22 Mind Blowing Douglas Wood Quotes

Douglas Wood is an American children’s author and speaker, winner of the 2004 Book Sense Book of the Year Awards. Author of the ‘Old Turtle and the Broken Truth,’ Wood has more than two and one half million copies in print of his best known works. Here is a look at some of the greatest Douglas Wood quotes ever documented.

“Animation scripts tend to be much more descriptive and are lighter on dialogue.”

“But so much of being an actor isn’t so great – the auditioning, the rejection, the financial insecurity.”

“Fear of failure has always been my best motivator.”

“I am a big fan of the TV series ‘Taxi’ which combined comedy and pathos better than any other show I’ve seen.”

“I became much happier when I realized I shouldn’t depend solely on my career for my sense of self. So I developed other interests and surrounded myself with a small group of friends I could trust.”

“I was born in Chicago and grew up in the suburb of Evanston.”

“I was only in one play at Steppenwolf, in the early days.”

“I would rather read a poorly structured story that has fresh ideas than a tightly structured one with cliches.”

“Like the trees and winds and waters, we pray because we are here – not to change the world, but to change ourselves. Because it is when we change ourselves….that the world is changed.”

“Most prayers are not really questions…and if we listen very closely, a prayer is often its own answer. …We pray because we are here – not to change the world, but to change ourselves. Because it is when we change ourselves…that the world is changed.”

“Originality is, for me, the most important quality in a script.”

“Right now, writing for me is most rewarding because I’m old enough now to have something to say, which probably wasn’t always the case.”

“The best way for a beginner to write for animation is to closely watch animated films, then read the screenplays for them afterwards.”

“The heart that gives thanks is a happy one, for we cannot feel thankful and unhappy at the same time. The more we say thanks, the more we find to be thankful for. And the more we find to be thankful for, the happier we become. We don’t give thanks because we’re happy. We are happy because we give thanks.”

“The important thing to remember is that the words will always be right if they are real and true and come from the heart.”

“The major studios don’t differ very much from one another as they all operate under essentially the same principles and pressure.”

“There is nothing like the high of being on stage and reaping applause, especially for emotionally needy people like me!”

“Unfortunately, all the cliches we see about Hollywood are true.”

“We do not give thanks because we are happy. We are happy because we give thanks.”

“When I saw ‘The Player’, I came out with knots in my stomach because it was so true to my experience.”

“Working in Hollywood can be tumultuous, with incredible highs and lows and you need to be grounded.”

“Write the kind of movie you would want to see, in a genre you love.”

Douglas Wood discusses how he was the worst reader in class. Years later, Wood has now become an author that often gives presentations to students and educations about the inspiration that made him write.

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