Wonder – Quotes
Auggie: I know I’m not an ordinary 10-year-old kid. I mean, I do ordinary things...I just don’t look ordinary while I’m doing those things. ... I know I’ll never be just an ordinary kid. Ordinary kids don’t make others run away from play grounds.
Auggie: Meeting kids is harder than meeting adults.
Auggie: The word is “supposedly,” with a “d”. Maybe my mom can homeschool you, too.
Auggie: Why are we whispering?
Nate: Because I’m afraid of mom.
Auggie: My mom always said, “If you don’t like where you are, just picture where you want to be.”
Class precept: When given the choice between being right and being kind, choose kind.
Mr. Browne: Newton’s law of motion: objects in motion stay in motion, unless acted on by something else.
Auggie: Why do I have to be so ugly?
Isabel: [says he’s not ugly.]
Auggie: You just have to say that because you are my mom.
Isabel: Because I am your mom, it counts the most, because I know you the most.
Isabel, pointing out her wrinkles and attributing them to his various surgeries: This is the map that shows us where we’re going [points to her heart] and this is the map that shows us where we’ve been [pointing to her wrinkled face].
Auggie: What about your grey hair?
Isabel: Compliments of your dad, I think.
Via: Auggie is the sun. My mom and dad and me are the planets orbiting the sun.
Via: If they star, let them stare. You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.
Via: Mom and dad said I was the most understanding girl on the planet. I don’t know about that. I just know they couldn’t take one more thing on their plate.
Via: I don’t know if she even realizes that she makes Auggie the center of the universe in everything she draws.
Via: Miranda used to say that our family was like the earth and it always revolved around the son.
Via: My mom still has a great eye [for art], I just wish that sometimes she had me in it.
Auggie: If Chewbacca went to school here, I’d probably stare, too. [Aside to Chewy:] Hey, I’m sorry if my staring made you uncomfortable.
Jack Will: Have you ever thought about plastic surgery?
Auggie: Dude! This is after plastic surgery! It takes a lot of work to look this good!
Via: Why are you being nice to me?
Justin: Because you’re an only child and we have to stick together.
Via: Jack Will? Isn’t he the nice one?!
Auggie: There are no nice ones.
Via: School sucks and people change. So, if you want to be a normal kid, then those are the rules. So... we are each other’s best friends.
Auggie: Why are you sitting here, then?
Summer: Because I want some nice friends for a change.
Auggie: Me too.
Mr. Browne: New precept: Your deeds are your monuments.
Summer: I think it means that the things we do are the things that matter most.
Via’s play: All that was going on and we never noticed???
Via’s play: Oh earth, you’re too wonderful for anyone to realize you.
Mr. Tushman: Auggie can’t change the way he looks, but maybe we can change the way we see.
Nate: The helmet, you were wearing it all the time! I missed your face. I know you don’t always like it, but I love it—it’s my son’s face!
Auggie: Mom—thank you. Thank you for making me go to school.
Mr. Tushman, quoting Henry Ward Beecher: “Greatness lies, not in being strong, but in the right using of strength; and strength is not used rightly when it serves only to carry a man above his fellows for his own solitary glory. He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.” I’m here to award the Henry Ward Beecher award to the student whose great strength has carried up the most hearts. [Awards it to Auggie.]
Auggie: Walking up towards that stage, it felt like I was floating... It’s not like I blew up the Death Star, I just got through 5th grade, like everyone else.
Auggie: Maybe if we knew what everyone was thinking we’d know they’re not so ordinary and we all deserve a standing ovation once in our lives.
Auggie: Be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle and if you really want to see who people are, all you have to do is look.