Walter Elias Disney was an American entrepreneur. He was a terrific animator, writer, producer, and voice actor. Before his success, he felt countless failures and setbacks. At age 22, Walt Disney was fired from a Missouri newspaper for “not being creative enough.” One of his early ventures, called Laugh-o-gram Studios, went bankrupt.
The creator of Mickey and Minnie Mouse went on to be nominated for 59 Academy Awards, winning 32, all for his unparalleled animations. He still holds the record for the most Oscars won by an individual, according to WaltDisney.com.
Disney was interested in drawing at an early age. He joined art classes and was employed as a commercial illustrator at the age of 18. He set up the Disney Brothers Studio with his brother Roy in the 1920s. His Major success was creating the Mickey mouse character. With time the studio grew tremendously and became more adventurous and developed.
Disney also created his own amusement park in the 1950s which he called ‘Disney world’. Although he passed away before it was completed, Disney was an introverted, self-deprecating, and insecure man in private but in public, he adopted a warm and outgoing personality.
He had high standards and his namesake studio and company continue to maintain their standard in popular entertainment. The Disney amusement parks have enhanced in size and have attracted visitors from several countries.
Disney had a dream and he pursued that dream regardless of the failures he encountered along the way. Even after his death, his dream has continued to grow. Walt Disney is remembered for his many successes – for Mickey Mouse, for Donald Duck, for Disneyland. I hope his quotes encourage you to pursue your dreams.
Inspiring Walt Disney Quotes
“You can’t just let nature run wild.” – Walt Disney
“When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.” – Walt Disney
“The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.” – Walt Disney
“Disneyland is a work of love. We didn’t go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money.” – Walt Disney
“When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do. And one thing it takes to accomplish something is courage.” – Walt Disney
“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.” – Walt Disney
“We allow no geniuses around our Studio.” – Walt Disney
“If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney
“I do not like to repeat successes, I like to go on to other things.” – Walt Disney
“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
“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 business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner.” – Walt Disney
“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
“I am interested in entertaining people, in bringing pleasure, particularly laughter, to others, rather than being concerned with ‘expressing’ myself with obscure creative impressions.” – Walt Disney
“I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained.” – Walt Disney
“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney
“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
“Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood.” – Walt Disney
“I am not influenced by the techniques or fashions of any other motion picture company.” – Walt Disney
“Whenever I go on a ride, I’m always thinking of what’s wrong with the thing and how it can be improved.” – Walt Disney
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney
“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.” – Walt Disney
“You reach a point where you don’t work for money.” – Walt Disney
“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.” – Walt Disney
“I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.” – Walt Disney
“Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language.” – Walt Disney
“Adults are interested if you don’t play down to the little 2 or 3 year olds or talk down. I don’t believe in talking down to children. I don’t believe in talking down to any certain segment. I like to kind of just talk in a general way to the audience. Children are always reaching.” – Walt Disney
“A man should never neglect his family for business.” – Walt Disney
“There is more treasure n 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
“Your dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway.” – Walt Disney
“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.” – Walt Disney
“All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them” – Walt Disney
“I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know how to get along without it.” – Walt Disney
“Crowded classrooms and half-day sessions are a tragic waste of our greatest national resource – the minds of our children.” – Walt Disney
“Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” – Walt Disney Quotes
“When we consider a project, we really study it–not just the surface idea, but everything about it. And when we go into that new project, we believe in it all the way. We have confidence in our ability to do it right. And we work hard to do the best possible job.” – Walt Disney
“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.” – Walt Disney
“I believe in being a motivator.” – Walt Disney Quotes
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney
“There is great comfort and inspiration in the feeling of close human relationships and its bearing on our mutual fortunes – a powerful force, to overcome the “tough breaks” which are certain to come to most of us from time to time” – Walt Disney
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