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Paul Haggis Quotes: "As a general rule, I don't plan to travel with my Oscars, but we may have to make an exception."

As a general rule, I don't plan to travel with my Oscars, but we may have to make an exception.




Paul Haggis Quotes: "We think we know what's right. With excessive pride comes blindness."

We think we know what's right. With excessive pride comes blindness.




Paul Haggis Quotes: "We're trying to reinvent Bond. He's 28 - no Q, no gadgets."

We're trying to reinvent Bond. He's 28 - no Q, no gadgets.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "We crash into each other just so we can feel something."

We crash into each other just so we can feel something.




Paul Haggis Quotes: "I was in a cult for thirty-four years. Everyone else could see it. I don’t know why I couldn’t."

I was in a cult for thirty-four years. Everyone else could see it. I don’t know why I couldn’t.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "I don't think it's the job of filmmakers to give anybody answers. I do think, though, that a good film makes you ask questions of yourself as you leave the theatre."

I don't think it's the job of filmmakers to give anybody answers. I do think, though, that a good film makes you ask questions of yourself as you leave the theatre.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "I like to write about things about which I have no answers, questions that trouble me. These things trouble me."

I like to write about things about which I have no answers, questions that trouble me. These things trouble me.




Paul Haggis Quotes: "You have to be careful of the advice you take."

You have to be careful of the advice you take.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "You hear this story that we're all on the left, but when there's a demonstration, you count how many actors actually come out. If there's a half dozen, that would be a big day."

You hear this story that we're all on the left, but when there's a demonstration, you count how many actors actually come out. If there's a half dozen, that would be a big day.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "If you change the right mind, then that person can perhaps change the world."

If you change the right mind, then that person can perhaps change the world.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "Usually the characters are where I start. Then I continually ask myself, 'What's the worst thing that could happen to this character?'"

Usually the characters are where I start. Then I continually ask myself, 'What's the worst thing that could happen to this character?'



Paul Haggis Quotes: "Always write from your gut, no matter what the project is."

Always write from your gut, no matter what the project is.




Paul Haggis Quotes: "What I love about writing is the contradictions we all embody as human beings."

What I love about writing is the contradictions we all embody as human beings.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "United States could be a great country. It needs to be a great country. It's our responsibility as citizens to make that happen, every single one of us."

United States could be a great country. It needs to be a great country. It's our responsibility as citizens to make that happen, every single one of us.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "You don't do pictures because the audience is ready for them. You do them because there's something gnawing at you, something inside."

You don't do pictures because the audience is ready for them. You do them because there's something gnawing at you, something inside.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "I've lived in America for many years. I mean, I love being a Canadian, but I truly identify with America. I love America so much."

I've lived in America for many years. I mean, I love being a Canadian, but I truly identify with America. I love America so much.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "There's something that's so basically corrupt about any system in which a good and fair profit is not enough. There has to be more, every year, every quarter, because your stock price has to rise."

There's something that's so basically corrupt about any system in which a good and fair profit is not enough. There has to be more, every year, every quarter, because your stock price has to rise.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "You don't make a film because the audience is ready for it. You make a film because you have questions that are in your gut."

You don't make a film because the audience is ready for it. You make a film because you have questions that are in your gut.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "It turns out that good actors can make anything believable."

It turns out that good actors can make anything believable.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "It takes me awhile to find something that I'm passionate about. I'm reading a lot and thinking a lot, and torturing myself a lot because I'm feeling really guilty for not writing something today."

It takes me awhile to find something that I'm passionate about. I'm reading a lot and thinking a lot, and torturing myself a lot because I'm feeling really guilty for not writing something today.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "When we're threatened, it's very easy to appeal to our basic natures."

When we're threatened, it's very easy to appeal to our basic natures.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "We never did just one take. Multiple takes. Many. I did a bunch. Sometimes I do one take. Sometimes I did 20."

We never did just one take. Multiple takes. Many. I did a bunch. Sometimes I do one take. Sometimes I did 20.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "As soon as you think you know Clint Eastwood, you don't know Clint Eastwood."

As soon as you think you know Clint Eastwood, you don't know Clint Eastwood.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "What happens when these young men and women come home so scarred and so wounded? We are ignoring that fact. We're just shoving them under the carpet."

