Disney movies are truly magical. The storytelling is brilliant, the animators are always pushing the limits, and some of the most memorable songs some from these films. They also provide us with some wise words of wisdom. In this Top Ten, I had the daunting task of assigning a rank to only ten inspiring life quotes. Disney movies have an amazing amount of quotable phrases, which include good advice and life lessons. So, here’s what I was able to whittle it down too!
#10. “The very things that hold you down are going to lift you up.” – Timothy Mouse, from Dumbo
Finding strength in your struggles makes the experience so much more rewarding. Using the adversity to your advantage is what makes you strong. Way to go, Timothy! He gave Dumbo the inspiration to soar, and inadvertently provided us with a golden nugget of inspiration.
#9. “It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” Alice, from Alice in Wonderland
I love this quote. We do grow little by little every day, as long as we are open to learning. We should always be growing, because that is part of life!
#8. “Put you faith in what you most believe in.” from Tarzan
This is straight to the point. I think it’s very important to stand for something, and to believe in something. If we don’t, then what do we have to inspire us to do and be better?
#7. “There is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” Christopher Robin, from Winnie The Pooh
As far as life quotes go, this one is pretty powerful. You have to have faith in yourself, and believe in yourself, before any one else will. Be your number one fan!
#6. “Our fate lives within us. We only have to be brave enough to see it.” Merida, from Brave
It’s easy to be a critic to someone else’s life. It’s more difficult to evaluate yourself, because usually this brings forward things that you need to change. And that takes bravery. But once you take a good hard look at all of your flaws AND strengths, you’ll discover more about yourself. That is your reward.
#5. “Sometimes the right path isn’t the easiest one.” Grandmother Willow, from Pocahontas
Short, sweet, and very true. I don’t want to glide through life without taking any risks. Getting to the victory means cutting your own path. It’s scary, but so worthwhile.
#4. “You must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul.” Gusteau, from Ratatouille
So, if you haven’t watched Ratatouille yet – what are you waiting for? Gems like these quotes are threaded throughout this amazing film. How deep is this quote? And it’s spoken by a figment of a rat’s imagination! Regardless of the source, it is truly profound. We are our only limit, and sometimes we have to get out of our own way. But never let anyone else put limitations on you.
#3. “Life is not a spectator sport. If watching is all you’re gonna do, then you’re gonna watch your life go by without you.” Laverne, fromThe Hunchback of Notre Dame
This line can be missed because it is said by a lesser character, but it sure gives you a kick in the pants! Laverne got Quasimodo out of his comfort zone, and we need to listen to that. Get out of your own way and put yourself out there if you really want to experience life!
#2. “When life gets you down, do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do? Just keep swimming!” Dory, from Finding Nemo
Another piece of gold from an unlikely source, this time a little fish with no memory. Dory sums up the best attitude to have while on our own adventure. Just. Keep. Swimming. <3
#1. “Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved.”Pooh Bear, from Winnie the Pooh
This silly old bear really gets it. Can life be explained any more plainly? Why mince words when the lesson is so simple. I often find myself trying to figure out this world, how to “win” at it, and it isn’t being fair to myself. This isn’t a win or lose situation. Experiencing the world, and living our life the best we can, is what this whole thing is about.
So, what Disney quotes inspire you? Let me know what you think!