quotes in awk

Lazily trying to paste a long list of strings into python, which means I need things wrapped in quotes (and commas, but I'm excluding them from this example cause they're easy). Grabbing the strings from a file using awk, but since quotes (apostrophes) are special in awk this messes things up a little. The way to do it is either

awk '{ print "'"'"'"$F"'"'"'" }' file.txt

(I kid you not), or

awk '{ print "\047"$F }' file.txt

where $F is whatever field of file.txt is interesting.

I think the second method might be a bit nicer.