Forrest Gump’S ‘Life Is Like A Box Of Chocolates’ Prop Sells For £20,500 On Valentine’S Day (2023)

“Life is like a box of chocolates” – the misquote that launched a thousand variations…

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“My mama always said, life was like a box a chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” Forrest Gump (actor Tom Hanks) In the 1994 film Forrest Gump These lines are usually misquoted as “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.” And, both versions are different than what Forrest says in the 1986 novel

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by Winston Groom that the film is based on. What Forrest says in the opening line of the novel is: Let me say this: bein a idiot is no box of chocolates.” He goes on to explain: “People laugh, lose patience, treat you shabby. Now they says folks sposed to be kind to the afflicted, but let me tell you — it ain’t always that way. Even so, I got no complaints, cause I reckon I done live a pretty interestin life, so to speak.”

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“LIFE IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES...BUT 2020 IS NOTHING BUT NUTS.” A sign on a 2020 Halloween installation in Medina, Ohio, which features a life-size doll version of Forrest Gump on a park bench. A photo of the installation was included in an article on the website posted in September 2020.

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“A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.” Leonard Nimoy American actor and author, especially known for his portrayal of the Vulcan character Spock in the Star Trek TV series and movies Nimoy posted these moving words on his popular Twitter feed the night of February 22, 2015. It was his last tweet. Early that morning he was rushed to the hospital. A few days later he died, at age 83, from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The letters “LLAP” at the end of the tweet were his shorthand initials for “Live long and prosper,” the popular catchphrase he used in many Star Trek episodes and films. Nimoy first spoke the line in the “Amok Time” episode of the original Star Trek series, aired on September 15, 1967, as Episode 1 of Season 2.

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“Life is not like a box of chocolates. A box of chocolates is all good. I mean, it would be like a box of chocolates if there was a occasional turd.” Bill Maher American comedian and talk show host A comment Maher made on an episode of his first major TV show Politically Incorrect. (I watched that ep and wrote down the quip, but I forgot to note the date. The show originally aired from 1997 to 2002.)

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“Forrest Gump’s mother had a lot of catchy sayings. I never really understood any of them. Life is not like a box of chocolates. Life is more like a wad of gum stuck to the bottom of your favorite pair of shoes. The more you try to clean up the mess, the stickier it becomes.” Ronda Thompson (1955-2007) American novelist In her novel Confessions of a Werewolf Supermodel (2007)

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“Life is like a box of chocolates. A cheap, thoughtless, perfunctory gift that nobody ever asks for. Unreturnable, because all you get back is another box of chocolates. So you’re stuck with this undefinable whipped mint crap that you mindlessly wolf down when there’s nothing else left to eat. Sure, once in a while there’s a peanut butter cup, or an English Toffee. But they’re gone too fast. The taste is fleeting. So you end up with nothing but broken bits filled with hardened jelly and teeth-shattering nuts. If you’re desperate enough to eat those, all you’ve got left is a — is an empty box, filled with useless brown paper wrappers.” The “Cigarette Smoking Man” The X-Files character played by actor William B. Davis In a 1996 episode of the The X-Files TV series

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Life is like a sewer. What you get out of it depends on what you put into it.” Tom Lehrer American songwriter and satirist Part of his spoken introduction to the song “We Will All Go Together When We Go,” on the album An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer

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(1953). The lyrics of the song include the line: Life is like a sewer / And I"m trying to wade through her.”

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“Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism. The way you play it is free will.” Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964) Prime Minister of India from 1947 to 1964 This popular quote appears to have first been attributed to Nehru by Norman Cousins, editor of the Saturday Review, in a 1967 issue of that venerable periodical.

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The quote from the very quotable film from 1994 film, Forrest Gump. Based on the book of the same name, Forrest Gump is a person of low IQ but, despite his apparent handicap, he proceeds to go on different new adventures and meet people who would go on to make history, making his life one of the most fulfilling ones ever.

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The quote comes from the very first scene of the film. While waiting for a bus, Forrest Gump (played by Tom Hanks) offers a piece of chocolate from a box. He then remembers one of his mother’s sayings, which just so happens to be the quote in question.

Fun Fact: Most people think the quote goes “Lifeis like a box of chocolates” but he actually says “was” at this point. Forrest’s mother (played by Sally Field) does say a version of the quote but she says, “Life is a box of chocolates” without the word “like” in it.

I guess people misremember the quote because the way we remember it is grammatically correct.

Geek wisdom: Life is full of surprises and you never really know what will happen next. Sometimes good things will happen. Sometimes bad things will happen. But that’s just how life goes.

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What did Forrest Gump mean when he said life is like a box of chocolates? ›

Proverb. (simile) Life is full of surprises; you never know what will happen next.

How much did Forrest Gump box of chocolates sell for? ›

The box of chocolates from the famous Forrest Gump bus stop scene was recently purchased at auction for a staggering $25,000.

What does it mean by life is like a box of chocolates? ›

Originally Answered: What did Tom Hanks mean in Forest Gump when he said "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get"? When you open a box of chocolates, there is a variety of flavors available.

