Disney films never fail to inspire audiences of all ages. It’s fascinating to note that the magic doesn’t end with the story’s protagonist. While diabolical, the vast array of villains found throughout Disney movies prove to be more than just fantastic story antagonists – they’re also inspirational. Behind every magnificent, and simultaneously fearful, Disney villain is an even more talented writer who carefully thought out the character’s development, including each and every line.
Everyone draws inspiration from the good guys, but the bad guys deserve some praise too. Here are some inspiring quotes from your favorite Disney villains.
The Best Inspiring Disney Villain Quotes
“Be prepared.” Scar, The Lion King
You know, Scar, you’re not wrong. The only thing predictable about life is its unpredictability. You truly never know what could happen tomorrow, today, or even in the next 5 minutes. As you go through life, learn to adapt, and always expect the unexpected.
“Don’t let the wish grow cold.” The Evil Queen, Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs
Close your eyes. What life do you dream of? Get a clear vision in your mind. Never let that light go out. Whatever it is you have that fuels your passions, keep at it and don’t let it slip away. Don’t let your wish grow cold. Take action making your dreams come true.
“I’m gonna do the best I can.” Oogie Boogie, The Nightmare Before Christmas
Sometimes life throws you a curveball and all you can do is try your best to hit it out of the park. Nothing more, nothing less. And if it’s a strike, that’s okay. Create more peace within yourself by learning to forgive yourself. Come back from it swinging.
“Adventure is out there.” Charles Muntz, Up
Every day there’s a new adventure to be had. A new experience, a new friend, a new meal. Don’t spend too much time caught up with the little things that have disappointed you. There’s always a great big beautiful tomorrow.
“You’ve worked so hard to get here. It’s what you’ve wanted since you were a kid. You can’t quit.” Bellweather, Zootopia
Never forget why you pushed so hard to get to where you are now. You didn’t come all this way to see yourself quit. You deserve every good thing that comes your way, and you owe it to yourself to keep trying even when times get difficult.
“I find your lack of faith disturbing.” Darth Vader, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
A friendly reminder to have faith in yourself, what you do, and those you choose to surround yourself with. Sometimes it’s best to trust your gut.
“Success doesn’t come for free. You have to do whatever it takes to seize your moment.” Ernesto de la Cruz, Coco
Ernesto de la Cruz’s version of “seizing your moment” might have been taking out his partner. If we put that aside, however, he can at best be characterized as persistent. As the Evil Queen said, you should never let your wish grow cold, but you have to put in the work to keep it warm. Don’t let your potential run past you, seize it.
“Don’t I deserve the best?” Gaston, Beauty and the Beast
Gaston may not have deserved the best, but you certainly do. Never forget your worth. Whether you apply this quote to your relationships, friendships, or just your life in general, know you deserve nothing less than the very best this world has to offer.
“I can’t be bothered with that. I have no time for that nonsense.” Shere Khan, The Jungle Book
No need to spend your time on trivial things that don’t push you towards your goals in life. If something holds no value to you, don’t spend precious moments focusing on it or stressing over it. Save your efforts for things that push you forward towards what you really desire in life.
“I am burdened with glorious purpose.” Loki, Loki Series
Believe in yourself and the path you’re on. The journey might not be easy, but you are resilient. There will undoubtedly be moments when you want to give up. However, you must persevere for one simple reason. The best moments and successes in life lie ahead of you. You are burdened with glorious purpose. You owe it to yourself to see that purpose through.
“The rest of the world may follow the rules, but I must follow my heart.” Ernesto de la Cruz, Coco
And one more for Ernesto de la Cruz. Despite offing his partner and being exposed as a fake, he made some valid points. You need to do what your heart tells you to do and take the risk. Don’t do anything illegal or immoral, but go with your gut instinct and do whatever it is your heart is begging you to do.
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