Princess Bride Quotes: Funniest, Sweetest, Most Romantic Lines From the Beloved Fairytale Film

Compiled by The Knot, here are the best Princess Bride quotes, including Inigo Montoya’s famous declaration of vengeance and Westley’s promise of “true love” to Buttercup—read them all here!
by Rose Walano
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    The Princess Bride, Rob Reiner’s beloved 1987 fairytale film about a farm boy (Cary Elwes) and his promise to his one true love (Robin Wright), is a modern-day classic, and that’s thanks in no small part to the fact that every line spoken is a gem. (Forgetting “inconceivable”? Inconceivable!) From musings on true love to declarations on vengeance (“I am Inigo Montoya…”), to one of the funniest wedding monologues captured on film, The Princess Bride boasts all of that and more.

    Which is why The Knot’s rounded up the best quotes from The Princess Bride, for all your quoting needs. Whether you’re looking for romantic Princess Bride quotes for your wedding vows or hilarious Princess Bride quotes to win your next nostalgia battle, this is the list that will always come for you, Westley-style.

    In this article:


    Westley Princess Bride Quotes

    While the movie is called The Princess Bride, Cary Elwes’ Westley, also known as the Man in Black, also known as the Dread Pirate Roberts, is the hero of our story, and thus, speaks some of the most famous quotes from The Princess Bride.

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    • As you wish.

    • I will always come for you.

    • This is true love. Think this happens every day?

    • Life is pain!

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

    • Buttercup: We’ll never survive!
      Westley: Nonsense, you’re only saying that because no one ever has.
      Buttercup: Westley, what about the R.O.U.S.es?
      Westley: Rodents of Unusual Size? I don’t think they exist.
      [Westley is immediately pounced on by a Rodent of Unusual Size]

    • Buttercup Princess Bride Quotes

      Robin Wright plays the beautiful princess Buttercup, who’s heartbroken after learning that her one true love, Westley, was killed at sea—or so she thinks. Her journey involves many a beautiful declaration of love in honor of her lost (and quickly found) soulmate.

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    • Farm boy, polish my horse's saddle. I want to see my face shining in it by morning.

    • You can die slowly, cut into a thousand pieces!

    • It comes to this. I love Westley. I always have. I know now, I always will.

    • 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. And when I say you are a coward it is only because you are one of the slimiest weaklings ever to walk the Earth!

    • Vizzini: I suppose you think you're brave, don't you?
      Buttercup: Only compared to some.

    • Westley: Can you move at all?
      Buttercup: Move? You're alive. If you want I can fly.

    • [Buttercup kisses the king]
      The King: What was that for?
      Buttercup: Because you've always been so kind to me, and I won't be seeing you again, since I'm killing myself once we reach the honeymoon suite.
      The King: Won't that be nice? She kissed me!


    Inigo Montoya Princess Bride Quotes

    You don’t recognize a pre-Homeland Mandy Patinkin? For shame! His Inigo Montoya, on a restless hunt for the six-fingered murderer of his father, is the proud owner of perhaps The Princess Bride’s most famous quote: “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” But we have more!

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    • [Referencing Vizzini’s use of the word “inconceivable”
      You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    • I don’t mean to pry, but you don’t by any chance happen to have six fingers on your right hand?

    • There will be blood tonight!

    • Listen—do you hear? That is the sound of ultimate suffering.

    • Thank you so much for bringing up such a painful subject. While you're at it, why don't you give me a nice paper cut and pour lemon juice on it.

    • We need a miracle. It's very important.

    • Let me explain… No, there is too much. Let me sum up.

    • Humiliations galore!


    Fezzik Princess Bride Quotes

    Fezzik, the definition of a big friendly giant, is the group’s muscle, who also happens to be quite funny, thanks to Andre the Giant’s impeccable comedic timing.

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    • I haven’t fought one person for so long! I’ve specialized in groups—battling gangs for local charities, that kind of thing.

    • Vizzini: Finish him, your way!
      Fezzik: Oh, good, thank you, Vizzini… What’s my way?
      Vizzini: Pick up one of those rocks, get behind a boulder. In a few minutes, the Man in Black will come running around the bend. The minute his head is in view, hit it with the rock.
      Fezzik: My way’s not very sportsman-like.


    Vizzini Princess Bride Quotes

    Wallace Shawn’s Vizzini is the brain behind the trio of men who attempt to kidnap Buttercup—not that it saves him in the end! His reaction to his fate? Well, it would probably be his famous Princess Bride quote...

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    • Inconceivable!

    • Man in Black: You’re that smart?
      Vizzini: Have you ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates?
      Man in Black: Yes?
      Vizzini: Morons.

    • And, of course, the famous Battle of Wits:

