Forrest Gump Quotes: Simple and True

(Total Quotes: 111)

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Written by:
Winston Groom (novel)
Eric Roth (screenplay)
Tom Hanks – Forrest Gump
Robin Wright – Jenny Curran
Gary Sinise – Lt. Dan Taylor
Mykelti Williamson – Pvt. Benjamin Buford ‘Bubba’ Blue
Sally Field – Mrs. Gump
Rebecca Williams – Nurse at Bus Bench
Michael Conner Humphreys – Young Forrest Gump
Hanna Hall – Young Jenny Curran
Siobhan Fallon – Dorothy Harris, School Bus Driver Sonny Shroyer – Coach Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant
Marlena Smalls – Mrs. Blue, Bubba’s Mother
Richard D’Alessandro – Abbie Hoffman
Geoffrey Blake – Wesley
Nora Dunfee – Elderly Southern Woman on Bus Bench
Lenny Herb – Young Man Running
Charles Boswell – Aging Hippie
Timothy McNeil – Wild Eyed Man
Haley Joel Osment – Forrest Gump Jr.


Forrest Gump quotes are uncomplicated, basic and true. They are almost Zen-line in their simplicity. One of the best Forrest Gump quotes is “stupid is as stupid does” which may not be poetry or very deep, but it ends up being true and a more workable metaphor for life than the movie’s tag line “life is a box of chocolates”.

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[a feather floats through the air and finally lands on Forrest’s muddy trainers. He picks up the feather and places it in his book]
[first lines]

Forrest Gump: Hello. My name’s Forrest, Forrest Gump. [he opens a box of chocolates and holds it out to a nurse sat next to him]
Forrest Gump: You want a chocolate?


Forrest Gump: My mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.



Forrest Gump: Those must be comfortable shoes, I bet you could walk all day in shoes like those and not feel a thing. I wish I had shoes like that.
Nurse at Bus Bench: My feet hurt.
Forrest Gump: Mama always said there’s an awful lot you can tell about a person by their shoes. Where they’re going, where they’ve been. I’ve worn lots of shoes. I bet if I think about it real hard, I could remember my first pair of shoes. Mama said they’d take me anywhere. She said they was my magic shoes.


Forrest Gump: [voice over] Now when I was a baby, Mama named me after the great Civil War hero General Nathan Bedford Forrest. She said we was related to him in some way. What he did was he started up this club called the Ku Klux Klan. They’d all dress up in their robes and their bed sheets and act like a bunch of ghosts or spooks or something’. They’d even put bed sheets on their horses and ride around. And anyway, that’s how I got my name, Forrest Gump. Mama said the Forrest part was to remind me that sometimes we all do things that, well, just don’t make no sense.



[to young Forrest]
Mrs. Gump: Don’t ever let anybody tell you they’re better than you, Forrest. If God intended everybody to be the same, he’d have given us all braces on our legs.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] Mama always had a way of explaining things so I could understand them.


[to young Forrest]
Mrs. Gump: Remember what I told you, Forrest. You’re no different than anybody else is. Did you hear what I said, Forrest? You’re the same as everybody else. You are no different.
[in the school Principal’s office]
Principal: Your boy’s… different, Mrs. Gump. Now, his I.Q. is seventy-five.
Mrs. Gump: Well, we’re all different, Mr. Hancock.


[The principal holds up a I.Q chart and points to the center of the graph, labeled “Normal”]
Principal: I want to show you something, Mrs. Gump. Now, this is normal. Forrest is right here. The state requires a minimum I.Q. of eighty to attend public school Mrs. Gump. He’s going to have to go to a special school. Now, he’ll be just fine.
Mrs. Gump: What does normal mean anyway? He might be a bit on the slow side, but my boy Forrest is gonna get the same opportunities as everyone else. He’s not going to some special school to learn how to retread tyres. We’re talking about five little points here. There must be somethin’ can be done.
Principal: We’re a progressive school system. We don’t want to see anybody left behind. Is there a Mr. Gump, Mrs. Gump?
Mrs. Gump: He’s on vacation.


[Forrest sitting outside his house, he can hear loud male grunts coming from inside the house. Then the school principal steps out and wipes the sweat from his face]
Principal: Well, your mama sure does care about your schooling, son.
[Forrest remains quiet]
Principal: You don’t say much, do you?
[Forrest imitates the noises he had just heard]
Young Forrest Gump: eh, eh, eh, eh, eh…


Young Forrest Gump: Mama, what’s vacation mean?
Mrs. Gump: Vacation?
Young Forrest Gump: Where daddy went?
Mrs. Gump: Vacation’s when you go somewhere…and you don’t ever come back.


