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37 Disney Quotes That Will Inspire You to Remarkable Success

There’s a lot of wisdom in all those Disney films — here are some of the best quotes to inspire you in business and in life.

1. “Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it.” –Rapunzel (Tangled)

2. “All it takes is faith and trust.” — Peter Pan (Peter Pan)

3. “A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.” — Eeyore (Winnie the Pooh)

4. “Even miracles take a little time.” — Fairy Godmother (Cinderella)

5. “If you focus on what you left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead.” — Gusteau (Ratatouille)

6. “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” — The Emperor (Mulan)

7. “You control your destiny — you don’t need magic to do it. And there are no magical shortcuts to solving your problems.” — Merida (Brave)

8. “A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.” — Zeus (Hercules)

9. “Don’t just fly, soar.” — Dumbo (Dumbo)

10. “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.” — Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins)

11. “Life’s not a spectator sport. If watchin’ is all you’re gonna do, then you’re gonna watch your life go by without ya.” — Laverne (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

12. “The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.” — Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean)

13. “Believe you can, then you will.” — Mulan (Princess Stories)

14. “Today is a good day to try.” — Quasimodo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

15. “If you don’t know where you want to go, then it doesn’t matter which path you take.” — The Cheshire Cat (Alice in Wonderland)

16. “The things that make me different are the things that make me ME.” — Piglet (Winnie the Pooh)

17. “It’s better to use your head than break your back.” — Ernst Robinson (Swiss Family Robinson)

18. “Admit defeat, and defeat will surely admit you into permanent custody.” — Beret Girl (An Extremely Goofy Movie)

19. “Listen with your heart, you will understand.” — Grandmother Willow (Pocahontas)

20. “Your identity is your most valuable possession. Protect it.” — Elastigirl (The Incredibles)

21. “Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.” — Rafiki (The Lion King)

22. “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” — Winnie the Pooh (Pooh’s Most Grand Adventure)

23. “If you don’t think, then you shouldn’t talk.” — March Hare (Alice in Wonderland)

24. “Our fate lives within us. You only have to be brave enough to see it.” — Merida (Brave)

25. “I’m only brave when I have to be. Being brave doesn’t mean you go looking for trouble.” — Mufasa (The Lion King)

26. “Giving up is for rookies.” — Philoctetes (Hercules)

27. “Always let your conscience be your guide.” — The Blue Fairy (Pinocchio)

28. “I give myself very good advice, but I very seldom follow it.” — Alice (Alice in Wonderland)

29. “Happiness is the richest thing we will ever own.” — Donald Duck

30. “Just because it’s what’s done, doesn’t mean it’s what should be done.” — Cinderella (Cinderella)

31. “Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one.” — Grandmother Willow (Pocahontas)

32. “Change is good.” — Rafiki (The Lion King)

33. “The only thing predictable about life is its unpredictability.” — Remy (Ratatouille)

34. “Remember, you’re the one who can fill the world with sunshine.” — Snow White (Snow White and the Seven Dwarves)

35. “Do not be followed by its commonplace appearance. Like so many things, it is not what is outside, but what is inside that counts.” — Merchant (Aladdin)

36. “Now, think of the happiest things. It’s the same as having wings.” — Peter Pan (Peter Pan)

37. “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” — Walt Disney


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Just an FYI

It was pointed out to me by a friend of mine, that a lot of my posts haven’t really been me living up to the website name “Just A Girl With Disney Questions”, and that most of it’s just been fan stuff, lists, ratings, and such. I’m gonna explain here, what I explained to her. Yes. This website is called “Just A Girl With Disney Questions”. But, I don’t just question the movies. I’m a fan as well. I’m not gonna be questioning everything they do ALL the time. I have a great love for Disney. I grew up with so many of their films, and I plan on having my own kids grow up with them as well. Everything from The Originals, The Renaissance, and The Modern Age. I love it all. So, yes,

I don’t question everything.

But I do love it all.


