The Shawshank Redemption Quotes

Shawshank Redemption, The

Red (Morgan Freeman): The first night’s the toughest, no doubt about it. They march you in naked as the day you were born, skin burning and half blind from that delousing shit they throw on you, and when they put you in that cell…and those bars slam home…that’s when you know it’s for real. A whole life blown away in the blink of an eye. Nothing left but all the time in the world to think about it.

Red: The sisters have taken a liking to you, especially Boggs.
Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins): I don’t suppose it would help any if I explained to them I not homosexual.
Red: Neither are they, you have to be human first. They don’t qualify.

Brooks: Easy peasy japanesey.

Red: These walls are funny. First you hate ’em, then you get used to ’em. Enough time passes, gets so you depend on them. That’s institutionalized.

Red: They send you here for life, that’s exactly what they take. The part that counts, anyway.

Red: 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 expressed in words, and it makes your heart ache because of it. I tell you, those voices soared higher and farther than anybody in a great 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.

[On playing opera records in the prison.]
Andy Dufresne: Here’s where it makes the most sense. You need it so you don’t forget.
Red: Forget?
Andy Dufresne: Forget that there are places in the world that aren’t made out of stone. That there’s a – there’s something inside that they can’t get to, that they can’t touch, that’s yours.
Red: What are you talking about?
Andy Dufresne: Hope.

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

Andy: I guess it comes down to a simple choice really: get busy living or get busy dying.

Red: 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.

Red reading a note left by Andy: Remember, Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things. And no good thing ever dies.

Red: 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.

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