61+ Best The Shawshank Redemption Quotes: Exclusive Selection

The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont, based on the 1982 Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. Profoundly inspirational The Shawshank Redemption quotes will brighten up your day and make you feel ready to take on anything.

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Famous The Shawshank Redemption Quotes

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.

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 g*dd*mn poster.

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

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.

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: I don’t waste time on losers, Tommy.

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: 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.

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?

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 sh*t you not! Bullhorn Tower Guard: You better be sick or dead in there, I sh*t you not!

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.

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: That was the longest night of my life.

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: Something, something, something.

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!

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.

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

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: 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.

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

Ellis Boy Red Redding: Maybe because I’m Irish Ellis Boy Red Redding: Maybe it’s because I’m Irish.

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.

Capt. Byron Hadley: You eat when we say you eat! You sh*t when we say you sh*t! You piss when we say you piss!

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: 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: Andy Dufresne, was my friend.

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.

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 sh*t? Andy Dufresne: I read it. You now how to read? You ignorant f*ck.

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.

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

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: 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.

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

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 bullsh*t 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 sh*t. 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 bullsh*t 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 sh*t.

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: 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.’

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

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.

Heywood: The Count of Monte Crisco… Floyd: It’s CRISTO ya dumb sh*t. Heywood: By Alexandre Dumas…dumb *ss. 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?

Heywood: Yes…Richmond Virginia! Floyd: Smell my *ss…

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.

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 f*cking mystery. I hate it!

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.

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: The man likes to play chess; let’s get him some rocks.

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

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 sh*t? Andy Dufresne: I read it. You know how to read, you ignorant f*ck?

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.

Red Redding: Andy dufresne, the man who crawled through 500 yards of sh*t and came out clean the other end Ellis Boy

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

Capt. Byron Hadley: I’m not gonna count to three, I’m not even gonna count to one. You will shut the f*ck up or I’ll sing you a lullaby!

Ellis Boy Red Redding: Every man’s got a breaking point.

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.

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