.”
  66. “That’s what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. We instill hope again and again and again.”
  67. “When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do. And one thing it takes to accomplish something is courage.”
  68. “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.”
  69. “Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim constantly focused on the future.”
  70. “Adults are only kids grown up.”
  71. “Think beyond your lifetime if you want to do something truly great.”
  72. “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.”
  73. “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.”
  74. “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.”
  75. “Money doesn’t excite me – my ideas excite me.”
  76. “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.”
  77. “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.”
  78. “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.”
  79. “The era we are living in today is a dream of coming true.”
  80. “It’s a mistake not to give people a chance to learn to depend on themselves while they are young.”
  81. “Whenever I go on a ride, I’m always thinking of what’s wrong with the thing and how it can be improved.”
  82. “I try to build a full personality for each of our cartoon characters – to make them personalities.”
  83. “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.”
  84. “Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language.”
  85. “I could never convince the financiers that Disneyland was feasible because dreams offer too little collateral.”
  86. “When people laugh at Mickey Mouse, it’s because he’s so human; and that is the secret of his popularity.”
  87. “I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained.”
  88. “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.”
  89. “We are not trying to entertain the critics. I’ll take my chances with the public.”
  90. “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.”
  91. “My greatest reward is that I have been able to build this wonderful organization.”
  92. “I am interested in entertaining people, in bringing pleasure, particularly laughter, to others, rather than being concerned with ‘expressing’ myself with obscure creative impressions.”
  93. “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.”
  94. “I resent the limitations of my own imagination.”
  95. “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.”
  96. “I do not like to repeat successes, I like to go on to other things.”
  97. “I don’t like formal gardens. I like wild nature. It’s just the wilderness instinct in me, I guess.”
  98. “I don’t make pictures just to make money. I make money to make more pictures.”
  99. “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.”

Don’t give up on your childhood dreams just yet. Reconnect with that wide-eyed child in you and keep pursuing your dreams. Walt Disney created characters that became great parts of our childhood. And, he continues to inspire children as well as adults.

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