30 October 2010

My Name Is Inigo Montoya. Prepare To Die...

Today is The Princess Bride Quotation Day... I bet you didn't know that.  Probably because I just dubbed it as such, but the wealth of material to work with here is perfect for that one day when you have trouble decorating your daily blog post with the written word.  So, I decided that 'today' is the day to celebrate the caliber of quotations to be found in both the book and the movie, 'The Princess Bride'

I think the most popular quote is, "My name is Inigo Montoya. Prepare to die!"  I mean really.  Every time a large group of people have to all wear name tags, there is always at least one person who has to carry on the tradition of being the person who uses this alias.  (And that person either has a great sense of humor or is a really weird egghead nerd.  So if you can't pull off the sense of humor thing really well, forgo the temptation, because as I said, there truly is only two ways to look at someone who does this and do you really want to be dubbed the latter?)

That quote is closely followed by: [Vizzini] "He didn't fall? Inconceivable!" [Inigo] "You keep saying that word.  I do not think it means what you think it means."  Let's face it, Inigo had all the most memorable lines from that movie.

Still, there were some other gems, like:

Grandpa: “When I was your age, television was called books.”

Grandson: "Is this a kissing book?"
Grandpa: "Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Bad men. Good men. Beautifulest ladies. Snakes. Spiders. Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passion. Miracles."

Vizzini: "Am I going mad, or did the word 'think' just escape your lips?”

Fezik to Inigo: “You be careful. People in masks cannot be trusted.”

Wesley: "If you're in such a hurry, you could lower a rope, or a tree branch, or find something useful to do."
Inigo: "I could do that. I have got some rope up here. But I do not think that you would accept my help, since I am only waiting around to kill you."
Wesley: "That does put a damper on our relationship.”

Inigo Montoya: "You seem a decent fellow, I hate to kill you."
Westley: "You seem a decent fellow, I hate to die."

Wesley to Fezik: “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?”

Wesley to Fezik: “In the meantime, rest well and dream of large women.”

"The battle of wits has begun," said the man in black. "It ends when you decide and we drink and find out who is right and who is dead."
Vizzini: "Ha-ha, you fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders, the most famous of which 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!"  He was quite cheery until the iocane powder took effect.

Wesley: "Life is pain, Highness! Anyone who says otherwise is selling something."

Buttercup: "That's the fire swamp! We'll never survive!"
Wesley: "Nonsense! You're only saying that because no one ever has.”

Count Rugen: "Surrender!"
Westley: "You mean you wish to surrender to me? Very well, I accept.”

Wesley: "We are men of action; lies do not become us."

Prince Humperdinck: "Tyrone, you know how much I love watching you work. But I've got my country's 500th anniversary to plan, my wedding to arrange, my wife to murder, and Guilder to frame for it. I'm swamped!"
Count Rugen: "Get some rest. If you haven't got your health, you haven't got anything."

Minister: "Mawwiage. Mawwiage is what bwings us togwetha today."

Count Rugen to Inigo Montoya: "Have you been chasing me your whole life only to fail now? I think that's the worst thing I ever heard...how marvelous."

Count Rugen to Inigo Montoya: "Good heavens, are you still trying to win? You've got an overdeveloped sense of vengeance, that's going to get you in trouble someday."

"Bye bye boys."
"Have fun storming the castle."
(Aside) "Think it'll work?"
"It'll take a miracle."


  1. Good grief, I love this movie. I do believe it is time to rent it and make the boys watch it. It's a riot... and a travesty they have yet to see it.

  2. I am so looking forward to introducing this movie to my son. It will be a couple of years....

  3. What a great day! I like it but husband is the one that loves this movie over here, I even bought it for his birthday a few years back when I saw it on dvd.
    I too think its time to pull it out, my 15 yr old will get a kick out of it.

  4. This brings back happy memories of watching the movie with your girls! I think Nicole was quoting it then.

  5. Bou - I do so love this movie AND the 'good parts' version of the book. If you've ever read the newest version by William Goldman than you will know exactly what I mean by that description, and if you don't, go buy the book. (I snagged it when it came out in hardcover!)I can soooooo see Bones wanting to take fencing lessons after he sees it... you will have to let me know how they liked it!

    Lee Anne - Ah, but YOU don't have to wait to watch it. I don't think of it as a strictly kids movie. :)

    HalfDozen - I am amazed at the movies my kids loved from my own youth. Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, Dead Poet's Society... I could go on and on.

    Karen - We've got the movie, popcorn and hot apple cider ready and waiting for you to join us. So, when are you coming? :)


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