While the New Year may be a time for resolutions, it is also just a great time to reset your life and remember what’s good. These Disney Quotes to Live By will by far tug a heartstring, mind string, or even a just a nerve. Either way, you’ll get something from each quote that you undoubtedly need. Insight, inspiration, guidance, all the feels. Whether you want them or not! See the collection we pulled together this year of things to live by and remember. See which ones feel best to you!
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Disney Quotes for Everything
“I will find my way i can go the distance” – Hercules. This film is filled quotes about hard work. What things are you trying to achieve? Trying to follow through? Or rather, maybe there is something you need to let go to get ahead? Hercules goes the distance, all the way to the underworld in fact to save Meg. But it’s only after he is willing to lose his ego that he learns what being a true hero is.
“Change is Nature. The part that we can influence. And it starts when we decide.”- Ratatouille. We love a change! But do we really? Sure everyone gets restless… and change is natural, but man do we like permanency! We like knowing that job is gonna be there, that person is gonna be there, that our favorite show will continue to be on for 20 seasons. But, nothing in nature is permanent, so why do we expect our lives to be? Ratatouille is filled with quotes about change.
Once you accept that change is healthy and natural, you’ll be able to see more clearly the things, beliefs, and people you’ve been hanging onto so tightly. And make a better choice to decide what you want and what you no longer need. In Ratatouille, Remy challenges the status quo because he knows he needs a change. Even if it’s unheard of, and never been done. These are the changes we like. The ones that are a little scary.
” Our Fate Lives within Us”- Merida. You can change your fate. With a simple decision about who you want to be, you can follow in the footsteps of Merida and listen, learn, and make the same realization. Your fate lives within you… If only you are brave enough to see it. And we would also add “listen to it”. You are always guided by the voice inside you. But you have to be quiet enough to hear it. Quotes about destiny litter Brave. The lesson tends to be that you make your own destiny. There are always forces that guide you towards you a path, subconsciously and consciously, but “the path” is ALWAYS in your own power to choose.
Merida- Brave Quotes
“You control your destiny you don’t need magic to do it.”- Merida. Now, don’t get us wrong. We absolutely believe in magic. It’s fun, mysterious and feels like Walt Disney World. We aren’t however depending on it to chart our life for us. You decide what you want your life to look like. Magic is just a happy additive that will show up because life is magical.
Winnie the Pooh Quotes
“You’re braver than you believe and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think”- Winnie the Pooh. This Winnie the Pooh quote is by far the most empowering quote. Much along the lines of “never believe everything you think”, this quote puts the brain in the passenger seat. Listen to your heart and soul on this one. Where have you been doubting yourself? Winnie the Pooh has quotes about loving your self, quotes about friendship, quotes about love and life and more. Offering some of the most inspiring quotes from Disney movies, be sure to watch this one over and over.
“You never had the common sense to give up before. Why Start Now?”- Ducktales. For quotes about never giving up, Ducktales is the way to go. From Scrooge’s lesson filled life, to the nephews need to get out of scrapes. The Ducktales reboot is everything that is perfect about Disney cartoons. Trials, tribulations, the feelings of family. After Uncle Donald gets to the point where he can no longer keep fighting, and keep going on… one of his nephews eggs him on with this quote.
How many stupid things have you done so far in your life? Where have you really messed up? Chances are there are times when you get up and keep going. Be inspired by that. You are stronger, braver, and smarter…. you’ve never had the sense to give up before- why start now? Inspire yourself.
The Incredibles Quotes
“I never look back darling. It distracts from the now.”- Edna. Edna Mode from The Incredibles has the most present mindset we’ve ever seen. Never look back. Be mindful. Be in the now. Stop thinking about what you haven’t done or did do. Just be in the now. It’s incredibly liberating to just feel the feelings, sights, and sounds of this moment. Quotes to motivate are many in The Incredibles movie. As Mr. Incredible deals with a stale job, a stale home life, and a loss of his personal identity, finding the motivation to move forward is tough. But you’ve got to find it.
Peter Pan Quotes
“All it takes is faith and trust and a little bit of pixie dust”- Peter Pan. Quotes about trust are everywhere, but none have the power of this one. This is by far the best Disney Quote to live by this year. Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust in all you do. Believe the best, trust in others, trust in miracles. Believe in yourself. You have to give yourself a fighting chance for success, and love wonder and magic. All you need is a little faith, trust, and pixie dust.
“If you focus on what you left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead”- Gusteau. Another showstopper from Ratatouille, this is another perfect New Year quote to get your head on straight. Hopefully, you are living your best life in this moment. But if you want more, better or different focus on the good. This film is filled with quotes about attitude. Don’t trap yourself in what happened before. You can’t change it. Give yourself permission to let it go and focus on something else. Something new.