What happens when these young men and women come home so scarred and so wounded? We are ignoring that fact. We're just shoving them under the carpet.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "There are very few guys like me. I make a lot of money. I didn't always."

There are very few guys like me. I make a lot of money. I didn't always.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "Right after we invaded Iraq, I put a sign on my lawn that said "War is not the answer." That sign was either defaced, ripped up, or stolen every week. I had to replace that sign twelve times."

Right after we invaded Iraq, I put a sign on my lawn that said "War is not the answer." That sign was either defaced, ripped up, or stolen every week. I had to replace that sign twelve times.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "Every 10 years, I know less about love and relationships. The smarter I get, the less I know."

Every 10 years, I know less about love and relationships. The smarter I get, the less I know.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "I try not to think of actors as I'm writing because I think you do them a disservice by writing for things they've already done."

I try not to think of actors as I'm writing because I think you do them a disservice by writing for things they've already done.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "I just love actors, and I've always loved actors. I empathize with their job. Everyone thinks it's easy, and it ain't. To be that vulnerable and brave on camera is tough."

I just love actors, and I've always loved actors. I empathize with their job. Everyone thinks it's easy, and it ain't. To be that vulnerable and brave on camera is tough.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "I wanted to do a political film that is as nonpartisan as can be, because I wanted to do a story that was American. I wanted to tell an American tragedy."

I wanted to do a political film that is as nonpartisan as can be, because I wanted to do a story that was American. I wanted to tell an American tragedy.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "I just always try to find an interesting story and tell it well. That's a hard enough thing to do, whether it's a piece of fiction or it's a small piece of reality. I just look for good story."

I just always try to find an interesting story and tell it well. That's a hard enough thing to do, whether it's a piece of fiction or it's a small piece of reality. I just look for good story.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "The wrong one will start saying things like "withdraw with honor." We've heard phrases like that before, and they led to thousands and thousands of deaths. Democrats always want to look tough."

The wrong one will start saying things like "withdraw with honor." We've heard phrases like that before, and they led to thousands and thousands of deaths. Democrats always want to look tough.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "Unless I'm really uneasy with what I'm writing, I lose interest very quickly."

Unless I'm really uneasy with what I'm writing, I lose interest very quickly.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "This is our fault. My fault as much as the next man's, because even if I was against the war, I didn't do enough to stop it."

This is our fault. My fault as much as the next man's, because even if I was against the war, I didn't do enough to stop it.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "A creative person has to believe in the unseen and the untouched."

A creative person has to believe in the unseen and the untouched.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "I’m a deeply broken person, and broken institutions fascinate me."

I’m a deeply broken person, and broken institutions fascinate me.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "We all have these tendencies in us that could go this way or that. I think that's the real key in writing. To look at a character without judgment."

We all have these tendencies in us that could go this way or that. I think that's the real key in writing. To look at a character without judgment.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "We give you characters we'd feel very comfortable judging, and then go: 'Oh yeah? Watch this'."

We give you characters we'd feel very comfortable judging, and then go: 'Oh yeah? Watch this'.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "I miss my mother very, very much."

I miss my mother very, very much.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "I was trying to talk about where we are right now as a society, and talk about the fear we all live in, and certainly since 9-11, how it's affected us and the world."

I was trying to talk about where we are right now as a society, and talk about the fear we all live in, and certainly since 9-11, how it's affected us and the world.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "If you're in a relationship and you try to trust somebody who's completely untrustworthy, when trust is the basis of any relationship and everyone else says not to trust, is love transformative."

If you're in a relationship and you try to trust somebody who's completely untrustworthy, when trust is the basis of any relationship and everyone else says not to trust, is love transformative.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "If you believe in someone enough, and you just don't stop believing in them, mo matter what, no matter how much they push you away, and no matter how often they prove they're only there to use you."

If you believe in someone enough, and you just don't stop believing in them, mo matter what, no matter how much they push you away, and no matter how often they prove they're only there to use you.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "When I started to allow the characters to go where they wanted to go, I just had to follow."

When I started to allow the characters to go where they wanted to go, I just had to follow.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "I like to really respect the audience and let them come through on answers."

I like to really respect the audience and let them come through on answers.



Paul Haggis Quotes: "The stereotypes we pretend that we reject are ingrained in our DNA."

The stereotypes we pretend that we reject are ingrained in our DNA.