The Best Quotes from the Shawshank Redemption

Quite possibly the greatest film to feature on Top Fraud Films, the Shawshank Redemption is full of reflective and thought-invoking quotes. With the intricate character of Andy Dufresne, mirrored by Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding, the Shawshank Redemption has gone down in history. Here we take a look back at some of the most memorable lines from Andy Dufresne.

Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins)

“Yeah, right. 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.”

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

“It was in here…in here. That’s the beauty of music. They can’t get that from you. Haven’t you ever felt that way about music?”

“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.”

[Scrawled in a Bible he hollowed out to make space for the rock hammer he used to tunnel through his cell wall and placed in the Warden’s safe the night before his escape] “Dear Warden; You were right. Salvation lay within. Andy”

[In a letter] “Dear Red, If you’re reading this, you’ve gotten out. And if you’ve come this far, maybe you’re willing to come a little further. You remember the name of the town, don’t you? I could use a good man to help me get my project on wheels. I’ll keep an eye out for you and the chessboard ready. Remember, Red. Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies. I will be hoping that this letter finds you and finds you well. Your friend, Andy.”