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American animator and producer (1901-1966)

Walt Disney quote

I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing -- that it was all started by a mouse.

WALT DISNEY, What Is Disneyland, Oct. 27, 1954

All we ever intended for him or expected of him was that he should continue to make people everywhere chuckle with him and at him. We didn't burden him with any social symbolism, we made him no mouthpiece of frustrations or harsh satire. Mickey was simply a little personality assigned to the purposes of laughter.

WALT DISNEY, attributed, A Walt Disney World Resort Outing

That's the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up.

WALT DISNEY, attributed, The Quotable Walt Disney

I believe firmly in the efficacy of religion, in its powerful influence on a person's whole life. It helps immeasurably to meet the storms and stress of life and keep you attuned to the Divine inspiration. Without inspiration, we would perish.

WALT DISNEY, attributed, How to Be Like Walt

It's kind of fun to do the impossible.

WALT DISNEY, attributed, Animated Architecture

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.

WALT DISNEY, Deeds Rather Than Words

Laughter is America's most important export.

WALT DISNEY, attributed, The Quotable Walt Disney

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.

WALT DISNEY, attributed, The Magic Kingdom: Walt Disney and the American Way of Life

We're not trying to entertain the critics. I'll take my chances with the public.

WALT DISNEY, American Art, Winter-Spring 1991

I do not make films primarily for children. I make them for the child in all of us, whether we be six or sixty.

WALT DISNEY, attributed, A Walt Disney World Resort Outing

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

WALT DISNEY, Wall Street Journal, Feb. 4, 1958

I don't believe in playing down to children, either in life or in motion pictures. I didn't treat my own youngsters like fragile flowers, and I think no parent should. 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.

WALT DISNEY, Deeds Rather Than Words

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.

WALT DISNEY, attributed, OpenGL Shading Language

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. In this new dimension, whatever it is, nothing corrodes or gets run down at the heel or gets to look ridiculous like, say, the celluloid collar or the bustle.

WALT DISNEY, attributed, "The Rides of Passage," Via magazine, July 2005

Every person has his own ideas of the act of praying for God's guidance, tolerance, and mercy to fulfill his duties and responsibilities. My own concept of prayer is not as a plea for special favors nor as a quick palliation for wrongs knowingly committed. A prayer, it seems to me, implies a promise as well as a request; at the highest level, prayer not only is a supplication for strength and guidance, but also becomes an affirmation of life and thus a reverent praise of God.

WALT DISNEY, Deeds Rather Than Words

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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.

WALT DISNEY, attributed, Peter's Quotations: Ideas for Our Time

Around here ... 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.

WALT DISNEY, closing credits of Meet the Robinsons

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.

WALT DISNEY, Deeds Rather Than Words

Mickey Mouse is, to me, a symbol of independence. He was a means to an end. He popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad 20 years ago on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when the business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner. Born of necessity, the little fellow literally freed us of immediate worry. He provided the means for expanding our organization to its present dimensions and for extending the medium of cartoon animation toward new entertainment levels. He spelled production liberation for us.

WALT DISNEY, attributed, A Walt Disney World Resort Outing

The worst of us is not without innocence, although buried deeply it might be.

WALT DISNEY, A Walt Disney World Resort Outing

Once a man has tasted freedom, he will never be content to be a slave.

WALT DISNEY, radio address, Mar. 1, 1941

It's a mistake not to give people a chance to learn to depend on themselves while they are young.

WALT DISNEY, attributed, The Quotable Walt Disney

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.

WALT DISNEY, attributed, Walt Disney: Magician of the Movies

I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I've ever known.

WALT DISNEY, attributed, You Must Remember This

The human species, although happily ridiculous at times, is still reaching for the stars.

WALT DISNEY, attributed, A Walt Disney World Resort Outing

Courage is the main quality of leadership, in my opinion, no matter where it is exercised. Usually it implies some risk -- especially in new undertakings. Courage to initiate something and to keep it going, pioneering and adventurous spirit to blaze new ways, often, in our land of opportunity.

WALT DISNEY, attributed, The Disney Way Fieldbook

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

WALT DISNEY, attributed, Be Our Guest

Faith I have, in myself, in humanity, in the worthwhileness of the pursuits in entertainment for the masses. But wide awake, not blind faith, moves me.

WALT DISNEY, The Gospel According to Disney

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.

WALT DISNEY, attributed, Power Marketing for Wedding and Portrait Photographers

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

WALT DISNEY, attributed, The Stuff Americans Are Made Of

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.

WALT DISNEY, attributed, Pearls: Philosophies for Living a Robust and Fulfilling Life

Disneyland is something that will never be finished. It's something that I can keep developing. It will be a live, breathing thing that will need change. A picture is a thing once you wrap it up and turn it over to Technicolor, you're through. Snow White is a dead issue with me. But I can change the park, because it's alive.

WALT DISNEY, "The Rides of Passage," Via magazine, July 2005

As the original Mary Poppins budget of five million dollars continued to grow, I never saw a sad face around the entire studio. And this made me nervous. I knew the picture would have to gross 10 million dollars for us to break even. But still there was no negative head-shaking. No prophets of doom. Even Roy was happy. He didn't even ask me to show the unfinished picture to a banker. The horrible thought struck me -- suppose the staff had finally concluded that I knew what I was doing.

WALT DISNEY, attributed, The Walt Disney Story

For every laugh, there should be a tear.

WALT DISNEY, The New York Times, Nov. 2, 2001

I don't believe there's a challenge anywhere in the world that's more important to people everywhere than finding solutions to the problems of our cities. But where do we begin -- how do we start answering this great challenge? Well, we're convinced we must start answering the public need. And the need is not just for curing the old ills of old cities. We think the need is for starting from scratch on virgin land and building a special kind of new community that will always be in a state of becoming. It will never cease to be a living blueprint of the future, where people actually live a life they can't find anywhere else in the world.

WALT DISNEY, attributed, Married to the Mouse

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