Bubba Blue quotes

My family knows ever'thing there is to know 'bout the shrimpin' bidness.

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... [pauses] That- that's about it. [The scene changes constantly as Bubba goes on]

You know what's good about Vietnam? GOOD SHRIMP!

[last words] ...I wanna go home...

My given name is Benjamin Beauford Blue, but people call me "Bubba". Just like one o' them ol' redneck boys; can you believe that?

Forrest Gump: [narrating] I remember the bus ride on the first day of school very well.
Bus Driver: Are you comin' along?
Young Forrest: Momma said not to be taking rides from strangers.
Bus Driver: This is the bus to school.
Young Forrest: I'm Forrest Gump.
Bus Driver: I'm Dorothy Harris.
Young Forrest: Well, now we ain't strangers anymore.

[Young Forrest gets on the school bus]
Boy #1: This seat's taken.
Boy #2: It's taken!
Boy #3: You can't sit here.
Forrest: [narrating] You know, it's funny what a young man recollects. 'Cause I don't remember being born. I, 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 sweetiest voice in the wide world.
Young Jenny: You can sit here if you want.
Forrest Gump: [narrating] I had never seen anything so beautiful in my life. She was like an angel.
Young Jenny: Well, are you gonna sit down, or aren't ya? [Young Forrest sits down next to Jenny] What's wrong with your legs?
Young Forrest: Um, nothing at all, thank you. My legs are just fine and dandy.
Young Jenny: Then why do you have those shoes on?
Young Forrest: Momma says my back is as crooked at a question mark
Forrest Gump: [narrating] I just sat next to her on that bus and had conversation all the way to school. And next to Momma, no one ever talked to me or asked me questions.
Young Jenny: Are you stupid or something?
Young Forrest: Momma says stupid is as stupid does.
Young Jenny: I'm Jenny.
Young Forrest: I'm Forrest . Forrest Gump.
Forrest Gump: [narrating] From that day on, we was always together. Jenny and me was like peas and carrots.

John F. Kennedy: Congratulations, how does it feel to be an All-American?
Forrest Gump: I gotta pee.
John F. Kennedy: [turning to camera] I believe he said he had to go pee.

Jenny: Do you ever dream, Forrest, about who you're gonna be?
Forrest Gump: Who I'm gonna be?
Jenny: Yeah.
Forrest Gump: Aren't I going to be me?
Jenny: Well, 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 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: Have you ever been with a girl, Forrest?
Forrest Gump: I sit next to them in my home economics class all the time.

Forrest Gump: Hello. I'm Forrest, Forrest Gump.
Recruit Officer: Nobody gives a horse's shit who you are, pus ball! You're not even a low-life, scum-sucking maggot! Get your ****y ass on the bus, you're in the army now!

Bubba: My given name is Benjamin Buford Blue, but 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.

Drill Sergeant: Gump! What's your sole purpose in this army?
Forrest Gump: To do whatever you tell me, drill sergeant!
Drill Sergeant: Goddammit, Gump! You're a goddamned genius! Thats the most outstanding answer I have ever heard. You must have a goddamn I.Q. of 160. You are goddamned gifted, Private Gump. Listen up, people...
Forrest Gump: [narrating] 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!

Jenny: You can't keep doing this, Forrest. You can't keep tryin' to rescue me all the time.
Forrest Gump: They was tryin' to grab you.
Jenny: A lot of people try to grab me. Just... you can't keep doing this all the time!
Forrest Gump: I can't help it. I love you.
Jenny: Forrest, you don't know what love is.

Forrest: Bye-bye, Jenny. They sendin' me to Vietnam. It's this whole other country.
Jenny: Listen, you promise me something, okay? Just if you're ever in trouble, don't try to be brave, you just run, okay? Just run away.
Forrest: Okay. Jenny, I'll write you all the time.

Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: You must be my F.N.G.'s.
Bubba and Forrest Gump: Morning', sir!
[They salute]
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: Ho! Get your hands down. Do not salute me. There are goddamned snipers all around this area who would love to grease an officer. I'm Lieutenant Dan Taylor. Welcome to Fourth Platoon. [Lieutenant Dan looks at Bubba] What's wrong with your lips?
Bubba: I was born with big gums, sir.
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: Yeah, well, you better tuck that in. Gonna get that caught on a trip wire. Where you boys from in the world?
Bubba and Forrest Gump: Alabama, sir!
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: You twins?
Forrest Gump: No, we are not relations, sir.
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: Look, it's pretty basic here. You stick with me, you learn from the guys who been in country awhile, you'll be right. There is one item of G.I. gear that can be the difference between a live grunt and a dead grunt. Socks, cushion, sole, O.D. green. Try and keep your feet dry when we're out humpin'. I want you boys to remember to change your socks wherever we stop. The Mekong will eat a grunt's feet right off his legs. Sergeant Sims! Goddamnit, where is that sling-rope I told you to order?
Forrest Gump: [narrating] Lieutenant Dan sure knew his stuff. I felt real lucky he was my lieutenant. He was from a long, great military tradition. Somebody in 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: So, you boys are from Arkansas, huh? Well, I've been through there. Little Rock's a fine town. Now, go shake down your gear, see the platoon sergeant, draw what you need for the field. If you boys are hungry, we got steaks burnin' right here. Two standing orders in this platoon. One, take good care of your feet. Two, try not to do anything stupid, like gettin' yourself killed.
Forrest Gump: I sure hope I don't let him down.

