Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman discuss hope for stem cell patients

In ALL ARTICLES, QUOTE OF THE DAY on April 11, 2009 at 6:57 pm
Shawshank Redemption - Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) & Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding (Morgan Freeman) discuss hope

Shawshank Redemption - Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) & Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding (Morgan Freeman) discuss hope


Now that you know the difference between embryonic and adult stem cells…

Now that you know that embryonic stem cells are inherently filled with problems and might never be available in your lifetime…

Now that you know that even long-proven, super-safe adult stem cells may not be approved in the USA soon enough to do you any good…

Now that you know that there are other choices out there for so-called “incurable no-option patients”…

I’d like to share something with you.

In the movie, the Shawshank Redemption, Tim Robbins plays the character Andy Dufresne and Morgan Freeman plays the character of Red. Of the many memorable lines from this movie, there is one incredibly poignant and apt one that I want you to think very hard about. The scene is this…facing a sentence of life imprisonment where the only option of escape is via suicide, Andy commits a cardinal sin. The sin of expressing hope in a place where there is none…


I didn’t shoot my wife and I didn’t shoot her lover, and whatever mistakes I made I’ve paid for and then some. That hotel and that boat…I don’t think it’s too much to want. To look at the stars just after sunset. Touch the sand. Wade in the water. Feel free.


Goddamn it, Andy, stop! Don’t do that to yourself! Talking shitty pipedreams! Mexico’s down there, and you’re in here, and that’s the way it is!


You’re right. It’s down there, and I’m in here. I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying.

Please take a moment to think about that.

‘Get busy living or get busy dying.’

Which are you doing?

(Later in the movie, faced with the potential of his own suicide, Red finally understands.)

Red is dressed in his suit. He finishes knotting his tie, puts his hat on. His bag is by the door. He takes one last look around. Only one thing left to do. He pulls a wooden chair to the center of the room and gazes up at the ceiling beam.

RED (Voice over)

Get busy living or get busy dying. That is goddamn right.

He steps up on the chair. It wobbles under his weight…

(We skip ahead to one of the last scenes in the movie.)

A gorgeous New England landscape whizzes by, fields and trees a blur of motion. ANGLE SHIFTS to reveal a Greyhound Sceni-Cruiser barreling up the road, pulling abreast of us. CAMERA TRAVELS from window to window, passing faces. We finally come to Red gazing out at the passing landscape.

RED (Voice over)

I find I am so excited I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it is the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain…

Get busy living or get busy dying…

The choice is yours.

quotes via http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111161/quotes

  1. That is a great article and a great analogy.

  2. The best article on stem cells 2009 we shall ever read.

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