The man is mean, careless, and stupid. Bad combination in a place like this.

Paul Edgecomb

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.

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

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.

Melinda Moores: Why do you have so many scars? Who hurt you so badly?
John Coffey: Don't hardly remember, ma'am.

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 dreamed of you. I dreamed you were wandering in the dark, and so was I. We found each other. We found each other in the dark.

Melinda Moores

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

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 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

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

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The Green Mile Quotes

William 'Wild Bill' Wharton: Barbecue, me and you! Stinky pinky, pew, pew! Or dilly, Jilly, Hilly or Bob! It was a french-fried Cajun named Delacroix!
Paul Edgecomb: You are about ten seconds away from spending the rest of your life in the padded room!

I think this boy's cheese has done slid off his cracker.

Bill Dodge