Bubba: I'm gonna lean up against you, you just lean right back against me. This way, we don't have to sleep with our heads in the mud. You know why we a good partnership, Forrest? 'Cause we be watchin' out for one another. Like brothers and stuff. Hey, Forrest, there's somethin' I've been thinkin' about. I got a very important question to ask you. How would you like to go into the shrimpin' business with me?
Forrest Gump: Okay.
Bubba: Man, I tell you what, 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 ain't got to pay no rent. I'll be the captain; we can just work it together. Split everything right down the middle. Man, I'm tellin' you, fifty-fifty. And, hey, Forrest, all the shrimp you can get.
Forrest Gump: That's a fine idea.
Forrest Gump: [narrating] Bubba did have a fine idea.

Forrest Gump: [narrating] If I'd a known this was gonna be the last time me and Bubba was gonna talk, I'd a thought of something better to say.
Forrest Gump: Hey, Bubba.
Bubba: Hey, Forrest. Forrest, why'd this happen?
Forrest Gump: You got shot.
Forrest: [narrating] Then Bubba said something I won't even forget.
Bubba: I wanna go home.
Forrest Gump: [narrating] Bubba was my best good friend. And even I know that ain't something you can find just around the corner. Bubba was gonna be a shrimpin' boat captain, but instead he died right there by that river in Vietnam. That's all I have to say about that.

Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: Now, you listen to me. We all have a destiny. Nothing just happens, it's all part of a plan. I should have died out there with my men! But now, I'm nothing but a goddamned cripple! A legless freak. Look! Look! Look at me! Do you see that? Do you know what it's like not to be able to use your legs?
Forrest Gump: Well... Yes, sir, I do.
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: Did you hear what I said?! You cheated me. I had a destiny. I was supposed to die in the field! With honor! That was my destiny! And you cheated me out of it! You understand what I'm saying, Gump?! This wasn't supposed to happen. Not to me. I had a destiny. I was Lieutenant Dan Taylor.
Forrest Gump: You still are Lieutenant Dan.

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, Sir.
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!

[Forrest gives Jenny his the Medal of Honor] Forrest Gump: I want you to have this.
Jenny: Forrest, I can't keep this.
Forrest Gump: I got it just by doing what you told me to do.
Jenny: Why're you so good to me?
Forrest Gump: You're my girl.
Jenny: I'll always be your girl.

Dick Cavett: Here he is, Forrest Gump, right here. Mr. Gump, have a seat. Forrest Gump, John Lennon.
John Lennon: Welcome home.
Dick Cavett: You had quite a trip. Can you, uh, tell us, uh, what was China like?
Forrest Gump: In the land of China, people hardly got nothing at all.
John Lennon: No possesions?
[Audience laughing]
Forrest Gump: And in China, they never go to church.
John Lennon: No religion too?
Dick Cavett: Hard to imagine.
John Lennon: Well, it's easy if you try, Dick.
Forrest Gump: [narrating] 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 at all, somebody shot him.
[Image of Lennon fades to snow]

Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: Have you found Jesus yet, Gump?
Forrest Gump: I didn't know I was supposed to be looking for him, sir.

Forrest Gump: I'm going to Heaven, Lieutenant Dan.
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: Well before you go, why don't you get your ass down to the corner and get us another bottle of wine.
Forrest Gump: Yes, sir.

[at the Watergate Hotel on the night of June 17, 1972]
Security Guard: Security, Frank Wills.
Forrest Gump: 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 the fuse box or something, 'cause them flashlights they're, they're keeping me awake.
Security Guard: Okay, sir. I'll check it out.
Forrest Gump: Thank you.

Officer: I have your discharge papers. Your service is up, son.
Forrest Gump: Does this mean I can't play ping pong no more?
Officer: For the Army it does.
Forrest Gump: [narrating] And just like that, my service in the United States Army was over. So I went home.

Forrest Gump: Lieutenant Dan, what are you doing here?
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: I thought I'd try out my sea legs.
Forrest Gump: But you ain't got no legs, Lieutenant Dan.
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: Yes, I know that.

Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: Well, well, Captain Forest Gump. I had to see the for myself... and... I told you if you were ever a Shrimp-Boat Captain, I'd be your first mate. Well, here I am; I am a man of my word.
Forrest Gump: Okay!
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: Yea, but don't you be thinking that I'm going to be calling you 'sir'!
Forrest Gump: No, sir.

Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: [looking at their fruitless shrimping] Where the hell's this God of yours?
Forrest Gump: [narrating] It's funny Lieutenant Dan said that, 'cause right then, God showed up.

