Today is the National “The Princess Bride” Status Day on Facebook. Since TPB is one of my favorite movies of All Time, I thought I’d take this opportunity to share with you some of the life lessons I’ve learned from this oh-so-excellent movie.
1. “Life is pain, Highness. Anyone telling you differently is selling something.” This quote by Westley may seem a little cynical, however, if you keep this in mind you’ll be able to resist the lure of late-night infomercials. If a life lesson doesn’t hurt, you probably won’t get much out of it but an empty wallet. Oh, and exercise equipment you’ll never use.
2. “I just work for Vizzini to pay the bills. There’s not a lot of money in revenge.” Inigo Montoya would know — after all, he spent 20 years chasing the six-fingered man for killing Montoya’s father. Although Montoya does finally receive closure, the point here is revenge isn’t going to pay your bills.
3. “Well, I’m not saying I’d like to build a summer home here, but the trees are actually quite lovely.” Your situation may not be ideal, but you can work with it. Westley looked at the Fire Swamp as more of a challenge than an obstacle. There are beautiful things to appreciate in any circumstance.
4. “Yes, you’re very smart. Shut up.” Nobody likes a know-it-all, especially Grampa. And if you piss Grampa off, he won’t tell you any more wonderful stories. So, shut your mouth and listen.
5.”You truly love each other and so you might have been truly happy. Not one couple in a century has that chance, no matter what the story books say. And so I think no man in a century will suffer as greatly as you will.” Here is the proof — the story books are fulla shitzki. I knew it, now here’s proof in black and white. There is no “happily ever after”, but there is “and they lived until it was time to die.” I like the second ending better — it’s honest and probably a lot more interesting.
If you haven’t even seen The Princess Bride, you are missing out. It is one of my favorite “feel good” movies, with everything from magic, revenge, true love, danger, humor, and drama. All that AND life lessons…it truly doesn’t get better than that.