Signature's 10 Favorite 'The Princess Bride' Quotes

Cary Elwes and Robin Wright in ‘The Princess Bride’/Photo © 1987 MGM
Cary Elwes and Robin Wright in ‘The Princess Bride’/Photo © 1987 MGM

On September 25, 1987, director Rob Reiner’s adaptation of William Goldman’s novel, The Princess Bride, came to movie theaters. Goldman’s work on the screenplay helped the novel translate brilliantly and hilariously to the big screen, and the comedy was brought to life by such talents as Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, Andre the Giant, and the one and only Billy Crystal as Miracle Max. Though the film didn’t garner much in the way of awards, its timelessness has likely been reward enough for the creators of this cinematic masterpiece. (Yes, we are indeed calling it a masterpiece.) Among myriad qualities accounting for the excellence of “The Princess Bride” is its quotability. So herewith, we present Signature’s top ten favorite quotes from “The Princess Bride.” They’re our favorites not just for their humor and timelessness, but also for their versatility. Go ahead; use one in a sentence today. And if you’ve got one we’ve missed, tell us below.

10. I'm not a witch, I'm your wife.

9. Inconceivable!

8. While you're at it, why don't you give me a nice paper cut and pour lemon juice on it?

7. Bow to the Queen of Slime, the Queen of Filth, the Queen of Putrescence.

6. True love is the greatest thing, in the world, except for a nice MLT - mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich.

5. Mawwage. Mawwage is whatt bwings us togedder today.

4. Have fun stormin' the castle.

3. As you wish.

2. Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

1. When I was your age, television was called books.

  • Masha

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

  • Cara

    No more rhymes now, I mean it!... Anybody want a peanut?

  • Mike Cico

    Get used to disappointment.

  • Wendy Pitts

    There's a shortage of perfect breasts in this world. It would be a pity to damage yours.

  • 5states4me

    I'm going to cut out your heart with a SPOON! Why a spoon? Because it will hurt more, you twit!

    • Laura

      That's from Robin Hood.

    • Casey

      That's from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

    • Marco

      That's Robin Hood prince of thieves
      The sheriff and his Cousin

  • Kitty

    Everybody... MOVE!!!!! Used almost daily.

    • Marilana

      It's perfect for a crowded elevator.

  • Dame

    I'm not left-handed either.

  • Puddin Tain

    Anything the short Sicilian dude said should be on the list.

  • Marilana

    I'll use small words and speak slowly, so you'll be able to understand everything, you warthog-faced buffoon. (One of my favorite movies ever!)

  • Rod

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

  • eli

    what about the R.O.U.S.'s?
    rodents of unusual size? I dont think they exist.

  • eli

    you just moved your head, doesn't that make you happy?

  • Marco

    Iocane. I bet my life on it.

  • Brian

    Back to the drawing board, farm boy. This list is inconceivable!

  • Victoria

    .......As you wish......

  • Jim

    You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you want it to mean.

  • LM

    We are men of action. Lies do not become us.