The Best Shawshank Redemption Quotes Compilation

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This is a collection of the best Shawshank redemption quotes that will make you appreciate life more, touch your soul, inspire you and even make you laugh.

Based on the same-named Stephen King novella, The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont.

It features Willem Dafoe as Billy Ray Belmont, Morgan Freeman as Red, Bob Gunton as Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding, Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne, and James Murtaugh as Warden Norton.

In the movie, Andy Dufresne was sentenced to life imprisonment in Shawshank State Prison. He escaped from prison and went on a crime spree.

I have never loved watching old movies but this collection of Shawshank quotes taken from the movie made me. This movie is worth watching. And somewhere in this article, we will link you to where you can download and watch the movie for free

So read through and tell us which quotes from Shawshank redemption were your favourite.

Quotes From Shawshank Redemption

“Salvation lies within”

The Warden

“I am here because I choose to be here. No one made me do anything. No one is going to make me go back again.”

“She was stunning. My God, I adored her. I really didn’t know how to express it, to be honest. Red, I murdered her. I didn’t shoot her, but I did drive her away. And it was because of me that she died.”

It’s amusing. I was a good man on the outside. As clear as an arrow. I had no choice except to come to prison to become a thief.”

I’m a difficult man to know, according to my wife. similar to a closed book. complained often about it.

Whatever errors I committed, I more than made up for them.

“I’m a rock enthusiast.” At the very least, I was in my previous life. I’d like to be again, but on a smaller scale.”

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“I believe a man working outside feels more manly if he can drink a bottle of suds.” That is just my viewpoint.”

“I think bad luck. It’s floating about. It’s bound to hit someone. It was simply my turn. I was directly in the path of the tornado. I just didn’t anticipate the storm lasting as long as it has.”

What would that bring in for you? three or two percent annually? We are capable of far better than that. So, Mr. Dekins, tell me. Where do you want your children to go? Harvard? Yale?”

What you’re hearing is only a portion of the story. You may have never heard of the frauds he has. He reaps the benefits of his own kickbacks. A flood of corrupt money is passing through this area.

Shawshank Redemption movie poster with them main actors on it.
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The Shawshank Redemption Quotes

“Every man has a breaking point, they say.”

“They steal your life and put you here to live it. The portion, at least, that matters.”

“The study of pressure and time is geology. Time and pressure are all it takes. That and a big damn poster.”

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“We must face a harsh reality. I have no chance of surviving outside. All I worry about now is how to violate my parole so they can send me back. To live in constant terror is terrible. Brooks Hatlen understood it. Too well knew it. I want to return to the world of reason. Where I won’t always have to be terrified. I’m only prevented from continuing by a commitment I made to Andy.

“There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t feel regret. Not simply because I am present or because you believe I should be. I remember myself as a young, foolish child who did a dreadful act. I want to speak with him. I wish to make an effort to reason with him and inform him of the reality. But I am unable. That child has long since vanished, leaving behind this elderly guy. I have to put up with that.

“A guy would need 600 years to drill through the wall with that, I once thought. Andy completed it in under twenty.”

“A guy would do almost anything in prison to keep himself busy.”

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“Same old shit, different day.”

“Get busy living, or get busy dying. That’s goddamn right.”

“I received a postcard shortly after the warden denied us his company. Although it was empty, the postmark indicated Fort Hancock, Texas. Fort Hancock is situated precisely at the boundary. Where Andy crossed was there. I always giggle when I imagine him driving south in his automobile with the top down. The person who crawled across a river of poop and miraculously survived is Andy Dufresne. Andy Dufresne… was traveling to the Pacific.

“I must constantly remind myself that not all birds belong in cages. Their feathers are too colorful. And some of you understand it was wrong to imprison them cheer as they take off. But even so, their absence makes your home seem even more dull and lifeless. I suppose I miss my companion.

That morning, Mr. Stevens traveled to almost a dozen banks in the Portland region. He wasted more than $370,000 of Warden Norton’s money in town. 19 years of severance compensation

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“I firmly believe in the Bible and discipline. Both are provided for you here. Put your faith in God. I own the use of your ass. Welcome To Shawshank.”

