Forrest Gump: You died on a Saturday morning. And I had you placed here under our tree. And I had that house of your father's bulldozed to the ground. Momma always said dyin' was a part of life. I sure wish it wasn't. Little Forrest, he's doing just fine. About to start school again soon. I make his breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. I make sure he combs his hair and brushes his teeth every day. Teaching him how to play ping-pong. He's really good. We fish a lot. And every night, we read a book. He's so smart, Jenny. You'd be so proud of him. I am. He, uh, wrote a letter, and he says I can't read it. I'm not supposed to, so I'll just leave it here for you. Jenny, I don't know if Momma was right or if, if it's Lieutenant Dan. I don't know if we each have a destiny, or if we're all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze, but I, I think maybe it's both. Maybe both is happening at the same time. I miss you, Jenny. If there's anything you need, I won't be far away.
Drill Sergeant: Gump! What's your sole purpose in this army?
Forrest Gump: To do whatever you tell me, drill sergeant!
Drill Sergeant: God damn it, Gump! You're a god damn genius! This is the most outstanding answer I have ever heard. You must have a goddamn I.Q. of 160. You are goddamn gifted, Private Gump. Listen up, people...
Forrest Gump: [narrates] Now for some reason I fit in the army like one of them round pegs. It's not really hard. You just make your bed real neat and remember to stand up straight and always answer every question with "Yes, drill sergeant."
Drill Sergeant: ...Is that clear?
Forrest Gump: Yes, drill sergeant!
Forrest Gump: Stupid is as stupid does.
Forrest Gump: My momma always said, "Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."
Forrest Gump: Will you marry me?
[Jenny turns and looks at him]
Forrest Gump: I'd make a good husband, Jenny.
Jenny Curran: You would, Forrest.
Forrest Gump: ...But you won't marry me.
Jenny Curran: [sadly] ... You don't wanna marry me.
Forrest Gump: Why don't you love me, Jenny?
[Jenny says nothing]
Forrest Gump: I'm not a smart man... but I know what love is.
Jenny Curran: Were you scared in Vietnam?
Forrest Gump: Yes. Well, I-I don't know. Sometimes it would stop raining long enough for the stars to come out... and then it was nice. It was like just before the sun goes to bed down on the bayou. There was always a million sparkles on the water... like that mountain lake. It was so clear, Jenny, it looked like there were two skies one on top of the other. And then in the desert, when the sun comes up, I couldn't tell where heaven stopped and the earth began. It's so beautiful.
Jenny Curran: I wish I could've been there with you.
Forrest Gump: You were.
[when the bullies from school were chasing him]
Jenny Curran: Run, Forrest! Run!
Bubba: Anyway, like I was sayin', shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey's uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That- that's about it.
[Forrest Gump referring to Apple Computer]
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: Hello. My name's Forrest, Forrest Gump. You want a chocolate?
Forrest Gump: My Mama always said you've got to put the past behind you before you can move on.
Forrest Gump: Mama always said, dying was a part of life. I sure wish it wasn't.
[Forrest has finished assembling his rifle]
Forrest Gump: DONE, DRILL SERGEANT!
Drill Sergeant: GUUUUUUMP! Why did you put that weapon together so quickly, Gump?
Forrest Gump: [confused] You told me to, Drill Sergeant?
Drill Sergeant: Jesus H. Christ!
[looks at stopwatch]
Drill Sergeant: This is a new company record! If it wouldn't be such a waste of a damn-fine enlisted man I'd recommend you for OCS! You are gonna be a general someday, Gump, now disassemble your weapon and continue!
[young Jenny's father is chasing her through the fields to beat her when she stops and hides]
Young Jenny Curran: Dear God, make me a bird. So I could fly far. Far far away from here.
Forrest Gump: 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. For no particular reason I just kept on going. I ran clear to the ocean. And when I got there, I figured, since I'd gone this far, I might as well turn around, just keep on going. When I got to another ocean, I figured, since I'd gone this far, I might as well just turn back, keep right on going.
Bumper Sticker Guy: [running after Forrest] Hey man! Hey listen, I was wondering if you might help me. 'Cause I'm in the bumper sticker business and I've been trying to think of a good slogan, and since you've been such a big inspiration to the people around here I thought you might be able to help me jump into - WOAH! Man, you just ran through a big pile of dog shit!
Forrest Gump: It happens.
Bumper Sticker guy: What, shit?
