Walt Disney hardly needs an introduction.
His works have influenced generations of children all over the world. He was not only a creative genius but also a humble and wise man who loved to share the works of his mind with an entire world.
While working as an entrepreneur, animator, film producer, and voice actor, Walt Disney managed to keep his inner child alive in a never ending process of creation and discovery. His characters have charm, personality, and wit while his films developed legions of fans all around the world.
Walt Disney spoke through his stories and through his characters and shared his wisdom in simple, yet unyielding snippets of truth. As a brilliant man who revolutionized the entertainment industry, Walt Disney saw himself as a hard-working dreamer for whom there were no limits and no obstacles worthy of fretting over.
He accomplished his dreams and made an entire world believe in the same dreams as he. There are many lessons to learn from him as children, but more so as grown-ups. He wanted to address the child in all of us and history proves that he succeeded.
Here you have 25 Walt Disney quotes to revive your inner child and to regain some faith in the magic that makes dreams come true.
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. ~ Walt Disney
While ideas might come to us fairly easy, the motivation to put those ideas into practice might be taking a long time to get to us. Very often, the key to most of our struggles is a simple, yet overlooked truth. We seek tips and tricks to raise our motivation, to find the path to our goals, yet the most efficient piece of advice is as simple as that: to achieve something, you just have to start working at it. Not next month or next week, but today.
When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do. ~ Walt Disney
It is weird that complaining about boredom is a socially acceptable thing, since when we say we are bored we actually blame the world around us for failing to entertain us, for not being interesting enough. Is it really boredom a problem of the world, or of us? When we open our minds to the flow of the outside world, it is impossible to get bored. A creative mind is on a constant quest, always learning and absorbing the incredible diversity of life. Just being curious opens the gate to the amazingly rich layers of the world and its endless possibilities.
It’s kind of fun to do the impossible. ~ Walt Disney
One of the ways to stop fearing challenges is to see them as fun and exciting opportunities that will unravel new possibilities and take you on new paths, which you might have never even envisioned before. There is fear in reaching for greatness, but there is also a special type of excitement that makes you joyous to be alive, to be trying, and to put yourself out there. Maybe that thing you see as impossible has remained this way simply because nobody dared. Be the one who dares, not out of obligation, but out of curiosity and excitement.
We are not trying to entertain the critics. I’ll take my chances with the public. ~ Walt Disney
Doing things for getting acclaim or proving something to the skeptics and the cynics might seem like an interesting pursuit, yet it never provides such a strong motivation as doing something out of pure joy and passion. When you do something with passion, you want to share it with the world, you want to get other people enthusiastic about it. Having the so-called “critics” in your life just telling you what you are doing is wrong, even though they are the ones who never do anything, is just an unnecessary headache. Care only about the opinion of those you like and respect.
I do not like to repeat successes, I like to go on to other things. ~ Walt Disney
Once we learn to do things for ourselves, for our own joy and for testing our own potential, and not for satisfying the expectations that others have of us, it becomes easy to stay engaged with the world and to find new exciting challenges all around us. Success is never the end goal when we work with passion and enthusiasm, but a peripheral consequence of doing that we are best at, and doing it gladly and earnestly. Success without fulfillment is possible, but tragic, while fulfillment always brings success along.
Once a man has tasted freedom he will never be content to be a slave. ~ Walt Disney
Very often we are satisfied with our condition simply because we don’t realize where we could be or the amazing things we could be doing with that potential we keep trapped inside. Awareness is the first step in any worthwhile quest. Just a glimpse into another world or another way of being can get us the motivation we need to get there wholly. Once we’ve tasted happiness, freedom, passion, or love we have to hold on to them and keep them alive in us until we get there with all our being.
