I am a big fan of cartoon shows. During my childhood, there weren’t many but we absolutely adored the few comic books we could get hold of.
But those days are nothing compared to the abundance we have now – as I found out when my son started watching TV as a toddler. I would invariably watch with him, also to keep an eye on what he was being exposed to. I still do – even though he’s away at college!
One of the shows we both adore even today is SpongeBob SquarePants. I love his indomitable spirit and his constant cheerfulness. I remember teasing my son, asking him if he was SpongeBob or Squidward? Why, when he was 10, he even wrote a little essay on his favorite TV show. So crazy about SpongeBob that I painted him on his school bag! Let me not even get started on the mugs, pencil holders, giant cutouts, etc.
Over the years, my love for cartoons has only increased, what with the fabulous shows and movies that have been a treat to see, usually with my son. We’ve seen most of them several times, and will probably continue to do so. Frozen, Rapunzel, Pinocchio, Ratatouille, Sesame Street, Pocahontas, The Lion King, The Incredibles, Kung Fu Panda, Winnie the Pooh, Rugrats… ah, too many to list here.
In the middle of life’s hectic schedule, joys and sorrows, inspiration comes to us from the sweetest sources. I am thankful for a childhood – both mine and my son’s – filled with wonderful fairy tales books and fun cartoon characters.
We love listening to the fantastic dialogs that accompany these shows – filled with humor and wisdom. And what better way to be inspired than through the words of these beloved characters we see and enjoy? They teach compassion, courage, friendship, love for one another, loyalty and optimism.
This set of quotes has been doing the rounds online, and I’ve found them wonderfully motivating. Most of them are short and powerful and speak volumes in encouragement.
So thrilled to share them with you today!
What a great reminder to breathe, love life, play and enjoy the little things!
And – have fun!
Inspiring quotes and life advice from favorite cartoon characters
“Life doesn’t give us purpose. We give life purpose”
“Some people are worth melting for”
“Our fate lives within us, you only have to be brave enough to see it”
“I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready”
The Blue Fairy
“Always let your conscience be your guide”
“We do have a lot in common, the same earth, the same air, the same sky. Maybe if we started looking at what’s the same instead of always looking at what’s different… well, who knows?”
“Friend something better than chocolate ice cream… maybe friend somebody you give up last cookie for”
“How high does a sycamore grow? If you cut it down, then you’ll never know”
The Emperor of China
“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all”
Howl’s Moving Castle
“They say the best blaze burns the brightest, when the circumstances are at their worst”
“My, what beautiful blossoms we have this year. But look, this one’s late. But I’ll bet that when it blooms, it will be the most beautiful of all”
“Sometimes we have to go deep inside ourselves to solve our problems”
Avatar: The Last Airbender
“In the darkest times. hope is something you give yourself. That is the meaning of inner strength”
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
“You ‘re never too old to be young”
“I never look back, darling. It distracts from the now”
“Sucking at something is the first step to becoming sorta at something”
“Just keep swimming”
“It’s not the beard on the outside that counts. It’s the beard on the INSIDE”
Lilo & Stitch
“Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind, or forgotten”
“I see now that the circumstances of one’s birth are irelevant: it is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are”
“You must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul”
“There’s no one I’d rather be than me”
Alice in Wonderland
“I can’t go back to yesterday – because I was a different person then”
“Let it go, let it go”
“A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength but by the strength of his heart”
The Nightmare Before Christmas
“Just because I cannot see it, doesn’t mean I can’t believe it”
The Lion King
“Oh yes, the past can hurt. But, you can either run from it or learn from it”
“Your identity is your most valuable possession. Protect it”
“It’s real life. And in real life. you can’t always win”
Phineas and Ferb
“The only thing that is impossible impossibility”
The Fairy Godmother
“Even miracles take a little time”
“When bad things happen. I know you want to believe they are a joke. But sometimes lite is scary and dark. That is why we must find the light”
Winnie the Pooh
“The things that make me different are the things that make me”
“Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it”
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
“There is not a monster more dangerous than a lack of compassion”
Princess and the Frog
“Fairy tales can come true. You gotta make them happen, it all depends on you”
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
“Today is a good day to try”
“To laugh at yourself is to love yourself”
As Told By Ginger
“Being in a relationship just for the sake of being in a relationship is plain crazy. You gotta let your heart lead the way”
“A baby’s gotta do what a baby’s gotta do!”
“The shell of an oyster only hides the pearl inside”
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends”
Kung Fu Panda
“Anything is possible when you have inner peace”
“I don’t do fear”
“The future is worth it. All the pain, all the tears. The future is worth the fight”
“A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference”
“In every job that must be done there is an element of fun.”
“Love is an open door”
“To infinity and beyond!”
“Adventure is out there”
I would love to know:
Do you enjoy watching cartoon shows?
Who’s your favorite character?
Which is your favorite quote?
If they aren’t on this list, please do share them in the comments!