Throughout Disney history, there have been many wise characters, but few reach the storied enlightenment levels of Zazu, the king’s majordomo from The Lion King. Zazu, the little blue hornbill that put up with way more than he should have, drops knowledge all throughout the movie. Below is a collected list of some of Zazu’s finest life lessons that are truly applicable to everyone’s daily life.
“Cheetahs Never Prosper”
We start with the titular advice that inspired this article. This life lesson is brilliant for both its simplicity and its punny applicability to the savanna and real life cheaters.
“Step lively. The sooner we get to the waterhole, the sooner we can leave.”
Zazu doesn’t have time for boring babysitting retreats to some waterhole, and neither should you! Get in, get out, and get on with it!
“That’s Mister Banana Beak to you, Fuzzy!”
This life lesson is fairly obvious: Own what makes you, you! When someone tries to bring you down with a mean nickname, snap back by tossing mister, miss, or misses in front and own it!
“Ix-nay on the oopid-stay.”
Est-bay ife-lay esson-lay ever-ey.
“Didn’t your mother ever tell you not to play with your food?”
This life lesson actually should have come from your mother, but Zazu is there to pick up the slack!
“He’s as mad as a hippo with a hernia.”
This isn’t really a great life lesson, it’s just the greatest description we’ve ever heard. We use it all the time.
“It’s a small world after all.”
No! NO! Any life lesson but that!
What is your favorite lesson from Zazu? Tell us in the comments!