10 Life Lessons from The Princess Bride

There is a short list of films that have become a part of our family culture, and The Princess Bride is on that list. We all quote from it and we each understand what the other means by such quotes.
Mr. Besilly has a charming list of 10 Life Lessons from The Princess Bride. I can’t improve upon his list so I asked his permission to share it here as it appears on his own blog.
It’s possible, with the right strategy, to best a giant.
2. Outsmarting the one who thinks he is smartest of all is not inconceivable. Pride creates vulnerability.
3. Don’t believe everything you hear. It appears people can actually survive the fire-swamp.
4. The obvious bad guy isn’t always the bad guy, but a reputation can be bigger than reality.
Reciting your name and life’s purpose with passion to everyone you meet can gain you the resources you need to reach your goal. Plus win you a few lifelong friends along the way.
Good fighting is as much about style as it is about skill. Add style to your skills because style is more fun to watch.
The six fingered man was wicked then and he’s wicked now. Pay attention to track records they tell a true story.The_princess_bride764981
There is such a thing as true love if you are willing to fight to the death for it.
Having a great gift for rhyme can bring levity during a difficult time… I mean it. Anybody want a peanut? A sense of humor is priceless.
Fairy tales are a great reminder that happy endings are possible if you believe in them. We sacrifice for those things we believe in.


In his essay, “On Faerie Stories,” Tolkien is said to compare fairy tales to the story of the Gospel.
I tend to agree: the damsel in distress, endangered and oppressed, is rescued by her Knight in Shining Armor. The ending is always happy but never comes quickly or easily. First comes seeming failure and hopelessness, followed in the end by victory over the enemy and euphoric joy in their reunion. Tolkien even coined a word for the turning point, in which apparent defeat becomes glorious victory: eucatastrophe
Is it just me, or does this storyline sound strikingly familiar to you too?

BTW, I’ve looked for Tolkien’s essay but haven’t seen it. Anybody got a peanut?


  1. cindee,

  2. mrskbrook,
    I was thinking of posting a list of our “family culture” movies soon.
    Would you want to do yours as well?
    That could be a fun topic for Mr. Linky or a meme!

  3. I think of this story and other stories like it and I thought about why do we love these kind of stories so much? The rags to riches stories even though Princess Bride is not exactly one, but I realized that there are so many of these stories in the bible! God must like them too!

    I do like the lessons in the Princess Bride! It is one movie I can watch several times

  4. Our families fav movie too. You will have to let me repost

  5. I LOVE this list. The movie is great, and now I know there are important life lessons too. 🙂 I’m linking to you. thanks

  6. Kim,

    loved this post! The Princess Bride was one of my favourite films when I was younger. And I absolutely loved the lessons you remark. Thanks!

  7. I’d love to hear the rest of your “list” of family movies!

  8. Michelle Finsand-Peacock says:

    I KNEW there were lessons to be learned from my favorite movie! Thanks for asking to share this with us.

  9. I found the essay in PDF form.

    and in “regular” form.

    I love looking for things…and finding them!

  10. You forgot #11: If you dare to say that you don’t believe R.O.U.S.’s really exist, they will surely appear at that very moment.

Don't just think it: say it!

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