Forrest Gump: Sometimes.
Forrest Gump: Mama always had a way of explaining things so I could understand them.
Mrs. Gump: You have to do the best with what God gave you.
Mrs. Gump: Life's a box of chocolates, Forrest. You never know what you're gonna get.
Forrest Gump: Sometimes, I guess there just aren't enough rocks.
Forrest Gump: Forrest: Momma said there's only so much fortune a man really needs and the rest is just for showing off. So, I gave a whole bunch of it to the Foursquare Gospel Church and I gave a whole bunch to the Bayou La Batre Fishing Hospital. And even though Bubba was dead, and Lieutenant Dan said I was nuts, I gave Bubba's momma Bubba's share. And you know what? She didn't have to work in nobody's kitchen no more...
Forrest Gump: Then, Bubba said something I won't ever forget.
Bubba: I wanna go home.
Forrest Gump: Bubba was my best good friend. And even I know that ain't something you can find just around the corner. Bubba was going to be a shrimping boat captain, but instead, he died right there by that river in Vietnam.
Lyndon B. Johnson: [Putting medal on Forrest] America owes you a debt of gratitude, son. Now I understand you were wounded. Where were you hit?
Forrest Gump: In the buttocks.
Lyndon B. Johnson: Oh that must be a sight.
[Whispering to Forrest]
Lyndon B. Johnson: I'd like to see that.
[Forrest shows him; Johnson walks away embarrassed]
Lyndon B. Johnson: God damn, son.
[Jenny has told Forrest that she has an incurable disease, and the doctors don't know what to do]
Forrest Gump: You could come home with me, to my house in Greenbow, Jenny. You and little Forrest. I'll take care of you if you're sick.
Jenny Curran: Will you marry me, Forrest?
Forrest Gump: [long pause] Okay.
Forrest Gump: Me and Jenny goes together like peas and carrots.
Mrs. Gump: What's normal anyways?
Forrest Gump: Those must be comfortable shoes, I bet you could walk all day in shoes like those and not feel a thing.
Nurse at Park Bench: My feet hurt.
Forrest Gump: My mama always said you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes, where they going, where they been.
Forrest Gump: I've worn a lots of shoes. I bet if I think about it real hard I can remember my first pair of shoes.
Forrest Gump: We was always taking long walks, and we was always looking for a guy named "Charlie".
[Forrest is waiting with Forrest Jr. for the school bus on little Forrest's first day of school in Greenbow. The bus arrives and little Forrest is about to board it]
Forrest Gump: Forrest, don't...
Forrest Gump: I just wanted to tell you I love you.
Forrest Gump Jr.: [smiles] I love you too, Dad.
Jenny Curran: [hearing that Forrest is going to Vietnam] Listen, you promise me something, OK? Just if you're ever in trouble, don't be brave. You just run, OK? Just run away.
Fat Man at Bench: It was a bullet, wasn't it?
Forrest Gump: A bullet?
Fat Man at Bench: That jumped up and bit you.
Forrest Gump: Oh, yes sir. Bit me right in the buttocks. 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: One day it started raining, and it didn't quit for four months. We been through every kind of rain there is. Little bitty stingin' rain... and big ol' fat rain. Rain that flew in sideways. And sometimes rain even seemed to come straight up from underneath. Shoot, it even rained at night...
Forrest Gump: Mama always said, God is mysterious. He didn't turn Jenny into a bird that day. But instead - he had the po-lice say Jenny didn't have to stay in that house no more. She went to live with her grandma, just over on Creekmore Avenue. And that made me happy, because she was close. And some nights she'd sneak out and come on over to my house, because she said she was scared. It may have been because of her grandma's dog, or somethin'.
Forrest Gump: Mama said they'd take me anywhere. She said they was my magic shoes.
Forrest Gump: There was this man giving a little talk, and for some reason he was wearing an American flag for a shirt. And he liked to say the 'F word' a lot. "F this" and "F that". And everytime he said the 'F word' people, for some reason, well, they cheered.
Forrest Gump: That's all I have to say about that.
Forrest Gump: I'm sorry I had to fight in the middle of your Black Panther party.
Forrest Gump: Coons? Well raccoons tried to get in our back porch, Momma just chase 'em off with a broom!
Forrest Gump: He should not be hitting you, Jenny.
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: I never thanked you for saving my life.
Coach Bryant: He must be the stupidest son of a bitch alive, but he sure is fast!
