The best Disney quotes handed down to us through the decades have endured because of their relevance and timeless quality. Most Disney fans can recall inspiring words said in a movie, phrases used at the theme parks, lines sang in a popular song, or even quotes spoken by the founder himself. Many popular quotes fade from memory or become replaced by newer, fresher ones, but the following ten Disney quotes never grow old.
10. If You Keep on Believing, the Dream That You Wish Will Come True
Cinderella puts these words to a melody in her self-titled animated classic. They express a faith in ourselves that shapes reality when we keep pursuing our dreams. Not only is this the philosophy that the Walt Disney Company was founded upon, but it’s also the lesson that most parents feed their children from an early age. Walt himself expressed the power of believing our dreams and pursuing them, and he lived his life this way. Even if we forget the movie quote itself, we can’t escape its impact upon our culture.
9. Even Miracles Take a Little Time
We find Cinderella at her lowest point when her Fairy Godmother says these words. The quote serves not only to encourage Cinderella’s belief in her dreams, but also to create miracles that change her circumstances. It reminds us that miracles aren’t always instant, but may take some time. Even though Walt Disney World popped out of the swamplands of Florida in approximately four years, which is nothing short of amazing, the miracle of the resort has been shaped over the past forty years.
8. Always Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide
After watching Pinocchio, we know the consequences of ignoring our conscience. In the movie, Jiminy Cricket becomes the famous marionette’s conscience, since he doesn’t yet have one of his own. Though the cricket’s advice fails to keep Pinocchio out of trouble, we can’t seem to forget his quote. It reminds us to rely upon our conscience when addressing ethical problems, especially since we don’t have a cricket whispering in our ears.
7. A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down
The famous governess sings these words to the Banks children in the classic Disney film, Mary Poppins. This unforgettable quote teaches us that we should look for the joy in completing unappealing chores, making them a game of sorts. The sugar is the game or fun we create in the task, while the awful-tasting medicine is the task we need to complete. Singing these words may make the wait time at the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train more enjoyable, even if it’s hard to make a 70-minute line fun.
6. Beauty is Found Within
Beauty and the Beast tells the story of the stunning, Belle, who is pursue by the most handsome man around, Gaston. In the story, she meets the ugly, horrible Beast and develops a relationship with him. Though beautiful herself, Belle doesn’t judge others by their outward attractiveness, because she concerns herself with what is in a person’s heart. It is the tender heart of the Beast that makes him beautiful and the selfish heart of Gaston that makes him ugly. This quote from the Narrator sums up the entire lesson, leaving us with a quotable saying that never tires out.
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5. Hakuna Matata
How could anyone deny the cultural impact of these two Swahili words, uttered and sung by the lovable Timon and Pumbaa in The Lion King? Just uttering a short line from the song stirs children into endless choruses of “Hakuna Matata,” especially in the middle of The Festival of the Lion King show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The quote means “no worries,” which is the effect you expect to feel when watching an inspiring Disney movie or visiting Walt Disney World.
4. To Infinity and Beyond
Buzz Lightyear expresses his thirst for adventure and his no-limits attitude when he shouts this tagline in Toy Story. Though the movie debuted two decades ago, the quote resounds in our minds today. Right before hopping on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin at Magic Kingdom, our favorite interstellar hero sends us off with this famous quote, if only to encourage us to rack up the highest score we can achieve.
3. Let It Go
Unless you’ve been living in isolation for the past few years, you’ve heard this phrase from Disney’s Frozen sung over and over again. The world responded to this film with the posting of countless tribute videos of fans performing this song. In the movie, Queen Esla of Arrendelle sings “Let It Go” to express the shedding of fear and the acceptance of her true identity. No wonder this song resonates with so many; it reaffirms our best selves.
2. Just Keep Swimming!
Originally, this quote appeared in Finding Nemo in 2003. When faced with the impossible task of locating his son across the vast ocean, Dory tells Marlin to “Just keep swimming!” Though Marlin begins to lose hope, Dory’s encouragement strengthens him. This great quote reappears in the recent release of Finding Dory, when its wisdom is passed down to Dory from her parents. Naturally, this piece of advice never gets old.
1. It Was All Started By a Mouse
Walt Disney coined this phrase when describing the monumental accomplishments of the Walt Disney Company. It was Walt’s humble way of saying that he owed all that he created to the character of Mickey Mouse, his first success. The more that Disney grows and transforms, the more this saying seems remarkable, especially considering that Walt created Mickey while on the verge of bankruptcy and failure. Ultimately, this quote reminds us that from small achievements, we can accomplish awesome things that improve our world.