Most Inspirational Disney Quotes for Our Current Hard Times
We’re living through something historic right now. Americans, Italians, and some other countries must stay inside. Some people, especially extroverts, are struggling with this forced limitation on human contact.
In such troubled times, we all need a bit of hope, a ray of light to brighten the living rooms where we’re all stuck. Here are 10 inspirational Disney quotes that should make you feel better while providing a better perspective of our current situation.
“Love is putting someone else’s needs before yours.”
Let’s kick things off with our wise friend, Olaf. The innocent snowman somehow possesses wisdom beyond his years despite having snow for brains. With this Frozen quote, he perfectly summarizes the Great Shut-In of 2020.
Should you get sick, you may be fine. However, you could easily spread this to someone else, and that’s where the problem lies. Don’t take my word for it, though. Here’s the writer of World War Z and son of Mel Brooks to explain:
— Max Brooks (@maxbrooksauthor) March 16, 2020
“Being brave doesn’t mean you go looking for trouble.”
So, we know what needs to be done. All of us should stay inside. That’s not easy, though. The temptation is real, as many of the things that we love are outside the house.
Like Simba from The Lion King, we’re in a hurry to live our lives. However, we should heed the words of Mufasa. The wise leader speaks from experience as king of the jungle when he says, “I’m only brave when I have to be.” At the moment, the bravest action we can take is to think of others before ourselves.
“The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Do you understand?”
Many of Captain Jack Sparrow’s actions lack brilliance. His cunning shines through at the most unexpected times, though. And he’s absolutely right here. We all know what we must do. We just don’t like it.
All of those memes have a good point, though. To survive the Great Shut-In, all we need to do is stay inside, watch television, and play videogames. Folks, we’ve trained for this our entire lives!
“A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength but by the strength of his heart.”
The movie, Hercules, has quite a bit to say about the nature of true heroism. It doesn’t stem from the 12 Labours or acts of divine strength. Almost all of our struggles are internal. We decide how to behave, and the way that we utilize this agency defines us.
Right now, true heroes think of others and act selflessly. Actually, that’s not just a statement about right now. That’s always great advice. Hercules is a much better movie than it gets credit for.
“Today is a good day to try.”
Quasimodo seems like he holds Notre-Dame together with his can-do attitude. In the earliest moments of the film, he decides that it’s a good day for a bird to fly. And it’s always a good day to try!
This message resonates with all of us. It’s easy to fall into the trap of embracing the couch potato lifestyle. However, you shouldn’t look at the current situation as an excuse to sit around and do nothing. Now is the time to develop a home workout routine. Or you can do some spring cleaning. It IS spring, after all! Best of all, you probably have kids and/or pets. Take this opportunity to show them attention.
Create a new routine. By the time this is over, you could have a new normal, a better schedule for managing your life!
“Though at times it may feel like the sky is falling around you, never give up for every day is a new day.”
I find this particularly helpful at times like this. Occasionally, I google the news and suddenly feel overwhelmed with all the negativity. The current circumstances are especially trying for optimists, as looking on the bright side is challenging at the moment.
However, Chicken Little would know whether the sky is falling. If that tough little bird can find the positives, so can I!
“You want something done, you got to do it yourself.”
I love this quote for right now. Each of us carries personal responsibility. We can’t stop people from congregating at beaches or standing on top of each other at airports. What others do is on them. What you and I can do is remain smart and vigilant until life gets better. Sebastian from The Little Mermaid is one smart crab.
“Look inside yourself and recognize that changes with you. It starts with me. It starts with all of us.”
Changing the way that we live is unprecedented. All of us feel the weight of this burden right now. There’s something human in us that makes us desperately want to do the thing that someone tells us not to do. This is when the words of Judy Hopps resonate.
Here’s her full speech:
“When I was a kid, I thought Zootopia was this perfect place, where everyone got along, and anyone could be anything. Turns out, real life is a little bit more complicated than a slogan on a bumper sticker.
Real life is messy. We all have limitations, we all make mistakes, which means – hey, glass half full! – we all have a lot in common. And the more we try to understand one another, the more exceptional each of us will be. But we have to try.
So, no matter what type of animal you are, from the biggest elephant to our first fox, I implore you – try. Try to make the world a better place. Look inside yourself and recognize that change starts with you. It starts with me. It starts with all of us.”
I don’t know about you, but that message really resonates with me.
“Even miracles take a little time.”
If you can’t trust your Fairy Godmother, who can you trust? Cinderella believed in hers, and she wound up with a kickin’ ballgown, a pumpkin coach, and a pair of super-jealous stepsisters.
I’m not saying your life will turn out as good as Cinderella. However, I am telling you the miracle that will all want will happen. We will get past this and move on to relish the rest of our lives. We just need to be patient.
“You don’t lose hope, love. If you do, you lose everything.”
Mrs. Potts from Beauty and the Beast has been through a lot. I mean, she got turned into a tea delivery system, yet she remains upbeat and polite to new guests.
More importantly, Potts expresses the most compelling message at the moment. Now more than ever, we need faith to see us through these trying times.
And here are two Disney movie quotes that you should feel free to ignore for a few more weeks:
“Life’s not fair, is it?”
Wallowing in self-pity certainly won’t help anything. Besides, if life were fair for me, all of my sports teams would win every championship. And that wouldn’t be fair to you, right? Everything’s relative.
“Adventure is out there.”
Yes, adventure is out there, but it’s the kind of adventure that you don’t want. It’s the kind that makes you sick and jeopardizes the health of your loved ones. So, don’t look for adventure out there right now…unless you want to strap balloons to your house and fly to the middle of nowhere. That’s totally fine as long as you practice social distancing wherever your house lands.
“I don’t want to survive. I want to live.”
Both are good. Don’t prioritize one in favor of the other right now. Let’s all live by staying inside for the moment. We can all head to Disney the instant this ends, I swear!