“We Hope This Meets Your Needs. The matter is now regarded as resolved. Please stop writing to us.

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“That First Night In The Joint, I Spent Two Packs Of Cigarettes On Andy Dufrense. He did not make any noise.

“That’s The Beauty Of Music. They Can’t Get That From You.”

“I want to imagine that the last thought that crossed his mind before the bullet was fired was…”

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“How Can You Be So Obtuse?”

“I tell you, their voices soar higher and farther than anyone in a dark place dares to dream,” the speaker said.”

“I want to spend the rest of my life in a cozy place with no memories.”

“They Take the life that they sent you here to live.”

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“I’m Telling You, These Walls Are Funny.”

“Bad Luck, I Guess. It Floats Around.”

“It must touch down on someone. To put it simply, it was my turn. I was directly in the tornado’s path. Said, I wasn’t anticipating the storm to linger as long as it has.”

“You first dislike them. You eventually adjust to them. Once enough time has passed, you begin to rely on them. Institutionalized is that.”

“He had a quiet demeanor, spoke, and walked in a way that wasn’t customary in this area. He walked around like a man in a park without a care in the world as if he were wearing an invisible coat that would protect him from this environment.”

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“T𝗵𝗲 W𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱 W𝗲𝗻𝘁 A𝗻𝗱 G𝗼𝘁 I𝘁𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳 I𝗻 A B𝗶𝗴 D𝗮𝗺𝗻 H𝘂𝗿𝗿𝘆.”

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

“Their feathers are simply too colorful. And a part of you that understands it was wrong to imprison them cheers as they take off. But even so, their absence makes your home seem even more dull and lifeless. I suppose I just long for my pal.”

“Their feathers are simply too bright. And a part of you that knows imprisoning them was terrible celebrates as they take off. Nonetheless, their absence makes your house appear more duller and lifeless. I guess I simply miss my friend.”

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“These walls are amusing.” First, you despise them. Then you become accustomed to them. After a while, you get reliant on them. That has been institutionalized.”


“I suppose it boils down to a simple decision. “Either you live, or you die.”

Andy Dufresne

“They put you here for the rest of your life, and that’s precisely what they’re taking.”


“I still have no idea what those two Italian ladies were singing about.” The truth is, I don’t care. Some things should be left unsaid. I want to believe they were singing about something so extraordinary that it cannot be articulated in words and causes your heart to ache. Those voices flew higher and further than anyone in a dark place could have imagined. It was as if a magnificent bird flew into our drab little prison and dissolved those walls. And for a short period, every guy in Shawshank felt liberated.”


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“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 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.”

“We felt like free men as we sat and drank in the sunshine. Hell, we may have been tarring one of our own homes’ roofs. We ruled over every aspect of creation. With a funny little smirk on his face, Andy spent the rest of the break watching us drink beer.

Yes, Andy was a regular H&R Block customer, sir. He became so busy around tax season that he was given a staff. It took me out of the woodshop for one month a year, and I was happy.

“Assume whatever you wish. These walls make me laugh. You initially despise them before coming to accept them. After a while, you start to rely on them. ‘Institutionalized,’ that is.

Shawshank Quotes on Hope

“No good thing ever dies, and hope is a good thing, maybe the finest of all.”

Andy Dufresne

The entire planet does not consist entirely of stone. They cannot touch things within.

“Hope is a dangerous thing. Drive a man insane.”

I can hardly stay still or keep a notion in my brain because I’m so eager. I believe it is the exhilaration that only a free man may have at the beginning of a lengthy trip with an undetermined outcome.

The entire planet does not consist entirely of stone. that there is something inside they are unable to access or touch. It is yours.

Red, keep in mind that hope is a positive thing. maybe the best thing. And nothing nice ever ends.

Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying Quote

“Remember Lieutenant Mincher’s testimony? He and his men searched that river for three days, but not a single rifle was discovered. Therefore, there is no way to compare the bullets from the victims’ bloody bodies with those from your pistol. That’s also rather handy, Mr. Dufresne, isn’t it?

So, as I’m backing out the door, I grab the TV, which was a huge, old device. I was completely blind. I abruptly hear this voice saying, “Police, child! I was standing there and clinging to that TV, so the voice eventually said, “You hear what I said, boy?” “Yes, sir, I did,” I reply. But you’ve also got me on property destruction if I drop this stupid thing.

Shawshank Redemption Lines By Morgan Freeman

I suppose there are con artists like me in every prison in America. The person who can acquire it for you is me. To celebrate your child graduating from high school, buy some cigarettes, a bag of reefer, and a bottle of brandy. Anything, as long as it’s reasonable. I do shop regularly at Sears & Roebuck, sir.

“I like to assume that the last thought that crossed his mind before the round was fired was how the heck Andy Dufrense managed to get the better of him.”

“Andy Dufresne’s first night in the joint cost me two packs of smokes. He was completely silent.”

“He had plenty of rocks to occupy him till the rapture.”

By the time of the Kennedy assassination, Andy had turned a turpentine-smelling broom closet into the top jail library in New England.

Shawshank Redemption – Hope is a Good Thing

“Fear may imprison you. You can be set free by hope.”

It’s a miracle, Lord! A guy stood up and disappeared into thin air like a fart.”

I can hardly stay motionless or keep an idea in my brain when I’m eager. I believe it is the exhilaration that only a free man may have at the beginning of a lengthy trip with an uncertain outcome. I’m hoping I’ll be able to cross the border. I’m hoping to run into my pal and greet him. I hope the Pacific should be as azure as it has been in my fantasies. I hope.

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Andy Dufresne, the person who survived after crawling through 500 yards of filth,

“Man up and vanished like a fart in the wind! It’s a miracle!”

You’ll either open it or stand there with your butt up.

Andy Shawshank Redemption

“Zihuatanejo. It is a little location on the Pacific Ocean in Mexico. What do Mexicans say about the Pacific, do you know? It supposedly has no memory. That comfortable location with no memories is where I want to spend the rest of my life.

Warden, you were correct. There was salvation inside.

“You require it to prevent forgetting. Don’t think that not everything in the world is built of stone. Knowing there is something inside that is yours and that they are unable to touch.

“Tommy, I don’t waste time on losers.”

Andy Dufresne Quotes

“That’s the only thing they can never seize. That’s the beauty of it. Red, haven’t you ever had that reaction to music?

“It’s what I do. Do you not comprehend? This is my life!

I suppose there is only one option left: either get busy living, or get busy dying.

“Up near Buxton, there’s a sizable hayfield—one in particular. A large oak tree is at the north end of a long rock wall. It reminds me of a poem by Robert Frost. It’s where I proposed to my wife. We had a picnic there and engaged in sexual activity beneath the oak tree. I proposed, and she agreed. Ensure me, Red. Discover that location if you ever leave. You’ll discover a rock at the foot of the wall that has no business in a hayfield in Maine. Black volcanic glass fragment. Under that, there is something I want you to have.

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“That’s where I want to spend the rest of my life.” a pleasant setting devoid of history.

“It goes back to what I stated about Andy wearing his freedom like an invisibility cloak and never truly developing a jail mentality.” “His eyes never became dull.”

“With the sun on our shoulders, we sat and drank and felt like free men.”

“They put you here for the rest of your life, and that’s precisely what they take.”

“Andy Dufresne escaped from the Shawshank Redemption Center.” They discovered his dirty prison clothing, a bar of soap, and an ancient rock hammer nearly worn down to the nub. I reasoned that it would take a man six hundred years to burrow through the wall with it. In less than twenty, Old Andy accomplished it.

Like I said earlier guys these quotes from the Shawshank redemption movie inspired me to watch a film in the 90s. Hope you did enjoy them and if you did please share this post to inspire others. Until we meet again Cheers!!!

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