Quotes by William Goldman

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

"When I was your age, television was called books."

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

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

"Just because you're beautiful and perfect, it's made you conceited."


Books by William Goldman

  • The Princess Bride
  • 814,832 ratings
  • July 15th 2003 by Ballantine Books

    (first published September 1st 1973)

  • Marathon Man
  • 19,898 ratings
  • 1976 by Pan

    (first published 1974)

  • Magic
  • 1,669 ratings
  • March 1st 1976 by Dell
  • The Temple of Gold
  • 1,049 ratings
  • October 2nd 2001 by Ballantine Books

    (first published 1957)

  • The Colour of Light
  • 504 ratings
  • May 1st 1985 by Warner Books (NY)

    (first published January 1st 1984)

William Goldman
  • William Goldman

  • Date of birth: August 12, 1931
  • Died: November 16, 2018
  • Born: in Highland Park, Illinois, The United States.

  • Description: Goldman grew up in a Jewish family in Highland Park, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, and obtained a BA degree at Oberlin College in 1952 and an MA degree at Columbia University in 1956.His brother was the late James Goldman, author and playwright.William Goldman had published five novels and had three plays produced on Broadway before he began to write screenplays. Several of his novels he later used as the foundation for his screenplays. In the 1980s he wrote a series of memoirs looking at his professional life on Broadway and in Hollywood (in one of these he famously remarked that "Nobody knows anything"). He then returned to writing novels. He then adapted his novel The Princess Bride to the screen, which marked his re-entry into screenwriting. Goldman won two Academy Awards: an Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and an Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay for All the President's Men. He also won two Edgar Awards, from the Mystery Writers of America, for Best Motion Picture Screenplay: for Harper in 1967, and for Magic (adapted from his own 1976 novel) in 1979.Goldman died in New York City on November 16, 2018, due to complications from colon cancer and pneumonia. He was eighty-seven years old.