You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality. ~ Walt Disney
Even the creative geniuses of the world believe that happiness is real only when is shared. They don’t create for themselves, but for sharing their gifts with the world, as a supreme act of love. They work with people, for people. No matter how far a dream may take you, having other people with you will make the road less lonely and more fun. Other people’s ideas will build upon your ideas and the journey can become thus a marvelous collaboration. Being alone in an ivory tower is never as pleasant as having people share the beauty of your dreams.
When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable. ~ Walt Disney
If you have to do something, why not do it wholeheartedly? Why not invest yourself fully in it? Nothing worthwhile has ever come out of sloppiness, doubts, and second-guessing. It is common when we have a great dream or goal to meet other people’s disapproval or disbelief. While this can discourage us and make us doubtful, the only way to show we respect ourselves and we respect our dreams is to be willing to go all the way. This is one of the most beautiful Walt Disney quotes.
All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. ~ Walt Disney
One of the things that stop us from pursuing our dreams is a terrible fear that paralyzes us with doubt, insecurity, and restlessness. We fear success as much as we fear failure because both mean change. Our minds torture us with thoughts of the unknown and try to bind us to the status-quo. The difference between where we are and where we want to be might just be the courage necessary to make that step.
Why worry? If you’ve done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it any better. ~ Walt Disney
Worrying makes sense when we think about the future, but how can we worry about something from the past? Worrying about something we did seems to be a frailness of our minds, who fail to accept mistakes as lessons. When we perceive everything as a lesson to learn and to grow, worrying becomes futile. We did everything that was possible at that given time and circumstance and with that in mind, planning for the future is more rewarding that worrying about the past.
There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island. ~ Walt Disney
Books are just some objects that populate our shelves. When we see them there, they are objects like any other and hardly anything can tell about the mysterious world that they keep hidden inside. However, open one book and you can instantly enter into one of the wisest, most beautiful, and creative minds of the world. Books have a universe of their own, in which everything is possible, where truth, beauty, and wisdom pervade reality with an explosive force. It’s our most powerful legacy and the most accessible tool to become the best version of ourselves.
Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children. ~ Walt Disney
We often see children in a defenseless, naïve state, but we fail to acknowledge that they are the people of tomorrow. If there is a chance for the world to become an amazing place for innovation, knowledge, and prosperity, then that chance is in their hands. Thankfully, children are endlessly curious and open to the world. Helping them to assess the maximum of their possibilities is not only a duty we owe to them but one that we owe to us.
Money doesn’t excite me – my ideas excite me. ~ Walt Disney
The moment we become aware of the possibilities of our creativity and intelligence, money becomes what it really is, just a means to an end. People want to express themselves, to work towards a personal quest which inspires them, challenges them, and brings them respect and admiration from their peers. Money can never achieve all these goals. A strong dedication to our work is the shortest way to do something of great value, which others will be glad to pay money for. This is one of the most popular Walt Disney quotes.
If you can dream it, you can do it. ~ Walt Disney
All the amazing things that were done in this world are a result of somebody dreaming of it and fighting for it. How could we have put people on the moon if it weren’t for the dreamers who saw this as a possibility, rather than a fantasy? Maybe dreams are just a way for us to be able to explore life’s possibilities. Once a dream meets dedication and belief, great things can emerge. Now that we know that people can go to the moon, we take it lightly as if it were something normal, yet think about how many people met ridicule for suggesting that before it happened.
I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter. ~ Walt Disney
Being optimistic does not mean you are naïve or delusional. Life is complex, a series of intricate designs and patterns that work in mysterious ways, yet we do have the option to decide how we want to look at them. Deciding to see the good does not mean you are not aware of the bad, just that you prefer to focus on things that make you grow, rather than on those that deter you from living.
I believe in being an innovator. ~ Walt Disney
Bringing something new to the world is not an easy task. We might feel hopeless and frightened. Everything new requires someone daring to go where nobody has been before. We don’t have to be great scientists, leaders, or artists to be innovators. An innovator is just someone who likes to think with their own mind and to find creative ways to do old things, regardless of what others might think. Innovation is often a difficult and sometimes lonely road, but it can add your personal and unique character to the infinite flavors of the world.
