The Princess Bride (1973) is a fantasy romance novel by American writer William Goldman. The novel blends elements of adventure, fantasy, drama, romance, comedy and fairy tale.

William Goldman was an American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter whose work earned him two Academy Awards. The Princess Bride was one of the novels that were adapted for film in 1987, and it’s now considered a cult classic.

Filled with adventures, pirates, and a forever kind of romance, The Princess Bride is set in a Renaissance-era world. It is about a young woman who lives on a farm in the country of Florin. She constantly teases the “farm boy” and asks him to do all kinds of chores for her. Turns out that his response to every demand — ‘As you wish’, actually means ‘I love you’.

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Here are 50 The Princess Bride quotes about life and true love:

When I was your age, television was called books.

THE GRANDFATHER

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

INIGO MONTOYA

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

WESTLEY

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

WILLIAM GOLDMAN

Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.

MAN IN BLACK

Just because you’re beautiful and perfect, it’s made you conceited. You think people can’t get tired of you, well you’re wrong, they can, and she will, besides you’re too poor.

BUTTERCUP

I just work for Vizzini to pay the bills. There’s not a lot of money in revenge.

INIGO MONTOYA

Get some rest. If you haven’t got your health, then you haven’t got anything.

COUNT RUGEN

We face each other as God intended. Sportsmanlike. No tricks, no weapons, skill against skill alone.

FEZZIK

I always think that everything could be a trap, which is why I’m still alive.

PRINCE HUMPERDINCK

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.

BUTTERCUP

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 tomato is ripe. They’re so perky, I love that.

MIRACLE MAX

Life isn’t fair, it’s just fairer than death, that’s all. 

WILLIAM GOLDMAN

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

WESTLEY

Why lose your venom on me?

WESTLEY

Buttercup: We’ll never survive.

Westley: Nonsense. You only say that because no one ever has.

Enough about my beauty. Everybody always talks about how beautiful I am. I’ve got a mind, Westley. Talk about that.

BUTTERCUP

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.

INIGO MONTOYA

I can’t compete with you physically, and you’re no match for my brains.

VIZZINI

You be careful. People in masks cannot be trusted.

FEZZIK

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

THE GRANDFATHER

Don’t rush me, sonny. You rush a miracle man, you get rotten miracles.

MIRACLE MAX

You’re trying to kidnap what I’ve rightfully stolen, and I think it quite ungentlemanly.

VIZZINI

Love is many things none of them logical.

WILLIAM GOLDMAN

Cynics are simply thwarted romantics.

WILLIAM GOLDMAN

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

INIGO MONTOYA

‘I love you,’ Buttercup said. ‘I know this must come as something of a surprise to you, 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.’

BUTTERCUP 

Who says life is fair, where is that written? 

WILLIAM GOLDMAN

I thought an hour ago that I loved you more than any woman has ever loved a man, but a half hour after that I knew that what I felt before was nothing compared to what I felt then. 

BUTTERCUP

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

WILLIAM GOLDMAN

My arms love you, my ears adore you, my knees shake with blind affection. My mind begs you to ask it something so it can obey. 

BUTTERCUP

Inigo Montoya: Who are you?

Westley: No one of consequence.

Inigo Montoya: I must know.

Westley: Get used to disappointment.

WILLIAM GOLDMAN

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.

WESTLEY

I’ll tell you the truth and it’s up to you to live with it. 

WILLIAM GOLDMAN

You were already more beautiful than anything I dared to dream. In our years apart, my imaginings did their best to improve on you perfection.

WESTLEY

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

WILLIAM GOLDMAN

She loves you still and you love her, so think of that–think of this too: in all this world, you might have been happy, genuinely happy. Not one couple in a century has that chance, not really, no matter what the storybooks say, but you could have had it, and so, I would think, no one will ever suffer a loss as great as you.

PRINCE HUMPERDINCK

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

WESTLEY

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. 

WILLIAM GOLDMAN

The enemy is always in the mind. 

WILLIAM GOLDMAN

Terrible things can happen when you’re overtired. I was overtired the night your father proposed. 

WILLIAM GOLDMAN

Existence was really very simple when you did what you were told. 

WILLIAM GOLDMAN

I have not known a night when your visage did not accompany me to sleep. There has not been a morning when you did not flutter behind my waking eyelids. 

WILLIAM GOLDMAN

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

WILLIAM GOLDMAN

You had to admire a guy who called his own new book a classic before it was published and anyone had a chance to read it.

WILLIAM GOLDMAN

Don’t expect too much from life, Buttercup told herself as she rode along. Learn to be satisfied with what you have. 

WILLIAM GOLDMAN

I love you. Okay? Want it louder? I LOVE YOU. Spell it out, should I? I ell-oh-vee-ee why-oh-you. Want it backward? You love I. 

WILLIAM GOLDMAN

Let’s look on the bright side: we’re having an adventure, Fezzik, and most people live and die without being as lucky as we are. 

WILLIAM GOLDMAN

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

WILLIAM GOLDMAN

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. 

WILLIAM GOLDMAN