Who told Forrest the line life was like a box of chocolates? ›

It is from the movie 'Forrest Gump' where the protagonist, played by Tom Hanks, quotes his mother: Forrest Gump: My momma always said, “Life was like a box of chocolates.

What does chocolate symbolize? ›

Chocolate gift has a strong symbolic meaning, that of love, passion, care and, happy life.

What did Forrest Gump actually say in his speech? ›

When Forrest gets up to talk at the Vietnam rally in Washington, the microphone plug is pulled and you cannot hear him. According to Tom Hanks he said, "Sometimes when people go to Vietnam, they go home to their mommas without any legs. Sometimes they don't go home at all. That's a bad thing.

How did Forrest Gump get all the money? ›

Forrest and his mother lived in a large house just outside the town of Greenbow in the state of Alabama. They made money by renting out rooms to travelers.

What was in the box in Forrest Gump? ›

Instead of being filled with chocolates, the box actually contains four ounces of sand, which was added to stop it falling off Tom Hanks lap during filming. The sold treasure is also signed by Hanks. Forrest Gump follows the story of the life of Gump and his childhood friend and love interest.

Where did Forrest Gump eat a box of chocolates? ›

Beautiful and Where Forrest Gump ate his box of Chocolates! - Review of Chippewa Square, Savannah, GA - Tripadvisor.

What is the famous line from Forrest Gump? ›

Can you believe it's been nearly 29 years since Forrest Gump sat on that bench and delivered his famous quote, “life is like a box of chocolates”? On July 6, 1994, the slow, but sweet character played by Tom Hanks entered theaters—and our hearts.

Is life a box of chocolate a metaphor or simile? ›

It compares “life” to a “box of chocolates” by using the word “like”. This is known as a simile (pronounced sim-i-lee).

What type of analogy is life is like a box of chocolates? ›

A metaphor is often poetically saying something is something else. For example, “Life is a box of chocolates.” An analogy is saying something is like something else to make some sort of explanatory point. For example, “Life is like a box of chocolates—you never know what you're gonna get.”

Does Forrest Gump have autism? ›

In fact, two Japanese doctors have started down that path, perhaps tongue in cheek, and made an official diagnosis of Gump according to the DSM-IV autistic disorder criteria, ruling out possible alternative diagnoses such as Rett's disorder or childhood disintegrative disorder according to observational evidence ...

Why your life is compared to a chocolate? ›

Chocolates refer to the choices that we make in life which will eventually shape our future. When we pick that chocolate, we are actually picking a path. The bite that we take is the journey of that choice.

Is Forrest Gump Based on a true story? ›

It's not true that Forrest Gump is based on a true story. The events depicted in the movie and the character of Forrest Gump are entirely fictional. The film consolidates components of American history, including critical occasions and social references, to make a made-up story set against genuine occasions.

What is the meaning of chocolate 🍫? ›

The Chocolate Bar emoji 🍫 is used to express love (or hunger) for chocolate in all of its forms.

What does chocolate mean in Valentine? ›

Chocolate is said to contain substance that inflames desire and make the beloved one more open to romance. In olden days, this resulted in the tradition in European royalty to give their lovers chocolates mixed with amber to stimulate their love.

What does the chocolate mean on Valentine's Day? ›

A heart-shaped box of chocolate is a sign of love, a symbol — and often tool — of romance, and an intrinsic part of Valentine's Day. From at least the time of the Aztecs, chocolate has been seen as an aphrodisiac.

What disability did Forrest Gump have? ›

Unfortunately for curious fans, the need for Gump's leg braces remains officially undiagnosed. However, Forrest himself explains early on in the story that he was born with very strong legs, but his spine was a little crooked, suggesting he may have had mild scoliosis.

What does Forrest Gump teach us? ›

One of the clearest messages that can be taken from Forrest Gump is that it's important to appreciate life while you have it. Gump's story shows that you never know what's going to happen in the future, and that also includes not knowing when your time will be up or if your life is ever going to be compromised.

Did Jenny actually love Forrest? ›

That night, Jenny climbs into bed with Forrest. She tells him that she does indeed love him (her first time admitting it aloud) and makes love to Forrest for the first time.

Is Forrest really the father? ›

Their inclusion into the movie plot indicate that the creators wanted you to conclude that Little Forrest is in fact Forrest's biological son. When Forrest first finds out about being a father, he asks if he can be with Little Forrest. He goes over to him, sits down, and they both start watching TV.

What virus did Jenny have? ›

Jenny Dies From Hepatitis C In The Forrest Gump Books.

Why didn t Jenny love Forrest? ›

Quite simply, Jenny does not feel she deserves to be loved — at least, not in the way that Forrest is ready to love her. This can also explain why Jenny repeatedly runs away from Forrest. With her total lack of self-esteem, Jenny feels that she needs to abandon Forrest in order to protect him.

Where was Forrest Gump shot on his body? ›

After the Vietnam war, when Forrest is awarded the Medal of Honor by President Johnson, he has a hilarious scene when the President asks him where he was shot. In his innocence, Forrest pulls his pants down on national T.V. to show Mr. President the bullet wound on his buttocks!

