Sunday, April 10, 2005

“It’s not my fault being the biggest and the strongest.”

The Movie: The Princess Bride, 1987 (William Goldman, screenwriter, from his novel; Rob Reiner, dir.)
Who says it: Andre the Giant as Fezzik the Giant
The context: Fezzik confronts The Man in Black (Cary Elwes), “strength against strength,” and The Man in Black points out that it is not a fair fight.
How to use it: To keep yourself from apologizing for your natural abilities.

Today's quotation celebrates Claire Bea's birthday -- she is neither the biggest nor the strongest, but must never apologize for being the smartest and the prettiest. Not that I'm biased.

Maeve's been talking for years now about getting a pug puppy, so yesterday afternoon she finally did. Milo is his name, and he's awfully well-behaved. He doesn't bark, drool or shed. He stands at attention at the base of Maeve's spiral staircase, with a handsome blue bow around his neck.

Milo is, of course, not a living creature but an astonishingly life-like stuffed animal. Dizzy would eat him.

And I got sunburned -- sunburned! -- walking around Chelsea and the Village. In case I'd doubted just how dark it's been in Maine.

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