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201 Walt Disney Quotes on Life, Inspiration, Dreams & Family

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Walt Disney was an American motion picture and television producer and showman who is most known for creating the amusement parks Disneyland and Disney World, as well as being a pioneer of cartoon films such as Mickey Mouse.

During his lifetime, he received 22 Academy Awards.

We have curated some of the best quotes by Walt Disney to inspire you to go after your dreams.


Best Walt Disney Quotes on Life, Inspiration, Dreams & Family

1. “The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing.” – (Walt Disney).

2. “If you can dream it, you can do it.” – (Walt Disney). 

3. “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” – (Walt Disney).

4. “First, think. Second, believe. Third, dream. And finally, dare.” – (Walt Disney).

5. “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – (Walt Disney).

6. “Why worry? If you’ve done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it any better.” – (Walt Disney).

7. “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – (Walt Disney).

8. “Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, dreams are forever.” – (Walt Disney).

9. “Think, Believe, Dream, and Dare.” – (Walt Disney).

10. “Whatever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when people see you do it they will want to come back and see you do it again and they will want to bring others and show them how well you do what you do.” – (Walt Disney).

11. “Progress is impossible without change.” – (Walt Disney).

12. “The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.” – (Walt Disney).

13. “When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.” – (Walt Disney).

14. “That’s the real trouble with the world. Too many people grow up.” – (Walt Disney).

15. “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” – (Walt Disney).

16. “Get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it’s done right.” – (Walt Disney).

17. “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.” – (Walt Disney).

18. “A man should never neglect his family for business.” – (Walt Disney).

19. “Keep Moving Forward.” – (Walt Disney).

20. “Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.” – (Walt Disney).

21. “Have confidence in your ability to do it right, and work hard to do the best possible job.” – (Walt Disney).

22. “Worry is a waste of imagination.” – (Walt Disney).

23. “The four Cs of making dreams come true: Curiosity, Courage, Consistency, Confidence.” – (Walt Disney).

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

25. “To succeed, work hard, never give up and above all cherish a magnificent obsession.” – (Walt Disney).

26. “Life is beautiful. It’s about giving. It’s about family.” – (Walt Disney).

27. “Goodbye may seem forever. Farewell is like the end, but in my heart is the memory and there you will always be.” – (Walt Disney).

28. “Believe in your dreams, no matter how impossible they seem.” – (Walt Disney).

29. “Happiness is a state of mind. It’s just according to the way you look at things.” – (Walt Disney).

30. “After the rain, the sun will reappear. There is life. After the pain, the joy will still be here.” – (Walt Disney).

31. “Ideas come from curiosity.” – (Walt Disney).

32. “There is no magic in magic, it’s all in the details.” – (Walt Disney).

33. “If you can visualize it, if you can dream it, there’s some way to do it.” – (Walt Disney).

34. “All of our dreams can come true.” – (Walt Disney).

35. “The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.” – (Walt Disney).

36. “Just make sure you never do less than your best.” – (Walt Disney).

37. “The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.” – (Walt Disney).

38. “Everyone falls down. Getting back up is how you learn how to walk.” – (Walt Disney).

39. “Curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – (Walt Disney).

40. “To be successful you must be unique, you must be so different that if people want what you have, they must come to you to get it.” – (Walt Disney).

41. “I never look back, darling. It distracts from the now.” – (Walt Disney).

42. “If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.” – (Walt Disney).

43. “We don’t make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies.” – (Walt Disney).

44. “Any dream is possible, if you have courage.” – (Walt Disney).

45. “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” – (Walt Disney).

46. “Many of the things that seem impossible now will become realities tomorrow.” – (Walt Disney).

47. “You must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul.” – (Walt Disney).

48. “Always fight for quality, whether giving or receiving.” – (Walt Disney).

49. “Faith. Trust. and Pixie Dust.” – (Walt Disney).

50. “Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language.” – (Walt Disney).

51. “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.” – (Walt Disney).

52. “Even miracles take a little time.” – (Walt Disney).

53. “Now when we opened Disneyland, outer space was Buck Rogers.” – (Walt Disney).

54. “My imagination creates my reality.” – (Walt Disney).

55. “The most important thing is family.” – (Walt Disney).

56. “Whether you say you can’t or you can, you’re right.” – (Walt Disney).

57. “Do what you do so well – and so uniquely – that people can’t resist telling others about you.” – (Walt Disney).

58. “A dream is a wish your heart makes, when you’re fast asleep.” – (Walt Disney).

59. “Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive.” – (Walt Disney).

60. “You don’t build it for yourself. You know what the people want and you build it for them.” – (Walt Disney).

61. “Fantasy and reality often overlap.” – (Walt Disney).

