Bubba: I was born with big gums, sir.
Lt. Dan: Yeah, well, you better tuck that in. Gonna get that caught on a trip wire. Where you boys from in the world?
Bubba & Forrest: Alabama, sir!
Lt. Dan: You twins?
Forrest: No, we are not relations, sir.
Forrest: (voice-over) Now, I don't know much about anything, but I think some of American's best young men served in this war. There was Dallas, from Phoenix. Cleveland, he was Detroit. And Tex was, well, I don't remember where Tex come from.
Forrest: (voice-over) One day it started raining, and it didn't quit for four months. We been through every kind of rain there is. Little bitty stingin' rain... and big ol' fat rain. Rain that flew in sideways. And sometimes rain even seemed to come straight up from underneath.
Forrest: (voice-over)I even wrote Jenny and told her all about it. I sent her letters. Not every day, but almost. I told her what I was doin' and asked her what she was doing, and I told her how I thought about her always. And how I was looking forward to getting a letter from her just as soon as she had the time I'd always let her know that I was okay. Then I'd sign each letter, "Love, Forrest Gump."
Forrest: Hey, Bubba...
Bubba: Hey, Forrest. Forrest, why'd this happen?
Forrest: You got shot.
Forrest: (voice-over) Then Bubba said something I won't even forget.
Bubba: I wanna go home.
Forrest: Bubba was my best good friend. And even I know that ain't something you can find just around the corner. Bubba was gonna be a shrimpin' boat captain, but instead he died right there by that river in Vietnam.
Man: It was a bullet, wasn't it?
Forrest: A bullet?
Man: That jumped up and bit you.
Forrest: Oh, yes sir. Bit me directly in the buttocks. They said it was a million-dollar wound, but the Army must keep that money, 'cause I still ain't seen a nickel of that million dollars. The only good thing about being wounded in the buttocks is the ice cream. They gave me all the ice cream I could eat.
Soldier: Now the secret to this game is, no matter what happens, never, never take your eye off the ball.
Forrest: (voice-over) For some reason, ping pong came very natural to me.
Soldier: See, any idiot can play.
Forrest: (voice-over) So I started playing it all the time.
Lt. Dan: Now, you listen to me. We all have a destiny. Nothing just happens, it's all part of a plan. I should have died out there with my men! But now, I'm nothing but a goddamned cripple! A legless freak. Look! Look! Look at me! Do you see that? Do you know what it's like not to be able to use your legs?
Forrest: Well... Yes, sir, I do.
Lt. Dan: Did you hear what I said? You cheated me. I had a destiny. I was supposed to die in the field! With honor! That was my destiny! And you cheated me out of it! You understand what I'm saying, Gump? This wasn't supposed to happen. Not to me. I had a destiny. I was Lieutenant Dan Tyler.
Forrest: Yo-You're still Lieutenant Dan.
Abbie Hoffman: We must declare to that fucking impostor in the White House -- Johnson. We ain't going to work on your farm no more! Yeah!
Forrest: (voice-over) There was this man, giving a little talk. And for some reason, he was wearing an American flag for a shirt...
Abbie Hoffman: Now, I'm going to bring up some soldiers that are going to talk about the war, man...
Forrest: (voice-over) ... and he liked to say the "F" word. A lot. "F" this and "F" that. And every time...
Abbie Hoffman: ... that war has come home, and we have to stop these politicians...
Forrest: (voice-over) ... he said "F" word, people, for some reason, well, they'd cheer.
Abbie Hoffman: ... these guys just told Lyndon Johnson where to stick this fucking war! Yeah!
Forrest: I want you to have this [Medal of Honor].
Jenny: Forrest, I can't keep this.
Forrest: I got it just by doing what you told me to do.
Jenny: Why're you so good to me?
Forrest: You're my girl.
Jenny: I'll always be your girl.
Forrest: (voice-over) And just like that, she was gone out of my life again.
Dick Cavett: Forrest Gump, John Lennon.
John Lennon: Welcome home.
Dick Cavett: You had quite a trip. Can you, uh, tell us, uh, what was China like?
Forrest: Well, in the land of China, people hardly got nothing at all.
John Lennon: No possessions?
Forrest: And in China, they never go to church.
John Lennon: No religion, too?
Dick Cavett: Oh. Hard to imagine.
John Lennon: Well, it's easy if you try, Dick.
Forrest: (voice-over) Some years later, that nice young man from England was on his way home to see his little boy and was signing some autographs. For no particular reason at all, somebody shot him.
Lt. Dan: They gave you the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Forrest: Now that's Lieutenant Dan. Lieutenant Dan!
Lt. Dan: They gave you the Congressional Medal of Honor!
Forrest: Yes sir, they sure did.
Lt. Dan: They gave you an imbecile, a moron who goes on television and makes a fool out himself in front of the whole damn country, the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Forrest: Yes, sir.
Lt. Dan: Well, then, that's just perfect! Yeah, well I just got one thing to say to that. Goddamn bless America.
Lt. Dan: Have you found Jesus yet, Gump?
Forrest: I didn't know I was supposed to be looking for him, sir.
Lt. Dan: That's all these cripples, down at the V.A., that's all they ever talk about. Jesus this and Jesus that. Have I found Jesus? They even had a priest come and talk to me. He said God is listening, but I have to help myself. Now, if I accept Jesus into my heart, I'll get to walk beside him in the Kingdom of Heaven. Did you hear what I said? Walk beside him in the Kingdom of Heaven. Well, kiss my crippled ass. God is listening. What a crock of shit.
Lt. Dan: Now hear this! Private Gump here is gonna be a shrimp boat captain. Well, I tell you what, Gilligan, the day that you are a shrimp boat captain, I will come and be your first mate.
Lt. Dan: If you're ever a shrimp boat captain, that's the day I'm an astronaut.
Forrest: I only caught five.
Old Shrimper: A couple of more, you can have yourself a cocktail. Hey, you ever think about namin' this old boat?
Forrest: (voice-over) I'd never named a boat before, but there was only one I could think of... The most beautiful name in the whole wide world.
Forrest: Lieutenant Dan, what are you doing here?
Lt. Dan: Well, I thought I'd try out my sea legs.
Forrest: Well, you ain't got no legs, Lieutenant Dan.
Lt. Dan: Well, maybe you should just pray for shrimp.
Forrest: (voice-over) So I went to church every Sunday... Sometimes Lieutenant Dan came, too. Though I think he left the praying up to me.
Forrest: No shrimp.
Lt. Dan: Where the hell's this God of yours?
Forrest: (voice-over) It's funny Lieutenant Dan said that, 'cause right then, God showed up.
Lt. Dan: Forrest, I never thanked you for saving my life.
Forrest: (voice-over) He never actually said so, but I think he made his peace with God.