Life is pain, highness. Anyone who tells you differently is selling something.

— William Goldman

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Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line.

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Fool!" cried the hunchback. "You fell victim to one of the classic blunders. The most famous is 'Never get involved in a land war in Asia,' but only slightly less well known is this: 'Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line.

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Her heart was a secret garden and the walls were very high.

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Westley and I are joined by the bond of love and you cannot track that, not with a thousand bloodhounds, and you cannot break it, not with a thousand swords.

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Never get involved in a land war in Asia.

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Do I love you? My God, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches.

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Nobody knows anything...... Not one person in the entire motion picture field knows for a certainty what's going to work. Every time out it's a guess and, if you're lucky, an educated one.

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A good writer is not someone who knows how to write- but how to rewrite

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Just because you're beautiful and perfect, it's made you conceited.

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True love is the best thing in the world, except for cough drops.

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"We’ll never survive!” “Nonsense. You’re only saying that because no one ever has."

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Love is many things none of them logical.

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About William Goldman

Quotes 144 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Novelist
Birthday October 16

When I was your age, television was called books.

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You are trying to kidnap what I have rightfully stolen, and I think it quite ungentlemanly.

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Who says life is fair, where is that written?

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I've been saying it so long to you, you just wouldn't listen.

Every time you said 'Farm Boy do this' you thought I was answering 'As you wish' but that's only because you were hearing wrong. 'I love you' was what it was, but you never heard.

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Anything there is that I can do for you, I will do for you;

anything there is that I cannot do, I will learn to do.

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Life isn't fair. It's just fairer than death, that's all.

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Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.

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Good night, Westley. Good work. Sleep well. I'll most likely kill you in the morning.

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I am your Prince and you will marry me," Humperdinck said.

Buttercup whispered, "I am your servant and I refuse." "I am you Prince and you cannot refuse." "I am your loyal servant and I just did." "Refusal means death." "Kill me then.

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While he was watching the ships, Buttercup shoved him with all her strength remaining. [...] Down went the man in black. [...] "You can die too for all I care," she said, and then she turned away. Words followed her. Whispered from far, weak and warm and familiar. "As...you...wish..."

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When was the last time you read a book? The truth now.

And picture books don't count-I mean something with print in it.

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Everyone had told her, since she became a princess-in-training, that she was very likely the most beautiful woman in the world. Now she was going to be the richest and the most powerful as well. Don't expect too much from life, Buttercup told herself as she rode along. Learn to be satisfied with what you have.

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He's right on top of us. I wonder if he is using the same wind we are using.

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People don't remember me. Really. It's not a paranoid thing; I just have this habit of slipping through memories. It doesn't bother me all that much, except I guess that's a lie; it does. For some reason, I test very high on forgettability.

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My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die!

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Inconceivable!" "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

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No. Not yet. A craftsman only. But I dream to be an artist. I pray that someday, if I work with enough care, if I am very very lucky, I will make a weapon that is a work of art. Call me an artist then, and I will answer.

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I love you,” Buttercup said. “I know this must come as something of a surprise, since all I’ve ever done is scorn you and degrade you and taunt you, but I have loved you for several hours now, and every second, more.

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Why do you wear a mask and hood?" I think everybody will in the near future," was the man in black's reply. "They're terribly comfortable.

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Miracle Max: Have fun stormin' da castle.

Valerie: Think it'll work? Miracle Max: It would take a miracle.

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Westley: This is true love — you think this happens every day?

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I've been in the revenge buisness for so long, now that it's over I don't know what to do with the rest of my life.

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The hollowness was in his arms and the world was snowing.

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I mean if we even had a wheelbarrow, that would be something.

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Is this a kissing book?

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There were some things you did, no matter what, and when a friend needed help, you helped them.

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I know something you do not know. I am not left-handed either.

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Fezzik's in trouble, bubble bubble, His brain is just not in the pink, His mind is rubble, rub-a-dub double, Because everyone needs him to think.

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Since the invention of the kiss, there have only been five kisses that were rated the most passionate, the most pure. This one left them all behind.

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Look, are you just fiddling around with me or what?" "I just want you to feel you're doing well. I hate for people o die embarrassed.

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Never argue with your wife about hostility when she's a certified Freudian.

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There have been five great kisses since 1642 B.

C...(before then couples hooked thumbs.) And the precise rating of kisses is a terribly difficult thing, often leading to great controversy.... Well, this one left them all behind.

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This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it.

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You could concentrate much more deeply when you were alone with agony.

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You can never trust what you read.

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There is one crucial rule that must be followed in all creative meetings.

Never speak first. At least at the start, your job is to shut up.

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At 8:23 there seemed every chance of a lasting alliance starting between Florin and Guilder. At 8:24 the two nations were very close to war.

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