Forrest Gump: [voice over] I remember the bus ride on the first day of school very well.
[the school bus driver opens the door, Forrest steps on to the bus and looks at the driver]
Dorothy Harris: Are you coming along?
Young Forrest Gump: Mama said not to be takin’ rides from strangers.
Dorothy Harris: This is the bus to school.
Young Forrest Gump: I’m Forrest, Forrest Gump.
Dorothy Harris: I’m Dorothy Harris.
Young Forrest Gump: Well, now we ain’t strangers anymore.


Forrest Gump: [voice over] You know, it’s funny what a young man recollects, ’cause I don’t remember being born. I don’t recall what I got for my first Christmas, and I don’t know when I went on my first outdoor picnic, but I do remember the first time I heard the sweetest voice in the wide world.
[back on the school bus a young girl about Forrest’s age speaks up]
Young Jenny Curran: You can sit here if you want.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] I had never seen anything so beautiful in my life. She was like an angel.
Young Jenny Curran: Well, are you going to sit down or aren’t ya?
[Forrest sits down next to her]
Young Jenny Curran: What’s wrong with your legs?
Young Forrest Gump: Nothing at all, thank you. My legs are just fine and dandy.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] I just sat next to her on that bus and had a conversation all the way to school.


Forrest Gump: [voice over] Next to Mama, no one ever talked to me or asked me questions.
Young Jenny Curran: Are you stupid or something?
Young Forrest Gump: Mama says, “Stupid is as stupid does.”
Young Jenny Curran: I’m Jenny.
Young Forrest Gump: I’m Forrest, Forrest Gump.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] From that day on, we was always together. Jenny and me was like peas and carrots. She taught me how to climb…
[Jenny is sitting on a tree branch]
Young Jenny Curran: Come on, Forrest, you can do it.
Forrest Gump: [voice over]…I showed her how to dangle. She helped me learn how to read, and I showed her how to swing. Sometimes, we’d just sit out and wait for the stars.


[referring to his friendship with Jenny]
Forrest Gump: [voice over]She was my most special friend. My only friend.


[talking to the nurse on the bench who doesn’t seem to be listening as she reads her magazine]
Forrest Gump: My Mama always told me that miracles happen every day. Some people don’t think so, but they do.


Boy 1: Hey, dummy!
Boy 2: Are you retarded, or just plain stupid?
Boy 3: Look, I’m Forrest Gump.
Young Jenny Curran: Just run away, Forrest. Run, Forrest! Run away! Hurry!


[when bullies from school start chasing young Forrest]
Young Jenny Curran: Run, Forrest, run! Run, Forrest!


Forrest Gump: [voice over] Now, you wouldn’t believe it if I told you, but I can run like the wind blows. From that day on, if I was going somewhere, I was running.


[young Forrest running away from the bullies runs across the street where two old men sitting in a barber shop notice him]
Old man in barbershop: That boy sure is a runnin’ fool!


[young Jenny’s father is chasing her through the fields to beat her when she stops and hides in the corn field]
Young Jenny Curran: Pray with me, Forrest. Pray with me. Dear God, make me a bird so I can fly far, far, far away from here. Dear God, make me a bird so I can fly far…
Forrest Gump: [voice over] Mama always said God is mysterious. He didn’t turn Jenny into a bird that day. Instead, he had the po-lice say Jenny didn’t have to stay in that house no more. She was to live with her grandma, just over on Creekmore Avenue, which made me happy, ’cause she was so close. Some nights, Jenny’d sneak out and come on over to my house, just ’cause she said she was scared. Scared of what, I don’t know. But I think it was her grandma’s dog. He was a mean dog. Anyway, Jenny and me was best friends all the way up through high school.


[back on the bus bench Forrest continues his story]
Forrest Gump: Now, it used to be, I ran to get where I was goin’. I never thought it would take me anywhere.
[a grown Forrest running away from the local bullies runs across the high school football field during a football scrimmage]
Football Coach: Who in the hell is that?
Assistant Football Coach: That there is Forrest Gump, coach. Just a local idiot.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] And can you believe it? I got to go to college, too.


