The 20 Best Disney Quotes and the Life Lessons We Learned From Them
Walt Disney said that he does not make films primarily for children. He makes them for the child in all of us, “whether he be 6 or 60.”
Disney’s business was happiness. He brought tears and smiles to kids, young and old, around the world, and had a very specific recipe for doing so. His recipe was the four Cs: Curiosity, Confidence, Courage, and Constancy. He said that “the greatest of these is Confidence. Without confidence, you won’t get past the challenges and critics that stand before you.”
We can learn a lot from Walt Disney’s timeless words of wisdom, and we wanted to find some of the best Disney movie quotes that have resonated with us as life lessons throughout the years.
We also created free printables with four of our favorite quotes. Click the images below, and feel free to download and print these quotes, share them with friends, or hang them up wherever you need a little inspiration!
“Always let your conscience be your guide.”
Lesson learned: Use your moral compass when everyone around you is telling you what to do, and you’ll find that your intuition will point you in the right direction.
The Little Mermaid
“The seaweed is always greener in somebody else’s lake.”
Lesson learned: You’ll always want more, so appreciate what you have.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
“If watching is all you’re gonna do, then you’re gonna watch your life go by without ya.“
Lesson learned: Life’s not a spectator sport, and Walt Disney himself believed that, ‘all our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.’
Alice in Wonderland
“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.“
Lesson learned: Every day should bring new adventures, and there’s never a reason to stop being curious.
“If you keep on believing, the dreams that you wish will come true.“
Lesson learned: Believe in yourself and never give up on your dreams. Unwavering hope (and a little fairy dust) goes a long way.
“Open different doors, you may find a you there that you never knew was yours. Anything can happen.“
Lesson learned: Be curious about the world around you, and never stop trying to find things that interest you.
The Lion King
“You must take your place in the Circle of Life.“
Lesson learned: We are all different, but we need each other.
“The very things that hold you down are going to lift you up.“
Lesson learned: Love yourself enough to accept your own flaws – those “flaws” are what make us beautifully different.
“Just keep swimming!“
Lesson learned: Never, never, never give up.
Beauty and the Beast
“She warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within.“
Lesson learned: It matters more who you are on the inside than what you look like on the outside.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
“Whistle while your work.“
Lesson learned: Attitude really is everything, and with a positive approach, the drudgery of everyday tasks won’t seem that bad.
“You’re only a fool if you give up.“
Lesson learned: Life will throw plenty of rough patches your way, but don’t give up…you’ll get through it.
Lady and the Tramp
“There’s a great big hunk of world down there with no fence around it.“
Lesson learned: Keep moving forward and trying new things, and you’ll be led down new paths.
“And don’t spend your time lookin’ around for something you want that can’t be found.“
Lesson learned: We spend so much time pining after things in life that we don’t really need when we need to let the necessities come to us once in a while.
“They say if you dream a thing more than once it’s sure to come true.“
Lesson learned: It’s amazing what a little self-encouragement is capable of.
The Fox and the Hound
“Darlin, forever is a long, long time, and time has a way of changing things.“
Lesson learned: It’s a hard life lesson, but you can’t always get what you want, but remember that life changes in remarkable ways at the most unexpected moments.
“Think happy thoughts.“
Lesson learned: You can accomplish amazing things, even fly, by thinking positively.
“If you cannot say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.“
Lesson learned: Enough said.
The Sword in the Stone
“For every to, there is a fro. For every stop there is a go, and that’s what makes the world go round.“
Lesson learned: There will be good times, and there will be bad. Imagine how boring life would be if you knew everything that was going to happen.
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Brittany Marklin is a contributing writer for Learning Liftoff and a community manager for K12. She coordinates all K12 student contests and connects with families who pursue online education. She attended George Mason University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing, with a minor in tourism and events management. Brittany spent her first five years at K12 on the social media team where she aided with content and strategy for multiple channels, and helped construct K12’s user-generated content site, “What’s Your Story?” When she’s not working, Brittany loves spending time with her husband and daughter in North Carolina.