Forrest Gump: And cause I was a gazillionaire, and I liked doin it so much, I cut that grass for free.
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: Well, I told you that if actually got a shrimp boat I would be your first mate. And I am a man of my word. But if you think for a second that I am calling you "Sir," you got another thing comin'.
Forrest Gump: No, sir.
[Forrest's shrimp boat crashes on the docks in the distance]
Forrest Gump: That's my boat.
Forrest Gump: You know it's funny what a young man recollects? 'Cause I don't remember bein' 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.
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.
Principal: Your boy's... different, Mrs. Gump. Now his IQ is 75.
Mrs. Gump: Well, we're all different, Mr. Hancock.
Principal: I want to show you something, Mrs. Gump.
[Points on an IQ Chart]
Principal: Now this is normal. Forrest is right here. The state requires a minimum IQ of 80 to attend public school, Mrs. Gump. He's going to have to go to a special school. And 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 tires! We're talking about five little points here! There must be something that 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 Gump: He was from a long great military tradition. Somebody from his family had fought and died in every single American war. I guess you could say he had a lot to live up to.
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: That's what all these cripples down at the VA talk about: Jesus this and Jesus that, have I found Jesus yet? They even had a priest come and talk to me. He said God is listening and if I found Jesus, I'd get to walk beside him in the kingdom of Heaven. Did you hear what I said? WALK beside him in the kingdom of Heaven! Well kiss my crippled ass. God is listening? What a crock of shit.
Forrest Gump: I'm going to heaven, Lieutenant Dan.
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: Yeah? Well... before you go, why don't you get your ass down to the corner and get us another bottle of ripple?
Forrest Gump: Yes, sir.
Forrest Gump: She got the cancer and died on a Tuesday. I bought her a new hat with little flowers on it. And that's all I have to say about that.
[Forrest Gump listing some of his comrades]
Forrest Gump: There was Dallas, from Phoenix; Cleveland - he was from Detroit; and Tex... well, I don't remember where Tex come from.
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: [Forrest and Bubba salute Lt. Dan] Oh, get your hands down. Do not salute me. There are goddamn snipers all around this area who'd love to grease an officer. I'm Lieutenant Dan Taylor. Welcome to Fort Platoon.
[looks at Bubba]
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: What's wrong with your lip?
Bubba: I was born with big gums, sir.
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: Well, you better tuck that in. Gonna get that caught on a tripwire.
Young Jenny Curran: You can sit here if ya want.
Richard M. Nixon: [awarding Forrest a U.S table tennis tournament medal in 1972] So, are you enjoying yourself in our nation's capital, son?
Forrest Gump: Yes, sir.
Richard M. Nixon: So where are you staying?
Forrest Gump: Uh... it's called the hotel airbot.
Richard M. Nixon: Oh, no, I know of this much nicer hotel that's very new. It's very modern. I'll have my people set you up and take care of it for you.
Forrest Gump: Some people don't think miracles happen, well, they do.
Forrest Gump: I gotta find Bubba!
Forrest Gump: And that's all I have to say about that.
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: So Bubba was from Bayou la Batrie, 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.
Forrest Gump: [Forrest narrating] Jenny taught me how to climb. And I taught her how to dangle.
Forrest Gump: Now you wouldn't believe me if I told you, but I could run like the wind blows. From that day on, if I was going somewhere, I was running!
Forrest Gump: Her dream had come true. She was a folk singer.
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: [while being ambushed] You guys get that pig unfucked and get it on the tree line!
Forrest Gump: [in the Watergate hotel; on phone with security] 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: [Forrest Gump helping Lt Dan get to his hotel] Lieutenant Dan said he was living in a hotel and because he didn't have any legs he spent most of his time exercising his arms!
Forrest Gump: I'm sorry I ruined your New Year's Eve party, Lieutenant Dan. She tasted like cigarettes.