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

63. “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).

64. “Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim constantly focused on the future.” – (Walt Disney).

65. “The important thing is to teach a child that good can always triumph over evil.” – (Walt Disney).

66. “But they say if you dream a thing more than once, it’s sure to come true.” – (Walt Disney).

67. “A good story can take you on a fantastic journey.” – (Walt Disney).

68. “Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy.” – (Walt Disney).

69. “Forever is a long long time and time has a way of changing things.” – (Walt Disney).

70. “Today, we are shapers of the world of tomorrow. That is plain truth. There is no way we can duck the responsibility, and there is no reason why we should.” – (Walt Disney).

71. “A prayer, it seems to me, implies a promise as well as a request; at the highest level, prayer not only is a supplication for strength and guidance, but also becomes an affirmation of life and thus a reverent praise of God.” – (Walt Disney).

72. “Laughter is no enemy to learning.” – (Walt Disney).

73. “I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know how to get along without it.” – (Walt Disney).

74. “Always, as you travel, assimilate the sounds and sights of the world.” – (Walt Disney).

75. “Mickey Mouse is, to me, a symbol of independence. He was a means to an end.” – (Walt Disney).

76. “Money doesn’t excite me – my ideas excite me.” – (Walt Disney).

77. “Many hands and hearts and minds generally contribute to anyone’s notable achievements.” – (Walt Disney).

78. “Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long.” – (Walt Disney).

79. “I love the nostalgic myself. I hope we never lose some of the things of the past.” – (Walt Disney).

80. “Do not be fooled by its commonplace appearance. Like so many things, it is not what outside, but what is inside that counts.” – (Walt Disney).

81. “Today we are shapers of the world of tomorrow.” – (Walt Disney).

82. “Adults are only kids grown up.” – (Walt Disney).

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

84. “I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I have ever known.” – (Walt Disney).

85. “She believed in dreams, all right, but she also believed in doing something about them. When Prince Charming didn’t come along, she went over to the palace and got him.” – (Walt Disney).

86. “I think of a child’s mind as a blank book. During the first years of his life, much will be written on the pages. The quality of that writing will affect his life profoundly.” – (Walt Disney).

87. “Think beyond your lifetime if you want to accomplish something truly worthwhile.” – (Walt Disney).

88. “I’m doing this because I want to do it better.” – (Walt Disney).

89. “I could never convince the financiers that Disneyland was feasible because dreams offer too little collateral.” – (Walt Disney).

90. “I resent the limitations of my own imagination.” – (Walt Disney).

91. “Laughter is America’s most important export.” – (Walt Disney).

92. “Dream, diversify-and never miss an angle.” – (Walt Disney).

93. “I don’t know if it’s art, but I know I like it.” – (Walt Disney).

94. “For every laugh, there should be a tear.” – (Walt Disney).

95. “I thank God and America for the right to live and raise my family under the flag of tolerance, democracy and freedom.” – (Walt Disney).

96. “Here is the world of imagination, hopes, and dreams. In this timeless land of enchantment, the age of chivalry, magic and make-believe are reborn – and fairy tales come true. Fantasyland is dedicated to the young-in-heart, to those who that when you wish upon a star, your dreams come true.” – (Walt Disney).

97. “A good concert, if you’re kind of relaxed, it can do something to you. It’s sort of an emotional break you get by listening to music.” – (Walt Disney).

98. “I believe firmly in the efficacy of religion, in its powerful influence on a person’s whole life. It helps immeasurably to meet the storms and stress of life and keep you attuned to the Divine inspiration. Without inspiration, we would perish.” – (Walt Disney).

99. “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.” – (Walt Disney).

100. “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).

101. “A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there.” – (Walt Disney).

102. “Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and bring their friends.” – (Walt Disney).

103. “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.” – (Walt Disney).

104. “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.” – (Walt Disney).

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

106. “Your talent makes you who you are. You should be proud of it.” – (Walt Disney).

107. “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” – (Walt Disney).

108. “Just remember, it all started with a mouse.” – (Walt Disney).

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

110. “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.” – (Walt Disney).

111. “When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.” – (Walt Disney).

112. “Happiness is a state of mind. You can be happy or you can be unhappy.” – (Walt Disney).

113. “The more you are like yourself, the less you are like anyone else which makes you unique. The problem with most people is that they spend their lives trying to emulate others and so we have lots of copies but few originals.” – (Walt Disney).

114. “Disneyland is a work of love. We didn’t go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money.” – (Walt Disney).

115. “If we didn’t have deadlines, we’d stagnate.” – (Walt Disney).

116. “The wonders of nature are endless…” – (Walt Disney).

