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23 Inspirational Quotes From Disney Films That Will Teach You The Most Valuable Life Lessons

23 Inspirational Quotes From Disney Films That Will Teach You The Most Valuable Life Lessons

We’d all somehow influenced by Disney Films as we were growing up. Did you realize that there were life lessons behind some Disney movies? Here’re 23 inspirational quotes from Disney films that will teach you the most valuable life lessons.

1. Knowing how to laugh at yourself instead of blaming for your own weaknesses will make you happier. No one’s perfect after all.

To laugh yourself is to love yourself. – Mickey Mouse, Mickey Mouse

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    2. You’ll never find something better if you stay in your comfort zone.

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

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      3. The hardest things teach you the most important lessons. If you can get over the challenge, you’ll enter another stage of life, a better one.

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

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        4. You’re responsible for your life, so face your problems bravely.

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

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          5. Forgetting maybe the easiest way to deal with the past, but learning from it is what you should do.

          “Oh yes the past can hurt. But you can either run from it, or learn from it” – Rafiki, Lion King

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            6. Life’s full of ups and downs, you just have to deal with it and keep going.

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

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              7. You will be what you want to be, don’t let others decide for you.

              “You must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul.” – Gusteau, Ratatouille

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                8. If you want something to happen, make it happen with your actions.

                “Fairy tales can come true. You gotta make them happen, it all depends on you.” – Tiana, Princess and the Frog

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                  9. You have to go through the most difficult times to grow better and stronger.

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

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                    10. Your life belongs to you, take your own way and don’t follow others’ paths.

                    “You think the only people who are people, are the people who look and think like you. But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you’ll learn things you never knew you never knew.” – Pocahontas, Pocahontas

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                      11. Don’t give up believing because your beliefs will lead you to where you want to be.

                      “No matter how your heart is grieving, If you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.” – Cinderella, Cinderella

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                        12. Let go of what you can’t change and focus on what you can work on.

                        “If you focus on what you left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead. Now go up and look around!” – Gusteau, Ratatouille

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                          13. Don’t underestimate your ability. You just need to tell yourself you can, and you can!

                          “Look inside yourself, Simba. You are more than what you have become.” – Mufasa, The Lion King.

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                            14. Relationships take time and patience. Sometimes you just need to let time lead the way for you.

                            “You can’t force someone to like you. It takes time for friendship to grow.” – Cody, Suite Life of Zack and Cody

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                              15. Works are endless, do what you can and stop worrying so much.

                              “When there’s too much to do, don’t let it bother you. Forget your troubles.” -Snow White, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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                                16. Believe that you can and you’re half way there.

                                “I am on my way. I can go the distance! I don’t care how far. Somehow I’ll be strong I know. Every mile will be worth my while. I would go most anywhere to find where I belong.” – Hercules, Hercules

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                                  17. Things and people are not what they seem. Don’t judge anything or anyone before you fully understand them.

                                  “Do not be fooled by its commonplace appearance. Like so many things, it is not what outside, but what is inside that counts.” Aladdin, Aladdin

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                                    18. Be patient because miracles do happen every day.

                                    “Even miracles take a little time.” Fairy Godmother, Cinderella

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                                      19. Learning history is not to learn what happened before, but to learn from the previous mistakes so that the history will not repeat.

                                      “Man has always learned from the past. After all, you can’t learn history in reverse!” – Archimedes, The Sword in the Stone

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                                        20. When you truly love someone, you know it’s worth it to sacrifice for them.

                                        “Some people are worth melting for.” – Olaf, Frozen

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                                          21. The littlest act of kindness you do can change the world.

                                          “A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.” – Eeyore, Winnie the Pooh

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                                            22. When you’ve done best for your own part, you just need to have faith for what’s coming.

                                            All it takes is faith and trust. – Peter Pan, Peter Pan

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                                              23. Family means we all stay together, no matter what.

