December 1, 2016

Walt Disney Quotes

“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.”

“All cartoon characters and fables must be exaggeration, caricatures. It is the very nature of fantasy and fable.”

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

“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.”

“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 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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Deeds rather than words express my concept of the part religion should play in everyday life. I have watched constantly that in our movie work the highest moral and spiritual standards are upheld, whether it deals with fable or with stories of living action.”

“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 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.”

“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.”

“For every laugh, there should be a tear.”

“Girls bored me — they still do. I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I’ve ever known.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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 could never convince the financiers that Disneyland was feasible, because dreams offer too little collateral.”

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

“I don’t like formal gardens. I like wild nature. It’s just the wilderness instinct in me, I guess.”

“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 have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know how to get along without it.”

“I have long felt that 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 youngsters out of trouble, but keeping their minds occupied will.”

“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 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 never 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 suppose my formula might be: dream, diversify and never miss an angle.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Laughter is America’s most important export.”

“Mickey Mouse is, to me, a symbol of independence. He was a means to an end.”

“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 the things I’ve done, the most vital is coordinating those who work with me and aiming their efforts at a certain goal.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

“The most exciting and by far the most important part of our Florida Project — in fact, the heart of everything we’ll be doing in Disney World — will be our Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow! We call it EPCOT.”

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

“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 is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.”

“There’s nothing funnier than the human animal.”

“Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim constantly focused on the future.”

“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.”

“We allow no geniuses around our Studio.”

“We are not influenced by the techniques or fashions of any other company.”

“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 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.”

“We like to have a point of view in our stories, not an obvious moral, but a worthwhile theme…. All we are trying to do is give the public good entertainment. That is all they want.”

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

“What are you doing with a car here in 1860?”

“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.”

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

“When we do fantasy, we must not lose sight of reality.”

“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.”

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

“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’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.”