/ Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

I would never be so bold as to compare myself to Walt Disney in any way and at any other time… other than today. Why? Because today is July 4th, and much like Walt Disney , I love America and all that it stands for and represents.

Walt Disney’s life and legacy is one that represents the fulfillment of the American Dream. From growing up in a small, Midwest American town, to drawing patriotic cartoons for his school newspaper focusing on World War I, to trying to join the Army at age 16 (having been rejected due to his young age, but eventually drove an ambulance in France shortly after World War I). As he grew,  his passion for American continued not just in his personal life, but professional one as well.

During World War II, Disney produced nearly 68 hours of training, propaganda and documentary films for the US armed forces. He and the studio went on to produce live-action films which also told classic American stories, such as  ”Johnny Tremain” and  ”Westward Ho! the Wagons.” On TV, he celebrated the American folk hero with stories of Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone.

But most importantly, America was important to Walt himself. He believed in this nation, its people and its future. He passionately and optimistically believed in the American way of life, and so on this Independence Day, I want to share with you the Top 10 Walt Disney Quotes on America:

  1. “Disneyland would be a world of Americans, past and present, seen through the eyes of my imagination–a place of warmth and nostalgia, of illusion and color and delight.”

  2. “I’ve been selfishly indulging myself as an American… as a United States citizen… enjoying all privileges that one has as a citizen, and it’s only times like this that you sort of wake up to … what it really means to be a citizen.”

  3. “Actually, if you could see close in my eyes, the American flag is waving in both of them and up my spine is glowing this red, white, and blue stripe.”

  4. “I believe that this spiritual and intellectual freedom which we Americans enjoy is our greatest cultural blessing. Therefore, it seems to me, that the first duty of culture is to defend freedom and resist all tyranny.” “

  5. “Laughter is America’s most important export.”

  6. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America… with hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.”

  7. “I get red, white, and blue at times.”

  8. “In my view, wholesome pleasure, sport, and recreation are as vital to this nation as productive work and should have a large share in the national budget.”

  9. “In America, we are guaranteed these freedoms. It is the constitutional privilege of every American to become cultured or to grow up like Donald Duck.”

  10. “Tomorrow will be better as long as America keeps alive the ideals of freedom and a better life.”

              – Walt Disney

 

One Response to "Top 10 Walt Disney Quotes on America"

  1. I have a pin in the shape of a bell in red, white, and blue with expression “Let Freedom Ring”. This is on a card with the number 10 quote, “Tomorrow will be better, etc.”, signed at the bottom of card Walt Disney. On the back of card states Collector Pin not a toy. I can not find this pin anywhere. Do you know if there is any value to this pin?

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