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Iconic movie lines we have William Goldman to thank for

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  • Holly Ojalvo
By Holly Ojalvo

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The legendary author and screenwriter William Goldman has died at the age of 87. He won two Oscars for screenwriting, one for All the President’s Men and the other for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. In those two films, and other beloved films he wrote over his long career, Goldman gave us movie gold. Here are some of his most iconic and unforgettable lines.

Heat (1995)

I say what I mean, and I do what I say.Don’t let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner.

Chaplin (1992)

The tramp can’t talk. The minute he talks, he’s dead.

Syd, I love this country. I owe it everything. That’s why I can make fun of it!

The Princess Bride (1987)


You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder today.

As you wish.

Misery (1990)

I’m your number one fan. There’s nothing to worry about. You’re going to be just fine. I will take good care of you. I’m your number one fan.

All the President’s Men (1976)

Follow the money.

I don’t mind what you did. I mind the way you did it.

Get out your notebook. There’s more. Your lives are in danger.

Marathon Man (1976)

Is it safe? To go in the water?

The Stepford Wives (1975)

I’ll just die if I don’t get this recipe.


How could you do a thing like that? When I was just going to give you coffee. When I was just going to give you coffee! When I was just going to give you coffee! I thought we were friends!


You don’ t look like the kind of person who likes to see people have fun.

The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)

Guess who’s still alive… ME!

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

I don’t want to sound like a sore loser, but when it’s over, if I’m dead, kill him.


Boy, I got vision, and the rest of the world wears bifocals.

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