50 Best Disney Quotes from Your Favorite Movies
Find a little magic in these lines from some of the Mouse House's finest flicks.
There’s a reason Disney movies resonate with so many—the stories are generally rich with character, hope, and memorable music. Beyond the unforgettable songs (we will never get “Let It Go” out of our heads), there are tons of poignant Disney movie quotes to carry with you throughout your days. Whether they uplift, motivate, inspire, or just make you chuckle, there’s at least one line from these iconic films for every personality. According to the D23 fan website, there are a total of 750+ Disney films in existence, including both animated and live-action flicks. That’s a lot of cinema to choose from. But these are the 50 most popular Disney movie quotes we think you’ll love. Want even more Mouse House fun? Check out these surprising Disney character facts.
“Just keep swimming!”
When Dory utters these three seemingly simple words to Marlin in 2003’s Finding Nemo, she’s essentially encouraging him to never give up. In this case, they were searching for Marlin’s missing son Nemo. If you ever find yourself having a tough day, remembering this Disney quote (on repeat) can be a helpful to get you through a rough patch. These 50 uplifting quotes will stay with you when you’re having a bad day.
“Don’t worry, they’re fine. You can’t crush a soul here. That’s what life on Earth is for.”
The latest animated flick in the Disney movie library, Soul, will have you laughing one minute and in tears the next. It’s the character 22 who often gets the big chuckles, as she’s determined not to make it to Earth from the beyond. Jamie Foxx voices the character of Joe while Tina Fey takes the reins as 22.
The Fox and the Hound
“Darling, forever is a long, long time. And time has a way of changin’ things.”
When a fox named Tod and Copper, a hound dog, become fast friends as pups, their goal is to stay best friends forever. Big Mama, Tod’s mother, tries to gently let him know that nothing is guaranteed.
Beauty and the Beast
“You don’t lose hope, love. If you do, you lose everything.”
In Beauty and the Beast, Mrs. Potts knows all. This Disney quote is one of those that you have to keep tucked away in the back of your head as a reminder to maintain hope even in the face of adversity. As the former head housekeeper of the castle, Mrs. Potts was truly the eyes and ears of the estate even after being turned into an enchanted teapot. These 30 hope quotes will lift you up instantly.
“Even miracles take a little time.”
Oh, how wise the Fairy Godmother was in 1950’s Cinderella. But it’s a nice reminder that even when it seems like all hope is lost, maybe that miracle is still hard at work to turn things around. Just wait until you take a peek inside the secret Cinderella suite at Disney World.
“There it is, Wendy! Second star to the right, and straight on ’til morning.”
Growing up sure can be a drag, which is why in 1953’s Peter Pan the titular character can’t wait to show Wendy Darling Never Land, which he famously directs her towards in the popular Disney movie quote. Driving around and can’t find your destination? If you have a fellow Disney fan in the car, just utter these words for a laugh.
The Princess and the Frog
“If you do your best each and every day, good things are sure to come your way.”
In terms of Disney princesses, Tiana really hits the mark with this sweet sentiment in The Princess and the Frog. Tiana was voiced by Anika Noni Rose, who returned to the role for an episode of Disney Channel’s animated series Sofia the First. Read more Disney princess quotes to live by.
“Some people are worth melting for…just maybe not right this second.”
Who would have thought any other snowman could best Frosty? But Olaf definitely made a name for himself in 2013’s Frozen as the optimistic and loveable snow buddy to Anna and Kristoff. When he tells a very ill Anna that she’s worth melting for…awwww. Disney’s Frozen was almost a failure, and you won’t believe why.
“Always let your conscience be your guide.”
Sage advice from one of Disney’s earliest animated movies. Pinocchio rolled into movie theaters in 1940 and these wise words from the Blue Fairy have stuck with generations. When in doubt, always let your conscience be your guide.
The Lion King
“Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.”
It’s almost like this quote was made for the year 2020, but it actually appeared in 1994’s The Lion King. Rafiki offers this advice to a young Simba who is still grappling with the death of his father and returning to the pride lands. Did you know there was an alternate ending to The Lion King? It’s pretty terrifying.