Pirates of the Caribbean Quotes
“The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem”- Captain Jack Sparrow. This savvy pirate knows what he’s talking about. There are no such things as problems. Attitudes, however, or perceptions can make something into a problem at the drop of hat. It’s really just all about how you’re thinking about it. Another great film featuring quotes about attitude. Jack Sparrow has no reason to think things will work out. His life sure isn’t overflowing with reasons to have a great attitude. He’s cursed, He get’s slapped a lot, His ships gone, the Rum is gone. And yet, he knows who he is. He believes in his “greatness.” There isn’t a problem. It’s your attitude.
Disney Quotes about What to Do Next
Cheshire Cat Quotes
“If you don’t know where you want to go, then it doesn’t matter which path you take.”- Cheshire Cat. Cheshire may seem a little loopy but man does this cat tell it like it is. If you haven’t already figured out which way you want to go, let this year be the year.
You can pick any path you choose, you have a brain in your head and feet in your shoes. But if you don’t decide you’ll spend ages wandering around wondering why you’re not “there” yet. Make a decision about your path, and watch everything in your life support that path.
Walt Disney Quotes
“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”- Walt Disney. Walt Disney’s strongest quote, in our opinion, is this one. All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. Where are you needing a little more courage this year? Maybe you need to leave a job to do something bigger, maybe you need to move? Maybe you need to say yes or say no more. Whatever courage you need to muster… remember Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust. Just Believe.
“The Way to Get Started is to Quit Talking and Begin Doing.” Walt Disney knew a thing or two about taking action. And he didn’t do it all by himself. In addition to the wind beneath his wings- aka his brother Roy E. Disney, he had a slew of creative teams to lean on and create the things he dreamed up. While it’s true we don’t all have these kinds of supportive teams of people, know that you do have something…choice. You can also make the choice to change. To move forward. To do something. In fact, it’s been said nothing changes, unless you change it. How true is this? How long have you been friends with toxic people, or in a job you don’t love or have wanted to start a business, or whatever? Everything will stay the same unless you change. Welcome to being human. Walt Disney was in favor of progress…lots and lots of change. Try it.
Peter Pan Quotes
“Think Happy Thoughts”- Peter Pan. Did you know that your brain carries over more than 80% of what you thought yesterday into your thoughts today? Thinking happy thoughts can get difficult in the wake of socials, news, dismay in our communities, and so on. But, that’s why this quote is included, because it’s worth remembering that you control what you think, and you can think happier thoughts. You have at least a good 20% of new thoughts that can all be happy! Start thinking happy more and you’ll be golden.
Quotes by Walt Disney
“Quit Talking. Begin doing”- Walt Disney. Action is the best remedy for procrastination, weight loss, relationships, and everything. When you find yourself in that place of worry, or analysis paralysis, and trying to “figure it out”, realize you’re doing it wrong. Stop thinking. Just get up and do something. Anything. A walk, talk to someone, bake something, write that email, or send that text, address that thing your friend said you can’t stop thinking about. If you’re feeling yucky, thwarted, or stuck… action can fix that. Just do it.
“The very things that hold you down, are going to lift you up.”- Timothy Mouse. So, how many times have you felt like you’re just stuck, or in the wrong place, or with the wrong person? Hopefully never. But know that it’s often the things that frustrate us, that hold us down, that actually spur us into that place where we are our absolute best selves. The place where we are lifted up. The place where we confront the situation, fight for our beliefs and appreciate our families. And become grateful we have a job! Who knew?
Mary Poppins Quotes
“Open different doors, you may find a you there, that you never knew was yours.”- Mary Poppins. Mary Poppins is the queen of new experiences; on rooftops and ceilings and carousels. Maybe you need a new doorway to walk through this year. You can’t keep doing what you’ve done and expect to get something different. If you’ve spent too long walking through the same doors getting the same thing, try a different door.
Jiminy Cricket- Pinocchio Quotes
“Always let your conscience be your guide”- The Blue Fairy. Listen, listen, listen. If you haven’t sat down with yourself, take a minute to do so this year. Whether it’s meditation, some quiet time in the car, or journaling, listen to your conscience. It’s always there, always talking to you. Listen, and see what comes up. The next step is always easier when you let your conscience be your guide.
Quotes to Keep You Going
Finding Nemo Quotes
“Just keep swimming.”- Dory. This quote from Finding Nemo can keep you going in the toughest times. Everything is temporary. Bad times included. Change is natural, so if you just keep swimming things will change.