Forrest Gump: What's the matter, Momma?
Mrs. Gump: I'm dyin', Forrest. Come on in, sit down over here.
Forrest Gump: Why are you dyin', Momma?
Mrs. Gump: It's my time. It's just my time. Oh, now, don't you be afraid, sweetheart. Death is just a part of life. It's something we're all destined to do. I didn't know it, but I was destined to be your momma. I did the best I could.
Forrest Gump: You did good, Momma.
Mrs. Gump: Well, I happened to believe you make your own destiny. You have to do the best with what God gave you.
Forrest Gump: What's my destiny, Momma?
Mrs. Gump: You're gonna have to figure that out for yourself. Life is a box of chocolates, Forrest. You never know what you're gonna get.
Forrest Gump: [narrating] Momma always had a way of explaining things so I could understand them.
Mrs. Gump: I will miss you, Forrest.
Forrest Gump: [narrating] She had 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: Will you marry me? I'd make a good husband, Jenny.
Jenny: You would, Forrest.
Forrest Gump: But you won't marry me.
Jenny: You don't want to marry me.
Forrest Gump: Why don't you love me, Jenny? I'm not a smart man, but I know what love is.

Newsman: For the fourth time on his journey across America, Forrest Gump, gardener from Greenbow, Alabama, is about to cross the Mississippi River again today.
Jenny: [watching T.V.] I'll be damned. Forrest.
Newsman: Sir, why are you running?
Reporter #1: Why are you running?
Reporter #2: Are you doing this for world peace?
Reporter #3: Are you doing this for women's right?
Newsman: Or for the environment?
Reporter #1: Or for animals?
Reporter #3: Or for nuclear arms?
Forrest Gump: [narrating] They just couldn't believe that somebody would do all that running for no particular reason.
Reporter #2: Why are you doing this?
Forrest Gump: I just felt like running.
Forrest Gump: [narrating] I just felt like running.
[Forrest is running, a young man comes running with him]
Young Man: It's you. I can't believe it's really you!
Forrest Gump: [narrating] Now, for some reason what I was doing seemed to make sense to people.
Young Man: I mean, it was like an alarm went off in my head, you know. I said, here's a guy that's got his act together. Here's somebody who's got it, all figured out. Here's somebody who has the answer. I'll follow you anywhere, Mr. Gump.
Forrest Gump: [narrating] So, I got company. And after that I got more company. And then even more people joined in. Somebody later told me it gave people hope. Now, I don't know anything about that, but some of those people asked me if I could help them out.
Hippie: Hey, man, hey, listen. I was wondering if you might help me, huh? Listen, I'm in the bumper sticker business and I've been trying to think up a good slogan. And since you have been such a big inspiration to the people around here, I thought you might be able to help me jump into... Whoa! Man, you just ran through a big pile of dog shit!
Forrest Gump: It happens.
Hippie: What? Shit?
Forrest Gump: Sometimes.
Forrest Gump: [narrating] And some years later I heard that fella did come up with a bumper sticker slogan and he make a lot of money off of it. Another time I was running along, somebody who 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 he didn't have a camera.
[A truck splashes mud onto Forrest as it goes by. The man hands Forrest a yellow T-shirt wipe his face]
Man: Here, use this one. Nobody likes that color anyway.
Forrest Gump: [Wipes his face on the t-shirt and hands it back to him] Have a nice day.
[The man looks at the T-shirt which displays the Happy Face]
Forrest Gump: And some years later I found out that that man did come up with a idea for a T-shirt and he made a lot of money off of it. Anyway, like I was saying, I had a lot of company. My Momma always said you got to put the past behind you before you can move on. And I think that's what my running was all about. I had run for three years, two months, fourteen days, and sixteen hours.
[Forrest stops running]
Young Man: Quiet! Quiet, he's gonna say something.
Forrest Gump: I'm pretty tired. I think I'll go home now.
[The group parts for Forrest as he walks back down the middle of the road]
Young Man: Now what are we supposed to do?
Forrest Gump: [narrating] And just like that, my running days was over. So, I went home to Alabama.

Jenny: Forrest, I'm sick.
Forrest: What, do you have a cough due to cold?
Jenny: I have some kind virus. And the doctors don't, they don't know what it is. And there isn't anything they can do about it.
Forrest: You could come home with me. Jenny, you and little Forrest could come stay at my house in Greenbow. I'll take care of you if you're sick.
Jenny: Would you marry me, Forrest?
Forrest: Okay.

Jenny: Hey, Forrest, were you scared in Vietnam?
Forrest: 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 over a million sparkles on the water. Like that mountain lake. It was so clear, Jenny. It looks 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 heavens stopped and the earth began. It was so beautiful.
Jenny: I wish I could have been there with you.
Forrest: You were.
Jenny: I love you.

Forrest Gump: Hey, Forrest. Don't... I wanted to tell you I love you.
Forrest Jr.: I love you too, Daddy.
Forrest Gump: I'll be right here when you get back.

Bus Driver: You understand this is the bus to school now, don't you?
Forrest Jr.: Of course, and you're Dorothy Harris and I'm Forrest Gump.

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