5 Best Quotes By William Goldman
Start writing a post

The winner of two Academy Awards — one for Best Original Screenplay and the other for Best Adapted Screen play — for his work on "Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid" and "All The President's Men", along with publishing 16 novels which included "The Marathon Man" and the much beloved "The Princess Bride", there is much to be said in regards to praise concerning the prolific career, and life of William Goldman.

Described as one of the late 20th Century's most popular, if not greatest, storytellers, Goldman's works and style are often cited by authors and screenwriters alike as a golden standard of cinematic and literary craft with three of his movie scripts being voted into The Writers Guild of America hall-of-fame's 101 Greatest Screenplays. Consulted as a script doctor for renowned films such as "Goodfellas" and "Good Will Hunting", here are five of the best lines delivered delivered by a tongue as eloquent as the mind that first conceived of them. First as words. Then as a story told by one who forever remains a lasting epitome of cinematic lore:

1. "True love is the best thing in the world, except for cough drops."

Love is sweet, though there are many things that may seem sweeter. Especially when you become sick of it. Or just sick.

2. "Life isn't fair, it's just fairer than death, that's all."

In life, only few things are fair because there is much that is not. And much that is not fair so even fewer things can be.

3. "Cynics are simply thwarted romantics."

Those who profess to not believe in love, or to have never been in it, are those who long to be. As much as they want to believe. They've just been spurned for the faith too many times.

4. "Life is pain, highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something."

A life of convenience is just a brochure -- beautifully decorated and eloquently worded. But no amount of balloons or fairytales will ever be enough to spare us of the hurt that comes with being alive. After all, we enter this world crying.

5. "Her heart was a secret garden and the walls were very high."

It is often the most beautiful things which allows those around us to perceive us as such that remain hidden. When we aspire to what we believe is beautiful. A belief that withers and crumbles. Leaving behind nothing to call it such.

Although Goldman no longer remains to inspire from us a love that was the very inspiration of his movies and books -- a love that was very much love itself -- on the shelves of books, movie stores, Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu they remain. To remind us that while life is hardly as fair as many of the things we will encounter while living in it, there is much that is fair, beautiful, and lovely that awaits. For us to fall in love with all that is fair and beautiful.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Swoon

I Rated The 6 Best Seasonal Dates So You Don't Have To Go To Pinterest For Your Next Holidate

My boyfriend and I have the best holiday date list prepared so you don't have to search Pinterest for your next idea!

54275
Photo by Ian Schneider on Unsplash

I would just like to note that I am a little biased because they were all great dates, and I know he's going to read this. So here's a quick, little reminder that I love my boyfriend very much!

Keep Reading... Show less

With a huge sigh of relief, we can safely say that Joe Biden has won the election.

Keep Reading... Show less
Instagram: @greysabc

At the end of their last episode, "Grey's Anatomy" teased the return of another character from Meredith's past. After the return of Patrick Dempsey's, Derek Shepherd, Grey's fans know that no one is off-limits.

The return of these characters comes after Meredith was diagnosed with COVID-19 and began experiencing hallucinations of her loved ones.

Keep Reading... Show less
Photo by Jonathan Borba on Unsplash

I love listening to Christmas music just as much as the next person, but when I turn on my local holiday radio station each year, it just feels repetitive. No hate to musicians like Burl Ives or Nat King Cole, but Christmas music needs an update. Personally, I'm tired of the same "Let It Snow" and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas". So plug in your Christmas tree, make some hot cocoa, and listen to these amazing (and updated) holiday songs.

Keep Reading... Show less

With the holidays right around the corner, there are many things to look forward to. Time with family, friends, great food, overall seasonal joy... And now the fragrances from Jennifer Lopez.

Keep Reading... Show less
Entertainment

10 Christmas Songs For Your Festive Playlist

I have no shame in starting to feel festive super early.

18536

All of these songs are definitely popular. However, I have the strong opinion that having the songs on your Christmas playlist be popular is extremely important. Having everyone sing to the songs is most of the fun; it adds to the festivity of whatever you're doing.

Personally, I love to bake cookies and hum along as I cannot sing and no one should ever hear me. Whatever you do for the holidays, enjoy your festive time and the season!

Keep Reading... Show less
Entertainment

5 Movies And TV Shows That Got Mental Illness Right​

There is a very fine line between representation for mentally ill people and demonizing them for the sake of entertainment. Hollywood has a tendency to sensationalize mental illness, but these shows and movies got it right.

4446
Lionsgate

At the risk of being dismissive of all the progress we've made, mental health representation is still seriously lacking. Many shows fall into the traps of making their mentally ill character violent, making professional help seem useless, or making characters who don't reflect the reality for people living with mental illness.

Keep Reading... Show less
Entertainment

10​​ Songs That Made It Onto My November Playlist

Another month of finding new music during unusual times

47927

A new month means new music! Like each month, I've collected my top 10 new songs or discoveries into a playlist. This November didn't have too many new releases, however, I did find a few and a couple of new discoveries.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments