Shawshank Redemption Quotes – 21 Great Lines On Life

shawshank redemption quotes

The Shawshank Redemption is one of the greatest movies ever made in history, teaches the value of friendship and hope in life. Shawshank redemption was released in 1994 starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. This file is based on novel “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”written by Stephen King.

It is story about banker named Andy Dufresne (Played by Tim Robbins), professional banker who is sentenced to life for the murder of his wife and her lover,despite his claims of innocence. During his time at the prison, he became friends with “Red”(Played by Morgan Freeman) a man, who knows how to get things inside prison. Due to his banking talent, warden uses him to manage his money laundering operation and in return provides protection by the guards. Andy’s indomitable hope helps him to survive harsh 19 years of prison life and get him out of prison.

Although after release movie was not big hit, but during the course of time it became one of the best movies of all time. Shawshank redemption teach us the power of hope and never giving up attitude in life which if you develop, you can do impossible things.

Since it is my favourite movie, i have collected some of best shawshank redemption quotes for you to keep you hopeful.

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List of  Shawshank Redemption Quotes – 21 Great Quotes On Life

1. “That’s the way it is. It’s down there and I’m in here. I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying”

~Shawshank Redemption

2. “I swear, the stuff he pulled. 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 now that they’re gone. I guess I just miss my friend”

~Shawshank Redemption

3. “I have no idea to this day what those two Italian ladies were singing about. Truth is, I don’t wanna 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 it makes your heart ache because of it”

~Shawshank Redemption

4. “I like to think the last thing that went through his head other that bullet, was how the hell that Andy Dufrense got the best of him”

~Shawshank Redemption

5. “I could see why some of the boys took him for snobby. 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 a park without a care or a worry in the world, like he had on an invisible coat that would shield him from this place. Yeah, I think it would be fair to say… I liked Andy from the start”

~Shawshank Redemption

6. “I find I’m so excited I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it is 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”

~Shawshank Redemption

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

~Shawshank Redemption

8. “Forget that there are places in the world that aren’t made out of stone, that there’s something inside that they can’t get to and they can’t touch. That’s yours”

~Shawshank Redemption

9. “I’m the light of the world; he that follows me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life”

~Shawshank Redemption

10. “When they put you in that cell, when 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”

~Shawshank Redemption

11. “You were right. Salvation lay within”

~Shawshank Redemption

12. “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”

~Shawshank Redemption

13. “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”

~Shawshank Redemption

14. “Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free”

~Shawshank Redemption

15. “There’s not a day 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 to 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 gotta live with that. Rehabilitated? It’s just a bullshit word. So go ahead and stamp your forms, sonny, and stop wasting my time. Because to tell you the truth, I don’t give a shit”

~Shawshank Redemption

16. “Oh, Andy loved geology. I imagine it appealed to his meticulous nature. An ice age here, million years of mountain building there. Geology is the study of pressure and time. That’s all it takes, really. Pressure, and time. That and a big goddamn poster. Like I said, in prison, a man will do almost anything to keep his mind occupied”

~Shawshank Redemption

17. “Andy Dufresne, who crawled through a river of shit and came out clean on the other side. Andy Dufresne, headed for the Pacific. Those of us who knew him best talk about him often”

~Shawshank Redemption

18. “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 institutionalized”

~Shawshank Redemption

19. “I got a postcard in the mail. It was blank, but the postmark said Fort Hancock, Texas. Fort Hancock, right on the border. That’s where Andy crossed. When I picture him heading south in his own car with the top down, it always makes me laugh”

~Shawshank Redemption

20. “One in particular. It’s got a long rock wall with a big oak tree at the north end. It’s like something out of a Robert Frost poem. It’s where I asked my wife to marry me. We went there for a picnic and made love under that oak and I asked and she said yes. Promise me, Red. If you ever get out… find that spot. At the base of that wall, you’ll find a rock that has no earthly business in a Maine hayfield. Piece of black, volcanic glass. There’s something buried under it I want you to have”

~Shawshank Redemption

21. “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”

~Shawshank Redemption

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Last thing to my readers , I would like to hear from you…

Let me know in comments, Which of the  above shawshank redemption quotes you like the most ?

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Neeraj Kaple

Neeraj Kaple is a software engineer based in Mumbai. He writes articles which motivates/inspire people to achieve their goals. He also writes about software's, blogging tools, internet marketing and how-to guides on his another Blog Techmazic.com.

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