National Donald Duck Day is celebrated in the United States every year on June 9 to commemorate the birthday of the beloved cartoon character, which first appeared on screen in "The Wise Little Hen" on June 9, 1934.

The popularity of the anthropomorphic duck -- with his yellow bill, legs, and feet, and a trademark sailor shirt, cap and bow-tie -- might only be second to that of the legendary Mickey Mouse. Since 1934, the character has featured in over theatrical films, which is more than any other Disney character. In 2002, Donald Duck also featured in TV Guide’s list of top 50 greatest cartoon characters of all time.

On the occasion of Donald Duck’s 87th birthday, here are a few fun quotes by the character, courtesy Kidadl -

  1. "Need some fashion tips? For me, it’s all about the hat! Whaddya think? Nice, right?"
  2. "Uncle Scrooge needs us, and we need him. Our family has been apart too long. It’s time for us to come together!"
  3. "Inspiration for what we produce comes from reading, observing the world of humans around us and also the animal kingdom."
  4. "Don’t get confused between my personality and my attitude… my personality is who I am, and my attitude depends on who you are."
  5. "Life is too short to be serious all the time, so if you can’t laugh at yourself then call me…I’ll laugh at you, for you."
  6. "Hi there! Now let’s see, what should I have for lunch today? Heh heh! Some decisions are fun to make!"
  7.  "Four dollars is very little money when you got ’em; but a heck of a lot of money when you ain’t got ’em..."
  8. "I’ve had a bellyful of both you eternal fools! Year in, year out, you bring grief on yourselves all for the sake of getting rich, staying rich, or getting richer still! You’ll never be happy, because you always worry about what you’ll do next to complicate your own greedy lives!"
  9. "Happiness is the richest thing we will ever own."
  10. "Aw, I know who you’re thinking about!"

donald-duck Disney’s Donald Duck has appeared in more films than any of his cartoon counterparts. Photo: Creative Commons