Forrest Gump: [Seeing Jenny for the first time, narrating] I hadn't seen anything so beautiful in my life she was like an angel. I just sat next to her on that bus and had a conversation all the way to school. Next to momma no one ever talked to me or asked me questions from that day on we were always together Jenny, 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 for some reason Jenny never wanted to go home she was my most special friend, my only friend
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: [introducing Forrest and Bubba to his platoon in Vietnam] Look, it's pretty basic here: you stick with me and learn from the guys that have been in the country a while you'll be alright. There is an item of GI that can be the difference a live grunt and a dead grunt: socks, cushioned soled OD green, try and keep your feet dry while we're out humping I want you to remember to change your socks whenever we stop, Vietcong will eat a grunt's feet right off his legs, so you boys are from "Arkansas", I've been through there Little Rock is a fine town, now go shed down your gear see the platoon sergeant for what you need in the field if you boys are hungry we got steak burners right over here two standing orders in this platoon , one, take good care of your feet and two try not to do anything stupid, like getting yourself killed
Forrest Gump: I sure hope I don't let him down
Forrest Gump: When I was in China on the All-American Ping Pong team, I just loved playing ping-pong with my Flexolite ping pong paddle.
Old man in barbershop: That boy sure is a runnin' fool!
Forrest Gump: You know what I think. I think you should go home to Greenbow, Alabama!
Mrs. Gump: [after seeing Forrest on TV surviving the hurricane] Louise, Louise, look there's Forrest!
[Louise and her stare at the TV]
Forrest Gump: [Narrating] another time when I was running along somebody had lost all his money in the T-shirt business and he wanted to put my face on a t-shirt but he couldn't draw that well and didn't have a camera some years later I found out that man did come up with an idea for a T-shirt and he made a lot of money off of it.
Forrest Gump: [Narrating] When I was a baby Momma named me after the great civil war hero general Nathan Bedford Forrest. She said we were 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 and spooks or something. They'd even put bed sheets on their horses and ride around and anyway that's how I got my name Forest Gump
Forrest Gump: [Narrating] We lived about a quarter mile off route seventeen about half a mile from the town of Greenbow, Alabama that's in the county Greenbow, our house has been in Momma's family since her grand pa's grand pa's grand pa had come across the ocean about a thousand years ago or something like that. Since it was just me and Momma and had all these empty rooms Momma decided to let those rooms out, mostly to people passing through like from Mobile and Montgomery places like that, that's how Momma and I got money, Momma was a real smart lady
Forrest Gump: [Narrating] I liked that guitar, it sounded good I started moving around to the music swinging my hips, this one night me and momma was out shopping and walked by the appliance store, some years later that handsome young man they called" The King" he sang too many songs and had himself a heart attack or something, must be hard being "The King"
Forrest Gump: [narrating, after the Vietnam ambush] I ran and ran just like Jenny told me to. I ran so far and so fast pretty soon I was all by myself which was a bad thing: Bubba was my best good friend I had to make sure he was ok. On my way back to find Bubba there was this boy laying on the ground, I couldn't let him lay as scared as he was, so I grabbed him up and run him out of there. Every time I went back looking for Bubba someone else was saying "help me Forest," I started to get scared, I might never find Bubba.
Pvt. Dallas from Phoenix: [Forrest is watching "Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C."] Gump, how can you watch that stupid shit? Turn it off.
School Bus Boy: Ya can't sit heah!
Forrest Gump: [Narrating] For some reason ping pong became very natural to me so I started playing all the time I played ping pong even when I didn't have anyone to play ping pong with, the hospital people said it made me look like a "duck in water" whatever that means, even Lieutenant Dan would come watch me play I played ping pong so much, I even played ping pong in my sleep.
Forrest Gump: [Narrating] Anyway I guess you can say me and momma was on our own, but we didn't mind our house was never empty: there was always folks coming and going sometimes we had so many people staying with us that every room was filled with travelers folks living out of their suit cases and hat cases and sample cases one time a handsome young man was staying with us he had himself a guitar case.
Forrest Gump: [Narrating] Remember how I told you that Jenny never seemed to wanted to go home? She lived in a house that was old as Alabama, her momma had gone up to heaven when she was five her daddy was some kind of farmer, he was a very loving man always kissing and touching her and her sisters then this one time Jenny wasn't on the bus to go to school
Forrest Gump: [Narrating] College ran by real fast because I played so much football they even put me on the All American team where you get to meet the President of the United States, some years later for no particular reason someone shot that nice young President when he was riding in his car and a few years after that somebody shot his brother too, only he was in the hotel kitchen, must be hard being brothers I wouldn't know
Forrest Gump: [Narrating] Night time in the army was a lonely time. We lay there in our bunks and I'd miss my momma and I'd miss Jenny. Turns out Jenny had gotten into some trouble over some photos of her in her college sweater and she was thrown out of school but that wasn't a bad thing because a man who owns a theater in Memphis Tennessee saw those photos and offered Jenny a job singing in a show, the first chance I got I took a bus to Memphis to see her show.
