The following are inspirational and intellectual quotes from the wonderful world of an international icon, Walt Disney (born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, IL – died on December 15, 1966 in Burbank, CA of lung cancer). A winner of 26 Academy Awards, Walt Disney won more awards and nominations than any other individual. He also won 7 Emmy Awards.
One of his most famous fictional characters and the winner of his first academy award was Mickey Mouse. Based on a mouse he had adopted as a pet while working in a Kansas City studio, Walt Disney himself was the original voice of this lovable, human-like rodent. Following Mickey Mouse, were several spin-off characters including Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto.
Quotes by Walt Disney:
A good ending is vital to a picture, the single most important element, because it is what the audience takes with them out of the theater.
A man should never neglect his family for business.
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.
Actually, if you could see close in my eyes, the American flag is waving in both of them and up my spine is growing this red, white and blue stripe.
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.
All cartoon characters and fables must be exaggeration, caricatures. It is the very nature of fantasy and fable.
All your dreams can come true, if you have the courage to pursue them.
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.
All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.
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.
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 offers a medium of story telling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world.
Born of necessity, the little fellow (Mickey Mouse) literally freed us of immediate worry. He provided the means for expanding our organization to its present dimensions and for extending the medium cartoon animation towards new entertainment levels. He spelled production liberation for us.
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.
Crowded classrooms and half-day sessions are a tragic waste of our greatest national resource – the minds of our children.
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.
Disneyland is a show.
Disneyland is a work of love. We didn’t go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money.
Disneyland is the star, everything else is in the supporting role.
Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.
Don’t tell me about the problems—I make the problems.
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.
Get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it, and work it until it’s done and done right.
He (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.
Heigh ho, heigh ho! It`s off to work we go.
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 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 believe in being an innovator.
I can never stand still. I must explore and experiment. I am never satisfied with my work. I resent the limitations of my own imagination.
I do not like to repeat successes, I like to go on to other things.
I don’t have depressed moods. I’m happy, just very, very happy.
I don’t like formal gardens. I like wild nature. It’s just the wilderness instinct in me, I guess.
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.
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 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
I happen to be 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.
I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know how to get along without it.
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.
I just make what I like – warm and human stories, ones about historic characters and events, and about animals. If there is a secret, I guess it’s that I never make the pictures too childish, but always try to get in a little satire of adult foibles.
I know different ways of looking at things. I have my stockholders, and I feel a very keen responsibility to the shareholders, but I feel that the main responsibility I have to them is to have the stock appreciate. And you only have it appreciate by reinvesting as much as you can back in the business. And that’s what we’ve done… and that has been my philosophy on running the business.
I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I have ever known.
I never called my work an ‘art’ It’s part of show business, the business of building entertainment.
I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.
I started, actually, to make my first animated cartoon in 1920. Of course, they were very crude things then and I used sort of little puppet things.
I try to build a full personality for each of our cartoon characters – to make them personalities.
I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained.
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.
If anybody gets highbrow around the studio, out he goes
If you can dream it, you can do it.Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.
It (Disneyland) has that thing – the imagination, and the feeling of happy excitement- I knew when I was a kid.
It’s a mistake not to give people a chance to learn to depend on themselves while they are young.
It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.
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.
It’s something that will never be finished. Something that I can keep developing…and adding to
Laughter is America’s most important export.
Mickey Mouse is, to me, a symbol of independence. He was a means to an end.
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.
Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood.
Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language.
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.
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.”
People like to think their world is somehow more grown up than Papa`s was.
People look at me in many ways. They’ve said, ‘The guy has no regard for money.’ That is not true. I have had regard for money. It depends on who’s saying that. Some people worship money as something you’ve got to have piled up in a big pile somewhere. I’ve only thought about money in one way, and that is to do something with it. I don’t think there’s a thing I own that I will ever get the benefit of except through doing things with it. I don’t even want the dividends from the stock in the studio, because the government’s going to take it away. I’d rather have that in (the company) working…
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.
Sheer animated fantasy is still my first and deepest production impulse.
Somehow I can’t believe there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secret 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 and the greatest of these is Confidence. When you believe a thing, believe it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably.
The era we are living in today is a dream of coming true.
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.
The life and ventures of Mickey Mouse have been closely bound up with my own personal and professional life. It is understandable that I should have sentimental attachment for the little personage who played so big a part in the course of Disney Productions and has been so happily accepted as an amusing friend wherever films are shown around the world. He still speaks for me and I still speak for him.
The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
The way to keep children out of trouble is to keep them interested in things. Lecturing to children is no answer to delinquency. Preaching won’t keep kids out of trouble. But keeping their minds occupied will.
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.
There’s nothing funnier than the human animal.
To all that 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 hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.
To captivate our varied and worldwide audience of all ages, the nature and treatment of the fairy tale, the legend, the myth have to be elementary, simple. Good and evil, the antagonists of all great drama in some guise, must be believably personalized. The moral ideals common to all humanity must be upheld. The victories must not be too easy. Strife to test valor is still and will always be the basic ingredient of the animated tale, as of all screen entertainments.
Tomorrow will be better for as long as America keeps alive the ideals of freedom and a better life.
You don’t build it for yourself. You know what the people want and you build it for them.
We allow no geniuses around our Studio.
We are not trying to entertain the critics. I’ll take my chances with the public.
We believed in our idea – a family park where parents and children could have fun- together.
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 felt that the public, and especially the children, like animals that are cute and little. I think we are rather indebted to Charlie Chaplin for the idea. We wanted something appealing, and we thought of a tiny bit of a mouse that would have something of the wistfulness of Chaplin- a little fellow trying to do the best he could.”
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.
We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
When people laugh at Mickey Mouse, it’s because he’s so human; and that is the secret of his popularity.
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.
When we opened Disneyland, a lot of people got the impressions that it was a get-rich-quick thing, but they didn’t realize that behind Disneyland was this great organization that I built here at the Studio, and they all got into it and we were doing it because we loved to do it.
When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.
When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do. And one thing it takes to accomplish something is courage.
Whenever I go on a ride, I’m always thinking of what’s wrong with the thing and how it can be improved.
Why be a governor or senator when you can be king of Disneyland?
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 Joneses 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 can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.
You can dream, create, design and build the most wonderful place in the world, but it requires people to make the dream a reality.
You can’t just let nature run wild.
You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.
You reach a point where you don’t work for money.
You’re dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway.