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Walt Disney Quotes


"Walt Disney was my great hero." - Stanislav Grof

"Walt Disney was not a merchant of sadness." - James Macarthur

"I look like Walt Disney just threw up." - Ryan Stiles

"I first met Walt Disney 25 or 30 years ago." - Paul Winchell

"To restore a sense of reality, I think Walt Disney should have a Hardluckland." - Jack Paar

"Who's Chernabog?" Grumbled Maybeck. Philby answered,"Only the most powerful villian Walt Disney ever created." - Ridley Pearson

"I want to be the next Walt Disney, only a little more wicked." - American McGee

"Walt Disney and I always said we were two children looking for our inner adults." - Dick Van Dyke

"Walt Disney believed in himself instead of worrying what others were saying." - Chris Brogan

"I joined Walt Disney, went to work, December 2nd 1935, so obviously, I'm not too young!" - Marc Davis

"I have always thought of Walt Disney as my second father." - Annette Funicello

"I look up to Walt Disney and what he has done." - Tyra Banks

"In market valuation, Yahoo is worth about as much Walt Disney and the News Corporation combined." - Alex Berenson

"Florida has tons of entertainment opportunities because Walt Disney World and Universal Studios are there." - Kevin Richardson

"'Bolt' was made by Walt Disney Animation Studios, not by Pixar." - John Lasseter

"Walt Disney always said, 'For every laugh, there should be a tear.' I believe in that." - John Lasseter

"I wouldn't leave Disney to do Disney." - Ralph Bakshi

"There are many ways to study Walt Disney, but I think learning about Walt as a leader probably has had the biggest impact on me." - Pat Williams

"Cartoonist Walt Disney has made the twentieth century's only important contribution to music. Disney has made use of music as language." - Jerome Kern

"You need that same creative force that exists in a building like Disney [Walt Disney Concert Hall] to actually tackle that most prosaic of problems." - William Mcdonough

"Being a Disney VoluntEAR reinforces my belief in Walt's vision for The Walt Disney Company to bring happiness to every family in the world." - Newton Lee

"Marx was fortunate to have been born eighty years before Walt Disney. Disney also promised a child's paradise and unlike Marx, delivered on his promise." - John Ralston Saul

"The actual American childhood is less Norman Rockwell and Walt Disney than Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe." - Susan Cheever

"We really believe that Walt Disney is a very able company with great depth and a great set of franchises." - Robert Iger

"I blame Walt Disney; well he has to find voice actors better than me somehow doesn't he?" - Zach Braff

"I'm privileged and grateful to lead The Walt Disney Company and our talented, dedicated team at this exciting time." - Bob Iger

"We really believe that Walt Disney is a very able company with great depth and a great set of franchises." - Bob Iger

"I got into a fight with Walt Disney: I always pick the wrong people to fight with." - Frank Tashlin

"My first ambition was to be an animator for Walt Disney. Then I wanted to be a magazine cartoonist." - John Updike

"I do what I do because of Walt Disney. Goofy. Mickey Mouse. I never forgot how their films entertained me." - John Lasseter

"I think probably I've been influenced by Chekhov and Walt Disney, if you see what I mean." - Tom Stoppard

"I learned my first lesson at the Walt Disney Company about not being able to trust my associates." - Michael Ovitz

"Walt Disney World is tribute to the philosophy and life of Walter Elias Disney... and to the talents, the dedication, and the loyalty of the entire Disney organization that made Walt Disney's dream come true. May Walt Disney World bring Joy and Inspiration and New Knowledge to all who come to this happy place... a Magic Kingdom where the young at heart of all ages can laugh and play and learn - together." - Roy O. Disney

"The death of Walt Disney is a loss to all the people of the world. In everything he did, Walt had an intuitive way of reaching out and touching the hearts and mind of young and old alike. His entertainment was an international language. For more than 40 years, people have looked to Walt Disney for the finest quality in family entertainment. There is no way to replace Walt Disney. He was an extraordinary man. Perhaps there will never be another like him... The world will always be a better place because Walt Disney was its master showman." - Roy O. Disney

"His feeling was the name Walt Disney represented all of us. Walt was hanging by his teeth financially and really I think he was for most of his career. Not at all like today." - Marc Davis

"We blame Walt Disney for goldenrod's undeserved bad name. Despite Sneezy's pronouncement, plants such as goldenrod with heavy, insect-carried pollen rarely cause allergic reaction." - Janet Macunovich

"The values of the Walt Disney company: The four C s: Curiosity, Confidence, Courage, Consistency, and the greatest of these is Confidence." - Anonymous

"We believe it's the biggest advance in animation since Walt Disney started it all with the release of Snow White 50 years ago." - Steve Jobs

"Every parent, no matter how cultured or sophisticated, will one day succumb to a child's pleas to visit Walt Disney World Resort." - Simon Van Booy

"Walt Disney wasn't making films for kids. Neither were the Muppets. A lot of the great, really cool films, they weren't making them for kids." - Pete Docter

"I've always wanted to work for Walt Disney. That's what I thought I was going to do when I grew up." - Keith Haring

"I share something in common with Norman Rockwell and, for that matter, with Walt Disney, in that I really like to make people happy." - Thomas Kincade

"I share something in common with Norman Rockwell and, for that matter, with Walt Disney. In that I really like to make people happy." - Thomas Kinkade

"I had the great good fortune to interview Peggy Lee. Her memories of working with Walt Disney and his team were warm and upbeat." - Leonard Maltin

"I share something in common with Norman Rockwell and, for that matter, with Walt Disney, in that I really like to make people happy." - Thomas Kinkade

"Walt Disney was a master of the human psychology. His sense of timing, sense of speed. In a sense, those cartoons are like Rorschach tests." - Twyla Tharp

"When Walt Disney was making his films, he trusted his instincts and made films for himself, but they appealed to everybody, not just kids." - John Lasseter

"I do what I do because of Walt Disney - his films and his theme park and his characters and his joy in entertaining." - John Lasseter

"Storytelling is the game. It's what we all do. It's why Nike is Nike, it's why Apple is Apple, it's why Walt Disney built Disney World and it's why Vince McMahon makes a billion dollars." - Gary Vaynerchuk

"The Walt Disney Animation studio is the studio that Walt Disney started himself in 1923, and it's never stopped and never closed its doors and never stopped making animation, and it keeps going as kind of the heart and soul of the company." - John Lasseter

"Walt Shaub is a true ethics hero for speaking out." - Reince Priebus

"I think Pixar has the opportunity to be the next Disney - not replace Disney - but be the next Disney." - Steve Jobs

"I'm still going to Disney World." - Charles Barkley

"I'd love to work with Disney again." - Phil Collins

"Movies and Disney World don't create addicts" - John Warren Kindt

"Honestly, I grew up with Disney." - David Giuntoli

"I want to meet everybody on 'Disney Channel' and 'Disney XD' that are alive." - Quvenzhane Wallis

"I loved The Wind in the Willows. ... Walt Disney should be sued for cheapening it as he did. Imagine it, Mickey Mousing all those nice characters. I'm surprised he didn't do it with the New Testament." - Tasha Tudor

"It was not once upon a time, but a certain time in history, before anyone knew what was happening, that Walt Disney cast a spell on the fairy tale, and he has held it captive ever since." - Jack Zipes

"I operate under the assumption that the mass media will never be accurate. ... It operates with the objective to simplify and exaggerate, which is exactly what Walt Disney told his cartoonists." - Michael Crichton

"When you think about Walt [Disney]'s life, I don't know of anybody on Earth over the last hundred years who has touched as many people as he did. He's touched every nation on Earth." - Pat Williams

"Blue Book was now under direct orders to debunk. . . I remember the conversations around the conference table in which it was suggested that Walt Disney or some educational cartoon producer be enlisted in [the] debunking process." - J. Allen Hynek

"Randy and I were goggle-eyed as we gazed over the wonders of what Walt Disney had wrought. It was a magnificent demonstration of what God could do if He had more imagination." - Jack Paar

"I've been connected to the most culturally important albums of the past four years, the most influential artists of the past ten years. You have like, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Anna Wintour, David Stern." - Kanye West

"That's what Walt Disney did, and Hewlett and Packard, and the people who built Intel. They created a company to last, not just to make money. That's what I want Apple to be."" - Steve Jobs

"The two greatest role models in my professional career were Walt Disney and Dr. Deming. Dr. Deming was the Father of Total Quality Management and the person who redefined quality for the entire world." - Bill Capodagli

"There is an old Indian saying, "When legends die, dreams end. When dreams end, there is no more greatness." Leaders like Walt Disney inspire their organizations to keep their legends and stories alive." - Bill Capodagli

"Love for coworkers, love for customers, love for the product and love for self. Walt Disney instilled all of these "loves" in his company. Each of these factors is critical to achieving success in any organization." - Bill Capodagli

"Walt Disney said everything he had ever accomplished was a result of Mickey Mouse. Mickey was Walt's alter ego and he was originally modeled after Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp character. So without Chaplin, who knows what Mickey would have become!" - Bill Capodagli

"Disneyland is such a big thing to Californians, I discovered that when you cross the border you have to raise your right hand and take an oath that you believe in Walt Disney." - Jack Paar

"I blame it on Walt Disney, where animals are given human qualities. People don't understand that a wild animal is not something that is nice to pat. It can seriously harm you." - James Cameron

"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 Every decision you make is a mistake." - Edward Dahlberg

"The last person to stand still and repeat himself was Walt Disney. He refused to repeat himself. So to think that he'd be making the same kind of film in the year 2001 that he made in 1941 is absurd." - Leonard Maltin

"There's not one major greatest influence on my career. It would be film and great artists and great imagineers - Jim Henson, Walt Disney, Charlie Chaplin, people who understand the joy of the imagination." - Zac Posen

"Is Walt turning over in his grave? A man named Joe Roth runs Disney right now-he gave me the go-ahead and total freedom to do whatever I wanted to do." - Tim Robbins

"Animation translates well to a small screen. When you look at Walt Disney or Chuck Jones - you know, Bugs Bunny - there really isn't any difference if you watch on a very big screen or a computer screen." - Isabella Rossellini

"I think I do myself a disservice by comparing myself to Steve Jobs and Walt Disney and human beings that we've seen before. It should be more like Willy Wonka... and welcome to my chocolate factory." - Kanye West

"Walt Disney had always tried to get more dimension in his animation and when I saw these tapes, I thought, This is it! This is what Walt was waiting for! But when I looked around, nobody at the studio at the time was even halfway interested in it." - John Lasseter

"When I sat there in 1971 and watched my grandfather open Walt Disney World, I was a little 11-year-old girl who worshiped the ground he walked on. You probably couldn't have found much daylight between the NRA and the Disney company." - Abigail Disney

"When I go to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, they have wonderful topiary in the shapes of characters. I apply the principle to my life. "Prune away that which is not a Disney princess!" I think Michelangelo said that." - Sara Benincasa

"One of my earliest memories is being inside the recording studio and I see the shadow of a figure that looks an awful lot like Walt Disney. Then the door opened and Mr. Disney walked in and said, 'Hi Clint.' I won't ever forget that." - Clint Howard

"I meet new Walt Whitmans everyday. There are a dozen of them afloat. I don't know which Walt Whitman I am." - Walt Whitman

"Walt Disney had a very clear sense of why. He was about happiness. Remember when Disney was founded, it was during war. People said that life sucked. And he said, "No." He was an eternal optimist who said: "Life is beautiful. It's about giving. It's about family." Look what happened. His cause grew and people committed themselves to helping him grow the Disney why and it was hugely successful." - Simon Sinek

"Montreal's not a city. It's a Disney World for alcoholics." - Mike Wilmot

"Frozen is a phenomenon on an entirely new Disney scale." - Edward Kitsis

"I wonder how they deal with mice at Disney World." - Demetri Martin

"Once you start shaving you're done at Disney." - Garrett Clayton

"Quantum mechanics is the Disney World for adults!" - Jan Zaanen

"I always wanted to do a Disney movie." - Patrick Warburton

"My kids enjoy the Disney program, Lizzy McGuire." - Sela Ward

"I love working for Disney! They are my family." - Jodi Benson

"I wanted to be a part of the Disney history." - Tia Carrere

"I want to play a Disney villainess so badly." - Kristen Johnston

"I have an affinity for Disney and the Princess." - Kidada Jones

"Of my Disney material, 'Tangled' is my most pop oriented." - Alan Menken

"Curling your eyelashes makes you feel like a Disney princess." - Annaleigh Ashford

"Disney usually doesn't do pitches for original ideas." - Richard Lagravenese

"I love Disney. I know that some Disney stars want to break out of the Disney mold, but no, if they let me, I would work with Disney until I die." - Olesya Rulin

"Don't let the Disney princess hair fool you." - Raha Moharrak

"Disney has a bible for their characters, so that people who draw Disney characters have to make them look correct." - Trina Robbins

"Euro Disney is not my vibe. I can't really deal with Disney, man. It's not my thing." - Jamie Campbell Bower

"The first Disney movie I saw I think was 'Snow White.' I loved all the Disney princess movies." - Lily James

"The only dance masters I could have were Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Walt Whitman and Nietzsche." - Isadora Duncan

"Beloved Renegade is a meditation on Walt Whitman, on tenderness, on dying." - Robert Gottlieb

"We speak with one voice," Walt said. "Especially on this matter. No one hurts Sadie Kane." - Rick Riordan

"My very identities as a reader and a writer began at the Walt Whitman branch library." - Paula Spencer

"I have the kiss of Walt Whitman still on my lips" - Oscar Wilde

"I have the kiss of Walt Whitman still on my lips." - Oscar Wilde

"I make a pact with you, Walt Whitman- I have detested you long enough." - Ezra Pound

"Pleasured equally In seeking as in finding, Each detail minding, Old Walt went seeking And finding." - Langston Hughes

"I remember exiting the birth canal and suddenly I was in a film. But you are never really in charge of that. The movie came out about five or six months ago in America. It was Miramax in the States and Disney here [fakes falling asleep]. What happened. I love working for Disney, not Walt specifically because he couldn't be more dead, but the company is fantastic" - Ryan Reynolds

"I think the number of books published by Mr. Disney has nothing to do with whether or not he is bringing literature to children. That judgment has got to be based on quality rather than quantity. It's the same old problem that continually plagues American culture. I would rather have children playing their own games out of doors in the sunlight than getting the misrepresentation of literature as given by Walt Disney." - Frances Clarke Sayers

"I took a job at the Walt Disney Company and after 18 months decided to go to business school at Harvard. I was awestruck by the campus. My first reaction was I dont belong here. Then I said, Im here; lets get on with it." - Jason Kilar

"For instance, some early ideas for Florida were done only recently. The idea of a little village was there from the beginning and now we have this "Celebration" village. Same thing for the Disney Institute. Walt talked about this idea in the very first." - John Hench

"The history of our times calls to mind those Walt Disney characters who rush madly over the edge of a cliff without seeing it, so that the power of their imagination keeps them suspended in mid-air; but as soon as they look down and see where they are, they fall." - Raoul Vaneigem

"The life's work of Walt Disney and Ray Kroc had come full-circle, uniting in perfect synergy. McDonald's began to sell its hamburgers and french fries at Disney's theme parks. The ethos of McDonaldland and of Disneyland, never far apart, have finally become one. Now you can buy a Happy Meal at the Happiest Place on Earth." - Eric Schlosser

"Well, just to dispel all the myths, Walt [Disney] was not anti-Semitic. He was not racist in any way, shape, or form. He was not frozen when his life ended. He's not in some frozen vault right now waiting to make a big comeback." - Pat Williams

"Walt Disney was a great believer in the use of song to convey story. He was primarily a storyman & story-driven songs were his 'pets.' He always asked what was going on with the song - he hated 'singing heads.' He loved learning about character & motivation thru music & lyrics." - Richard Sherman

"All films created by Walt Disney at the time of his major outpouring of work were carefully crafted to fit scenes, characters, moods and situations. If these elements changed in any way, songs - no matter how good they were - were discarded. Others were written for the new scenes. Many times, character songs were dropped because characters were dropped...sequences were dropped etc." - Richard Sherman

"I was lucky enough to realize my dream. When I was a little kid in Santa Barbara, sitting on the floor in my grandmother's house, dreaming of maybe one day working for Walt Disney, and to have that dream come true, I think that's pretty remarkable." - Floyd Norman

"We went to the New York World's Fair, saw what the past had been like, according to the Ford Motor Car Company and Walt Disney, saw what the future would be like, according to General Motors. And I asked myself about the present: how wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to keep." - Kurt Vonnegut

"No matter where they are or who they're with, dogs are incapable of being anything but themselves. Show me a dog that puts on airs or laughs politely at an unfunny joke and I'll show you a human in a dog costume, possibly one owned and licensed by the Walt Disney Company." - Meghan Daum

"Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse... by Floyd Gottfredson will be warmly received by comics aficionados but should also intrigue Disney animation buffs who aren't necessarily plugged into comic strip history... I have a feeling that this book, crafted with such obvious care, will earn Gottfredson a new legion of admirers." - Leonard Maltin

"There are people that I am in love with, totally in love with them. I would die for them. I love Michelangelo. I love Charlie Chaplin with all my heart. I love Walt Disney. These are the people I am nuts over. These are my people. I love the great ones." - Michael Jackson

"I tried to do everything I could to study Walt Disney. I would read every book I could on the company, and then I found out more about him as a person, as an entrepreneur, and it was just fascinating to me that this guy was able to live a great life with his family but also do these amazing things at work." - Jason Kilar

"Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse... by Floyd Gottfredson will be warmly received by comics aficionados but should also intrigue Disney animation buffs who are' necessarily plugged into comic strip history... I have a feeling that this book, crafted with such obvious care, will earn Gottfredson a new legion of admirers." - Leonard Maltin

"I'm never quite sure how far to go with praising young kids because the next thing you will see him probably driving a Mercedes and he'll have his socks over his knees and four earrings in and a Walt Disney hat." - Paul Lambert

"Now that had worked very successfully at Pixar, and he ended up adding one at Walt Disney Animation and one at DTS. So, I'm part of that Brain Trust where I sit in on all things creative for the whole studio, but especially in the Planes area." - Klay Hall

"It's the interaction between those characters that really makes that movie as special as it is, and I'm proud to say, as you probably know, it was the highest grossing film of 2012, it's the highest grossing film that Walt Disney has ever put out, and it's the third highest grossing film ever, in the world." - Jeph Loeb

"I just had such a blast coming up with this corporate dweeb [in the Sex Tape], a sort of nerd who was also doing coke and listening to death metal and was obsessed with Walt Disney art. I just felt it was a type of guy you hadn't really seen before, and I was so happy with how it came out." - Rob Lowe

"For almost 100 years, The Walt Disney Company has had a variety of leaders. Even though it has been hard for some of these leaders to maintain their focus, the Company has been successful in remaining true to Walt's original direction to create the finest in family entertainment." - Bill Capodagli

"Walt Disney, of all people, did a good job of describing his own netony. "People who have worked with me say I am 'innocence in action,'" he wrote. "They say I have the innocence and unselfconsciousness of a child. Maybe I have. I still look at the world with uncontaminated wonder."" - Warren G. Bennis

"As I've mentioned elsewhere, I'm a Total Disnoid. Walt Disney is one of my heroes: it's extraordinary what one man, armed only with will and imagination, accomplished. To be a part of that history, that legacy - in any small way - is really an honor." - J. M. DeMatteis

"Walt Disney was a story man, and he knew that we were thinking story. That's why he dug us so much and he hired us to work for him. We always thought about the story. That was more important than any words and any music. That's all it's about." - Richard M. Sherman

"When you look at every studio in the '20s or '30s, from Louis B. Mayer to Jack Warner, you see people who started with one plan and quickly shifted gears to adapt to a changing world. One of my favorite stories is that Walt Disney mortgaged his house to make 'Snow White.' He saw there was a real opportunity to change the world." - Ryan Kavanaugh

"Popular culture bombards us with examples of animals being humanized for all sorts of purposes, ranging from education to entertainment to satire to propaganda. Walt Disney, for example, made us forget that Mickey is a mouse, and Donald a duck. George Orwell laid a cover of human societal ills over a population of livestock." - Frans De Waal

"I really cite Walt Disney as teaching me everything I know. It sounds crazy, but I'm serious! In 'Bambi,' the mother dies, but you don't see the corpse. You see the father, the stag, come up and you see 'Bambi' alone, and that has so much more impact than seeing a mutilated deer." - Matthew Gray Gubler

"For instance, some early ideas for Florida were done only recently. The idea of a little village was there from the beginning and now we have this 'Celebration' village. Same thing for the Disney Institute. Walt talked about this idea in the very first." - John Hench

"I took a job at the Walt Disney Company and after 18 months decided to go to business school at Harvard. I was awestruck by the campus. My first reaction was 'I don't belong here.' Then I said, 'I'm here; let's get on with it.'" - Jason Kilar

"Look at the films of Walt Disney: 'Snow White' came out in February 1938, and I can't think of another film from that year that's watched as much. The same is true of 'Bambi,' 'Dumbo'... even, frankly, 'Toy Story,' which is probably watched more than any other movie of 1995." - John Lasseter

"I wanted to become a director before I wanted to become a writer. When I was 10, people would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I said, 'Walt Disney.' I wanted to make films. But I wasn't offered a camera. I was offered language. So I started telling stories in the theatre and then in my novels." - Ericemmanuel Schmitt

"Well let's see; I'm not obsessed with... I like Walt Disney except that you know, except for the horrible fascism. I love the art of it. I like a lot of things I don't agree with and that's one of them." - Mark Morris

"I believe in having total clarity around our goals. I believe in creating these goals together as a group and making sure they're aligned with Bob Iger's goals for the Walt Disney Co. And more than anything, making sure people understand that they have a responsibility to one another." - Anne Sweeney

"Our company has been very forward-thinking about digital technology and the opportunity that it gives us. As we move into a world where we have more and more devices at our disposal, that really means more and more opportunities for the Walt Disney Co. to reach you: through our entertainment, through all of our divisions." - Anne Sweeney

"Walt Disney got away with portraying me in the light that they were portraying me in. I have always been a fighter, so... But I have no regrets, man. It's just like God brought me through the drugs, I know he'll bring me through this." - Ike Turner

"I grew up in central Florida in the nineteen-sixties, barefoot half the time and running around the orange groves where my father worked. I remember flocks of white birds that would lift from the backs of cattle, disturbed by the jackhammers and bulldozers clearing land for Walt Disney World." - Anne Hull

"The only movies I saw till I was 17 were made by Disney. My parents had this thing. Disney was like, you know, "Ford is a good car. Disney makes good movies that are good for kids and safe."" - Geena Davis

"When I was seven, I gave a letter to Cinderella in Disney World asking if I could be in a Disney movie. So, working for Disney was really a childhood dream come true." - Brittany Curran

"Walt Kelly was much more interested in allegory and politics, and I'm much more interested in metaphors and myth." - Jeff Smith

"I didn't even know I could write music, but somehow Walt did. He tapped my hidden talents." - Xavier Atencio



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