“Even Miracles take a little time.”- Cinderella. Patience is a virtue… but it’s not always readily available. So yes, obviously we want that better job faster, that new house faster, that amazing relationship faster, but everything takes a little time. Even miracles. Look how much crap poor Cinderella had to stomach before miracles finally showed up!!! Not sick humor folks, just good old-fashioned life lessons.
If miracles showed up as soon as stuff got difficult, they wouldn’t be miracles. Luckily Cinders had a little faith, and some praying during her breakdown at the garden bench, that finally allowed the Fairy Godmother to step in. Surrender, I think, is what it’s called.
Alice in Wonderland Quotes
“Why sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”- Alice in Wonderland. This is one of the best quotes to dispel those unnecessary limits you’re probably attaching to things. What do you mean you can’t go on vacation more than once a year? What do you mean you don’t have any other options, choices, etc? Do a quick inventory of all the things in your life you’re just tolerating and come up with 6 alternatives that you could do instead.
“Listen with your heart, you will understand.” – Grandma Willow. Pocahontas is the most amazing movie, with so so many lessons. We love this one about listening with your heart. Next time you have to make a decision, as you’re thinking about the solutions see how you are feeling as you think through each one. Your heart knows more than you think. If your body isn’t feeling great (with shoulders shrugged or forehead scrunched) it’s the wrong decision. Do what feels best.
Meet the Robinsons Quotes
By far one of the more underrated Disney films of our time, Walt Disney’s famous line, ” Keep Moving Forward,” is part of this film’s lessons. Progress is essential. And some say, the secret to Happiness. A feeling of moving forward, achieving things, getting things done, pretty-ing things up. Whatever you’re doing, wherever you’re stuck, what does forward look like? Think about that. If you just took your next best step up that staircase, what would that be? It could be as simple as decluttering your house so you can make space for a writing nook. Or getting your car fixed, so you don’t have to worry about it anymore. As one of Disney’s Best Quotes, Keep moving forward is great for things big and small.
“The call isn’t out there at all, it’s inside me.” This one by Moana is a classic and we love that she calls it out in the film. She knows she’s traveling to God knows where to “find” something. But in real life, it’s all inside her. The power to change. The power to make mountains move. The power to bring what’s needed to her people. She doesn’t need to “go anywhere” to find it. It’s been inside her this whole time. It’s very much along the lines of the other quote we love; “That voice inside is who you are.”
Another great film, UP! offers up loads of life lessons, and breaks a lot of assumptions. We love that. Appreciating where you are, and how far you’ve come. Certain dreams don’t always come true, but what’s left in their place, is priceless. “The Wilderness Must Be Explored” is all about figuring out your wilderness. What needs exploring? It could be as simple as traveling, but as a Pixar film, we know it means more than that. It’s about learning where you’ve neglected life and taking a chance to discover those parts of it. Perhaps it’s a dream you don’t give any air time to. Or a relationship you haven’t been brave enough to try. Maybe it’s blocked by those imaginary gates that say you’re too young, too old, no one would understand, etc. Whatever it is, take time to explore it a bit. You only get one life, you should try to make the most of it.
Princess and the Frog Quotes
Seriously, the entire Princess and the Frog movie feels like one big quote. Absolutely brilliant writing, every line feels like it can hit you where you need it most. “Dig a Little Deeper”, “My Dream isn’t Complete without you in it.” Holy cow. One of our favorites is “When You Find Out Who You Are You Find Out What You Need.” Sang by Mama Odie, this is one of our favorite quotes from the film. Because it really all comes down to this, doesn’t it? Chances are you spend a lot of your life trying to impress others, make them happy, live up to family obligations, etc. But if you took a step back and asked, why am I here? What was I made for? Who am I and what do I need? Things would get easier.
Disney Quotes to Live By
Whatever things you’re thinking through, know that there are thousands of people before you that probably went through the same thoughts, same choices, same limits, same trouble. You are not alone in your humanity. It’s so refreshing to feel this guidance from the people who came before us- thank goodness they put this amazing advice in Disney films for us to constantly reference. Check out our Disney wellness post harnessing the power of Disney Hygge as well, perfect for the winter months of contemplation. We hope this Disney quotes list leaves you inspired. xoxo
Rochelle Mariah is a writer, designer and photographer with an MLIS in Information Science and a B.S. in Arch and Design. Determined to make Planning a DIY Disney Vacation easier she makes lots of lists and drinks lots of coffee. When not designing apparel at Polka Dot Pixie Shop, she's watching old movies and planning the holidays. She has been traveling to Disney destinations since 2010.