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23 Inspirational Quotes From Disney Films That Will Teach You The Most Valuable Life Lessons

1. Knowing how to laugh at yourself instead of blaming for your own weaknesses will make you happier. No one’s perfect after all.

To laugh at yourself is to love yourself. – Mickey Mouse, Mickey Mouse

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2. You’ll never find something better if you stay in your comfort zone.

“Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it.” – Rapunzel,Tangled

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3. The hardest things teach you the most important lessons. If you can get over the challenge, you’ll enter another stage of life, a better one.

“The very things that hold you down are going to lift you up.” – Timothy Mouse, Dumbo

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4. You’re responsible for your life, so face your problems bravely.

“You control your destiny — you don’t need magic to do it. And there are no magical shortcuts to solving your problems.” – Merida, Brave

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5. Forgetting maybe the easiest way to deal with the past, but learning from it is what you should do.

“Oh yes the past can hurt. But you can either run from it, or learn from it” – Rafiki, Lion King

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6. Life’s full of ups and downs, you just have to deal with it and keep going.

“When life gets you down do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do? Just keep swimming!” – Dory, Finding Nemo

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7. You will be what you want to be, don’t let others decide for you.

“You must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul.” – Gusteau, Ratatouille

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8. If you want something to happen, make it happen with your actions.

“Fairy tales can come true. You gotta make them happen, it all depends on you.” – Tiana, Princess and the Frog

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9. You have to go through the most difficult times to grow better and stronger.

“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” – The Emperor, Mulan

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10. Your life belongs to you, take your own way and don’t follow others’ paths.

“You think the only people who are people, are the people who look and think like you. But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you’ll learn things you never knew you never knew.” – Pocahontas, Pocahontas

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11. Don’t give up believing because your beliefs will lead you to where you want to be.

“No matter how your heart is grieving, If you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.” – Cinderella, Cinderella

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12. Let go of what you can’t change and focus on what you can work on.

“If you focus on what you left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead. Now go up and look around!” – Gusteau, Ratatouille

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13. Don’t underestimate your ability. You just need to tell yourself you can, and you can!

“Look inside yourself, Simba. You are more than what you have become.” – Mufasa, The Lion King.

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14. Relationships take time and patience. Sometimes you just need to let time lead the way for you.

“You can’t force someone to like you. It takes time for friendship to grow.” – Cody, Suite Life of Zack and Cody

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15. Works are endless, do what you can and stop worrying so much.

“When there’s too much to do, don’t let it bother you. Forget your troubles.” -Snow White, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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16. Believe that you can and you’re half way there.

“I am on my way. I can go the distance! I don’t care how far. Somehow I’ll be strong I know. Every mile will be worth my while. I would go most anywhere to find where I belong.” – Hercules, Hercules

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17. Things and people are not what they seem. Don’t judge anything or anyone before you fully understand them.

“Do not be fooled by its commonplace appearance. Like so many things, it is not what outside, but what is inside that counts.” Aladdin, Aladdin

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18. Be patient because miracles do happen every day.

“Even miracles take a little time.” Fairy Godmother, Cinderella

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19. Learning history is not to learn what happened before, but to learn from the previous mistakes so that the history will not repeat.

“Man has always learned from the past. After all, you can’t learn history in reverse!” – Archimedes, The Sword in the Stone

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20. When you truly love someone, you know it’s worth it to sacrifice for them.

“Some people are worth melting for.” – Olaf, Frozen

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21. The littlest act of kindness you do can change the world.

“A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.” – Eeyore, Winnie the Pooh

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22. When you’ve done best for your own part, you just need to have faith for what’s coming.

All it takes is faith and trust. – Peter Pan, Peter Pan

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23. Family means we all stay together, no matter what.

Ohana means family, family means nobody gets left behind. Or forgotten. – Lilo, Lilo and stitch

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Digging for the Deeper Meaning in Disney Movies

Ever since Walt Disney began turning out feature-length animated films, scholars, theologians and journalists have plumbed the depths of the simple morality tales for deeper religious meanings and messages.

