Quotations by Goldman, William


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.

William Goldman (b. 1931) American screenwriter, novelist
Adventures in the Screen Trade, ch. 1 (1983)
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Cynics are simply thwarted romantics.

William Goldman (b. 1931) American screenwriter, novelist
The Princess Bride (1973)
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VIZZINI: He didn’t fall? Inconceivable!
INIGO: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

William Goldman (b. 1931) American screenwriter, novelist
The Princess Bride (movie) (1987)
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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 famous is this: “Never go in against a Sicilian, when death is on the line!” Hahahahahah! [Dies.]

William Goldman (b. 1931) American screenwriter, novelist
The Princess Bride (movie) (1987)
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BUTTERCUP: We’ll never survive!
WESTLEY: Nonsense! You’re only saying that because no one ever has

William Goldman (b. 1931) American screenwriter, novelist
The Princess Bride (movie) (1987)
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WESTLEY: Hear this now: I will always come for you.
BUTTERCUP: But how can you be sure?
WESTLEY: This is true love — you think this happens every day?

William Goldman (b. 1931) American screenwriter, novelist
The Princess Bride (movie) (1987)
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There is no room in my body for anything but you. My arms love you, my knees shake with blind affection. My mind begs you to ask it something so it can obey.

William Goldman (b. 1931) American screenwriter, novelist
The Princess Bride [Buttercup] (1973)
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