What Are Some Famous Quotes From the Movie Shawshank Redemption?


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The most famous quote of the movie "Shawshank Redemption" comes from a dialogue between the main character Andy, who is in prison on a murder charge, and Red, a life-term inmate he befriends. "I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really," says Andy, frustrated. "Get busy living or get busy dying."

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In a letter to Red, Andy writes: "Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies." Hope is a common topic of interest and emerges as one of the main themes in the movie. Andy also says to Red "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." Red asks "What are you talking about?" and Andy replies "Hope." Red then states one more well-known quote: "Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane."

The movie also illustrates prison life and its impact on the main characters. Andy says at some point "On the outside, I was an honest man, straight as an arrow. I had to come to prison to be a crook." Red states on the same topic "They send you here for life, and that's exactly what they take. The part that counts, anyway.". Later on, Andy informs Red that Mexicans say the Pacific has no memory and adds "That's where I want to live the rest of my life. A warm place with no memory.".

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