Wonder is absolutely well, wonderful!!!  Based on the best-selling book, Wonder is the story of August “Auggie” Pullman, a young child who was born with a facial disease called mandibulofacial dystosis, also known as “Treacher Collins syndrome.”

As Auggie enters public education in the 5th grade, Wonder gives a heartwarming account of strong parenting, acceptance of differences and compassion.  In fact, the parenting of Nate and Isabel Pullman, played brilliantly by Owen Wilson and Julia Roberts, has caused me to update my The Top 20 Leadership Movies Of The Last 20 Years.

Justice League is getting all the press but this is the movie to see this Thanksgiving weekend.  Wonder is absolutely delightful and THE must-see family movie of the holiday season!!

The following are 25 Leadership Quotes And Lessons From Wonder The Movie.  No explanations are needed as the quotes stand on their own!

  1. “Meeting kids is harder than meeting adults.” – Auggie played by Jacob Tremblay
  2. “You can learn a lot about people by looking at their shoes.”  – Auggie
  3. “I know I’m cool but technically most dads aren’t.” – Nate
  4. “You’re going to feel like you’ve all alone but you’re not.” – Nate
  5. “Dear God please make them be nice to him.” – Isabel
  6. “If you don’t like where you are, picture where you want to be.” – Auggie
  7. “Who do I aspire to be?  That’s the question we should be asking ourselves all the time.” – Auggie’s teacher Mr. Browne
  8. “When given the choice between being right or kind, choose kind.” – A precept taught by Mr. Browne in class
  9. “You are not ugly Auggie… Because I’m your mom it counts the most because I know you the most.” – Isabel
  10. “You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.” – Auggie’s sister Via, played by Izabela Vidovic
  11. “We all have marks on our face.  This is the map that shows where we’ve been and it’s never, ever ugly.” – Isabel
  12. “What evil man created dodgeball?” – Auggie
  13. “School sucks and people change and those are the rules.” – Via
  14. “Your deeds are your monuments.” – Another precept taught in Mr. Browne’s class
  15. “Good friends are worth defending.” – School principal Mr. Tushman, played by Mandy Patinkin
  16. “Real friends are hard to find.” – Auggie
  17. Parents of a soon-to-be suspended student said, “We have a lot of friends on the school board.”  Tushman answered, “I have more.”
  18. “Auggie can’t change the way he looks.  Maybe we can change the way we see.” – Tushman
  19. “Auggie, I am proud of you for sticking it out.” -Nate
  20. “I know you don’t always like it but I love it.  It’s my son’s face.  I want to see it.” – Nate
  21. “Thank you for making me go to school.” – Auggie to his mother
  22. “You are a wonder Auggie.  You are a wonder.” – Isabel
  23. “Greatness is not being strong but using strength to carry the most hearts.” – Tushman
  24. “We all need a standing ovation at least once in our life.” – Auggie
  25. “Be kind for everyone is fighting a hard battle.  Be kind.” – Auggie

Once again, this movie is fabulous.  Everyone, especially kids, should see it.


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