While this is a very stressful time during the year with finals at school and preparing for the holidays, it is also a time to celebrate! Today is the great Walt Disney’s birthday and what better way to celebrate his birthday and to destress than by taking a look at some of the most inspirational Disney quotes.
Sometimes, a few uplifting words is all you need to make your day a bit brighter. While there is no official instruction manual on how to live life, our friends from Disney offer some guidance through their powerful words. Here are some motivational quotes (in no particular order) to not only get you through this hectic season, but to also celebrate the birth of “the man behind the mouse.”
1. “Just keep swimming.” – Dory (Finding Nemo)
In other words, don’t give up. Find a reason to keep on going no matter how difficult things get. I’ve been in many situations where it seemed like it would be easier to surrender, but I wouldn’t be the person I am today if I did. Continue to fight through it, and don’t look back. Who knew that three simple words from a fish could be so powerful?
2. “The past can hurt, but, you can either run from it or learn from it.” – Rafiki (The Lion King)
Personally, when I feel like I’ve made a poor choice I tend to dwell on it longer than I should. Unfortunately, no matter how many times I wish I could go back and change that one thing, I can’t. I’m sure many of us have felt this way before, but don’t have any regrets! You may not be able to change your past, but you have the power to change your future. Learning comes from making mistakes, and that’s perfectly fine!
3. “Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.” – Lilo (Lilo and Stitch)
My family is my core. This quote is especially important to me because we’ve been through thick and thin, but no matter what life has thrown at us, we’ve always come out stronger on the other side. The bond shared with family can be the most powerful one. Family comes first.
4. “You are braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – Christopher Robin (The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh)
Every once in a while I doubt myself, and it gets to the point where I question my abilities and potential. I think this is an important quote for any adolescent to remember. Just remember that you do have a purpose in life, and you don’t have to have it all figured out right away. It may take a little longer for you to find that purpose, but that’s okay! Shake off the self-doubt, believe in yourself and you’re halfway there!
5. “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” – The Emperor (Mulan)
There’s always going to be someone prettier, someone smarter, and someone more popular, but there will never be anyone like you. What makes you special and unique is what makes you beautiful. Be proud of that! Own who you are with confidence and embrace all the qualities that make you special.
6. “Our fate lives within us, you only have to be brave enough to see it.” – Merida (Brave)
We all have a purpose in life, but we can’t discover that purpose by living on the safe side. You may not be able to control the events that play out in your life, but you can control how you respond. Are you going to give up or keep going? Push yourself! Courage is the key to unlocking your full potential.
7. “Adventure is out there.” – Ellie (Up)
This one is so simple, yet has huge meaning. As an introvert, I tend to like staying inside my comfort zone where it’s safe. However, as I’m growing older, I’m beginning to realize that that’s no way to live life. I’m missing out on a world of opportunity, excitement, and adventure by playing it safe. It’s important to take risks every once in a while, because, who knows, they just might be worth it.
8. “To laugh at yourself is to love yourself.” – Mickey Mouse
There’s nothing more empowering than feeling comfortable in your own skin. If you can be yourself without caring what anyone thinks, then hats off to you! We are all special in our own ways and it’s important to celebrate that! Never compare yourself to anyone because we are all different.
9. “The very things that hold you down are going to lift you up” – Timothy Mouse (Dumbo)
Setbacks are merely set-ups; we just may not see it at the time. Even though things aren’t going your way at the moment, that doesn’t mean it’s never going to work out. It takes time, patience, and most importantly, perseverance. Don’t give up!
10. “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney
We see these famous words appears near the end of World of Color Celebrate!, and Walt reminds us all that no dream is too big. He had huge dreams, yet, in spite of all the adversity he faced along the way, he made them come true. If Walt had given up, would there be a Walt Disney Studios? Would there be a Disneyland? Would there be Mickey Mouse? We can learn a thing or two from this man! If you have the passion and tenacity, you can achieve whatever you set your mind to. Thank you, Walt, for continuing to inspire us!
These Disney quotes help remind us that no problem is too big, and to keep pushing yourself forward and don’t give up. So whether you are cramming for your finals or rushing to get those holiday gifts, just remember to not get too stressed out and just keep swimming.
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