                                              Ohana means family, family means nobody gets left behind. Or forgotten. – Lilo, Lilo and stitch

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                                                Published on April 7, 2021

                                                6 Signs Of A Controlling Person To Be Aware Of

                                                6 Signs Of A Controlling Person To Be Aware Of

                                                Some of the most manipulative people are so good at what they do that their words and actions can convince you into thinking they truly care about what’s best for you when in reality, it’s quite the opposite. The most common signs of a controlling person are rarely obvious to outside observers. And for someone enmeshed in a controlling relationship or friendship, it can be incredibly challenging to stay away from this toxic person, even if you’re aware of their emotionally abusive tendencies.

                                                While it’s ultimately up to you to decide whether to preserve or leave a lopsided, unfulfilling relationship, it’s nevertheless critical to understand the following six signs of controlling people so you can better advocate for yourself and mitigate the influence of their manipulative tendencies in your own life.

                                                1. They Push Their Own Personal Agenda

                                                Do you know someone who always tries to micromanage the words, behaviors, and attitudes of people around them? Does this person act like they have the right to know anything they want about you, including your location, what you’re doing in a given moment, who you’re talking to online, or any other private information about you? And when planning events and special occasions, does this person dominate conversations, steer plans in their own preferred directions, disparage others’ suggestions, and refuse to collaborate with anyone who might disagree with them?

                                                If you answered “yes” to some of the above questions, then those are clear signs of a controlling person whom you absolutely need to be cautious around. Controlling people are reluctant to even consider alternative ideas, let alone enthusiastically work with people who have differing views. They prefer to be the captain of every ship—regardless of how much or how little an issue personally impacts them—and they have an arsenal of manipulative tactics to deploy if someone stands in the way of them achieving their own personal agendas.

                                                In long-term relationships with controlling people, you may feel constantly pressured to meet their demands, follow their schedule, and focus on whatever they feel is most important. It’s not an exaggeration to say that these people act like the universe revolves around them, which can be exhausting to deal with for their family members, friends, and colleagues.

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                                                2. They Make Everything Transactional

                                                Controlling people aren’t always self-centered, but they’re not too empathetic either. Empathy for them tends to appear in the form of strategic concessions they use as a means to get what they want. They typically view interpersonal relationships as transactional opportunities to extract more value from people surrounding them, which can have a draining effect on those they interact with.

                                                For example, one sign of a controlling person may be their insistence on “keeping score.” This can involve doing nice things for you with the ulterior motive of demanding something from you at a later date in exchange for what you thought was just an act of kindness or a friendly support.

                                                Perhaps they shower you in praise (also known as “love-bombing”) or gifts then blow up at you if you don’t intuitively know they’re expecting something back from you. None of us are mind-readers, but controlling people behave as though everyone else should think and act like they want others to and those who fall out of line are punished for failing to meet their impossible expectations.

                                                A controlling person may also threaten to withhold support if you don’t adhere to their demands, but they do so in such subtle ways that the guilt they impose blinds you from the unreasonable nature of their behaviors.

                                                Some statements to be wary of include:

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                                                • “I did ___________ for you. What do you mean you can’t do ___________ for me?”
                                                • “Remember how I helped you with ___________? That took a lot of time and energy from me, but I guess you didn’t appreciate my help.”
                                                • “I always give you ___________. Don’t you care about my needs too?”
                                                • “You’re so selfish!” or “You don’t care about me at all!” (gaslighting if you respond with hesitation or politely decline their request for help for perfectly valid reasons, such as not having enough time or resources to assist them)

                                                3. They Criticize Everything

                                                One of the most common telltale signs of a controlling person is their capacity to criticize anything and everything, even small things that seemingly don’t matter. As with many toxic traits in relationships, these problems typically start out so small that you may not even notice. At first, you may even agree with their criticism or at least be able to understand their perspective when they bring up an issue.

                                                However, the criticism tends to get more intense, more constant, and more perplexing for people who maintain relationships with controlling people. You’ll likely notice how they rarely seem to criticize something they do. It’s almost always other-oriented and these types of people are so manipulative that any rationale they offer can seem plausibly legitimate.

