27 Best ‘Forrest Gump’ Quotes: Stupid is as Stupid Does

“Mama always had a way of explaining things so I could understand them.”

– Forrest Gump


Forrest returns home to Greenbow in September 1975 when he learns his mother is dying of cancer. Mrs. Gump knew she was destined to be his mama. She could explain anything to Forrest, the bad the good and the ugly, and through it all she never sugar coated any of it. She was just a good ol’ southern lady who could make anything sound right. Death is not a happy occasion and even on her deathbed Mama explained to Forrest what life would be like without her. So eloquently and so beautifully, she passes away and if you tend to cry during movies, this might be the scene where the water works start. 

Sally Field does a darn good job tearing at the heartstrings of every audience member who watches this film. Forrest tells the old women at the bus stop that mama got the cancer and died on a Tuesday, he then proceeded to buy her a hat with flowers on it. Queue the tears, this 2 min scene and quote is a complete cry fest.