Walt Disney is an American film legend and co-founder of The Walt Disney Company. Here are some of his famous quotes.

  1. Once a man has tasted freedom he will never be content to be a slave. That is why I believe that this frightfulness we see everywhere today is only temporary. Tomorrow will be better for as long as America keeps alive the ideals of freedom and a better life.
  2. Deeds rather than words express my concept of the part religion should play in everyday life.
  3. 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.
  4. To me, today, at age sixty-one, all prayer, by the humble or highly placed, has one thing in common: supplication for strength and inspiration to carry on the best human impulses which should bind us together for a better world.
  5. A good ending is vital to a picture, the single most important element, because it is what the audience takes with them out of the theater.
  6. A man should never neglect his family for business.
  7. 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.
  8. A prayer, it seems to me, implies a promise as well as a request, at the highest level. Prayer not only is supplication for strength and guidance, but also becomes an affirmation of life and thus a reverent praise of God.
  9. Actually, if you could see close in my eyes, the American flag is waving in both of them and up my spine is growing this red, white and blue stripe.
  10. 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.
  11. All cartoon characters and fables must be exaggeration, caricatures. It is the very nature of fantasy and fable.
  12. All our dreams can come true — if we have the courage to pursue them.
  13. 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.
  14. All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me...
  15. Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive.
  16. Comedy is fine, but if a story has 'heart', the audience is apt to remember it longer.
  17. Disneyland is a work of love. We didn't go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money.
  18. Disneyland is not just another amusement park. It's unique, and I want it kept that way. Besides, you don't work for a dollar — you work to create and have fun.
  19. Disneyland is the star. Everything else is in the supporting role.
  20. Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.
  21. Do a good job. You don't have to worry about the money; it will take care of itself. Just do your best work — then try to trump it.
  22. Fantasy, when properly done in the one medium best adapted to its nature, need never stale for the family taste.
  23. For every laugh, there should be a tear.
  24. Get a good idea and stay with it. Do it, and work at it until it's done right.
  25. Girls bored me — they still do. I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I've ever known.
  26. I am not influenced by the techniques or fashions of any other motion picture company.
  27. I believe in being an innovator.
  28. I could never convince the financiers that Disneyland was feasible, because dreams offer too little collateral.
  29. I don't like formal gardens. I like wild nature. It's just the wilderness instinct in me, I guess.
  30. I don't make films for children. I make films that children aren't embarrassed to take their parents to.
  31. I don't pose as an authority on anything at all, I follow the opinions of the ordinary people I meet, and I take pride in the close-knit teamwork within my organization.
  32. I don't want the public to see the world they live in while they're in the Park. I want to feel they're in another world.
  33. I never called my work an "art" It's part of show business, the business of building entertainment.
  34. I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing — that it was all started by a mouse.
  35. I remember when we opened... we didn't have enough money to finish the landscaping and I had Bill Evans go out and put the Latin tags on all of the weeds...
  36. I started, actually, to make my first animated cartoon in 1920. Of course, they were very crude things then and I used sort of little puppet things.
  37. I suppose my formula might be: dream, diversify and never miss an angle.
  38. I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained.
  39. I'm doing this because I want to do it better.
  40. I've always maintained that you can't just coast, if you do, you go backwards. It's just a slow way of liquidating... Let's do anything to get some action, you see?
  41. If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.
  42. Inside every sophisticated grownup adult is a little kid just dying to get out.
  43. It is good to have a failure while you're young because it teaches you so much. For one thing it makes you aware that such a thing can happen to anybody, and once you've lived through the worst, you're never quite as vulnerable afterward.
  44. It's kind of fun to do the impossible.
  45. It’s a mistake not to give people a chance to learn to depend on themselves while they are young.
  46. Laughter is America's most important export.
  47. Our contribution to television is entertainment, created without deviation from our conception of what entertainment should be.
  48. Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.
  49. People look at you and me to see what they are supposed to be. And, if we don't disappoint them, maybe, just maybe, they won't disappoint us.
  50. People spend money when and where they feel good.
  51. The era we are living in today is a dream coming true.
  52. There's nothing funnier than the human animal.
  53. Think beyond your lifetime, if you want to do something truly great. Make a fifty-year master plan. A fifty-year master plan will change how you look at the opportunities in the present.
  54. This is the thing I'm going to be remembered for.
  55. The more diversified our labors and interest have become in the modern world, the more surely we need to integrate our efforts to justify our individual selves and our civilization.
  56. Until a character becomes a personality it cannot be believed.
  57. We have always tried to be guided by the basic idea that, in the discovery of knowledge, there is great entertainment — as, conversely, in all good entertainment there is always some grain of wisdom, humanity, or enlightenment to be gained.
  58. We have created characters and animated them in the dimension of depth, revealing through them to our perturbed world that the things we have in common far outnumber and outweigh those that divide us.
  59. We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. We're always exploring and experimenting.
  60. Without inspiration we would perish.
  61. You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.
  62. You can't just let nature run wild.
  63. You reach a point where you don't work for money.
  64. You're dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway.