Shawshank Redemption Quotes That Will Help You Escape Your Day

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For when you need humor and wisdom.

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These Shawshank Redemption Quotes Will Brighten Your Day

The Shawshank Redemption is everyone's favorite feel-good movie. The film allows us to take away valuable lessons with some of its quotes. Most importantly, the characters remind us to hold on to hope. No matter how awful life can get, there's always something to look forward to.

This film also shows us the value of friendship. These characters face some of life's worst hardships together, making their bonds just that much stronger. The Shawshank Redemption is a classic, and it's full of wisdom to share with the world. Check out these 22 iconic quotes that will remind you why you really love this movie.

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Best Shawshank Redemption Quotes

  • “Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane." - Red

  • "The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry." - Brooks

  • "Salvation lies within." - Warden Samuel Norton

  • "I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged." - Red

  • "I tell you those voices soared higher and farther than anybody in a gray place dares to dream." - Red

  • "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

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Shawshank Redemption Quotes That Are Too Good

  • "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies." - Andy Dufresne

  • "Get busy living or get busy dying." - Andy Dufresne

  • "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 Samuel Norton

  • "Lord! It's a miracle! Man up and vanished like a fart in the wind!" - Warden Samuel Norton

  • "Same old shit, different day." - Red

  • " I find I'm so excited that 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 a 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

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Fan Favorite Shawshank Redemption Quotes

  • "Andy Dufresne - who crawled through a river of shit and came out clean on the other side." - Red

  • "Forget that! There are places in this world that aren't made out of stone. That there's something inside -that they can't get to, that they can't touch. That's yours." - Andy Dufresne

  • "I guess I just miss my friend." - Red

  • "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 better 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. 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 these walls dissolve away, and for the briefest of moments, every last man in Shawshank felt free." - Red

  • "In 1966, Andy Dufresne escaped from Shawshank prison. All they found of him was a muddy set of prison clothes, a bar of soap, and an old rock hammer, damn near worn down to the nub. I remember thinking it would take a man six hundred years to tunnel through the wall with it. Old Andy did it in less than twenty." - Red

  • "They send you here for life, that's exactly what they're taking." - Red

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Shawshank Redemption Quotes To Cherish

  • "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." - Red

  • "There’s not a day goes by 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

  • "Easy peasy japanesey." - Brooks

  • "I’m telling you, these walls are funny. First you hate them. Then you get used to them. Enough time passes, it gets so you depend on them. That’s institutionalized." - Red