Ten Life Lessons from The Princess Bride

Because I love this movie like Miracle Max loves a nice MLT.

The Princess Bride is a fairy tale that turns the cliches upside down and inside out, while at the same time, giving us every familiar theme we love. I’ve seen this movie an inconceivable number of times, but I’ll always happily watch it again. It’s a comfort movie, perfect to watch when I’ve been mostly dead all day.

The Princess Bride is both modern and timeless, with nifty life lessons in some of the most quotable dialog ever. So, what can we learn from a kid’s fairy tale—a (gasp) kissing book? Well, let’s just start with what we have. (It’s for posterity, so I’ll be honest.)


10. Kind of like when you mix up your and you’re on the internet.


9. …And if you haven’t got health insurance, you’ll soon have less than nothing.


8. There is such thing as a fatal amount of confidence.


7. Being right is no good if you’re also too late.


6. Every time you stand in line for something, you pay twice: once in money and once in time.


5. If Westley can survive the Pit of Despair, you can survive your Monday morning meeting.


4. You went to the grocery store on an empty stomach.


3. Those conspiracy theories your weird relatives spout off? Some of them are true.


2. Karma will always catch up to you in the end.

…and the best, most important thing to remember:


1. There is nothing better than sharing a book with someone you love.

About the author: Alex Kourvo is an editor-for-hire. She never goes against a Sicilian when death is on the line.

[Photo credits: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation / Act 111 Communications]

3 responses

  1. I love this movie so much, and I have you to thank for that! I will always be grateful to you for showing up at my house and kidnapping me and bringing me to the theater to see it.

  2. heatherjacksonwrites | Reply

    I love all these lessons! LOVE! 🙂

    1. I had fun storming the castle…er, putting this post together! 😃

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