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Quotes by Walt Disney

"Laughter is no enemy to learning."

"All right. I'm corny. But I think there's just about a-hundred-and-forty-million people in this country that are just as corny as I am."

"I do not make films primarily for children. I make them for the child in all of us, whether we be six or sixty."

"To do the things I wanted to do, I needed better artists. A cartoonist is not the same as an artist. A cartoonist knows the shortcuts and tricks—how to do things in a hurry. His work might have been comic, but it wasn't convincing. The cartoonist had to learn about art. So i sent the boys to [art] school. Some of them hated it and wouldn't go along; most of those fell by the wayside as the studio progressed. But the top men at the studio today are largely those who went through the Disney school."

"You know, I was stumped one day when a little boy asked 'Do you draw Mickey Mouse?' and I had to admit I do not draw anymore. 'Well then, you think up all the jokes and ideas.' 'No,' I said, 'I don't do that.' Finally, he looked at me and said 'Mr. Disney, just what do you do?' 'Well,' I said 'Sometimes, I think of myself as a little bee; I go from one area of the studio to another and gather pollen and sort of stimulate everybody. I guess that's the job I do.'"

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

"When people laugh at Mickey Mouse, it's because he's so human; and that is the secret of his popularity. I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing — that it was all started by a mouse."


Quotes about Walt Disney

"He was a storyteller — a showman — a dreamer — a genius."
Film critic Leonard Maltin, The Disney Films

"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."

"Can you think of one person who had more of an impact on American life in the 20th Century than Walt Disney? I sure as hell can't. America was built on Walt Disney's dreams, and that's the truth."

"Walt was a strange kind of guy, but he’s still by all odds the most important person that animation has ever known. Anybody who knows anything about animation knows that the things that happened at the Disney Studio were the backbone that upheld everything else. Disney created a climate that enabled all of us to exist."

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