The 45 Best Disney Movie Quotes (& Yes, ‘Hakuna Matata’ Made the List)

No matter what time of year or mood we’re in, there’s just something about a good ol’ Disney movie that can make any day better. And we’re not just talking about the classics. Some of our all-time favorites have been released in recent years. And many of these films offer valuable life lessons. In fact, we could learn a thing or two from our favorite Disney characters and their wise words.

From Aladdin to Meet the Robinsons, we’ve rounded up 45 Disney movie quotes that will make you laugh, reminisce and feel inspired.

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1. “If you focus on what you left behind, you will never see what lies ahead.” – Gusteau, Ratatouille

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2. “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” – The Emperor, Mulan

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3. “Sometimes our strengths lie beneath the surface.” – Moana, Moana

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4. “Can anybody be happy if they aren’t free?” – Belle, Beauty And The Beast

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5. “I never look back, darling. It distracts from the now.” – Edna Mode, The Incredibles

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6. “A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.” – Hercules, Hercules

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7. “Hakuna matata.” – Timon and Pumbaa,The Lion King


8. “Life’s a little bit messy. We all make mistakes. No matter what type of animal you are, change starts with you.” – Judy Hopps, Zootopia

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9. “Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved.” – Pooh, Winnie The Pooh

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10. “If watching is all you’re gonna do, then you’re gonna watch your life go by without ya.” – Laverne, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame

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11. “We may have our differences, but nothing’s more important than family.” – Miguel,Coco

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12. “Sometimes we only see how people are different from us. But if you look hard enough, you can see how much we’re all alike.” – Jasmine, Aladdin

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13. “Most everyone's mad here.” – Cheshire Cat, Alice In Wonderland

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14. “Sometimes you try your hardest, but things don’t work out the way you want them to.” – Nani, Lilo & Stitch

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15. “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.” – Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins

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16. “Happiness is the richest thing we will ever own.” – Donald Duck, Ducktales The Movie


17. “Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it.” – Rapunzel, Tangled

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18. “The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.” – Rafiki, The Lion King

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19. “Your identity is your most valuable possession. Protect it.” – Mrs. Incredible, The Incredibles

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20. “To laugh at yourself is to love yourself.” – Mickey Mouse

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21. “A queen is never late. Everyone else is simply early.” – Clarisse Rinaldi, The Princess Diaries

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22. “He touched the butt.” – Tad, Finding Nemo

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23. “First rule of leadership: Everything is your fault.” – Hopper, A Bug’s Life

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24. “From failure we learn, from success not so much.” – Little Lewis, Meet The Robinsons


25. “Today’s special moments are tomorrow’s memories.” – Genie, The Return Of Jafar

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26. “The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.” – Jack Sparrow, Pirates Of The Caribbean


27. “Teenagers. They think they know everything. You give them an inch, they swim all over you.” – Sebastian, The Little Mermaid

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28. “You’re never too old to be young.” – Happy, Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs


29. “If you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you'll learn things you never knew you never knew.” – Pocahontas, Pocahontas

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30. “Ladies do not start fights, but they can finish them.” – Marie, The Artistocats


31. “The very things that hold you down are going to lift you up.” – Timothy Mouse, Dumbo


32. “I don’t want to survive. I want to live.” – Captain, Wall-e

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33. “When life gets you down, do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do? Just keep swimming!” – Dory, Finding Nemo

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34. “Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.” – The Cheshire Cat, Alice In Wonderland


35. “You control your destiny—you don't need magic to do it. And there are no magical shortcuts to solving your problems.” – Merida, Brave


36. “Nothing is more important than our friendship.” – Sully, Monsters, Inc.

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37. “There comes a day when you're gonna look around and realize happiness is where you are.” – Chief Tui, Moana


38. “The only way to get what you want in this world is through hard work.” – Tiana, The Princess And The Frog

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39. “Who says that my dreams have to stay just my dreams?” – Ariel, The Little Mermaid

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40. "Giving up is for rookies." – Philoctetes, Hercules

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41. "Even miracles take a little time." – Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio

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42. "Let love guide your actions." – Tanana, Brother Bear

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43. "They say if you dream a thing more than once, it’s sure to come true." – Aurora, Sleeping Beauty

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44. "If you don't know where you want to go, then it doesn't matter which path you take." – Cheshire Cat, Alice in Wonderland

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45. “My love is not fragile.” – Kristoff, Frozen 2