Most of my life I have done what I wanted to do. I have had fun on the job.~ Walt Disney
The world can often appear as a big and scary place, no matter our age or experience. To feel that you are well settled in the world is to know deep within your heart that there is something fun, exciting and important for you to do here. There are so many possibilities of being, so many ways to spend our time and energy, that it seems so wrong to do things that do not excite us, that do not offer us a chance for exploration and fun.
The difference in winning and losing is most often…not quitting. ~ Walt Disney
We all get random visits from a gentle muse who wants to inspire us with new dreams, ideas, and opportunities. We get excited and we already envision us there, at the end, where we are showered with success and admiration. What we do not like is thinking about getting from one end of the road to the other. There are many obstacles and struggles to face, and the dream all of a sudden feels less glorious. However, the rewards are only for those who complete the journey.
Adults are only kids grown up, anyway. ~ Walt Disney
It is strange how often we feel embarrassed as adults. We feel as if we have a reputation to maintain, so we struggle to appear bold, serious, and confident. To keep this image intact, we give up curiosity, experimentation, and adventure. No matter what, deep down we are still touched by the same things that inspired us as children. We still want to laugh and hear good stories. We want to spend time with our friends and go on silly adventures. Maybe it’s good to remember that preserving a drop of the childlike inner core is not the same as being childish.
Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional. ~ Walt Disney
While growing old is just something that happens to us, growing up is mostly a type of renunciation that takes place when we want to be taken seriously by the world of other grown-ups. We give up our rose-colored glasses to become realists and pragmatics. What we forget is that along with the rose-colored glasses we lose our ability to recognize the beauty and joy of simple things and that aura of wonder and mystery that makes the world a great place to live in.
Ideas come from curiosity. ~ Walt Disney
We might think ideas live in a universe of their own, which only the chosen ones can visit from time to time. However, most creative minds agree that an idea is often times just a new way of looking at things, a type of openness towards the flow of life. To perceive the world as a spring of ideas means using our curiosity in every aspect of our existence. Asking “why?” and “how?” is usually the simplest way to find new connections and relations, while getting our hands on those bubbles of truth and wisdom that we name ideas.
If you can visualize it, if you can dream it, there’s some way to do it. ~ Walt Disney
If our minds are so clever that they can shower us with visions and ideas, they are also most likely capable of finding ways to work upon those ideas and visions, and deconstruct them in such a way so we can transform them into reality, step by step. Maybe we cannot find a way, but at the same time, maybe someone can help us find a way. As long as it is taken seriously, an idea or a dream is never barren.
I suppose my formula might be: dream, diversify and never miss an angle. ~ Walt Disney
To not let our mind run on the same old patterns over and over again, we have to add new material for the brain as we go along. The more food our minds get, the richer our thinking will be. Overthinking is never a serious threat if we learn to funnel it towards exploring an abundance of possibilities, outcomes, and trajectories for our goals. Seeing as far and as wide as we can is the only way to make sure that our dream can indeed match reality.
Somehow, I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secret of making dreams come true. ~ Walt Disney
Making dreams come true seems like a task worthy of a magician or a hero. Sometimes behind a dream there is just a simple combination of steps which can make a dream look more like a plan. Besides analyzing these steps and planning accordingly, there is a secret ingredient without which not a simple dream comes true, and that is belief. People who set limits for themselves live within those limits, while those who don’t accept limits have an endless horizon before them. Belief is that energy that allows a person to stand firmly before their own horizon.
I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing — that it all started with a mouse. ~ Walt Disney
For any great thing to happen there must be a trigger that sets things in motion and inspires people to continue on an unknown path. No matter how small or insignificant that trigger might seem, it can determine such a movement of energy, dedication, and passion that it can transform itself into a full force able to change the world. A start does not have to be grandiose, but it must create motion. Time will settle the rest.