What were the chocolates in Forrest Gump? ›

And it's not chocolate. Instead, the box is filled with sand. “This was so Hanks could keep it on his lap properly during filming.

How many chocolates did Forrest Gump eat? ›

Bubba Gump Trivia
how many chocolates did forest say he can eat?a million and a half
mama always said "stupid is..."as stupid does
what bus # was forrest waiting for?9
what ad was on the side of the bus?chevy citation car ad
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What is the saddest scene in Forrest Gump? ›

When Forrest leaves the letter at Jenny's grave. The pain and emotion in Tom Hanks's performance in the scene is absolutely amazing. He just sounds so broken, like he doesn't know how to keep going, but he knows that he can't give up either.

What is the death quote Forrest Gump? ›

Forrest Gump : You died on a Saturday morning. And I had you placed here under our tree. And I had that house of your father's bulldozed to the ground. Momma always said dyin' was a part of life.

Who are the 3 famous people Forrest Gump meet? ›

But Gump's biggest contribution to film history might be its beloved main character's accidental seat at world history's table. He meets presidents John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon and Lyndon Johnson.

What is the box metaphor? ›

Thinking outside the box (also thinking out of the box or thinking beyond the box and, especially in Australia, thinking outside the square) is a metaphor that means to think differently, unconventionally, or from a new perspective.

What is a metaphor compared to life? ›

Some examples of metaphors for life include: "Life is a song; we each get to write our own lyrics." "Life is a puzzle; you can only see the picture when you put all the pieces together." "Life is a garden; with care and love you can cultivate beautiful flowers."

Is chocolate is heaven a metaphor? ›

A metaphor is a comparison between two unlike things but instead of using “like” or “as”, you just replace one word with another word. For example, you might say that your child is a doll, or that your chocolate bar is heaven.

Who has PTSD in Forrest Gump? ›

(1) For Clichy, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder was depicted in the movie, Forrest Gump in two ways. The first explanation for Lieutenant Dan's PTSD is because he was shot, injured, and then handicapped in scene where he fights the war against Vietnam.

What chocolate says about your personality? ›

According to Langham, those who favour dark chocolate tend to be pragmatic problem solvers who are excited about the future. Whereas those who prefer milk chocolate are romantic at heart and like to dwell on the past.

How does chocolate affect happiness? ›

Studies have found that there are multiple components within chocolate that can give us that feeling of happiness and satisfaction. One element in particular is called tryptophan; this is an amino acid that helps the brain to make serotonin; a neurotransmitter that makes us feel good.

What does chocolate compare to love? ›

Not many will know but chocolate is considered to be an aphrodisiac food, releasing brain soothing chemicals which increase energy and desire levels. Chocolate is proven to produce a natural high which elevates a person's mood and this is often equated to feeling in love.

How did Forrest Gump end? ›

In the movie's final scene, Forrest sits on a bench with his son, Forrest Jr., and sees him off on his first day of school. Before parting, they each say that they love the other.

Why is Forrest Gump so famous? ›

One of the main reasons “Forrest Gump” was so popular — besides America's enduring love for Hanks — is that Zemeckis had a facility with slick crowd pleasers aimed at warm-weather audiences. In the '80s, he directed “Romancing the Stone,” “Back to the Future” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” back-to-back-to-back.

Who is the real Jenny from Forrest Gump? ›

Hanna Rose Hall is an American actress. She made her film debut in Forrest Gump (1994), and later appeared in Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides (1999) and Rob Zombie's Halloween (2007). Hall was born in Denver, Colorado.

What is the deeper meaning behind Forrest Gump? ›

One of the clearest messages that can be taken from Forrest Gump is that it's important to appreciate life while you have it. Gump's story shows that you never know what's going to happen in the future, and that also includes not knowing when your time will be up or if your life is ever going to be compromised.

What is the quote from Forrest Gump about love? ›

"I'm not a smart man, but I know what love is."

How does chocolate equal happiness? ›

The body uses it to produce the mood-elevating substance of serotonin – also known as the happiness hormone. The sugar in the chocolate also plays a role in this. Because the insulin released in response to the sugar facilitates the journey of the tryptophan to the brain where it engenders happiness.

Why chocolate is the perfect gift? ›

Chocolate is undoubtedly the best gift for any occasion. It can be shared with people or consumed individually. It can be nibbled on bit by bit or added to a hot beverage to tantalize the taste buds. All in all, chocolate is the ideal choice for a multiple range of people and it has universal appeal.

What figure of speech is life is a box of chocolates? ›

Simile = Life is like a box of chocolates.

Is life is like a box of chocolates an analogy or metaphor? ›

“Life is like a box of chocolates — you never know what you're gonna get.” We use analogy to break down complex ideas, make decisions, solve problems, invent, explain, persuade, and more — often through the use of other literary devices like similes and metaphors.

Is Forrest Gump based on a real person? ›

Although Forrest Gump wasn't a real person, there's a high possibility that he was partly inspired by veteran Sammy Lee Lewis, whose Vietnam War story is very similar to that of Gump's. Joining the Army fresh out of high school, Lewis was asked to fight in Vietnam.


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