“The Princess Bride” movie is one of those that get a very cool welcome when it hits the screens, but over time it gains influence and is recognized as cult. This film grossed a modest $30 million at the box office (with a budget of $16 million – the result, as they say, on a C) and risked being forgotten forever, but received a couple of weighty fantastic awards. And then, when it came out on video, it suddenly turned out that Rob Reiner and the company had created a masterpiece.
The script hit the top 100 according to the American Writers Guild, and the picture itself is regularly included in the ratings of either the best romantic stories, or the funniest comedies of all time. The Americans took the movie for quotes.
For children it is a fairy tale, for adults it is a comedy, and after the second viewing it is an encyclopedia of wisdom that allows you to understand everything to the best of your imagination. In fact, a large amount of hidden meaning is sewn inside. Fans of the film still find certain references in its lyrics and plots.
An intricate story about a princess who wants to live, love and create, a huge number of surrounding villains and heroes seeking her hand and heart. And in this complex, tangled world, it was not without magic, revenge, a sense of honor and duty. Everything is in the best traditions of medieval novels.
But who knows exactly what the directors had in mind? The characters’ phrases are so capacious that their ambiguous interpretation led to their elevation to the rank of aphorisms.
The most important quotes from Princess Bride
What can a children’s fairy tale give us? Each plot twist is rich in non-standard, deep phrases that sound differently to people depending on their life experiences.
- “You mean, you’ll put down your rock and I’ll put down my sword, and we’ll try and kill each other like civilized people?” – The Man in Black (Cary Elwes)
- “Your vote of confidence is overwhelming.” – Grandpa (Peter Falk)
- Grandson: Does it got any sports in it?
- “You’re trying to kidnap what I’ve rightfully stolen.” – Vizzini (Wallace Shawn)
- “Since the invention of the kiss, there have been five kisses rated the most passionate, the most pure. This one left them all behind. The end.” – Grandpa (Peter Falk)
- “My way’s not very sportsman-like.” – Fezzik (Andre the Giant)
- You can die slowly, cut into a thousand pieces!
- I don’t mean to pry, but you don’t by any chance happen to have six fingers on your right hand?
- Vizzini: I suppose you think you’re brave, don’t you? Buttercup: Only compared to some.
- “They’re so perky, I love that.” – Miracle Max (Billy Crystal)
The most interesting quotes from Princess Bride
You will be interested in aphorisms from this naive movie. Viewing is literally addictive, which explains the presence of the book and film in the collections of many families.
- “Have you ever considered piracy? You’d make a wonderful Dread Pirate Roberts.” – Westley (Cary Elwes)
- True love is the greatest thing in the world. Except a nice MLT—a mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomatoes are ripe!
- “Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.” – Westley (Cary Elwes)
- “It’s not my fault being the biggest and the strongest. I don’t even exercise.” – Fezzik (Andre the Giant)
- “He’s right on top of us. I wonder if he is using the same wind we are using.” – Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patikin)
- “For now, rest well and dream of large women.” – The Man in Black (Cary Elwes)
- “This is true love – you think this happens every day?” – Westley (Cary Elwes)
- “Keep your shirt on, and let me read.” – Grandpa (Peter Falk)
- [Miracle Max lifts and drops dead Westley’s arm] I’ve seen worse.
- “I’ll explain and I’ll use small words so that you’ll be sure to understand, you warthog faced buffoon.” – Westley (Cary Elwes)
Wisest quotes from Princess Bride
The depth of thought of some of the characters is simply amazing. And let these decorations and special effects look ridiculous in the modern world. It is food for the soul and mind.
- Grandson: You mean, he lives? Jesus, Grandpa, what did you read me this thing for?!
- “When I was your age, television was called books.” – Grandpa (Peter Falk)
- Buttercup: We’ll never survive! Westley: Nonsense, you’re only saying that because no one ever has. Buttercup: Westley, what about the R.O.U.S.es? Westley: Rodents of Unusual Size? I don’t think they exist.
- Grandson: Grandpa, maybe you could come over and read it again to me tomorrow.
- [Referencing Vizzini’s use of the word “inconceivable”] You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
- “We are men of action, lies do not become us.” – Westley (Cary Elwes)
- Grandfather: As you wish.
- “I could do that. I have some rope up here, but I do not think you would accept my help, since I am only waiting around to kill you.” – Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patikin)
- “I told you I would always come for you. Why didn’t you wait for me?” – Westley (Cary Elwes)
- “I can’t compete with you physically, and you’re no match for my brains.” – Vizzini (Wallace Shawn)
Funny quotes from Princess Bride
It may sound strange, but there is a huge amount of humor here. Some jokes are even a little cruel, but at the first screening, behind the audience’s laughter, the speaker system of cinemas was not heard.
