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Walt Disney

1901-1966 ,  American businessman & cartoonist
Walt DisneyAmerican entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons.
As a film producer, Disney holds the record for most Academy Awards earned by an individual, having won 22 Oscars from 59 nominations.
In the 1950s, Disney expanded into the amusement park industry, and in 1955 he opened Disneyland.

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Laughter is America's most important export.

If you can dream it, you can achieve it.

If you can dream it, you can do it.

Over at our place, we're sure of just one thing: everybody in the world was once a child.

I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing — that it all started with a mouse.

We are not influenced by the techniques or fashions of any other company.

There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates' loot on Treasure Island.

We allow no geniuses around our Studio.

It's kind of fun to do the impossible.

We're not trying to entertain the critics … I'll take my chances with the public.

I could never convince the financiers that Disneyland was feasible, because dreams offer too little collateral.

Courage is the main quality of leadership, in my opinion, no matter where it is exercised. Usually it implies some risk — especially in new undertakings.

For every laugh, there should be a tear.

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 like to repeat successes, I like to go on to other things.

I do not make films primarily for children. I make them for the child in all of us, whether we be six or sixty. Call the child "innocence". The worst of us is not without innocence, although buried deeply it might be.

Disneyland is a work of love. We didn't go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money.

Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.

I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.

A man should never neglect his family for business.

First, think. Second, believe. Third, dream. And finally, dare.

Why worry? If you’ve done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it any better.

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

That’s the real trouble with the world. Too many people grow up.

Get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it’s done right.

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Well, my greatest reward, I think, is that I've been able to build this wonderful organization.


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