Disney movies aren’t just for children. Sure, they can speak to kids and Disney toys are their favorite, but it also shows them the possibilities that the world has to offer but they can also teach us, as adults, important lessons about life. They can help us deal with adversity, show us how to be brave when we feel like just walking away, and inspire us to do great things.
Walt Disney himself said that the recipe for his films included four ingredients, courage, curiosity, confidence and constancy. These Disney characters through virtue are represented in quotes throughout the movies and, if you listen to them they can really help to carry you far in life. Here on are some of our
“Just keep swimming” – Said to Marlin by Dory
Dory says this to Marlin at a time when he is despondent, fearing that he may never find his son because the whole task just feels too difficult. It shows us that we should never give up, no matter what life throws at us we just have to keep going, otherwise we would never get anywhere.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
“Just whistle while you work” – Snow White and The Dwarves
The dwarves went off every day into the mines whilst Snow White kept the home spic and span, yet they never once moaned about the drudgery of their jobs. They did this by keeping a positive attitude through whistling and finding fun in their work. You can have this same attitude too if you can break tasks down and make them fun you won’t mind doing the more mundane things in life.
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” – Rafiki to Simba
Don’t let the past hold you back. Say the things that you need to say and move on. Running away from past hurts in Simba’s case would mean that he never reclaimed his birthright. What do you deny yourself in running away rather than facing up to things?
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
“If watching is all you’re gonna do, then you’re gonna watch your life go by without ya” – Gargoyle to Quasimodo
Quasimodo was the ultimate lonely hero, scared to make contact with people because of his deformity, he watched everything from the sidelines. Do you want this for your life or would you rather join in and feel connections with other people? Have the courage to join in and build relationships.
” A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart” – Zeus to Hercules
Being a hero isn’t always about physical strength, it’s about the strength that comes from within. Courage, love, and the power of our convictions can turn any one of us into a hero as long as we have faith and stand up for what we believe.