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
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
Melinda Moores: What's your name?
John Coffey: John Coffey, ma'am.
Melinda Moores: Like the drink, only not spelled the same.
John Coffey: No, ma'am. Not spelt the same at all.
Melinda Moores: Why do you have so many scars? Who hurt you so badly?
John Coffey: Don't hardly remember, ma'am.
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
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.
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