Paul Edgecomb Quotes
I think Mr. Jingles happened by accident. I think when we electrocuted Del, and it all went so badly... well, John can feel that you know... and I think a part of... whatever magic was inside of him just slept through my tiny friend here. As for me, John had to give me a part of himself; a gift the way he saw it, so that I could see for myself what Wild Billy had done. When John did that; when he took my hand, a part of the power that worked through him spilled into me.Old Paul Edgecomb
We each owe a death, there are no exceptions, I know that, but sometimes, oh God, the Green Mile is so long.Old Paul Edgecomb
I've done some things in my life I'm not proud of, but this is the first time I've ever felt in real danger of hell.
Paul Edgecomb: John, do you know where we're taking you?
John Coffey: Help a lady?
Brutus "Brutal" Howell: That's right. But how do you know?
John Coffey: Don't know. To tell the truth, Boss, I don't know much'o anything.
I just can't see God putting a gift like that in the hands of a man who would kill a child.
Paul Edgecomb: What did you do, big boy? What did you do to me?
John Coffey: I helped it. Didn't I help it?
Paul Edgecomb: Yes, but... how?
John Coffey: [shrugs] Just took it back, is all. Awful tired now, boss. Dog tired.
Paul Edgecomb: What do you want, John Coffey?
John Coffey: Just to help.
Paul Edgecomb: Men under strain can snap. Hurt themselves. Hurt others. That's why our job is talking, not yelling. You'll do better to think of this place like an intensive care ward in a hospital.
Percy Wetmore: I think of it as a bucket of piss to drown rats in. That's all. Anybody doesn't like it can kiss my ass.
The man is mean, careless, and stupid. Bad combination in a place like this.
They usually call death row the Last Mile, but we called ours the Green Mile, because the floor was the color of faded lime. We had the electric chair then. Old Sparky, we called it. I've lived a lot of years, Ellie, but 1935 takes the prize. That was the year I had the worst urinary infection of my life. That was also the year of John Coffey and the two dead girls.Old Paul Edgecomb
I guess sometimes the past just catches up with you, whether you want it to or not.Old Paul Edgecomb
Paul Edgecomb: What do you want me to do John? I'll do it. You want me to let you walk out of here and see how far you get?
John Coffey: Now why would you want to do a foolish thing like that?
Paul Edgecomb: When I die and I stand before God awaiting judgment and he asks me why I let one of HIS miracles die, what am I gonna say, that it was my job?