“It’s called wayfinding, princess. It’s not just sails and knots, it’s seeing where you’re going in your mind. Knowing where you are by knowing where you’ve been.”
Demigod Maui says this to Moana in the 2016 film about a young girl who sets out to save her island from a curse. But even if you’re not trying to physically set sail, it’s a universal message of mindfulness. Read these 35 life-changing quotes you won’t soon forget.
“I never look back, darling! It distracts from the now.”
Edna Mode is one smart lady who imparts her wisdom on The Incredibles. They may be the superheroes, but her life experience sets the Parr family in the right direction (not to mention her costume designs are fabulous). We bet you never know these surprising superhero facts.
“Success doesn’t come for free. You have to do whatever it takes to seize your moment.”
It was the character of Ernesto De La Cruz who says these words in 2017’s Coco, voiced by actor Benjamin Bratt. Unfortunately, Ernesto, a popular musician, took that sentiment too far, choosing fame or friendship in the worst possible way.
“Life’s a little bit messy. We all make mistakes. No matter what type of animal you are, change starts with you.”
Nobody is perfect, that’s all Judy Hopps wants you to know when she says these words in Zootopia. But it’s never too late to change the things you don’t like about yourself. This is evidenced by the effect the little rabbit has on her unlikely friend, the fox Nick Wilde.
“Crying helps me slow down and obsess over the weight of life’s problems.”
Even the most upbeat folks have a bad day, and in that sense, we can all relate to Inside Out’s Sadness, who expresses clearly exactly why she enjoys a good cry. The blue character was expertly voiced by Phyllis Smith of The Office fame.
“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.”
These are the words spoken by the Emperor of China in the 1998 animated version of Mulan, talking about the heroic character herself. There’s no denying this character is as fierce and strong as they come.
“Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?”
This one is more wicked than inspiring, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who isn’t familiar with this infamous line from 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The Queen’s line is, quite simply, iconic, though admittedly, many people remember the line as “Mirror Mirror on the wall.” It’s only one of the famous movie quotes everyone gets wrong.
“Father, for many nights now I’ve been having a very strange dream. I think it’s telling me something’s about to happen. Something exciting.”
This Disney movie quote appears in a conversation Pocahontas has with her father, an Algonquin chief. Interestingly, the film hit theaters on June 23, 1995, which was exactly 400 years after the real Pocahontas’s birth. Read these happy quotes to make any day a good one.
“Our fate lives within us. You only have to be brave enough to see it.”
Brave’s Merida may be a young Scottish princess, but the red-haired lass is wise beyond her years, particularly with this quote. In the 2012 Disney movie, she must use her extraordinary archery skills and her wits to undo a curse that has taken hold of her kingdom. These dream big quotes will motivate you right now.
“They say if you dream a thing more than once, it’s sure to come true.”
How sweet is this line from Princess Aurora in 1959’s Sleeping Beauty? It’s so hopeful you can’t help but smile. And with the help of three kind fairies and Prince Philip, Aurora does get her happily ever after.
“To infinity … and beyond!”
In 1995, when the first Toy Story hit theaters, there wasn’t a kid around who wasn’t yelling this famous phrase first spoken by Buzz Lightyear while playing with their astronaut toy. Tim Allen voiced Buzz for all four Toy Story movies. These childhood toys are worth thousands. Do you own one?
A Bug’s Life
“First rule of leadership: Everything is your fault.”
Truer words have never been spoken by a bug, specifically Hopper, one of the characters in 1998’s A Bug’s Life. The film follows the story of an ant who aims to save his colony from a group of not-so-nice grasshoppers. What he gets? A ragtag group of insects who turn this adventure into a chaotic one.
“Phenomenal cosmic powers … Itty bitty living space.”
Poor Genie, so much personality and charisma housed in a very small, but powerful, magic lamp. He still saw plenty of action and adventure with his new friend Aladdin as they fled from the evil Grand Vizier.
“Doomsday and Armageddon just had a baby and it… is… ugly!”