Was Snow White’s eating of the poison apple an allusion to the Fall in the Garden of Eden? When the puppet maker Geppetto was swallowed by a whale, was that a veiled reference to Jonah in Hebrew Scriptures? Were Jiminy Cricket’s initials in “Pinocchio” a hidden reference to Jesus Christ?

While we’re at it, have the Disney films morphed under the corporate leadership of Michael Eisner from an early reflection of Judeo-Christian religious sensibilities during Disney’s life to embrace a wider pantheon of non-Western and pagan beliefs and gods? How do the stories accommodate changing cultural perceptions about race, sexual orientation and gender roles?

There has been no end of fascination with what some have called the Gospel According to Walt, and it’s little wonder. The Disney gospel is among a child’s earliest tutors, offering insights into acceptable human behavior and relationships through the dilemmas, triumphs and failures of its cartoon characters.

The scrutiny has been heightened by the fact that, unlike previous generations, more children are watching the films over and over, thanks to videotapes and DVDs. How are the stories playing — and replaying — on young, impressionable minds?

Among the latest to ask such questions is journalist Mark I. Pinsky, religion writer for Florida’s Orlando Sentinel. A father of two, Pinsky set out to decode the parables and found, as others did before him, a common thread running through Disney features from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” released in 1937, to “Brother Bear,” released in 2003. His findings are in his latest book, “The Gospel According to Disney: Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust” (Westminster John Knox Press).

“The Disney canon is fairly simple,” Pinsky said in an interview. “Good is always rewarded. Evil is always punished. Faith is paramount — faith in yourself and, equally, faith in something greater than yourself. It doesn’t matter what it is that’s greater than yourself.” But don’t look for overt references to God.

Pinsky calls his book a guidebook for parents and grandparents. Much of it is a short retelling of the Disney narratives, with a chapter devoted to most of the stories. Pinsky brings his own rendering of the story lines, seasoned with a religion writer’s familiarity with belief systems, and the sensitivity that comes with being a father himself.

It is essentially a work of journalism rather than blazing paths into entirely new insights, which should not be surprising in view of Pinsky’s training as a reporter. (He formerly worked at The Times.)

His task was complicated by the Disney company’s refusal to grant him a single interview, whether with a corporate executive or an animator. Pinsky was forced to rely in part on the works of other scholars and authors, who are richly quoted and credited.

The new book is not Pinsky’s first look at spirituality in American pop culture. His best-selling 2001 book, “The Gospel According to The Simpsons,” looked at that television show’s many major and minor religious allusions. The Simpsons book, a review by The Times in 2001 said, showed the author’s appreciation for the “surprisingly rich spiritual life of the Simpsons and their Springfield neighbors.”

Although Disney was by all accounts deeply respectful of institutional religion, he was not much of a churchgoer in his adult life. Biographers have said that he wanted to convey simple morality tales that taught right and wrong in a universally accepted idiom to children the world over. To do that, Disney resorted not to a sectarian creed, but to magic, which bridged cultures and belief systems.

Magic, not the Holy Spirit, was repeatedly employed as the instrument of hope and intervention on behalf of goodness and justice, as with Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother and Pinocchio’s Blue Fairy. It was also a smart marketing strategy that appealed to a larger audience of many and of no religious persuasions, Pinsky said.

Fairy godmothers and other heavenly manifestations, in turn, reinforced the efficacy of good works, love and faith on the part of Disney’s cartoon protagonists. In other words, goodness and hard work have their own reward even when the odds seem stacked against you, including an evil stepmother or a reprobate fox leading a wooden boy astray.

So what about the bite Snow White took out of that apple and Geppetto’s rescue by Pinocchio from the belly of the whale, or Jiminy Cricket’s initials?

Parables have a way of speaking differently to people. Christians, Pinsky said, have alternately applauded and railed at the things they saw in the films. The important thing, he said, is that the films convey overarching values of faith, hard work, optimism, love and just being good.


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