The following quote: "I have to remind myself that some birds aren't meant to be caged" is from the movie,The Shawshank Redemption (1994). The film is adapted from the Stephen King novella 'Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption'. The movie tells the story of Andy Dufresne, a banker who spends 19 years in Shawshank State Prison for the murder of his wife and her lover despite his claims of innocence.

The above line was spoken by Red (played by Morgan Freeman) in the film which was directed by Frank Darabont and produced by Niki Marvin. Tim Robbins (Andy Dufresne) is the other key protagonist in this film. The actions of Andy and Red encapsulate a truly real friendship between them, while Andy works to make the Shawshank prison a much brighter place for the prisoners. Red sees this.

This quote shows us that Red can look back on talks and memories he built with his friend. Andy got out of the prison and the event forced Red to move on, but it didn’t mean that he had to dwell on any negative feelings. Sure, he recognized his own personal sadness, but he reminded himself that Andy, as a person important to him, had continued to move on and live, just like all wise people do.

When people become separated from one another, it gives them real reasons to remember things that they've learned. They think of past memories, and this allows them to restore hope in themselves and their lives. This is an idea made very clear by Red as he speaks about his friend, Andy Dufresne.

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