Walt Disney Quotes


Reading Walt Disney quotes gives you a glimpse into the mind of the man behind the mouse. His philosophy and personality are reflected in these little quips. I hope you enjoy reading through them. I had fun collecting them!

Below are some of my favorites. Be sure to come back daily for the quote of the day.

Walt Disney Quotes

  • "Give the public everything you can give them, keep the place as clean as you can keep it, and keep it friendly."
  • "The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique."
  • "I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing–that it was all started by a mouse." Probably the most famous Walt Disney quote!
  • "Mickey Mouse is, to me, a symbol of independence."
  • "Mickey was simply a little personality assigned to the purposes of laughter."
  • "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."
  • "I am interested in entertaining people, in bringing pleasure, particularly laughter, to others, rather than being concerned with expressing myself with obscure creative impressions."
  • "The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." This is my favorite Walt Disney quote!
  • "We are not trying to entertain the critics. I'll take my chances with the public."
  • "You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality."
  • "When you're curious, you find lots of interesting things to do."
  • "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."
  • "It's kind of fun to do the impossible." My second favorite Walt Disney quote.
  • "We allow no geniuses around our Studio."
  • "I never called my work an 'art' It's part of show business, the business of building entertainment."
  • "Whenever I go on a ride, I'm always thinking of what's wrong with the thing and how it can be improved."
  • "Laughter is America's most important export."
  • "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."
  • "Why do we have to grow up?"
  • "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."
  • "Adults are only kids grown up."
  • "I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn't know how to get along without it."
  • "Crowded classrooms and half-day sessions are a tragic waste of our greatest national resource - the minds of our children."
  • "All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them."
  • "You reach a point where you don't work for money." This is one Walt Disney quote that we should all strive to live out – to really enjoy our work.
  • "Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language."
  • "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 don't believe in talking down to children. I don't believe in talking down to any certain segment."
  • "When you're curious, you find lots of interesting things to do."
  • "When people laugh at Mickey Mouse, it's because he's so human; and that is the secret of his popularity."
  • "He still speaks for me and I still speak for him." Walt Disney, quoted when asked about about Mickey Mouse
  • "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."
  • "We believed in our idea - a family park where parents and children could have fun- together."
  • "Disneyland is a work of love. We didn't go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money."
  • "It takes a lot of money to make these dreams come true."
  • "When I started on Disneyland, my wife used to say, ‘But why do you want to build an amusement park? They’re so dirty.’ I told her that was just the point, mine wouldn’t be."
  • "I don't want the public to see the world they live in while they're in the Park. I want them to feel they're in another world." Walt Disney, quoted when asked about about Disneyland.
  • "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."
  • "It's something that will never be finished. Something that I can keep developing...and adding to."
  • "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."
  • "Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world."
  • "Disneyland is the star, everything else is in the supporting role."
  • "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 like a piece of clay: If there is something I don’t like, I’m not stuck with it. I can reshape and revamp."
  • "Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world."
  • "Cartoon animation offers a medium of storytelling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world."
  • "Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive."
  • "I try to build a full personality for each of our cartoon characters - to make them personalities."
  • "I do not make films primarily for children. I make them for the child in all of us." Another one of my favorite Walt Disney quotes.
  • "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."
  • "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."
  • "The way to keep children out of trouble is to keep them interested in things."
  • "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 twelve years old. They patronize; they treat children as inferiors. I won’t do that. I’ll temper a story, yes. But I won’t play down, and I won’t patronize."
  • "It’s a mistake not to give people a chance to learn to depend on themselves while they are young."
  • "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."
  • "A man should never neglect his family for business." A Walt Disney quote for everyone, not just men.

  • "Laughter is America’s most important export."
  • "In my view, wholesome pleasure, sport, and recreation are as vital to this nation as productive work and should have a large share in the national budget."

Well, I hope you have enjoyed reading these selected Walt Disney quotes. As you can see, Walt was a great man with a wonderful work ethic and an endless supply of imagination. The world is truly a better place because of Walt Disney.

Quotes survive by being passed down through the generations. Hopefully this collection of Walt Disney quotes will inspire many future imagineers and dreamers.

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