Typically the most popular Disney movie quotes come from the main character, or perhaps the second-in-command. In the case of Wreck-it Ralph, you can’t help but let out a big-time laugh when Sergeant Calhoun (voiced by actress Jane Lynch) speaks this incredibly funny line.
“What’s the matter with his ears? I don’t see nothin’ wrong with ’em. I think they’re cute.”
When everyone else poked fun at the sweet baby elephant with extra-large ears, it was Timothy Q. Mouse who had the character’s back. He ended up serving as Dumbo’s best friend and acted as a mentor of sorts.
“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.”
If only everyone followed the advice Thumper received from his dad. The adorable rabbit got his name because he’s known to rapidly tap his left hindfoot. Thumper and Bambi end up becoming best buddies, along with a skunk named Flower, as they set off throughout the forest.
Lilo & Stitch
“Ohana means family, and family means nobody gets left behind…or forgotten.”
Cue the waterworks, this line from 2002’s Lilo & Stitch may be the sweetest, most heartwarming sentiment conveyed by any of the Disney movie quotes. The film’s strong family theme connects beautifully to its Hawaiian setting.
It’s tough to get your tongue around the word made famous by Mary Poppins, played by Julie Andrews, in the 1964 classic, but once you do, you can kind of use it for just about anything. Though Merriam-Webster notes that in the film the word is used as “something to say when you have nothing to say.” Here’s what the Mary Poppins author really thought of the original film.
“I was hiding under your porch because I love you.”
Dug the dog is the unsung hero of 2009’s sweet tearjerker Up. Though the pup has many scene-stealing lines in the film, this tops our list of most popular Disney movie quotes.
Big Hero 6
“You have sustained no injuries. However, your hormone and neurotransmitter levels indicate that you are experiencing mood swings, common in adolescence. Diagnosis: puberty.”
It’s hard to believe you could fall in love with a robot healthcare provider, but Baymax had us at hello. This diagnosis of his angsty charge Hiro makes for a great movie quote.
Winnie the Pooh
“Artistic talent runs through my family. In fact, it practically stampedes.”
If only we all had the same kind of self-confidence that Winnie the Pooh’s Owl boasts. He made this hilarious statement in 2011’s feature film Winnie the Pooh, and we absolutely love it. In this version, Owl was voiced by Scottish actor Craig Ferguson. Winnie the Pooh quotes are known for tugging at your heartstrings.
One Hundred and One Dalmations
“Miserable, darling, as usual, perfectly wretched.”
That’s Cruella De Vil’s response when Anita tries to exchange a simple pleasantry by asking how she’s doing. In the original 1961 film, Cruella was voiced by Betty Lou Gerson. Decades later, for the live-action version, the villainous character would be portrayed by Glenn Close.
The Sword in the Stone
“Hockety pockety wockety wack! Odds and ends and bric-a-brac!”
The Sword in the Stone’s wizard Merlin has a lot of fantastical magic spells up his sleeve, but this one for packing up in a jiffy is one we really wish we could put into play ourselves. Catchy, too, don’t you think?
The Jungle Book
“For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.”
Mowgli shares these iconic words that appeared in Rudyard Kipling’s The Law of the Wolves poem, included in his novel The Jungle Book, upon which the film is based. Disney’s first version of the story about a boy raised by jungle animals debuted in 1967.
“Ladies do not start fights… but they can finish them!”
Marie, a Parisian kitty whose family is about to inherit their owner’s extensive fortune, may be too civilized to get scrappy, but she sure can handle herself in 1970’s The Aristocats. Her family has to make it back to their home after being kidnapped by their owner’s butler who wants to make his boss’s estate his own.
“Oh, Friar Tuck. It appears that I now have an outlaw for an in-law.”
Robin Hood’s King Richard never dreamed he’d be related to the thief who steals from the rich and gives to the poor, but when his daughter Maid Marian falls in love he finds himself with a new son-in-law. Disney’s take on the classic tale hit theaters in 1973.
Toy Story 4
“I am not a toy. I’m a spork. I was made for soup, salad, maybe chili, and then the trash. I’m litter. Freedom!”
