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William Goldman Quotes

26 of the best book quotes from William Goldman
  1. #1
    “But my father only read me the action stuff, the good parts. He never bothered with the serious side at all.”
  2. #2
    “Life isn’t fair, it’s just fairer than death, that’s all.”
  3. #3
    “The noble killed him then, with no warning; a flash of the nobleman’s sword and Domingo’s heart was torn to pieces.”
  4. #4
    “Inside and out, Westley’s world was ripping apart and he could do nothing but crack along with it.”
  5. #5
    “He was glazed with fatigue. He had been bitten, cut, gone without rest, had assaulted the Cliffs of Insanity, had saved and taken lives. He had risked his world, and now it was walking away from him, hand in hand with a ruffian prince.”
  6. #6
    “There are no words to contain all my wisdom. I am so cunning, crafty and clever … I told you there were not words invented yet to explain how great my brain is … ”
  7. #7
    “There are no words to contain all my wisdom. I am so cunning, crafty and clever, so filled with deceit, guile and chicanery, such a knave, so shrewd, cagey as well as calculating, as diabolical as I am vulpine, as tricky as I am untrustworthy…”
  8. #8
    ″[L]ove is many things, none of them logical.”
  9. #9
    “Inconceivable!”
  10. #10
    “Widows happen. Every day—don’t they, Your Highness?”
  11. #11
    “Her tone was surprisingly tender, and probably she sensed how important he really was to her, because when he did die, two years further on, she went right after, and most of the people who knew her well agreed it was the sudden lack of opposition that undid her.”
  12. #12
    “Sonny, don’t you tell me what’s worthwhile—true love is the best thing in the world, except for cough drops. Everybody knows that.”
  13. #13
    “Am I ready? If you say I am, I will seek him through the world. If you say no, I will spend another ten years and another ten after that, if that is needed.”
  14. #14
    “As you wish.”
  15. #15
    “He couldn’t be married. I’m sure. Not my Westley.”
  16. #16
    “I think, sweetest child, that we should strike a bargain, you and I: if Westley wants to marry you still, bless you both. If, for reasons unpleasant to mention, his pride will not let him, then you will marry me, as planned, and be the Queen of Florin.”
  17. #17
    “I have the keenest mind that has ever been turned to unlawful pursuits . . . ”
  18. #18
    “Stop saying that word. It was inconceivable that anyone could follow us, but when we looked behind, there was the man in black. It was inconceivable that anyone could sail as fast as we could sail, and yet he gained on us. Now this too is inconceivable, but look—look . . . See how he rises.”
  19. #19
    “You see, there’s different kinds of dead: there’s sort of dead, mostly dead, and all dead. This fella here, he’s only sort of dead, which means there’s still a memory inside, there’s still bits of brain. You apply a little pressure here, a little more there, sometimes you get results.”
  20. #20
    “You see, there’s different kinds of dead: there’s sort of dead, mostly dead, and all dead.”
  21. #21
    “This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it.”
  22. #22
    “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!”
  23. #23
    “You heard him—true love is what he wants to come back for. That’s certainly worthwhile.”
  24. #24
    “When I was your age, television was called books.”
  25. #25
    “I said I would not hurt him. But I never for a moment said he would not suffer pain. You will do the actual tormenting.”
  26. #26
    “He must have outplanned and outthought Vizzini and he will tell me how to break through the castle and kill the six-fingered beast.”
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