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The Princess Bride : Most Potent Quote

One of the favorite films of this site… along with its many famous quotes which serve so many purposes in so many situations… is The Princess Bride.

Mandy Patinkin, renowned actor and singer, played the beloved Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride film. In this 1987 film, Inigo was the “Spanish brat” all grown-up who had spent his life searching for the “six-fingered man” who killed his father.

In a video from a “CBS This Morning” interview, Mandy Patinkin reveals his favorite line from The Princess Bride.

Transcript of the video (and revelation of Patinkin’s favorite line if you didn’t already catch it) below the dkos swirling basket-hilt:

The Princess Bride : Most Potent Quote

Transcript of Patinkin's interview:
There are two lines from the Princess Bride that I love. The one that everyone is very familiar with is (spoken in Inigo's voice):
Hello,
My name is Inigo Montoya.
You killed my father.
Prepare to die.
That's the popular one.

But, I heard another line from the movie... about five-six years ago... I was in the gym working out, running through my lines/ my songs, for a concert. The TV was on. The movie was on the TV, but the sound was off because I was running my stuff and I went up to my hotel room to have my dinner before the theatre.

And my wife was there and she had the movie on and it was at the end of the movie. Right when Buttercup falls out the window into Andre's arms... Robin falls into Andre's arms.

The Man in Black, Cary, is sitting there asking me to be the Dread Pirate Roberts.

And that 30-year-old Mandy... and the 58 year-old Mandy is watching this... is watching the 30-year-old Mandy say a line that I said... it's in the movie... but I didn't really hear it as that young man.

And, for me, it's the most potent line in the whole film. And that line is (spoken in Inigo's voice):

I have been in the revenge business so long... now that it's over... I do not know what to do with the rest of my life.
And I love that line. And I love it for all of us because the purpose of revenge in my personal opinion is completely worthless and pointless. And the purpose of existence is to embrace our fellow human being. Not be revengeful.

And turn our darkness into light.

So, that's the line I love from the movie.

My twenty-six-year-old son sent this to share this morning because he heard the message. And understood. Thank you Mandy.

For the "Hit and Run" diary police... it's "Ciao y'all" because there are roofing contractors in my backyard... be cool and let the message share a little net space.

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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)


    One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. --Carl Jung

    by bronte17 on Tue Oct 29, 2013 at 12:43:41 PM PDT

  •  Very nice, bronte17. (4+ / 0-)
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    bronte17, Dvalkure, BeninSC, Larsstephens

    I love that movie and a lot of lines from it. Thanks for highlighting a lesser-known gem.

    "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them...well, I have others." --Groucho Marx

    by Dragon5616 on Tue Oct 29, 2013 at 02:31:41 PM PDT

    •  Thanks for stopping by Dragon... (4+ / 0-)

      and taking the time to read it.  

      I was tempted to break it down and write words on the application to Bin Laden or Beirut or Iraq or drones or any number of man's inhumanities to man. But, that's not my place to put parameters around the thoughts that flow.

      So, again... thanks for stopping by :^) and glad to see you back at TC.


      One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. --Carl Jung

      by bronte17 on Tue Oct 29, 2013 at 02:57:24 PM PDT

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  •  There are so many good little bits in that movie (4+ / 0-)

    The classic that is practically a sub-motto here at dKos is:
    "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means"

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Tue Oct 29, 2013 at 05:32:35 PM PDT

  •  "Come my love, I'll tell you a tale ... (3+ / 0-)
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    Of a boy and girl, and their love story ..."

    To revenge I would add Schadenfreude, though I confess I experience its appeal more often than I think healthy or advisable for me, too.

    I've seen Mandy in solo concert twice. Special artist. My strongest memory of him is when he played Jeffrey Geiger on Chicago Hope. They said God had a 'Geiger complex.' But he had a verbal duel with ... as best I can recall, Ron Silver, that ended when he provoked Silver into an emotional reaction, which Geiger pronounced indication that he had 'won.' I don't remember it that clearly, but I remember its incredible power. Testament to Patinkin's artistry.

    And I remember a YouTube video of him singing 'Carefully Taught.' Also riveting!

    It is a joy to see this diary posted tonight, truly. By this diarist, whom we miss.

    "The opposite of war isn't peace, it's CREATION." _ Jonathan Larson, RENT -9.62, -9.13

    by BeninSC on Tue Oct 29, 2013 at 07:56:56 PM PDT

    •  Thank you dear Ben for that thoughtful addition (1+ / 0-)
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      to this diary. Carefully Taught is an excellent extension to the diary.

      As always, your kindness and decency and special touch adds dimension to the diary.

      Hope you are well and that your health is back to normal. I'm not around here too often anymore, so don't keep up. Your forthright positiveness still shines brightly. I love it... as always.

      And, as a side note, that "Carefully Taught" song from South Pacific was considered a communist agenda and threat to the "American way of life." So, yeah progress! The steps seem so small sometimes, yet we do actually bend that moral arc.

      Patinkin's Carefully Taught video:


      One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. --Carl Jung

      by bronte17 on Wed Oct 30, 2013 at 10:10:12 AM PDT

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      •  I am not around AS much, and, yet, I am (1+ / 0-)
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        diarying MORE! I think the most diaries I ever did in a year before last year was 18. Last year I did about 56 and I'm on what I believe to be a comparable pace this year. It fulfills a need within me, anyway.

        My health is quite exceptional, thank you! I am back to serious training, and my fitness is starting to come around, even if my ride partners are currently a good deal stronger than I am. At least I can DO the rides.

        My hearing never recovered from the accident, and, it turned out the damage was permanent, and not something that could be corrected by surgery, so ... I use the bone-attached hearing device on the left side and a conventional hearing aid right. Far from ideal, but better than my unaided hearing.

        Like you, I believe the arc of history bends toward justice. It can be hard to see, these days, with the strange manifestations conservatives bring, but they're swimming against the tide, to their peril.

        Best to you again tonight, if you should chance back by this thread!

        "The opposite of war isn't peace, it's CREATION." _ Jonathan Larson, RENT -9.62, -9.13

        by BeninSC on Wed Oct 30, 2013 at 08:16:39 PM PDT

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