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Walt Disney had many great things to say.
Here is merely a few of them.

"I'm not interested in pleasing the critics. I'll take my chances pleasing the audiences."

"I'd rather entertain and hope that people learn, than teach and hope that people are entertained."

"I don't make pictures just to make money. I make money to make more pictures."

"I love the nostalgic myself. I hope we never lose some of the things of the past."

"As long as there is imagination left in the world, Disneyland will never be finished."

"If you can dream it, you can do it."

"I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing - that it was all started by a mouse."

"When you're curious, you find lots of interesting things to do. And one thing it takes to accomplish something is courage."

"When I started on Disneyland, my wife used to say, 'But why do you want to build an amusement park? They're so dirty.' I told her that was just the point - mine wouldn't be."

"When guests come here they're coming because of an integrity we've established over the years. They drive hundreds of miles. I feel a responsibility to the public."

"Anything that has a Disney name to it is something we feel responsible for."

"I just want it to look like nothing else in the world. And it should be surrounded by a train."

"I don't want the public to see the world they live in... I want them to feel they are in another world."

"It's the principal thing I hope to leave when I move on to greener pastures. If I can help provide a place to develop the talent of the future, I think I will have accomplished something."

"I don't believe there is a challenge anywhere in the world that is more important to people everywhere than finding the solutions to the problems of our cities. But where do we begin? Well, we're convinced we must start with the public need. And the need is not just for curing the old ills of old cities. We think the need is for starting from scratch on virgin land and building a community that will become a prototype for the future."

"You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world.  But it takes people to make the dream a reality."

"Somehow I can't believe there are any heights that can't be scaled by a man who knows the secret of making dreams come true.  This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C's.  They are Curiosity, Confidence, Courage, and Constancy and the greatest of these is Confidence.  When you believe a thing, believe it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably."

"I am not influenced by the techniques or fashions of any other motion picture company."

"Whenever I go on a ride, I'm always thinking of what's wrong with the thing and how it can be improved."

"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates' loot on Treasure Island and at the bottom of the Spanish Main ... and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life."

"You're dead if you aim only for kids.  Adults are only kids grown up, anyway."

"A man should never neglect his family for business."

"When people laugh at Mickey Mouse, it's because he's so human; and that is the secret of his popularity."

"When we opened Disneyland, a lot of people got the impressions that it was a get-rich-quick thing, but they didn't realize that behind Disneyland was this great organization that I built here at the Studio, and they all got inot it and we were doing it because we loved to do it."

"I first saw the site for Disneyland back in 1953.  In those days it was all flat land - no rivers, no mountains, no castles or rocketships - just orange groves, and a few acres of walnut trees."

"It's something that will never be finished.  Something that I can keep developing and adding to."

"We believed in our idea - a family park where parents and children could have fun - together."

"I'm doing this because I want to do it better."

"Animation offers a medium of story telling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world."

"I try to build a full personality for each of our cartoon characters - to make them personalities."

"I have more latitude in television than I ever had before. If I had an idea for something, I had to then go and try to sell it to the distributors, to the theater men, and everyone else. With television, I just get my gang together and we say we think that will be something interesting - lets do it. And I go direct to that public."

"Cartoon animation offers a medium of storytelling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world."

"Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive."

"Too many people grow up.  That's the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up.  They don't remember what it's like to be 12 years old.  They patronize, they treat children as inferiors.  Well I won't do that."

"It has that thing - the imagination, and the feeling of happy excitement I knew when I was a kid."

"I do not make films primarily for children.  I make them for the child in all of us, whether he be six or sixty.  Call the child innocence.  The worst of us is not without innocence, although buried deeply it might be.  In my work, I try to reach and speak to that innocence, showing it the fun and joy of living; showing it that laughter is healthy; showing it that the human species, although happily ridiculous sometimes, is still reaching for the stars."

"Why do we have to grow up?  I know more adults who have the child's approach to live.  They're people who don't give a hang what the Joneses do.  You see them at Disneyland every time you go there.  They are not afraid to be delighted with simple pleasures, and they have a degree of contentment with what life has brought - sometimes it isn't much, either."

"My business is making people, especially children, happy.  I have dedicated much of my time to a study of the problems of children."

"Every child is born blessed with a vivid imagination.  But just as muscles grow flabby with disuse, so the bright imagination of a child pales in later years if he ceases to excersise it."

"All we ever intended for him, or expected of him, was that he should continue to make people everywhere chuckle with him and at him.  We didn't burden him with any social symbolism, we made him no mouth piece for frustrations or harsh satire.  Mickey was simply a little personality assigned to the purposes of laughter."

"Until a character becomes a personality, it cannot be believed.  Without personality, the character may do funny or interesting things, but unless people are able to identify themselves with the character, its actions will seem unreal.  And without personality, a story cannot ring true to the audience."

"All cartoon characters and fables must be exaggeration, caricatures; it is the very nature of fantasy and fable."

"I have a great love of animals and laughter."

"The life and ventures of Mickey Mouse have been closely bound up with my own personal and professional life"

"I take great pride in the artistic developement of cartoons.  Our characters are made to go through emotions."

"Disneyland is a work of love.  We didn't go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money."

"Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood."

"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing."

"There's a great big beautiful tomorrow, just a dream away."

"All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me ...  You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you."

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."

"It's no secret that we were sticking just about every nickel we had on the chance that people would really be interested in something totally new and unique in the field of entertainment."

"Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language."

"Laughter is America's most important export."

"I never called my work an 'art.'  It's part of show business, the business of building entertainment."

"I don't like formal gardens.  I like wild nature.  It's just the wilderness instinct in me, I guess."

"People still think of me as a cartoonist, but the only thing I lift a pen or pencil for these days is to sign a contract, a check, or an autograph."

"I have no use for people who throw there weight around as celebrities, or for those who fawn over you just because you are famous."

"I have been up against tough competition all my life.  I wouldn't know how to get along without it."

"I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter."

"I believe in being an innovator."

"Biggest problem?  Well, I'd say it's been my biggest problem all my life.  MONEY.  It takes a lot of money to make these dreams come true.  From the very start it was a problem.  Getting the money to open Disneyland.  About seventeen million it took.  And we had everything mortgaged including my personal insurance."

"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."

"When we opened Disneyland, a lot of people got the impressions that it was a get-rich-quick thing, but they didn't realize that behind Disneyland was this great organization that I built here at the Studio, and they all got into it and we were doing it because we loved to do it."

"Animation offers a medium of story telling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world."

"You reach a point where you don't work for money."

"All cartoon characters and fables must be exaggeration, caricatures.  It is the very nature of fantasy and fable."