                                                Some warning signs of a controlling person who’s overly critical to the point of abusiveness include:

                                                • Criticizing things about you that you have little to no control over (e.g., appearance, disability, family)
                                                • Criticizing your personal choices and interests, such as educational pursuits, career, clothing, favorite music, time spent on your hobbies, etc.
                                                • Punishing you for expressing vulnerability by invalidating thoughts and feelings you share with them
                                                • Attacking you whenever you express an opinion counter to theirs

                                                4. They Balk When Someone Criticizes Them

                                                We all know the adage, “what goes around, comes around.” But this statement doesn’t apply as much to toxic, controlling people. They’d much prefer to dish out criticism without ever having to take it in return.

                                                For instance, if your friend constantly talks about your appearance with little regard for your emotions but flips out if you make just a single comment about their appearance, there’s a possibility that they could have some hidden controlling tendencies left unchecked. Remember, these people aren’t just controlling in their behaviors towards others. They’re also actively trying to stay in complete control over every aspect of their lives, which includes how others view them.

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                                                This seemingly insatiable desire for control can prompt them to lash out against even the smallest bits of criticism, leaving people around them too weary or scared to speak up again in the future. While it’s possible they may suffer from something called rejection sensitivity dysphoria, this does not excuse them from the consequences of their words and actions. They should seek professional help to better manage their reactions to criticism.

                                                5. They Socially Isolate You

                                                Not all controlling people do this, but for manipulative narcissists, socially isolating victims is a go-to strategy for maintaining control because it’s effective at preventing people from truly understanding how toxic their partner, family member, or friend is treating them. Think of it this way—if you don’t talk to many other people in your life, there’s less of a risk that you’ll damage their reputation by revealing their abusive tendencies.

                                                Socially isolating others also gives the person more control over you and your life as it becomes more difficult to break away from them if you don’t have other healthier channels of communication and interpersonal support to turn to.

                                                This process doesn’t happen overnight, nor is it something you can readily recognize as abusive. At first, it may seem reasonable, such as asking you to stop engaging so often with family members with whom both of you disagree on major social or political issues. As the social isolation progresses, they may suggest cutting people out of your life—especially if they don’t like that person, regardless of how you personally feel—or even conjure up high-stakes problems like “it’s me or them” under the guise of saving you from people in your life whom they don’t like for whatever reason.

                                                In a controlling person’s life narrative, they’re always the protagonist who’s incapable of any wrongdoing. The blame is always redirected at someone else, whether that’s you or other people in your life. The more they isolate you from other supportive people in your life, the more susceptible you’ll be to falsely believing that they’re right and you “don’t need” your other friends and family when you have someone as perfect as this person.

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                                                6. They’re Emotionally Abusive

                                                It’s hard enough to be in control of your own emotions but when someone else is constantly belittling you and your interests or leveraging guilt and shame to manipulate you into saying or doing what they want, this can make it even more challenging to stay in control of your own life and emotional well-being.

                                                Emotional abuse is another sign of a controlling person that is often overlooked in relationships. After all, human personalities vary widely in terms of passivity, and it’s not uncommon for one person in a relationship to be significantly more passive than the other. This becomes an issue when the controlling partner or friend exudes signs of emotional abuse, which can start subtly and become much more pronounced over time.

                                                Concerning signs of emotionally abusive language or behavior to watch out for include:

                                                • Dismissing your needs and/or belittling your interests in counterproductive ways
                                                • Privately or publicly shaming or humiliating you
                                                • Making you feel as though you can never live up to their expectations or do anything right (according to their own vague, subjective standards)
                                                • Gaslighting you into thinking they said or did something that never actually happened (making you question your own reality)

                                                Final Thoughts

                                                It’s sometimes hard to see the negative things about someone with whom we have a relationship. We may sometimes unconsciously overlook the signs of a controlling person, especially if that person is someone we have known for a long time or are close to us. However, cutting them off your life is the best thing you can do for yourself. Just watch out for these six signs of a controlling person and take immediate action when you spot them.

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