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  • Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Quotes 207. It's another one by Stephen

  • King. And it's a very famous movie quote, and anytime you look up movie

  • quotes, this is one of the ones that's often repeated a lot. And here's the

  • quote. It's very simple. Get busy living or get busy dying. Okay. So let's look at

  • the note here. This quote by Stephen King came from the famous short story

  • and movie "The Shawshank Redemption. " I think Shawshank was the name of the prison. And...

  • All right. Let's continue. The quote was said by the character, Andy Dufresne played by

  • Tim Robbins. Yeah. If you've ever seen this movie, it was a very good movie. This

  • character, he ends up getting accused of killing his wife and the, the boyfriend

  • that she was cheating with. And he did actually I think he did actually

  • purchase a gun but he threw it away and he never killed. He never actually killed

  • them. Somebody else who robbed them killed them but he ended up getting blamed for

  • it and he ended up going to prison for it.

  • You know, anytime a wife dies you know the husband is always the number one

  • suspect, but in this case , in this story, he really didn't do it. And all right. So

  • let's go on. This quote is also repeated later by the character, Ellis Boyd Red

  • Redding. Both characters said this line when they were at a crossroads in life.

  • Yeah. The character , Red Redding that's played by Morgan Freeman who became a

  • good friend of Andy Dufresne. and when he said it , he was actually remembering

  • Andy Dufresne. All right. now, the character, Andy Dufresne, he was

  • at a point where I think it was it there was another prisoner who actually met the

  • prisoner, The, the guy that actually killed his wife and killed the boyfriend. And he

  • told him that story when he was in jail and he could've proved it. And the, the

  • warden of that prison got to like Andy Dufresne because he, he was an

  • accountant. And he did a lot of like cheating accounting things for him. And

  • he knew that he was too afraid to let him go. And he actually had it set up

  • that this guy who could have proved Andy Dufresne was actually innocent.

  • He set it up where he looked like he was escaping. So he could kill, so he'd

  • actually kill him because he didn't want Andy Dufresne to ever go free. And Andy

  • Dufresne realized he's never going to get out of here. That he's got to do this now.

  • He's got to try to escape which he kind of planned for a long time. And I don't

  • know if he really wanted you know maybe for the longest time he you know, he

  • didn't do it or he was you know, hoping that he would eventually get out somehow. (legally)

  • But here he realized, he's never going to get out. So he's at a crossroads. So he's

  • got to either try to escape or not escape. And he's actually talking to

  • Redding when he says this. He was depressed for this and he realized.

  • Look... He didn't actually tell him he was going to escape, but that's what

  • he says. Well, you got to get busy living, or get busy dying. It means you got to go

  • for it you got to try to escape and get out of here. He actually told him where

  • that if he ever got out where he would go and what he would do. And that's also

  • important in the story later. But let's continue. Now Redding was finally let out of jail.

  • So, so Andy Dufresne , of course he did escape. And that's a great movie

  • if you ever seen it. You know, he ends up going through the sewer pipe and he got

  • out and he kept all the evidence and he actually got the warden in trouble and

  • he ended up gettng all the warden's money. And he did escape to where he

  • wanted to go was some place in Mexico I think

  • Zihuatanejo. Where he just wanted to get a fishing boat. So he ended up doing this.

  • But it was at that crossroads when he was really trying to decide that he

  • actually said this. Now later in the movie, Redding, the character, he finally

  • gets out of jail. They finally let him out. He's also an older man, after many

  • decades even though he got his freedom, he was reduced to a menial job of

  • packing groceries at a supermarket. One of the few options, for an ex-convict.

  • Because they couldn't get many jobs. You know, after being in jail for so long.

  • Life had become boring and meaningless to him, after he got out of jail. In fact he had

  • more power and significance as the go-to guy, you know when he was in jail. When he

  • was in jail a lot of people you know he was important in the jail. A lot of

  • people always went to him , because he had a lot of connections. He was able to get

  • stuff from outside the jail in. And, and he also had it was there with a lot of

  • other convicts. And you know, he, he had some even though, he's in prison he had

  • some significance. But now that he's out, he feels even less powerful, and he feels

  • that you know life is meaningless. So he's also suddenly at kind of a

  • crossroads. Now also there's another point that's important. Just before

  • Redding was released. There was another character called Brooks. You know he was

  • the guy that was in charge of like a lot of the books. And he finally got let out

  • also after many decades. Who got released after many decades. Brooks had

  • the same job, and lived in the same room as Redding got later. Okay So, so Redding found

  • himself in exactly the same position as this guy. Brooks also felt like life was

  • boring and meaningless after he got out. Too much had changed while he was in

  • jail. So he just felt like a feeble old man now. But in jail , he had some

  • importance he was he was the guy that was in charge of the books and you know,

  • you know at that area that all the convicts depended on basically. And he

  • and when he was out he was also afraid most of the time because he's just an

  • older guy now and you know oh well like over 30 years a lot of technology had passed by.

  • It was almost like another world to him. Unfortunately, he decided to commit

  • suicide. So at this point Redding is in the exact same position. He's also at a

  • crossroads in his life and he's deciding what he's going to do. And in the

  • meantime I think Dufresne left him a hint of like where to go and he left a

  • box with a lot of money. So he's either thinking of breaking his parole and

  • leaving taking a risk. Just like Dufresne took the risk to

  • get out of prison. Or just you know, almost like doing what Brooks did. Maybe,

  • maybe commit suicide. Life is too boring you know, so that's, that's, that's

  • the point. That's important here. All right. So this quote is basically telling us

  • all, when we come upon a similar crossroads in life, to get busy living.

  • Strive do whatever it takes to reach that goal and get the most out of life

  • basically. Don't just waste away your days in pain and regret. That's basically

  • what he was saying. If you can't take it anymore and you're almost thinking you

  • know life is too boring or or possibly thinking about suicide. Don't do it. So...

  • regret. So don't take the .... Yeah. And don't take the drastic step basically.

  • Yeah. it's a pain regret. And definitely don't take the drastic step of suicide.

  • Yeah. So either get busy living or get busy dying. That's basically what he's

  • saying. Again it's a famous, it's a famous quote. It was a great movie if you've

  • never seen it. I recommend it even though. even though, it's an old movie. It's

  • still quite good. I'm sure you can find it on cable or YouTube or something like

  • that. anyway I hope you got it I hope you

  • enjoyed it. Thank you for your time. Bye- bye.

Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Quotes 207. It's another one by Stephen

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