117. “Too many people grow up. That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up. They forget. They don’t remember what it’s like to be 12 years old. They patronize, they treat children as inferiors. Well I won’t do that.” – (Walt Disney).

118. “It’s no secret that we were sticking just about every nickel we had on the chance that people would really be interested in something totally new and unique in the field of entertainment.” – (Walt Disney).

119. “You reach a point where you don’t work for money.” – (Walt Disney).

120. “Who says that my dreams have to just stay my dreams?” – (Walt Disney).

121. “Whatever we accomplish is due to the combined effort.” – (Walt Disney).

122. “The greatest moments in life are not concerned with selfish achievements, but rather with the things we do for others.” – (Walt Disney).

123. “If watching is all you’re going to do, then you’re going to watch your life go by without you.” – (Walt Disney).

124. “I can never standstill. I must explore and experiment.” – (Walt Disney).

125. “That’s what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. We instill hope again and again and again.” – (Walt Disney).

126. “I am not influenced by the techniques or fashions of any other motion picture company.” – (Walt Disney).

127. “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.” – (Walt Disney).

128. “My persistence is the measure of the belief I have in myself.” – (Walt Disney).

129. “Fear too often spells failure.” – (Walt Disney).

130. “Every child is born blessed with a vivid imagination.” – (Walt Disney).

131. “Most of my life I have done what I wanted to do. I have had fun on the job.” – (Walt Disney).

132. “When I’m dead I don’t want a funeral. I want people to remember me alive.” – (Walt Disney).

133. “Do anything better than it was ever done before and you’ll get rich.” – (Walt Disney).

134. “I believe in being an innovator.” – (Walt Disney).

135. “I am a patient listener, but opinionated to the point of stubbornness when my mind is made up.” – (Walt Disney).

136. “People spend money when and where they feel good.” – (Walt Disney).

137. “In learning the art of storytelling by animation, I have discovered that language has an anatomy.” – (Walt Disney).

138. “You’re flying Buzz! No Woody we’re falling in style!” – (Walt Disney).

139. “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.” – (Walt Disney).

140. “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.” – (Walt Disney).

141. “Don’t tell me about the problems – I make the problems.” – (Walt Disney).

142. “I just needed to get out on my own, live my own life. And I did, and it’s great.” – (Walt Disney).

143. “I do not make films primarily for children. I make them for the child in all of us, whether we be six or sixty.” – (Walt Disney).

144. “My business is making people, especially children, happy.” – (Walt Disney).

145. “Disneyland is like Alice stepping through the Looking Glass; to step through the portals of Disneyland will be like entering another world.” – (Walt Disney).

146. “Animation is different from other parts. Its language is the language of caricature.” – (Walt Disney).

147. “I’m just corny enough to like to have a story hit me over the heart.” – (Walt Disney).

148. “Recession doesn’t deserve the right to exist. There are just too many things to be done in science and engineering to be bogged down by temporary economic dislocations.” – (Walt Disney).

149. “No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dreams that you wish will come true.” – (Walt Disney).

150. “Leadership shows judgment, wisdom, personal appeal and proven competence.” – Walt Disney

151. “If you act like an adult when you’re a kid you can afford to act like a kid the rest of your life.” – (Walt Disney).

152. “Once a man has tasted freedom, he will never be content to be a slave.” – (Walt Disney).

153. “If I haven’t thought about six impossible things before breakfast, I consider the day wasted.” – (Walt Disney).

154. “You can’t just let nature run wild.” – (Walt Disney).

155. “When I was poor living in a garage in Kansas I began to draw the mice that scampered over my desk. That is how Mickey Mouse was born.” – (Walt Disney).

156. “Give the public everything you can give them, keep the place as clean as you can keep it, keep it friendly.” – (Walt Disney).

157. “It is good to have a failure while you’re young because it teaches you so much. For one thing it makes you aware that such a thing can happen to anybody, and once you’ve lived through the worst, you’re never quite as vulnerable afterward.” – (Walt Disney).

158. “Suddenly he stops. He looks up. For, lo, there she stands. The girl of his dreams. Who she is or whence she came, he knows not, nor does he care for his heart tells him that here, here is the maid predestined to be his bride.” – (Walt Disney).

159. “To the youngsters of today, I say “Believe in the future, the world is getting better; there still is plenty of opportunity.” Why, would you believe it, when I was a kid I thought it was already too late for me to make good at anything.” – (Walt Disney).

160. “Disneyland is often called a magic kingdom because it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning, together with every variety of recreation and fun designed to appeal to everyone.” – (Walt Disney).

161. “Part of the Disney success is our ability to create a believable world of dreams that appeals to all age groups. The kind of entertainment we create is meant to appeal to every member of the family.” – (Walt Disney).

