My relationship with Disney Movies is, I assume, pretty standard for a guy. I was obsessed with them as a child, thought they were kind of pointless and dumb as a foolish teenager, and only realized how wonderful they are as I moved into early adulthood. By now I fully believe in the power and beauty of Disney films, and intend to fully indoctrinate my children in them. So, in honor of the wonderful movies Disney has made over the years, here are five of my favorite quotes from those movies.
1. “But If you walk the footsteps of a stranger/You’ll learn things you never knew you never knew.” – Delivered by Pocahontas, this has got to be one of the coolest lines from any Disney song. Not only is the repetition in it lyrically beautiful, the message is awesome: Sometimes we’re ignorant even of our own ignorance, and it's only by engaging with others that we learn about how little we know.
2. “This is my family. I found it, all on my own. Is little, and broken, but still good. Yeah, still good.” – I’m not going to lie, I can’t help but tear up a bit when Stitch makes this speech to convince the galactic Grand Councilwoman to let him stay on earth with Lilo and Nani. It’s a wonderfully accurate description of family, and the way it still has so much value even when it's less than perfect.
3. “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” – A great line delivered by the emperor of China in Mulan. Not only is it a wonderful metaphor, it beautifully wraps up the theme of the movie, that Mulan’s real worth comes not from physical beauty but from her resourcefulness and ability to utterly kick ass when necessary. It also helps that the emperor's next line, to a hopelessly confused Shang, contrasts wonderfully: “you don’t meet a girl like that every dynasty.”
4. “Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it… or learn from it.” – An absolute gem delivered by Rafiki in The Lion King. Not only is the delivery great, what with the hitting-simba-with-a-stick analogy, but it’s a truly powerful message. Sometimes life smacks us right in the face. But we can always learn from our past and move forward.
5. “Love is putting someone else’s needs before yours.” – Frozen is absolutely loaded with incredible quotes, but this one from Olaf the living snowman takes the cake for me. Simple, short, and undeniably true, it’s also a definition of love that isn’t limited to romantic affection, which is perfectly in keeping with on of the movie's themes: true love isn't limited to romance.
What are your favorite Disney lines? Let me know in the comments!
With Excitement and Optimism,