- Buttercup: At a time like this, that’s all you can think to say? Gently? Westley: Gently!
- “I just want you to feel you’re doing well. I hate for people to die embarrassed.” – Fezzik (Andre the Giant)
- As you wish.
- “That does put a damper on our relationship.” – The Man in Black (Cary Elwes)
- Westley: Can you move at all? Buttercup: Move? You’re alive. If you want I can fly.
- I will always come for you.
- Grandson: See, didn’t I tell you she’d never marry that rotten Humperdinck?
- “As you wish.” – Westley (Cary Elwes)
- “I’ve never worked for so little. Except once, and that was a very noble cause.” – Miracle Max (Billy Crystal)
- “Inconceivable!” – Vizzini (Wallace Shawn)
Princess Bride quotes with double meanings
Read these aphorisms once at first. And then come back to them again. You will be able to understand them from a completely different side.
- You can’t hurt me. Westley and I are joined by the bonds of love. And you cannot track that, not with a thousand bloodhounds, and you cannot break it, not with a thousand swords. And…when I say you are a coward it is only because you are one of the slimiest weaklings ever to walk the Earth!
- Tyrone, you know much I love watching you work. But I’ve got my country’s th anniversary to plan, my wedding to arrange, my wife to murder, and Guilder to frame for it. I’m swamped!
- “You rush a miracle man, you get rotten miracles.” – Miracle Max (Billy Crystal)
- The King: Strange wedding.
- “That doesn’t leave much time for dilly-dallying.” – Westley (Cary Elwes)
- “He’s dead. He can’t talk.” – Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patikin)
- “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” – Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patikin)
- Man in Black: You’re that smart? Vizzini: Have you ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates? Man in Black: Yes? Vizzini: Morons.
- “They’re kissing again. Do we have to read the kissing parts?” – The Grandson (Fred Savage)
- “First things first, to the death.” – Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon)
Everyday Quotes from Princess Bride
Use these great thoughts every day to enhance and diversify your speaking culture. Your interlocutors will definitely be pleasantly surprised.
- Grandfather: Yes, you’re very smart. Shut up.
- Thank you so much for bringing up such a painful subject. While you’re at it, why don’t you give me a nice paper cut and pour lemon juice on it.
- Humiliations galore!
- The Impressive Clergyman: Mawwiage. Mawwiage is wat bwings us togeder today. Mawwiage, that bwessed awwangement, that dweam wifin a dream…And wuv, twue wuv, will fowwow you foweva…So tweasure your wuv — Prince Humperdinck: Skip to the end!
- Grandpa: Are you kidding? Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles. Grandson: Doesn’t sound too bad. I’ll try to stay awake.
- Miracle Max: Get back, witch! Valerie: I’m not a witch, I’m your wife!
- “My brains, his steel, and your strength against sixty men, and you think a little head-jiggle is supposed to make me happy?” – Westley (Cary Elwes)
- I haven’t fought one person for so long! I’ve specialized in groups—battling gangs for local charities, that kind of thing.
- This is true love. Think this happens every day?
- “Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.” – The Man in Black (Cary Elwes)
Most Popular Quotes from Princess Bride
You can hear these aphorisms from various people, from TV screens or on the radio. Now remember where you faced this the last time?
- It comes to this. I love Westley. I always have. I know now, I always will.
- “You can’t hurt me. Westley and I are joined by the bonds of love. And you cannot track that, not with a thousand bloodhounds, and you cannot break it, not with a thousand swords. And when I say you are a coward it is only because you are one of the slimiest weaklings ever to walk the Earth!” – Buttercup (Robin Wright)
- Grandfather: When I was your age, television was called books, and this is a special book.
- There will be blood tonight!
- “You mocked me once, never do it again! I died that day!” – Buttercup (Robin Wright)
- I always think that everything could be a trap, which is why I’m still alive.
- She is alive, or was an hour ago. If she is otherwise when I find her, I will be very put out.
- Let me explain… No, there is too much. Let me sum up.
- There’s a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Now, mostly dead is slightly alive.
- “Anybody want a peanut?” – Fezzik (Andre the Giant)
Frequently used quotes from Princess Bride
Many celebrities have repeatedly referred to this movie. Politicians, musicians, poets and writers have repeatedly quoted this children’s tale with an adult connotation.
- The Queen: Yes, very strange wedding. Come along.
- “You mean you wish to surrender to me? Very well, I accept.” – Westley (Cary Elwes)
- Grandfather: Since the invention of the kiss, there have been five kisses rated the most passionate, the most pure. This one left them all behind. The end.
