The film "The Princess Bride" starring actress Robin Wright and Carey Elwes was entertaining for families. The popular classic also contained a variety of life lessons. Many of the quotes from the film apply to today's business world. We can look back on them and see how they serve as sage advice for avoiding trouble, but some of them also offer a sad commentary about dysfunctional situations that arise in the business world. Thirty-four years after making its debut, here are the ten best Princess Bride quotes that apply to business for your entertainment and consideration.
1. "As You Wish"
This is one of the most memorable quotes, according to Business Insider. Although it is short, it has great significance in the story of Westley and Buttercup. She was fond of ordering him around. His consistent reply to her demands remained "As you wish." This has profound significance in business. Subordinates go further when they adopt this attitude to their assignments. Sometimes you have to do things the way management wants or you're not very popular with them when it comes time for promotion. It may not be wise to use the quote as your boss might get the inference and think you're a smart aleck.
2. "That day, she was amazed to discover that when he was saying "As you wish," what he meant was, "I love you."
And even more amazing was the day she realized she truly loved him back." This is a quote from Grandpa in the movie. He had the foresight to understand that Westley's reply was an act of obedience, but it spoke volumes more than his desire to please. In the film, it meant he loved her. On the job, it likely means that the worker with an "as you wish" attitude is loyal and dedicated.
3."Farmboy ... fetch me that pitcher."
This is a quote from Buttercup when she is giving Westley yet another command. We can learn a lot from this quote by considering the context. Buttercup didn't realize that Wesley was a dedicated helper. She was just concerned with being bossy and treating him as a subordinate. She didn't show him much respect. This made him just try all the harder. In business, we should value those who work hard to fulfill our requests. We may be overlooking some of the best employees in the firm. They deserve acknowledgment and respect for their cheerful attitudes and willingness to serve instead of a superior attitude.
4. "Fezzik, are there rocks ahead?"
Inigo Montoya asks Fezzik if there are rocks ahead. Fezzik replies "If there are, well be dead." In business, it's wise to be aware of what is coming down the pike. Proactivity is far better than going into salvage or damage control modes. These are inquiries that can help us prepare for what might be coming. In business, you can't be too careful and it's essential to stay on top of trends in the economy, supply and demand, and other factors that could affect your bottom line.
5. Vizzini: "No more rhymes now, I mean it."Fezzik: "Anybody want a peanut?"
In business, there are going to be colleagues or worse yet, annoying managers. Some people just can't help it. It's not a good idea to be a smart aleck by annoying those you work with. Vizzini had previously complimented Fezzik for his talent for rhyming, but after repeated rhyming, the banter gold old. Vizzini finally had enough of Fezzik's rhymes. He put his foot down, but Fezzik couldn't seem to put a lid on his compulsion to rhyme. In business, it's good to have a little fun, but let's not forget to be professional and not let our annoying habits get out of hand.
6. Vizzini: "Inconceivable"
Vizzini made a habit of saying "Inconceivable," when he didn't believe that something was possible. Most of the time he was wrong. It's not a good idea to be the one that takes a negative attitude and develops this kind of Eyore syndrome. It's better to think things over before rushing to the conclusion that the plans of others cannot possibly work.
7. “Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.”
Parade points out that this is another famous quote from the movie that applies to business. Although it's a somewhat jaded view of life, there is a lot of truth in the saying. Sugarcoating the problems does not make them go away. Sometimes employees will tell you that a situation is not as bad as it is to avoid stacking more work on themselves. Things can and do go wrong in business and not everyone is transparent about that.
8. "You're that smart?"
Westley made this famous quote when talking to Vizzini. He responded with “Let me put it this way, have you ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates?” Westley replied, "Yes," to which Vizzini countered, "Morons." In the business world, we consistently run into co-workers who have the attitude of being the smartest and nobody else can compare. This behavior is a fast way to alienate yourself from everyone else in the office.
9. “Why loose your venom on me?”
Most of us have encountered co-workers or supervisors who are having a bad day. An innocent request can evoke a volley of complaints. Even if it is the most epic of all crappy days, it is never okay to take it out on the people you work with, your boss, or your subordinates.
10. “I’ll explain and I’ll use small words so that you’ll be sure to understand, you warthog-faced buffoon.”
This is a phrase that most of us who have served in middle management have felt like saying. While it's not acceptable in the workplace, it sometimes applies. Some people can not grasp the explanations you offer about how to perform a task correctly. It can be frustrating, but not a good reason for using this quote. Instead, it may be time for them to move to another department where their skills are more suitable.
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