Walt Disney Quotes

You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality. When people laugh at Mickey Mouse, it’s because he’s so human; and that is the secret of his popularity. I don’t like formal gardens. I like wild nature. It’s just the wilderness instinct in me, I guess. If you can dream it, you can do it. 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 never called my work an ‘art’ It’s part of show business, the business of building entertainment. All cartoon characters and fables must be exaggeration, caricatures. It is the very nature of fantasy and fable. When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do. And one thing it takes to accomplish something is courage. I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained. We allow no geniuses around our studio. I do not like to repeat successes, I like to go on to other things. We are not trying to entertain the critics. I’ll take my chances with the public. I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter. 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. We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. Disneyland is a work of love. We didn’t go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money. I am not influenced by the techniques or fashions of any other motion picture company.” The era we are living in today is a dream of coming true. 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. I have no use for people who throw there weight around as celebrities, or for those who fawn over you just because you are famous. Whenever I go on a ride, I’m always thinking of what’s wrong with the thing and how it can be improved. I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know how to get along without it. Crowded classrooms and half-day sessions are a tragic waste of our greatest national resource, the minds of our children. I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing, that it was all started by a mouse. Your dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway. 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. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. You reach a point where you don’t work for money. Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language. A man should never neglect his family for business 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. Girls bored me, they still do. I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I’ve ever known. The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique. Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim constantly focused on the future. Mickey Mouse is, to me, a symbol of independence. He was a means to an end. You can’t just let nature run wild. All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.

Walt Disney

1901 - 1966