20 Best The Shawshank Redemption Quotes

The Shawshank Redemption is an iconic and emotionally powerful film based on the novella by Stephen King. Set in the 1940s, the story revolves around Andy Dufresne, a banker wrongly convicted of murdering his wife and her lover. Sentenced to life in Shawshank State Penitentiary, Andy must navigate the harsh realities of prison life, including corruption, violence, and despair. Amidst the bleakness, he forms an unlikely friendship with Red, a seasoned inmate with a reputation for acquiring contraband. Together, they find solace and redemption through acts of hope, resilience, and the pursuit of freedom. The Shawshank Redemption is a profound exploration of the human spirit, showcasing the transformative power of friendship, the indomitable will to survive, and the enduring belief in the possibility of redemption. With its exceptional performances, poignant storytelling, and themes of hope and perseverance, this film has rightfully earned its place as a beloved classic. In this list, we bring you a list of 20 best The Shawshank Redemption quotes.

20. “Prison life consists of routine, and then more routine.”

19. “In prison a man will do most anything to keep his mind occupied.”

18. “Put your trust in the Lord. Your ass belongs to me.”

17. “They send you here for life, and that’s exactly what they take.”

16. “Lord, it’s a miracle! A man up and vanished like a fart in the wind.”

15. “We sat and drank with the sun on our shoulders and felt like free men.”

14. “That’s where I want to live the rest of my life. A warm place with no memory.”

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

12. “Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.”

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

10. “I Have To Remind Myself That Some Birds Aren’t Meant To Be Caged.”

9. “Get busy living or get busy dying. That’s god damn right.”

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

7. “The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry.”

6. “I guess it comes down to a simple choice.  Get busy living or get busy dying.”

5. “Bad luck, I guess. It floats around. It’s got to land on somebody. It was my turn, that’s all.”

4. "I Believe In Two Things: Discipline And The Bible. Here You’ll Receive Both."

3. “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.”

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

1. “Bad luck, I guess. It floats around. It's got to land on somebody. It was my turn, that's all. I was in the path of the tornado. I just didn't expect the storm would last as long as it has.”

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