- “Have fun stormin’ da castle.” – Miracle Max and Valerie (Billy Crystal and Carol Kane)
- Farm boy, polish my horse’s saddle. I want to see my face shining in it by morning.
- Grandson: They’re kissing again. Do we have to hear the kissing part?
- Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.
- “There’s a shortage of perfect breasts in this world. It would be a pity to damage yours.” – Westley (Cary Elwes)
- Grandfather: Well, who says life is fair? Where is that written? Life isn’t always fair.
- Inigo Montoya: It’s very strange. I have been in the revenge business so long, now that it’s over, I don’t know what to do with the rest of my life. Westley: Have you ever considered piracy?
The most unexpected quotes from Princess Bride
The peculiarity of the script is that wise phrases appear out of nowhere. They arise in situations where the viewer is not ready for this.
- “Get some rest. If you haven’t got your health, then you haven’t got anything.” – Count Rugen (Christopher Guest).
- “Who are you? Are we enemies? Why am I on this wall? Where is Buttercup?” – Westley (Cary Elwes)
- “We’ll never succeed. We may as well die here.” – Buttercup (Robin Wright)
- “You killed my love.” – Buttercup (Robin Wright)
- “That day, she was amazed to discover that when he was saying “As you wish,” what he meant was, “I love you.” And even more amazing was the day she realized she truly loved him back.” – Grandpa (Peter Falk)
- [Buttercup kisses the king] The King: What was that for? Buttercup: Because you’ve always been so kind to me, and I won’t be seeing you again, since I’m killing myself once we reach the honeymoon suite. The King: Won’t that be nice? She kissed me!
- “I will never love again.” – Buttercup (Robin Wright)
- “Good night, Westley. Good work. Sleep well. I’ll most likely kill you in the morning.” – Dread Pirate Roberts (Cary Elwes)
- Grandfather: Buttercup was raised on a small farm in the country of Florin. Her favorite pastimes were riding her horse and tormenting the farm boy that worked there. His name was Westley, but she never called him that. Isn’t that a wonderful beginning?
- Life is pain!
Final selection of quotes from Princess Bride
This film and the wisdom of the main characters’ phrases will stay with you forever. Be sure to memorize a few of them in order to use them in your daily life.
- Listen—do you hear? That is the sound of ultimate suffering.
- Vizzini: Finish him, your way! Fezzik: Oh, good, thank you, Vizzini… What’s my way? Vizzini: Pick up one of those rocks, get behind a boulder. In a few minutes, the Man in Black will come running around the bend. The minute his head is in view, hit it with the rock. Fezzik: My way’s not very sportsman-like.
- We need a miracle. It’s very important.
- Prince Humperdinck: First things first. To the death!
- “You never said anything about killing anyone.” – Fezzik (Andre the Giant)
- Count Rugen: You’ve got an overdeveloped sense of vengeance. It’s going to get you in trouble one of these days.
- “I’m not a witch, I’m your wife. But after what you just said, I’m not even sure I want to be that any more.” – Valerie (Carol Kane)
- Grandfather: Some day, you may not mind so much.
- “There will be blood tonight!” – Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patikin)
- Westley: No—to the pain.
- “You truly love each other and so you might have been truly happy. Not one couple in a century has that chance, no matter what the story books say. And so I think no man in a century will suffer as greatly as you will.” – Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon)
- Grandfather: Alright, now let’s see, where were we? Oh, yes. In the pit of despair.
- “Sonny, true love is the greatest thing in the world – except for a nice MLT – mutton, lettuce, and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomatoes are ripe.” – Miracle Max (Billy Crystal)
Why do we keep watching this?
It would seem that it is 1987, the 21st century is already here, and we don’t stop believing in the medieval stories from “Princess Bride”.
William Goldman very carefully transferred his own book to the screen: the key scenes and dialogues remained in place, and beyond those that did not enter, you can look into the original source (if you can then tear yourself away from it). And these are brilliant scenes and dialogues!
The characters’ remarks sparkle with graceful humour with a touch of cozy absurdity. Somewhere on the verge of “Monty Python”. The plot copies classic romantic fairy tales, but clearly makes fun of them: true love, of course, wins, but very non-standard methods are used for this, and on the way to victory, lovers have to not only quarrel and part, but also die.
This is a fairy tale with a triple bottom, but none of them prevents it from remaining kind and charming. And insanely funny. Even if this film is older than you, it is still worth watching – and make sure that the script and the right actors make up 90% of the success in cinema. Because special effects can be out of date, but true love and good jokes never.