If you didn’t fall in love with Forky, the latest addition to the playroom in Toy Story 4, are you even human? The disposable utensil finds he’s not exactly as dispensable as he originally thought, after learning from a few new friends.
The Little Mermaid
“Teenagers. They think they know everything. You give them an inch, they swim all over you.”
If you’re a parent, then you know Sebastian’s words ring true. The smart and feisty little crab does his best to protect The Little Mermaid’s Ariel, but the princess wants to follow her own path. Find out which song almost didn’t make it on the movie’s soundtrack!
The Nightmare Before Christmas
“Just because I cannot see it, doesn’t mean I can’t believe it!”
Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, is confronted with a lot of adversity when he tries to bring Christmas to his community. But, as a dreamer, he remains steadfast in his goal, even if it confuses the townspeople along the way.
“For a true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.”
Zeus is the character who speaks these profound words in 1997’s Hercules. And he’s right! Heroes walk among us every day, regardless of their stature.
“Put me down! Put me down! Pick me up! Pick me up!”
Like Jane, this would probably be anyone’s response after being swept up in the arms of Tarzan in the jungle as he tries to save you from peril. First thought: What are you doing? Second thought: Help me! Did you know Tarzan was voiced by Tony Goldwyn, aka Fitz from Scandal?
The Good Dinosaur
“Sometimes you gotta get through your fear to get to the beauty on the other side.”
Can Arlo’s Poppa hang out with us to offer such inspiring words to get us through a rough patch? The Good Dinosaur features a lot of sweet moments like this one, but this quote is a favorite.
The Emperor’s New Groove
“Pull the lever Kronk! Wrong Lever! Why do we even have that lever?”
When Yzma and Kronk head to their secret lab, comedy, and chaos ensue. For those familiar with the film, this quote can’t help but make you chuckle. And if you’ve ever been in a situation where nothing seems to be going right, it’s especially appropriate.
“Kids, these days. They just don’t get scared like they used to.”
This is Mr. Waternoose, CEO of Monster’s Inc., lamenting the lack of screams being brought in by the company’s team of scarers. It’s one of the 2001 hit’s many infamous lines, but it definitely makes us laugh whenever we hear it.
The Incredibles 2
“Where Are You Going ASAP? You Better Be Back ASAP! And Leaving That Suit!”
Lucius Best, better known as Frozone, is keen to get back in the superhero game but his wife isn’t so sure. We love her no-nonsense approach to telling her husband exactly how she feels about his adventures. Her cameos in both The Incredibles and The Incredibles 2 are always memorable.
“That does it! We were in a time-out, Foxy. Prepare to hurt, and I don’t mean emotionally like I do!”
There may not be a quote that better represents Chicken Little, the anxious but courageous character. Actor Zach Braff voiced Chicken Little while Amy Sedaris lends her voice to the role of Foxy Loxy in the 2005 movie. Jog your memory on the most popular fairytales for kids.
Meet the Robinsons
“Around here, however, we don’t look backward for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
This is the final line spoken in Meet the Robinsons, which entered theaters in 2007. It’s such an inspiring way to leave a movie about a truly fascinating family.
“You must be imaginative, strong-hearted. You must try things that may not work, and you must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul. What I say is true—anyone can cook… but only the fearless can be great.”
If you love Ratatouille‘s overall message that anyone can be anything with determination, then this quote from Chef Gusteau is probably one of your favorites. If an animated rat can lead a five-star French restaurant, why should we put limits on ourselves?
“Well, good morning, everybody, and welcome to day 255,642 aboard the Axiom.”
There isn’t a ton of dialogue in WALL-E, but 2020’s quarantine reminded us of this very quote made by the Axiom’s captain (voiced by The Goldbergs’ Jeff Garlin). According to Moviefone, the original film plot was very different. The initial pitch? “A bunch of aliens visiting a planet and being menaced by a tiny robot.”
“They need a hero to tell them that sometimes the impossible can become possible.”
The character Rhino relays this message to Bolt, an animal actor who thinks that he really must save his missing television co-star. It’s quotes like these that make Disney moves so uplifting, and bring audiences back each and every time.