Walt Disney (1901-1966)

“Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever.”

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

“The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.”

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.”

“No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dreams that you wish will come true.”

“If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.”

“The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.”

“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious … and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. ”

“A dream is a wish your heart makes, when you’re fast asleep.”

“When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.”

“Whether you say you can’t or you can, you’re right.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Our greatest national resource is the minds of our children.”

“Fantasy, if it’s really convincing, can’t become dated, for the simple reason that it represents a flight into a dimension that lies beyond the reach of time.”

“Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.”

“The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.”

“You’re dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway”

“When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.”

“I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained”

“Think, Believe, Dream, and Dare.”

“Laughter is America’s most important export.”

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

“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, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.”

“Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy.”

“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. Life is composed of lights and shadows, and we would be untruthful, insincere, and saccharine if we tried to pretend there were no shadows. Most things are good, and they are the strongest things; but there are evil things too, and you are not doing a child a favor by trying to shield him from reality. The important thing is to teach a child that good can always triumph over evil.”

“I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I have ever known.”

“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.”

“I love the nostalgic myself. I hope we never lose some of the things of the past.”

“Forever is a long long time and time has a way of changing things”

“But they say if you dream a thing more than once, it’s sure to come true.”

“Good bye may seem forever. Farewell is like the end, but in my heart is the memory and there you will always be.”

“Those who are clever, who have a brain, never understand anything.”

“Keep Moving Forward”

“It’s because I like you, I don’t want to be with you. It’s a complicated emotion”

“Landscapes of great wonder and beauty lie under our feet and all around us. They are discovered in tunnels in the ground, the heart of flowers, the hollows of trees, fresh-water ponds, seaweed jungles between tides, and even drops of water. Life in these hidden worlds is more startling in reality than anything we can imagine. How could this earth of ours, which is only a speck in the heavens, have so much variety of life, so many curious and exciting creatures?”

“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 do not like to repeat successes I like to go on to other things.”

“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 hope we never lose sight of one thing: it was all started by a mouse.”

“Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood.”

“Whatever we accomplish is due to the combined effort.”

“You’ll be a poorer person all your life if you don’t know some of the great stories and great poems.”

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”
“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.”

“Get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it’s done right.”

“Nothing is impossible”

“Look, you’re really cute, but I can’t understand what you’re saying”

“Over at our place, we’re sure of just one thing: everybody in the world was once a child. So in planning a new picture, we don’t think of grown-ups, and we don’t think of children. But just of that fine, clean, unspoiled spot down deep in every one of us, that maybe the world has made us forget. ”

“Let your heart guide you … it whispers so listen closely.”

“Crowded classrooms and half-day sessions are a tragic waste of our greatest national resource – the minds of our children.”

“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.”

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

“I believe in being an innovator.”

“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.”

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

“A lie keeps growing and growing until it’s as plain as the nose on your face.”

“I just want to leave you with this thought, that it’s just been sort of a dress rehearsal, and we’re just getting started. So if any of you start resting on your laurels, I mean just forget it, because…we are just getting started.”

“A man should never neglect his family for business.”

“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 are not trying to entertain the critics. I’ll take my chances with the public.”

“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.”

“To some people, I am kind of a Merlin who takes lots of crazy chances, but rarely makes mistakes. I’ve made some bad ones, but fortunately, the successes have come along fast enough to cover up the mistakes. When you go to bat as many times as I do, and continually improve upon your mistakes, you’re bound to get a good average.”

“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.”

“A good story can take you on a fantastic journey.”

“Adults are only kids grown up”

“Of all the things I’ve done, the most vital is coordinating the talents of those who work for us and pointing them toward a certain goal.”

“All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.”

“After the rain, the sun will reappear. There is life. After the pain, the joy will still be here.”

“I think it’s important to have a good hard failure when you’re young. I learned a lot out of that. Because it makes you kind of aware of what can happen to you. Because of it I’ve never had any fear in my whole life when we’ve been near collapse and all of that. I’ve never been afraid. I’ve never had the feeling I couldn’t walk out and get a job doing something.”

“We dance, we kiss, we schmooze, we carry on, we go home happy. What do you say? Come on..”

“I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter. With the laugh comes the tears and in developing motion pictures or television shows, you must combine all the facts of life — drama, pathos and humor.”

“Sometimes I think of myself as a little bee. I go from one area of the studio to another and gather pollen and sort of stimulate everybody. I guess that’s the job I do.”

“If you can dream it, do it.”

“The difference in winning & losing is most often, not quitting.”

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