[Forrest is in the University of Alabama football team and one of his teammates runs over and hands him the ball]
Coach Bryant: Run, you stupid son of a bitch! Run!
[Forrest runs across the field getting past everyone scoring a touchdown but continues to run, smashing through the band members, then all the way toward the team tunnel]
Coach Bryant: He must be the stupidest son of a bitch alive, but he sure is fast!
Forrest Gump: [voice over] Now, maybe it’s just me, but college was very confusing times.


[in Jenny’s college dorm room]
Jenny Curran: Do you ever dream, Forrest, about who you’re gonna be?
Forrest Gump: Who I’m gonna be?
Jenny Curran: Yeah.
Forrest Gump: Aren’t I gonna to be me?
Jenny Curran: You’ll always be you, just another kind of you. You know? I want to be
famous. I want to be a singer like Joan Baez. I just want to be on an empty stage with my guitar, my voice. Just me. And I want to reach people on a personal level. I want to be able to say things, just one to one.
[Jenny has taken off her slip and sits on the bed next to Forrest with only her bra and panties. Forrest looks at her nervously]
Jenny Curran: Have you ever been with a girl, Forrest?forrest-gump-7
Forrest Gump: [nervously] I sit next to them in my Home Economics class all the time.
[Jenny removes her bra and takes his hand and guides it up to her breast, Forrest looks at Jenny’s breasts then shudders as he has an orgasm]
Forrest Gump: Ohh…Oh…I’m sorry. Sorry.
Jenny Curran: It’s okay.
Forrest Gump: Sorry.
Jenny Curran: It’s all right. It’s okay.
Forrest Gump: Oh…I’m dizzy.
Jenny Curran: I’ll bet that never happened in Home Ec.
Forrest Gump: No. I think I ruined your roommate’s bathrobe.
Jenny Curran: I don’t care. I don’t like her, anyway.


Forrest Gump: [voice over] College ran by real fast ’cause I played so much football. They even put me on a thing called the All-America team where you get to meet the President of the United States.


[Forrest is at the White House Standing in front of a food table with a large spread of
food and soda]
Forrest Gump: [voice over] The really good thing about meeting the President of the United States is the food. They put you in this little room with just about anything you’d want to eat or drink. But since, number one, I wasn’t hungry, but thirsty, and number two, they was free, I must have drank me about fifteen Dr. Peppers.


[Black and white news reel footage shows President Kennedy shaking hands with the All-American football players, Forrest steps up to the President to shake his hand]
President Kennedy: Congratulations. How do you feel?
Forrest Gump: I gotta pee.
[President Kennedy turns and smiles to the camera]
President Kennedy: I believe he said he had to pee.



[Forrest has just graduated from college]
Military Recruit Officer: Congratulations, son. Have you given any thought to your future?
[Forrest looks at the military pamphlet the recruit officer has just handed to him]
Forrest Gump: “Thought”?


Forrest Gump: Hello. I’m Forrest. Forrest Gump.
Army Bus Driver: Nobody gives a horse’s shit who you are, fuzzballl! You’re not even a low-life, scum-sucking maggot! Get your maggoty ass on the bus! You’re in the army now!
Forrest Gump: [voice over] At first it seemed like I made a mistake seeing how it was only my induction day, and I was getting yelled at.
[Forrest steps forward, looking much like he did on his first bus ride to school years ago when no one would let him sit next to them]
Bubba: Sit down if you want to.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] I didn’t know who I might meet or what they might ask.


[Bubba has just offered Forrest the seat next to him on the army bus]
Bubba: You ever been on a real shrimp boat?
Forrest Gump: No. But I been on a real big boat. forrest-gump-9
Bubba: I’m talkin’ about a shrimp catchin’ boat. I been working on shrimp boats all my life. I started out on my uncle’s boat, that’s my mama’s brother, when I was about maybe nine. I was just lookin’ into buyin’ my own boat and got drafted. My given name is Benjamin Buford Blue. People call me Bubba, just like one of them ol’ redneck boys. Can you believe that?
Forrest Gump: My name’s Forrest Gump. People call me Forrest Gump.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] So Bubba was from Bayou la Batre, Alabama, and his mama cooked shrimp. And her mama before her cooked shrimp, and her mama before her mama cooked shrimp, too. Bubba’s family knew everything there was to know about the shrimpin’ business.
Bubba: I know everything there is to know about the shrimpin’ business. Matter of fact, I’m goin’ into the shrimpin’ business by myself after I get out of the army.


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Total Quotes: 111



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