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The Shawshank Redemption Quotes

  • Andy Dufresne: It's funny. On the outside, I was an honest man. Straight as an arrow. I had to come to prison to be a crook.


  • Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: Get busy living, or get busy dying.
    Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: Get busy living or get busy dying.


  • Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: I'd like to think that the last thing that went through his head, other than that bullet, was to wonder how the hell Andy Dufresne ever got the best of him.


  • Warden Samuel Norton: I believe in two things: discipline and the Bible. Here you'll receive both. Put your trust in the Lord; your ass belongs to me. Welcome to Shawshank.


  • Andy Dufresne: [in letter to Red] Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.
    Andy Dufresne: Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.


  • Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: Get busy living, or get busy dying.
    Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: Get busy living or get busy dying.


  • Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: hope is a dangerous thing my friend,it can kill a man...
    Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: Hope is a dangerous thing my friend,it can kill a man...
    Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: Hope is a dangerous thing my friend, it can kill a man...
    Andy Dufresne: hope is a good thing maybe even the best of things and good things never die.
    Andy Dufresne: Hope is a good thing. Maybe even the best of things and good things never die.


  • Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: Get bust living, or get busy Dying. That's god-damn right.
    Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: Get busy living or get busy dying. That's god damn right.


  • Capt. Byron Hadley: I'm not gonna count to three, I'm not even gonna count to one. You will shut the fuck up or I'll sing you a lullaby!


  • Andy Dufresne: All right. But you should know that sudden serious brain injury causes the victim to bite down hard. In fact, I hear the bite reflex is so strong they have to pry the victims jaws open with a crowbar.
    Bogs Diamond: Where do you get this shit?
    Andy Dufresne: I read it. You know how to read, you ignorant fuck?


  • Andy Dufresne: Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.


  • Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: Young Punk. Mr. "Rock and Roll." Cocky as hell. We liked him immediately.


  • Andy Dufresne: You know, the funny thing is, on the outside I was an honest man, straight as an arrow. I had to come to prison to be a crook.


  • Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: I tell you, those voices soared. Higher and farther than anyone in a gray place dares to dream.


  • Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: Get busy living, get busy dying.


  • Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: I have no idea to this day what those two Italian ladies were singing about. Truth is, I? don't wanna know. I would like to think they were singing about some thing was so beautiful it cant be expressed in words and make your heart ache because of it.I tell you this voice soared higher and farther than anybody in a Gray place dares to dream it is like some beautiful bird flapped into our drab little cage and made these walls dissolve away. For the briefest moment every last man in Shawshank felt free.


  • Andy Dufresne: My God, Warden! How could you be so obtuse!
    Warden Samuel Norton: What the F*** did you call me?!


  • Andy Dufresne: Remember Red! Hope is a good thing, may be best of things and no good thing ever dies.
    Andy Dufresne: [in letter to Red] Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.


  • Warden Samuel Norton: (Returning bible containing rock hammer back to Andy) "Salvation lies within."
    Warden Samuel Norton: [returning bible containing rock hammer back to Andy] Salvation lies within.


  • Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: King me.
    Andy Dufresne: Ah chess.. now theres a game of kings, knights, strategy...
    Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: And a total fucking mystery. I hate it!


  • Capt. Byron Hadley: You eat when we say you eat! You shit when we say you shit! You piss when we say you piss!


  • Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: Something, something, something.


  • Warden Samuel Norton: It's a miracle...man up and vanished like a fart in the wind.


  • Andy Dufresne: "Hope is a good thing, may be the best of the things. And good thing never dies."
    Andy Dufresne: Hope is a good thing, may be the best of the things. And good thing never dies.
    Andy Dufresne: [in letter to Red] Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.


  • Andy Dufresne: Dear Warden, You were right, Salvation lay within - Andy Dufresne
    Andy Dufresne: Salvation lies within.


  • Warden Samuel Norton: I believe in two things, discipline and the Bible... Here you'll receive both.


  • 1967 Parole Hearings Man: You feel you've been rehabilitated?
    Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: Rehabilitated. Let's see now. You know, come to think of it, I have no idea what that means.
    1967 Parole Hearings Man: Well, it means you're ready to rejoin society as
    Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: I know what you think it means. Me, I think it's a made-up word, a poli- tician's word. A word so young fellas like you can wear a suit and tie and have a job. What do you really want to know? Am I sorry for what I did?
    1967 Parole Hearings Man: well, are you
    Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: Not a day goes by I don't feel regret, and not because I'm in here or because you think I should. I look back on myself the way I was...stupid kid who did that terrible crime...wish I could talk sense to him. Tell him how things are. But I can't. That kid's long gone, this old man is all that's left, and I have to live with that. (beat) Rehabilitated? That's a bullshit word, so you just go on ahead and stamp that form there, sonny, and stop wasting my damn time. Truth is, I don't give a shit.
    Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: Not a day goes by I don't feel regret, and not because I'm in here or because you think I should. I look back on myself the way I was...stupid kid who did that terrible crime...wish I could talk sense to him. Tell him how things are. But I can't. That kid's long gone, this old man is all that's left, and I have to live with that. [beat] Rehabilitated? That's a bullshit word, so you just go on ahead and stamp that form there, sonny, and stop wasting my damn time. Truth is, I don't give a shit.


  • Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: In prison, a man'll do most anything to keep his mind occupied.


  • Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: Every man's got a breaking point.


  • Andy Dufresne: I don't waste time on losers, Tommy.


  • Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: Hope is a dangerous thing. Drive a man insane.


  • Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: Believe what you want. These walls are funny. First you hate 'em, then you get used to 'em. After long enough, you get so you depend on 'em. That's "institutionalized."
    Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: Believe what you want. These walls are funny. First you hate 'em, then you get used to 'em. After long enough, you get so you depend on 'em. That's 'institutionalized.'


  • Warden Samuel Norton: I'd hate to deprive you of this. Salvation lies within.


  • Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. But still, the place you live in is that much more grey
    Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: I have to remind myself that some birds aren't meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. But still, the place you live in is that much more grey.


  • Heywood: The Count of Monte Crisco...
    Floyd: It's CRISTO ya dumb shit.
    Heywood: By Alexandre Dumas...dumb ass.
    Andy Dufresne: Dumas. Ya know what that's about?
    Heywood: Huh uh...
    Andy Dufresne: You'll like it, it's about a prison break.
    Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: Well we oughta file that under educational too, oughtn't we??
    Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: Well we oughta file that under educational too, oughtn't we?


  • Andy Dufresne: You know, the funny thing is, on the outside, I was an honest man, straight as an arrow. I had to come to prison to be a crook.


  • Tommy Williams: Hey hey hey! Come on ol' boys! You're movin' like molasses, makin' me look bad!


  • Capt. Byron Hadley: If I hear so much as a mouse fart in here the rest of the night, I swear by God and sunny Jesus you'll all visit the infirmary.


  • Heywood: Yes...Richmond Virginia!
    Floyd: Smell my ass...


  • Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: He had enough rocks to keep him busy 'til Rapture.


  • Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: I wish I could tell you Andy fought the good fight. I wish I could tell you that... But prison is no fairy tale world.


  • Andy Dufresne: You know what the Mexicans say about the Pacific? They say it has no memory. That's where I want to live the rest of my life. A warm place with no memory.


  • Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: Andy Dufresne, was my friend.


  • Andy Dufresne: Remember, Red......Hope is a good thing......Maybe the best of things....And no good thing ever dies.


  • Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: "Andy dufresne, the man who crawled through 500 yards of shit and came out clean the other end"
    Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: Andy dufresne, the man who crawled through 500 yards of shit and came out clean the other end.


  • Andy Dufresne: "You know, the funny thing is, on the outside I was an honest man, straight as an arrow, I had to come to prison to be a crook."
    Andy Dufresne: You know, the funny thing is, on the outside I was an honest man, straight as an arrow, I had to come to prison to be a crook.


  • Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: Get busy living or get busy dying.


  • Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: I'm known to locate certain things from time to time
    Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: I'm known to locate certain things from time to time.
    Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: what do you want?
    Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: What do you want?


  • Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: Some birds aren't meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up DOES rejoice. But still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they're gone.


  • Andy Dufresne: I remember thinking it would take a man 600 years to tunnel through the wall with it. Any did it in less than 20.
    Andy Dufresne: I remember thinking it would take a man 600 years to tunnel through the wall with it. Andy did it in less than 20.
    Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding: I remember thinking it would take a man 600 years to tunnel through the wall with it. Andy did it in less than 20.


  • Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: That was the longest night of my life.


  • Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: What're you in for?
    Andy Dufresne: Killed my wife and her lover.
    Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: Why'd you do it?
    Andy Dufresne: I didn't.
    Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: (chuckles) You're gonna fit right in.
    Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: [chuckles] You're gonna fit right in.


  • Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: [narrating] I have no idea to this day what those two Italian ladies were singing about. Truth is, I don't want to know. Some things are best left unsaid. I'd like to think they were singing about something so beautiful, it can't be expressed in words, and makes your heart ache because of it. I tell you, those voices soared higher and farther than anybody in a gray place dares to dream. It was like some beautiful bird flapped into our drab little cage and made those walls dissolve away, and for the briefest of moments, every last man in Shawshank felt free.


  • Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: "I have to remind myself that some birds aren't meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. But, still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they are gone. I guess I just miss my friend."
    Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: I have to remind myself that some birds aren't meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. But, still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they are gone. I guess I just miss my friend.


  • Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: "Andy...you can't just make a person up!"
    Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: Andy... you can't just make a person up!


  • Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: Geology is the study of pressure and time. That's all it really takes, pressure and time. That and a big damn poster.
    Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: Geology is the study of pressure and time. That's all it takes really, pressure, and time. That, and a big goddamn poster.


  • Andy Dufresne: there are places in the world that aren't made out of stone. there's something inside they cant touch
    Andy Dufresne: Forget that... there are places in this world that aren't made out of stone.
    Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: what are you talking about
    Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: What are you talking about.
    Andy Dufresne: hope
    Andy Dufresne: Hope.


  • Bogs Diamond: Now I'm gonna open my fly, and you're gonna swallow what I give you to swallow. And after you swallow mine you're gonna swallow Rooster's cause you done broke his nose, and I think he oughta have something to show for it.
    Andy Dufresne: Anything you put in my mouth you're gonna lose.
    Bogs Diamond: Naw you don't understand. You do that and I'll put all eight inches of this steel in your ear.
    Andy Dufresne: All right. But you should know that sudden serious brain injury causes the victim to bite down hard. In fact, I hear the bite reflex is so strong they have to pry the victim's jaws open with a crowbar.
    Bogs Diamond: Where do you get this shit?
    Andy Dufresne: I read it. You now how to read? You ignorant fuck.


  • Andy Dufresne: 'He's a phantom, an apartition, second cousin to Harvey the Rabbit
    Andy Dufresne: He's a phantom, an apartition, second cousin to Harvey the Rabbit.


  • Andy Dufresne: Anything you put in my mouth, you're gonna lose
    Andy Dufresne: Anything you put in my mouth you're gonna lose.


  • Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: Sometimes it makes me sad, though... Andy being gone. I have to remind myself that some birds aren't meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up DOES rejoice. But still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they're gone. I guess I just miss my friend.
    Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: [narrating] Sometimes it makes me sad, though... Andy being gone. I have to remind myself that some birds aren't meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. But still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they're gone. I guess I just miss my friend.


  • Brooks Hatlen: The World went and got itself in a big damn hurry.
    Brooks Hatlen: The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry.


  • Warden Samuel Norton: Gone...like a fart in the wind!
    Warden Samuel Norton: Lord! It's a miracle! Man up and vanished like a fart in the wind!


  • Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: Get busy living, or get busy dying. Damn right.
    Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: Get busy living, or get busy dying.
    Andy Dufresne: Get busy living, or get busy dying.


  • Warden Samuel Norton: you better be sick or dead in there i kid you not
    Warden Samuel Norton: You better be sick or dead in there, I shit you not!
    Bullhorn Tower Guard: You better be sick or dead in there, I shit you not!


  • Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: Maybe because I'm Irish
    Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: Maybe it's because I'm Irish.


  • Andy Dufresne: Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.


  • Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: I find I'm so excited, I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it's the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope.


  • Andy Dufresne: Remember, Red, Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies
    Andy Dufresne: Remember, Red, Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.


  • Andy Dufresne: get busy living or get busy dying (the moron who submitted quoted Red, who was quoting andy)
    Andy Dufresne: Get busy living or get busy dying.


  • Andy Dufresne: Remember, Red, hope is a good thing. Maybe the best of things and no good thing ever dies. I will be hoping that this letter finds you and find you well.


  • Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: Get busy livin', or get busy dyin'.


  • Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: The man likes to play chess; let's get him some rocks.


  • Ellis Boy "Red" Redding: I wish I could tell you that Andy fought the good fight, and the Sisters let him be. I wish I could tell you that - but prison is no fairy-tale world. He never said who did it, but we all knew. Things went on like that for awhile - prison life consists of routine, and then more routine. Every so often, Andy would show up with fresh bruises. The Sisters kept at him - sometimes he was able to fight 'em off, sometimes not. And that's how it went for Andy - that was his routine. I do believe those first two years were the worst for him, and I also believe that if things had gone on that way, this place would have got the best of him.


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