Forrest Gump is a fictional character who first appears in the 1986 novel by Winston Groom. Forrest Gump also appeared on screen in the 1994 film of the same name directed by Robert Zemeckis. Forrest was portrayed as a child by Michael Humphreys and portrayed as an adult by Tom Hanks, who won an Academy Award for the role. The portrayal of Forrest in the novel is notably different from the portrayal in the film. He later reappears in the 1995 sequel novel Gump and Co.
In 2008, Forrest Gump was named the 20th greatest movie character of all time by Empire magazine. In the film, Forrest is portrayed essentially as a heroic character who faces a variety of setbacks and misfortunes yet maintains a compassionate and forward-looking attitude. He tries to help every person whom he meets, despite his strong naivety.
1 “My mama always said ‘Life is like a box of chocolate. You never know what you’re gonna get.”
2 “I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or if we’re all just floatin’ around accidental-like on a breeze. But I, I think maybe it’s both.”
3 “When I got tired, I slept. When I got hungry, I ate. When I had to go, you know, I went.”
4 “My mama says that stupid is as stupid does.”
5 “I’m not the smart man. But I know what love is.”
6 “Mama always said, dying was a part of life. I sure wish it wasn’t.”
7 “Bubba was my best good friend. And even I know that ain’t something you can find just around the corner.”
8 “Now, mama said there’s only so much fortune a man really needs… and the rest is just for showing off.”
9 “My mama always told me that miracles happen every day. Some people don’t think so, but they do.”
10 “My mama always said you’ve got to put the past behind you before you can move on.”