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Walt Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, writer, voice actor and film producer.
He holds the record for most Academy Awards earned by an individual, winning 22 Oscars from 59 nominations.
Born in Chicago in 1901, Disney showed an early interest in drawing , taking art classes as a boy and taking a job as a commercial illustrator at the age of 18.
In the early 1920’s he moved to California and set up Disney Brothers Studio with his brother Roy.
By 1928 he had developed the character Mickey Mouse, his first major commercial success.
He soon followed this up with a string of feature films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Pinocchio, Fantasia (both 1940), Dumbo (1941), and Bambi (1942).
In the 1950’s he expanded into the amusement park industry and opened his first Disneyland In California.
Walt Disney was a hugely successful individual and there is a lot we can learn from this collection of quotes about Walt Disney.
We can apply them to our personal lives or own careers.
Right, let’s jump into this collection of Walt Disney quotes.
Top 10 Walt Disney Quotes
- People still think of me as a cartoonist, but the only thing I lift a pen or pencil for these days is to sign a contract, a check, or an autograph.
2. 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.
3. Never get bored or cynical. Yesterday is a thing of the past.
4. There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island and at the bottom of the Spanish Main … and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.
5. 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.
6. Get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it’s done right.
7. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
8. I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.
9. I don’t like formal gardens. I like wild nature. It’s just the wilderness instinct in me, I guess.
10. The difference between winning and losing is most often not quitting.
More Walt Disney Quotes
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.
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
When we consider a project, we really study it–not just the surface idea, but everything about it. And when we go into that new project, we believe in it all the way. We have confidence in our ability to do it right. And we work hard to do the best possible job.
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 do not like to repeat successes, I like to go on to other things.
All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue themWalt Disney
That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up. They forget.
For every laugh, there should be a tear.
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.Walt Disney
Adults are interested if you don’t play down to the little or 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.
All cartoon characters and fables must be exaggeration, caricatures. It is the very nature of fantasy and fable.
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.
It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.Walt Disney
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.
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.
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.
I never called my work an ‘art’ It’s part of show business, the business of building entertainment.Walt Disney
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.
Why worry? If you’ve done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it any better.
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 have no use for people who throw their weight around as celebrities, or for those who fawn over you just because you are famous.Walt Disney
You reach a point where you don’t work for money.
The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.
Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language.
The era we are living in today is a dream of coming true.Walt Disney
Fantasy and reality often overlap.
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.
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.
When people laugh at Mickey Mouse, it’s because he’s so human; and that is the secret of his popularity.Walt Disney
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.
A man should never neglect his family for business.
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 would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained.Walt Disney
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.
Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim constantly focused on the future.
Laughter is America’s most important export.
Inspirational Walt Disney Quotes
I could never convince the financiers that Disneyland was feasible, because dreams offer too little collateral.
You can’t just let nature run wild.Walt Disney
If you can dream it, you can do it.
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.
Mickey Mouse popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad 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.
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
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.
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.
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.Walt Disney
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.
Everyone falls down. Getting back up is how you learn how to walk.
The worst of us is not without innocence, although buried deeply it might be.Walt Disney
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 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.
Whenever I go on a ride, I’m always thinking of what’s wrong with the thing and how it can be improved.
Disneyland is the star, everything else is in the supporting role.Walt Disney
Most of my life I have done what I wanted to do. I have had fun on the job.
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.
I take great pride in the artistic development of cartoons. Our characters are made to go through emotions.
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.Walt Disney
Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, dreams are forever.
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 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.
When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do. And one thing it takes to accomplish something is courage.Walt Disney
I don’t make pictures just to make money. I make money to make more pictures.
When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.
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.
I try to build a full personality for each of our cartoon characters – to make them personalities.Walt Disney
I have long felt that the way to keep children out of trouble is to keep them interested in things.
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.
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.
Mickey Mouse is, to me, a symbol of independence. He was a means to an end.Walt Disney
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.
You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.
In bad times and in good, I’ve never lost my sense of zest for life.
My greatest reward is that I have been able to build this wonderful organization.
Motivational Walt Disney Quotes
I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know how to get along without it.
I am not influenced by the techniques or fashions of any other motion picture company.Walt Disney
I am corny, you know? But I think there are just about million people in this country who are just as corny as I am.
Or 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.
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.
First, think. Second, believe. Third, dream. And finally, dare.Walt Disney
Whatever you do, do it well.
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.
He popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad 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 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.Walt Disney
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.
All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I have ever known.
We allow no geniuses around our Studio.Walt Disney
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.
I have never been interested in personal gain or profit. This business and this studio have been my entire life.
Disneyland is a work of love. We didn’t go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money.
There’s nothing funnier than the human animal.Walt Disney
Your dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway.
Girls bored me, they still do. I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I’ve ever known.
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 believe in being an motivator.Walt Disney
I resent the limitations of my own imagination.
Money doesn’t excite me, my ideas excite me.
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.
To Sum Up
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