Bubba: [to Forrest while they are on watch for the graveyard shift] I'm going to lean right back up against you and you'll right back up against me that way we don't have to sleep with our heads in the mud. You know why we're a good partnership? Because we'd be watching out for each other, like brothers and stuff. There's something I've been thinking about, I got a very important question to ask you, how would you like to go into the shrimping business with me? I got it all figured out too so many pounds of shrimp to pay off the boat, so many pounds for gas, we can just live right on the boat, we don't have to pay any rent, I'll be the Captain and you can be the first mate. I'm telling you we'll split everything down the middle I'm telling you fifty, fifty and we'll have all the shrimp we can eat.
Forrest Gump: [Narrating, while serving his tour of duty in Vietnam] I sent Jenny a letter not every day but almost. I told her what I was doing and asked her what she was doing. I told her how I thought about her. I was looking forward to getting a letter from her when she had time. I always let her know I was ok and I signed each letter "love Forest Gump."
Forrest Gump: [Narrating] They told us Vietnam was going to be a lot different than United States of America. I got to see a lot of the country side. We would take these real long walks, the good thing about Vietnam, there was always some place to go and there was always something to do.
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: [to Forrest] We all have a destiny: nothing just happens, it's all part of a plan. I should have died out there with my men, now I'm nothing but a God damn cripple, a leg less freak, do you know what it's like not being able to use your legs? I had a destiny, I was supposed to die out there in the field with honor and you cheated me out of it. This wasn't supposed to happen to me
Forrest Gump: [Referring to John Lennon] Some years later that nice young man from England was on his way home to see his little boy and was signing some autographs, for no particular reason someone shot him.
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: [to Forrest] They gave you the Congressional Medal of Honor, they gave you, an imbecile, a moron who goes on television and makes a fool out of himself in front of the whole damn country, the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Richard M. Nixon: Therefore, I shall resign the presidency effective at noon tomorrow. Vice president Ford will be sworn into office at that hour in this office.
Black Panther: [to Forrest and Jenny] Our purpose here is to protect our black leaders from racial onslaught from the "pig" who is brutalizing our people. We are here to offer protection and help for all those who need our help because we, the Black Panthers, are against the war in Vietnam. Yes we are against any war where black soldiers are sent to the front line to die for a country that hates them. Yes we are against any war where black soldiers go to fight and come to be brutalized and killed in their own communities as they sleep at night.
Forrest Gump: [Narrating] I thought I was going back to Vietnam but instead they decided the best way for me to fight the Communists was to play ping pong, so I was in the Special Services, traveling around the country cheering up all the wounded veterans, showing them how to play ping pong. I was so good that some years later the army decided I should be on the All American Ping Pong Team. We were the first Americans to visit the land of China in a million years or something like that. Somebody said world peace was in our hands.
Forrest Gump: [Narrating] We walked around all night: just Jenny and me. Just talking, she told me all the traveling she'd done, how she discovered ways to "expand her mind and live in harmony," which must be out west or somewhere because she made it out to California. It was a very special night for the two of us. I didn't want it to end.
Forrest Gump: [Referring to Jenny, narrating] and then she was there. She came back and stayed with me. Maybe it was because she had nowhere else to go, or maybe it was because she was so tired because she went to bed and slept and slept like she hadn't slept in years. It was wonderful having her home: every day we'd take a walk and I'd jabber on like a monkey in a tree, she'd listen about ping ponging and shrimping and Momma making a trip up to heaven. I did most of the talking, most of the time she was real quiet, I really never knew why she came back but I didn't care it was like old times we were like peas and carrots again everyday. I'd pick pretty flowers and put it in her room for her. She even showed me how to dance, we were like family, it was the happiest time in my life
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: They gave you the Congressional Medal of Honor
Forrest Gump: [with his back facing Lt. Dan, after leaving talk show studio, from hearing his voice] now, that's Lt. Dan
Forrest Gump: [turns around, excitingly] Lt. Dan!
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: They gave you the Congressional Medal of Honor
Forrest Gump: yes sir, they surely did
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: they gave you, an imbecile, a moron who goes on television and makes a fool out of himself in front of the whole damn country, the Congressional Medal of Honor
Forrest Gump: yes sir
Pedestrian: Dang it! You mean I'm sitting next to a Goddamn Millionaire? Well I'll be.