Paul Edgecomb: What do you want, John Coffey?
John Coffey: Just to help.
Brutus "Brutal" Howell: [at mock execution] Arlen Bitterbuck, you have been condemned to die by a jury of your peers, sentence imposed by a judge in good standing in this state. Do you have anything to say before the sentence is carried out?
Toot-Toot: [gleefully] Yeah! I want a fried chicken dinner with gravy on the taters, I want to shit in your hat, and I got to have Mae West sit on my face, because I am one horny motherfucker!
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.Paul Edgecomb
Do you leave a light on after bedtime? Because I get a little scared in the dark sometimes. If it's a strange place.John Coffey
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?
I think this boy's cheese has done slid off his cracker.Bill Dodge
Dean Stanton: What did you do?
John Coffey: I helped Del's mouse become a circus mouse, and go to that place Boss Howell was talking about down in...
Brutus "Brutal" Howell: Florida?
John Coffey: Yes. Boss Percy bad. He mean. He stepped on Del's mouse. I took it back though.
Paul Edgecomb: What did you just do to me?
John Coffey: I helped it. Didn't I help it? I just took it back, is all. Awful tired now, boss. Dog tired.
I couldn't help it, boss. I tried to take it back, but it was too late.John Coffey