      Man in Black: All right. Where is the poison? The battle of wits has begun. It ends when you decide and we both drink, and find out who is right—and who is dead.
      Vizzini: But it’s so simple. All I have to do is divine from what I know of you: are you the sort of man who would put the poison into his own goblet or his enemy's? Now, a clever man would put the poison into his own goblet, because he would know that only a great fool would reach for what he was given. I am not a great fool, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you. But you must have known I was not a great fool, you would have counted on it, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of me.
      Man in Black: You’ve made your decision then?
      Vizzini: Not remotely. Because iocane comes from Australia, as everyone knows, and Australia is entirely peopled with criminals, and criminals are used to having people not trust them, as you are not trusted by me, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you.
      Man in Black: Truly, you have a dizzying intellect.
      Vizzini: Wait ’til I get going! Now, where was I?
      Man in Black: Australia.
      Vizzini: Yes, Australia. And you must have suspected I would have known the powder's origin, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of me.
      Man in Black: You’re just stalling now.
      Vizzini: You’d like to think that, wouldn’t you? You’ve beaten my giant, which means you’re exceptionally strong, so you could’ve put the poison in your own goblet, trusting on your strength to save you, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you. But, you’ve also bested my Spaniard, which means you must have studied, and in studying you must have learned that man is mortal, so you would have put the poison as far from yourself as possible, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of me.
      Man in Black: You’re trying to trick me into giving away something. It won’t work.
      Vizzini: It has worked! You’ve given everything away! I know where the poison is!
      Man in Black: Then make your choice.
      Vizzini: I will, and I choose… What in the world can that be?
      [Vizzini gestures up and away from the table. The Man in Black looks backwards, and Vizzini swaps the goblets]
      Man in Black: What? Where? I don't see anything.
      Vizzini: Well, I—I could have sworn I saw something. No matter. First, let’s drink. Me from my glass, and you from yours.
      [Vizzini and the Man in Black drink]
      Man in Black: You guessed wrong.
      Vizzini: You only think I guessed wrong! That’s what’s so funny! I switched glasses when your back was turned! 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!’
      [Vizzini laughs uncontrollably, then stops suddenly and falls to the ground dead]
      Buttercup: And to think, all that time it was your cup that was poisoned.
      Man in Black: They were both poisoned. I spent the last few years building up an immunity to iocane powder.


    Prince Humperdinck Princess Bride Quotes

    Prince Humperdinck, played by Chris Sarandon, is pure, delicious evil, attempting to force Buttercup to marry him while also plotting her death. “Swamped,” much?

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

    • She is alive, or was an hour ago. If she is otherwise when I find her, I will be very put out.

    • Tyrone, you know 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!


    The Impressive Clergyman Princess Bride Quotes

    We don’t condone bullying, but when it comes to Peter Cook’s Impressive Clergyman, you can’t help but giggle. Both a romantic and clueless, he seems blissfully unaware of the fact that he’s pronouncing all his Rs and Ls as Ws during what would otherwise be a very serious scene: Prince Humperdinck and Buttercup’s dreaded wedding! He’s also shaped the social media game for weddings—when was the last time you attended a wedding and didn’t see #mawwiage in a handful of captions?

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    • The Impressive Clergyman: Mawwiage. Mawwiage is wat bwings us togeder today. Mawwiage, that bwessed awwangement, that dweam wifin a dream… 
      And wuv, twue wuv, will fowwow you foweva…
      So tweasure your wuv—
      Prince Humperdinck: Skip to the end!


    Miracle Max Princess Bride Quotes

    Spoilers ahead! Billy Crystal’s Miracle Max enters in the film’s last act, and yet, who could possibly forget the bartering magic man? While attempting to bring Westley back to life, Max yaps at his wife and waxes poetic on the joys of fresh mutton. Because as he says, “You rush a miracle man, you get rotten miracles.” Here are few more of his best Princess Bride quotes.

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    • [Miracle Max lifts and drops dead Westley's arm
      I've seen worse.

    • There’s a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Now, mostly dead is slightly alive.

    • True love is the greatest thing in the world. Except a nice MLT—a mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomatoes are ripe!


    The Grandfather and Grandson Princess Bride Quotes

    Peter Falk plays The Grandfather who comes to read his sick grandson a book, and in doing so, also becomes our narrator—and a cheeky one at that. The commentary between him and his grandson, played by Fred Savage, is especially sweet with just a little bit of sass.

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    • Grandfather: When I was your age, television was called books, and this is a special book.

    • Grandfather: Buttercup was raised on a small farm in the country of Florin. Her favorite pastimes were riding her horse and tormenting the farm boy that worked there. His name was Westley, but she never called him that. Isn’t that a wonderful beginning?

    • Grandfather: Well, who says life is fair? Where is that written? Life isn’t always fair.

    • Grandfather: Alright, now let’s see, where were we? Oh, yes. In the pit of despair.

    • Grandfather: Since the invention of the kiss, there have been five kisses rated the most passionate, the most pure. This one left them all behind. The end.

    • Grandson: They’re kissing again. Do we have to hear the kissing part?
      Grandfather: Some day, you may not mind so much.

    • Grandson: See, didn’t I tell you she’d never marry that rotten Humperdinck?
      Grandfather: Yes, you’re very smart. Shut up.

    • Grandson: Grandpa, maybe you could come over and read it again to me tomorrow.
      Grandfather: As you wish.

    • Grandson: Does it got any sports in it?
      Grandpa: Are you kidding? Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles.
      Grandson: Doesn’t sound too bad. I’ll try to stay awake.
      Grandson: You mean, he lives? Jesus, Grandpa, what did you read me this thing for?!


    Outliers Princess Bride Quotes

    Last, but not least, here are our last few favorite quotes from The Princess Bride that don’t fit quite anywhere, and yet are just as memorable as the rest.

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    • Miracle Max: Get back, witch! 
      Valerie: I’m not a witch, I’m your wife!

    • The King: Strange wedding.
      The Queen: Yes, very strange wedding. Come along.

    • Count Rugen: You’ve got an overdeveloped sense of vengeance. It’s going to get you in trouble one of these days.

    • Buttercup: At a time like this, that’s all you can think to say? Gently?
      Westley: Gently!

    • Prince Humperdinck: First things first. To the death!
      Westley: No—to the pain.

    • Inigo Montoya: It’s very strange. 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.
      Westley: Have you ever considered piracy?


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