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    I miss my mother very, very much.
    — Paul Haggis
    tags: mother 
     
    Unless I'm really uneasy with what I'm writing, I lose interest very quickly.
    — Paul Haggis
    tags: writing 
     
    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
    tags: character  key  real  writing 
     
    We're trying to reinvent Bond. He's 28 - no Q, no gadgets.
    — Paul Haggis
    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
    tags: stories 
     
    If there's magic in boxing, it's the magic of fighting battles beyond endurance, beyond cracked ribs, ruptured kidneys and detached retinas. It's the magic of risking everything for a dream that nobody sees but you.
    — Paul Haggis
    We crash into each other just so we can feel something.
    — Paul Haggis
    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
    A creative person has to believe in the unseen and the untouched.
    — Paul Haggis
    tags: people  believe  creative 
     
    I'm a deeply broken person, and broken institutions fascinate me.
    — Paul Haggis
    tags: people  broken 
     
    I just want to thank people who take big risks in their daily lives when there aren't cameras rolling. I want to dedicate this award to people who stand up for peace and against injustice and intolerance.
    — Paul Haggis
    tags: peace  people  live  risk 
     
    If you change the right mind, then that person can perhaps change the world.
    — Paul Haggis
    tags: people  world  right  mind 
     
    What I love about writing is the contradictions we all embody as human beings.
    — Paul Haggis
    tags: human  writing 
     
    Always write from your gut, no matter what the project is.
    — Paul Haggis
    tags: write 
     
    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
    tags: character 
     
    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
    Now we really like to put people in boxes. As men, we do it because we don't understand characters that aren't ourselves and we aren't willing to put ourselves in the skin of those characters and women, I think, terrify us. We tend not to write women as human beings. It's cartoons we're making now. And that's a shame.
    — Paul Haggis
    tags: character  men  people  women  human  shame  write 
     
    You have to be careful of the advice you take.
    — Paul Haggis
    tags: advice 
     
    I like to write about things about which I have no answers, questions that trouble me. These things trouble me.
    — Paul Haggis
    tags: questions  write 
     
    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
    tags: america  year 
     
    I was in a cult for thirty-four years. Everyone else could see it. I don't know why I couldn't.
    — Paul Haggis
    tags: year 
     
    As a general rule, I don't plan to travel with my Oscars, but we may have to make an exception.
    — Paul Haggis
    tags: travel  rules 
     
    I don't think writers should write about answers. I think writers should write about questions.
    — Paul Haggis
    tags: questions  write 
     
    Independent films are very hard to get made, but I'm lucky enough to get them made, so I'm going to keep doing it. I like my independence. I like being able to tell a story the way I want to tell a story. I don't like developing it with a team. I like coming to a story and deciding whether I want to do it or not.
    — Paul Haggis
    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
    tags: reality  stories  fiction 
     
    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
    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
    tags: job 
     
    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
    You'd be surprised how many writers, or how many actors, if they miss a paycheck or two, they've got nothing. As a writer or an actor you can have four or five jobs in one year and then have none for two years.
    — Paul Haggis
    tags: job  year 
     
    We are manipulated by fear and the fear of others, and how we're often manipulated into doing things and voting in ways that are against our own best interest. Look at healthcare. People will tell you that healthcare is socialism and communism, and they're doing this while their wife needs an operation and their kid needs braces.
    — Paul Haggis
    It turns out that good actors can make anything believable.
    — Paul Haggis
    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
    tags: writing 
     
    When I started to allow the characters to go where they wanted to go, I just had to follow.
    — Paul Haggis
    tags: character 
     
    I like to really respect the audience and let them come through on answers.
    — Paul Haggis
    tags: respect 
     
    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
    tags: believe 
     
    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
    The radical rightwing pegs Hollywood as a leftist town, which is completely wrong. There are a lot of actors, writers, and directors who talk a liberal agenda... but all the studio bosses, for as long as there have been studios, have all been as far rightwing as you can possibly imagine.
    — Paul Haggis
    tags: wrong  imagine  radical 
     
    When we're threatened, it's very easy to appeal to our basic natures.
    — Paul Haggis
    tags: nature 
     
    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
    tags: stock  year  corrupt 
     
    There are very few guys like me. I make a lot of money. I didn't always.
    — Paul Haggis
    tags: money 
     
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