Forrest Gump Quotes

Saturday, April 16 by ShawnD

"Forrest Gump" remains one of the most touching films of all time, so if you want to remember this iconic movie, browse over this list of "Forrest Gump" quotes. The best "Forrest Gump" quotes range from thoughtful advice to funny asides to statements that speak to the heart of the film.

  1. "My momma always said, 'Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.'" This is certainly the most memorable and perhaps poignant, quote from "Forrest Gump." This quote pretty much sums up Forrest's remarkable life.
  2. "My name's Forrest Gump. People call me Forrest Gump." Forrest doesn't quite get that he doesn't need to specify what people call him if he doesn't use a nickname.
  3. "Stupid is as stupid does." Forrest has to deal with a lot of rude comments because of the way he is. This statement, told to him by his mother, is as good a reply as there can be.
  4. "Why don't you love me, Jenny? I'm not a smart man, but I know what love is." Forrest's adoration for Jenny drives much of the movie's plot. This remarkably sad and touching quote, along with this entire scene, speaks to the nature of their relationship and how Jenny will never really fully be with Forrest.
  5. "I'm sorry I ruined your New Year's Eve party, Lieutenant Dan. She tasted like cigarettes." Forrest shows here that he just isn't the type of man to pick up loose women.
  6. "Dear God, make me a bird. So I can fly far. Far far away from here." A young Jenny is desperately trying to get away from her abusive father. Moments like this show why Jenny acts the way she does as an adult.
  7. "Run, Forrest! Run!" A young Jenny yells this to a young Forrest as he tried to escape from some bullies. This scene establishes Jenny as someone who Forrest connects with at an early age and the quote itself is quite memorable.
  8. "Somebody from his family has fought and dies in every single American war. I guess you could say he had a lot to live up to." This quote from Forrest about Lieutenant Dan lays the groundwork for their later relationship. Forrest rescues Dan from the battlefield, but Dan really wanted to die there, instead of living his life crippled. Dan's history helps explain this dynamic.
  9. "Yeah, sir, you might want to send a maintenance man over to that office across the way. The lights are off and they must be looking for a fuse box, 'cause them flashlights, they keep me awake." Forrest Gump inadvertently causes the Watergate scandal. The movie has a number of similar quotes and scenes, where Forrest is inserted into the events of the '60s and '70s.
  10. "Anyway, like I was sayin', shrimp is the fruit of the sea." Bubba then goes into an exhaustively long description of all the ways you can prepare shrimp. The quote is funny enough as it is, but it leads Forrest to create the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company when he gets back from the war, giving much of the profits to Bubba's family. This also lead to a real life restaurant chain, the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
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