32 Most Memorable Quotes From 'Forrest Gump'

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Forrest Gump is always relevant, so brush up on your Forrest-isms with this collection of quotes, and celebrate the film's anniversary with humor and heart from Forrest, Bubba, Momma, and Jenny. Every July marks the anniversary of one of our favorite Southern films and one of our favorite Alabama-born characters. With Forrest Gump, director Robert Zemeckis and screenwriter Eric Roth created one of the most memorable movies—with some of the most quotable lines—this side of The Mason-Dixon. Take the film's anniversary a step further, and plan your Forrest Gump re-watch party with a few of these motion picture-perfect touches: Southern Shrimp Recipes, Alabama-sourced craft beer, and this Dr. Pepper-infused sheet cake. Check out these favorite quotable lines from Forrest Gump.

01 of 05

Quotes About Life

Forrest Gump That's All Quote
  • "That's all I have to say about that." –Forrest Gump
  • "My name's Forrest Gump. People call me Forrest Gump." –Forrest Gump
  • "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." –Forrest Gump
  • "I don't know if we have a destiny, or if we're all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze, but I think maybe it's both.” –Forrest Gump
  • “Some people don’t think miracles happen; well, they do.” –Forrest Gump
  • “Dear God, make me a bird. So I could fly far. Far far away from here.” –Jenny Curran
  • "Always be able to look back and say, at least I didn’t lead no humdrum life." –Forrest Gump
02 of 05

Quotes About Friendship

Forrest Gump Jenny Quote
  • "Jenny and me was like peas and carrots." –Forrest Gump
  • "Run, Forrest! Run!" –Jenny Curran
  • "Bubba was my best good friend. And even I know that ain't something you can find just around the corner.” –Forrest Gump
  • “You can’t keep trying to rescue me all the time.” –Jenny Curran
  • “Listen, you promise me something, OK? Just if you're ever in trouble, don't be brave. You just run, OK? Just run away.” –Jenny Curran
  • “If you do not like my family and friends, I do not want to hear anything about it. They may mean nothing to you, but they mean everything to me.” –Forrest Gump
  • "You know why we’re a good partnership, Forrest? Cause we are watching out for one another like brothers and stuff." –Bubba Blue
03 of 05

Quotes About Observations

Forrest Gump Bubba Shrimp Quote
  • "Anyway, like I was sayin', shrimp is the fruit of the Sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil, it, bake it, sauté it..." –Benjamin Buford “Bubba” Blue
  • "That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run. So I ran to the end of the road. And when I got there, I thought maybe I'd run to the end of town. And when I got there, I thought maybe I'd just run across Greenbow county. And I figured, since I run this far, maybe I'd just run across the great state of Alabama. And that's what I did. I ran clear across Alabama." –Forrest Gump
  • “They said it was a million dollar wound, but the army must keep that money 'cause I still haven't seen a nickel of that million dollars.” –Forrest Gump
  • “Lieutenant Dan got me invested in some kind of fruit company. So then I got a call from him, saying we don't have to worry about money no more. And I said, that's good! One less thing.” –Forrest Gump
  • “The best thing about visiting the President is the food! Now, since it was all free, and I wasn't hungry but thirsty, I must've drank me fifteen Dr. Peppers.” –Forrest Gump
04 of 05

Quotes About Love

Forrest Gump Love Quote
  • "I'm not a smart man, but I know what love is." –Forrest Gump
  • "I didn’t know it, but I was destined to be your Momma. I did the best I could." –Mrs. Gump
  • "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." –Forrest Gump
05 of 05

Quotes About Momma's Wisdom

Forrest Gump Moving On Quote
  • "Momma always said you've got to put the past behind you before you can move on." –Forrest Gump
  • "Momma always said you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes, where they're going, where they've been." –Forrest Gump
  • "Momma always had a way of explaining things so I could understand them." –Forrest Gump
  • "You have to do the best with what God gave you." –Mrs. Gump
  • "Momma always said, dying was a part of life. I sure wish it wasn't." –Forrest
  • "What's normal, anyways?" –Mrs. Gump
  • "Momma says stupid is as stupid does." –Forrest Gump
  • “Don’t ever let anybody tell you they’re better than you.” –Mrs. Gump
  • "Now, momma said there’s only so much fortune a man really needs, and the rest is just for showing off." –Forrest Gump
  • “Momma says they was my magic shoes. They could take me anywhere.” –Forrest Gump
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