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

“Stupid is as stupid does.”

– Forrest Gump


In the film, Forrest Gump, is asked several times if he is stupid. Gump simply replies back “Stupid is as stupid does”, meaning that a person should be judged by his actions, not his appearance. In an attempt to explain his tendencies, Gump does so in a beautiful way from the young age of 8 or so all the way up to his older years by simply responding with this single line to anyone who asks him about his intelligence.