- Walt Disney Quotes
- Walt Disney
- "We are not trying to entertain the critics. I'll take
my chances with the public."
"You can design and create, and build the most wonderful
place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality."
"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 don't like formal gardens. I like wild nature. It's just
the wilderness instinct in me, I guess."
- "We allow no geniuses around our Studio."
- "Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping
young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals
and objectives of normal adulthood."
"I never called my work an 'art' It's part of show business,
the business of building entertainment."
- "I am not influenced by the techniques or fashions of
any other motion picture company."
- "Whenever I go on a ride, I'm always thinking of what's
wrong with the thing and how it can be improved."
- "The way to get started is to quit talking and begin
- "Laughter is America's most important export."
- "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."
- "Why do we have to grow up? I know more adults who have
the children's approach to life. They're people who don't give
a hang what the Joneses do. You see them at Disneyland every
time you go there. They are not afraid to be delighted with simple
pleasures, and they have a degree of contentment with what life
has brought - sometimes it isn't much, either."
- "The era we are living in today is a dream of coming
- "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 dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only
kids grown up, anyway."
- "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."
- "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."
- "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."
- "I have no use for people who throw their weight around
as celebrities, or for those who fawn over you just because you
- "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."
"A man should never neglect his family for business."
- "I believe in being a modivator."
-On Mickey Mouse
- "I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing -
that it was all started by a mouse."
- "Mickey Mouse is, to me, a symbol of independence. He
was a means to an end."
- "When people laugh at Mickey Mouse, it's because he's
so human; and that is the secret of his popularity."
"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."
"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 cartoon animation towards new entertainment levels. He
spelled production liberation for us."
"We felt that the public, and especially the children,
like animals that are cute and little. I think we are rather
indebted to Charlie Chaplin for the idea. We wanted something
appealing, and we thought of a tiny bit of a mouse that would
have something of the wistfulness of Chaplin- a little fellow
trying to do the best he could."
"The life and ventures of Mickey Mouse have been closely
bound up with my own personal and professional life. It is understandable
that I should have sentimental attachment for the little personage
who played so big a part in the course of Disney Productions
and has been so happily accepted as an amusing friend wherever
films are shown around the world. He still speaks for me and
I still speak for him."
"To all that come to this happy place: welcome. Disneyland
is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and
here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future.
Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard
facts that have created America... with hope that it will be
a source of joy and inspiration to all the world."
"Biggest problem? Well, I'd say it's been my biggest
problem all my life. MONEY. It takes a lot of money to make these
dreams come true. From the very start it was a problem. Getting
the money to open Disneyland. About seventeen million it took.
And we had everything mortgaged including my personal insurance."
"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."
"I don't want the public to see the world they live in
while they're in the Park (Disneyland). I want to feel they're
in another world."
"When we opened Disneyland, a lot of people got the impressions
that it was a get-rich-quick thing, but they didn't realize that
behind Disneyland was this great organization that I built here
at the Studio, and they all got into it and we were doing it
because we loved to do it."
"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."
"I first saw the site for Disneyland back in 1953, In
those days it was all flat land - no rivers, no mountains, no
castles or rocket ships - just orange groves, and a few acres
of walnut trees."
"It's something that will never be finished. Something
that I can keep developing...and adding to."
"Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue
to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world."
"We believed in our idea - a family park where parents
and children could have fun- together."
"Disneyland is a work of love. We didn't go into Disneyland
just with the idea of making money."
"Disneyland is the star, everything else is in the supporting
"Disneyland is a show."
"It has that thing - the imagination, and the feeling
of happy excitement- I knew when I was a kid."