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Author Barry Linetsky

Did Walt Disney Really Say That?

Did Walt Disney really say this?

Many quotes commonly attributed to Walt Disney have become Internet memes and find their way into articles and blogs as an inspiration for others.

As inspiring as they may be, it turns out that many of these inspirational Disneyesque quotes are fake, in the sense that there is no evidence that Walt Disney ever said them. In some instances, there is positive evidence that significantly undermines confidence in the probability that a quote attributed to Walt Disney is authentic. Read more

Walt Disney’s Secret to Making Dreams Come True: Courage

In doing research for a 1955 article for Woman’s Day magazine to correspond with the opening of Disneyland, writer Don Eddy spent time with Walt at the Disney studio and the park. He summed up Walt’s “special secret” to making dreams come true with “four C’s. They are Curiosity, Confidence, Courage, and Constancy.” Eddy wrote:

“From his insatiable curiosity, as persistent and all-embracing as a child’s, he gets his ideas. When he settles on one idea, his confidence take supreme command; nothing can shake it. His courage keeps it alive and active against all obstacles, and he has plenty of obstacles. And he is constant to it until it becomes reality. Then he drops it abruptly and rarely mentions it again.” Read more