19 Shawshank Redemption Quotes

In this blog we present a curated list of shawshank redemption quotes.

Shawshank Redemption Quotes

The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American film directed by Frank Darabont. 

The movie is based on a novella by Stephen King titled “ Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.”

The movie follows the life of  banker Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), who is sentenced to life in Shawshank State Penitentiary for the murders of his wife and her lover.

The movie follows his experiences in prison where he befriended fellow prisoners including “Red” played by Morgan Freeman  and his encounters with prison warden Samuel Norton (Bob Gunton).

The movie, in spite of it’s humble release, is known as one of the gems of hollywood films and has stood the test of time to be referred to as one of the best movies ever made. 

The movie has since been awarded seven Academy Awards nominations however, did not win any of the awards which baffled fans around the world. However, the lead actors and supporting actors have won various awards for their performance in the movie. 

It is these numerous nominations that the movie and it’s cast won and word of mouth that the movie became the highest rented movies in VHS format for the year 1995.

While the movie has been adapted from King’s novel it has to be mentioned that much of the scripts was rewritten and changed by the director of the movie, Director Frank Darabont after he bought the adaptation rights to The Shawshank Redemption.

Powerful Shawshank Redemption quotes

Here are some quotes from the 1994 movie Shawshank Redemption curated by Aranya Doloi for good times:

“Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” –  Andy Dufresne, Shawshank Redemption. 

“These walls are funny. First you hate ’em. Then you get used to ’em. Enough time passes, you get so you depend on them. That’s institutionalised.”- Red, Shawshank Redemption

“The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry.” —Brooks, Shawshank Redemption.

“There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t feel regret. Not because I’m in here, or because you think I should. I look back on the way I was then: a young, stupid kid who committed that terrible crime. I want to talk to him. I want to try and talk some sense to him, tell him the way things are. But I can’t. That kid’s long gone and this old man is all that’s left. I got to live with that. Rehabilitated? It’s just a bullshit word. So you can go and stamp your form, Sonny, and stop wasting my time. Because to tell you the truth, I don’t give a shit.” —Red, Shawshank Redemption.

 “I guess it comes down to a simple choice.  Get busy living or get busy dying.” — Andy Dufresne,  Shawshank Redemption.

“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 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 grey 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.” —Red,  Shawshank Redemption.

“Bad luck, I guess. It floats around. It’s got to land on somebody. It was my turn, that’s all.”— Andy Dufresne,  Shawshank Redemption.

“Salvation lies within”— Warden,  Shawshank Redemption.

“They send you here for life, that’s exactly what they’re taking”. —Red,  Shawshank Redemption.

“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.” —Red,  Shawshank Redemption.

 “Andy Dufresne, the man who crawled through 500 yards of shit and came out clean at the other end.” — Shawshank Redemption.

“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.” Warden, Shawshank Redemption.

“That First Night In The Joint, Andy Dufresne Cost Me Two Packs Of Cigarettes. He Never Made A Sound.” —Red, Shawshank Redemption.

“I tell you those voices soared higher and farther than anybody in a grey 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 at Shawshank felt free.” –Andy, Shawshank Redemption.

“He had a quiet way about him, a walk and a talk that just wasn’t normal around here. He strolled like a man in the park without a care or worry in the world, like he had on an invisible coat that would shield him from this place.” – Red, Shawshank Redemption.

“That’s The Beauty Of Music. They Can’t Get That From You.”–Andy, Shawshank Redemption.

Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption Quotes

Here are some quotes from the book Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King curated by goodreads:

“Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.”

― Stephen King, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

“It always comes down to just two choices. Get busy living, or get busy dying.”

― Stephen King, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

“Remember that hope is a good thing, Red, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”

― Stephen King, The Shawshank Redemption

“I don’t have to listen to rumours about a man when I can judge him for myself.”

― Stephen King, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

“They say The Pacific has no memory. That’s where I want to live the rest of my life. A warm place with no memory.”

― Stephen King, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

“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.”

― Stephen King, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

“I hope.”

― Stephen King, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

“Andy was the part of me they could never lock up, the part of me that will rejoice when the gates finally open for me and I walk out in my cheap suit with my twenty dollars of mad-money in my pocket. That part of me will rejoice no matter how old and broken and scared the rest of me is. I guess it’s just that Andy had more of that part than me, and used it better. -Red”

― Stephen King, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

“I hope he died of intestinal cancer in a part of the world where morphine is as of yet undiscovered.”

― Stephen King, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

“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. Still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they’re gone. I guess I just miss my friend.”

― Stephen King, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

“Anyway, as the old barrelhouse song says, My God, how the money rolled in. Norton must have subscribed to the old Puritan notion that the best way to figure out which folks God favours is by checking their bank accounts.”

― Stephen King, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

“Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild.”

― Stephen King, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

“It always comes down to two choices; Get busy living, or get busy dying.”

― Stephen King, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

“They found him guilty, and brother, if Maine had the death penalty, he would have done the airdance before that spring’s crocuses poked their heads out of the dirt.”

― Stephen King, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

“Writing about yourself seems to be a lot like sticking a branch into clear river-water and rolling up the muddy bottom.”

― Stephen King, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

“It goes back to what I said about Andy wearing his freedom like an invisibility coat, about how he never really developed a prison mentality. His eyes never got that dull look.”

― Stephen King, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

Conclusion

This blog listed out quotes from Shawshank Redemption. 

FAQ related to Shawshank Redemption

Why was Shawshank Redemption a flop?

When the movie was released shawshank redemption did not do as well and one of the key actors of the movie believed that it was because the title of the film was too vague so no one could accurately recommend it, even if they had seen it.

Was Shawshank Redemption a true story?

The Shawshank Redemption is not based on a true story. The 1994 movie is based on the 1982 Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.

Why is Shawshank Redemption so famous?

In spite of the initial flop, Shawshank redemption has become one of the most well known movies out there and most of the film’s narration believe that the portrayal of the characters in the movie by these actions made the experience of the movie immersive while allowing the audience to really empathise with the characters.

What did Andy write in the Bible in Shawshank Redemption?

The inscription in the Bible by Andy in Shawshank redemption is as follows: Dear Warden, You were right, Salvation lay within.

What was Red’s crime?

Red, the narrator of the movies Shawshank redemption, was sentenced to life in the Shawshank Prison because of his murder of his wife as well as accidental murder of a neighbor and child.

References

The Shawshank Redemption. Wikipedia. Retrieved on 28th Feb 2022. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shawshank_Redemption#Accolades

Leggett. C. The 20 Best Quotes From The Shawshank Redemption. ScreenRant. Retrieved on 28th Feb 2022. https://screenrant.com/best-quotes-from-the-shawshank-redemption/

Doloi.A. 12 Powerful Shawshank Redemption Quotes That Will Forever Give You Goosebumps. Goodtimes. Retrieved on 28th Feb 2022. https://www.mygoodtimes.in/entertainment/hollywood/shawshank-redemption-quotes/

Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption Quotes. Goodreads.  Retrieved on 28th Feb 2022. goodreads.com/work/quotes/24951203-rita-hayworth-and-shawshank-redemption

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