162. “Those who are clever, who have a brain, never understand anything.” – (Walt Disney).

163. “While the worriers are worrying, the planners are planning and the accountants are figuring out why we can’t afford it, I’m busy getting started.” – (Walt Disney).

164. “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.” – (Walt Disney).

165. “The fun is in always building something. After it’s built, you play with it awhile and then you’re through. You see, we never do the same thing twice around here. We’re always opening up new doors.” – (Walt Disney).

166. “It is a curious thing that the more the world shrinks because of electronic communications, the more limitless becomes the province of the storytelling entertainer.” – (Walt Disney).

167. “You know, the only way I’ve found to make these pictures is with animators. You can’t seem to do it with accountants and bookkeepers.” – (Walt Disney).

168. “Disneyland is the star, everything else is in the supporting role.” – (Walt Disney).

169. “I first saw the site for Disneyland back in 1953, In those days it was all flat land – no rivers, no mountains, no castles or rocket ships – just orange groves, and a few acres of walnut trees.” – (Walt Disney).

170. “It’s because I like you, I don’t want to be with you. It’s a complicated emotion.” – (Walt Disney).

171. “Family fun is as necessary to modern living as a kitchen refrigerator.” – (Walt Disney).

172. “Disneyland is like a piece of clay: If there is something I don’t like, I’m not stuck with it. I can reshape and revamp.” – (Walt Disney).

173. “Perhaps Bach and Beethoven are strange bedfellows for Mickey Mouse, but it’s all been a lot of fun.” – (Walt Disney).

174. “Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America.” – (Walt Disney).

175. “I don’t want to please everybody. I’d get a little worried if I did something and everybody was pleased with it.” – (Walt Disney).

176. “I don’t have depressed moods. I’m happy, just very, very happy.” – (Walt Disney).

177. “We allow no geniuses around our Studio.” – (Walt Disney).

178. “We have always tried to be guided by the basic idea that, in the discovery of knowledge, there is great entertainment – as, conversely, in all good entertainment, there is always some grain of wisdom, humanity, or enlightenment to be gained.” – (Walt Disney).

179. “Direct and easy communications – freedom of speech in all forms and in its broadest sense – has become vital to the very survival of a civilized humanity.” – (Walt Disney).

180. “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.” – (Walt Disney).

181. “I don’t believe in talking down to children. I don’t believe in talking down to any certain segment.” – (Walt Disney).

182. “I am not interested in what a man can’t do. I want to know what he can do.” – (Walt Disney).

183. “Why would I want to be president? I’m the king of Disneyland.” – (Walt Disney).

184. “I have long felt that the way to keep children out of trouble is to keep them interested in things.” – (Walt Disney).

185. “Well, it took many years. I started with many ideas, threw them away, started all over again. And eventually, it evolved into what you see today at Disneyland.” – (Walt Disney).

186. “I’ve wanted to do things; I wanted to build things, to get something going.” – (Walt Disney).

187. “If anybody gets highbrow around the studio, out he goes.” – (Walt Disney).

188. “Tomorrow will be better for as long as America keeps alive the ideals of freedom and a better life.” – (Walt Disney).

189. “I happen to be kind of an inquisitive guy and when I see things I don’t like, I start thinking, why do they have to be like this and how can I improve them?” – (Walt Disney).

190. “A lie keeps growing and growing until it’s as plain as the nose on your face.” – (Walt Disney).

191. “In bad times and in good I’ve never lost my sense of zest for life.” – (Walt Disney).

192. “Look, you’re really cute, but I can’t understand what you’re saying.” – (Walt Disney).

193. “I think what I want Disneyland to be most of all is a happy place – a place where adults and children can experience together some of the wonders of life, of adventure, and feel better because of it.” – (Walt Disney).

194. “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.” – (Walt Disney).

195. “The era we are living in today is a dream of coming true.” – (Walt Disney).

196. “It’s a mistake not to give people a chance to learn to depend on themselves while they are young.” – (Walt Disney).

197. “It seems to me shallow and arrogant for any man in these times to claim he is completely self-made, that he owes all his success to his own unaided efforts. Many hands and hearts and minds generally contribute to anyone’s notable achievements.” – (Walt Disney).

198. “When we do fantasy, we must not lose sight of reality.” – (Walt Disney).

199. “Here in Florida we have something special we never enjoyed at Disneyland – the blessing of size. There’s enough land here to hold all the ideas and plans we can possibly imagine.” – (Walt Disney).

200. “You’re dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway.” – (Walt Disney).

201. “To some people, I am a kind of Merlin who takes lots of crazy chances, but rarely makes mistakes.” – (Walt Disney).

So these are some of the top Walt Disney Quotes on Life, Inspiration, Dreams & Family.


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