5 Things I Learned from Monty Python



1. Be yourself.

If an ancient bridgekeeper asks you five (three) questions as toll to cross, answer him truthfully. Do not say what you think he wants to hear or be indecisive in your response or you will end up in the Gorge of Eternal Peril.

2. Know when to quit.

If you are fighting for a just cause and acquire a scratch, bruise, or other minor “flesh wound”, don’t give up the good fight. On the other hand (assuming you still have one), should your arm be chopped off, your leg lopped, or if blood is spurting from various injuries, know your limits and limp away. Live to fight another day.

3. Don’t let looks deceive you.

Do not underestimate a killer, even if he is a cute, fluffy, little bunny. You could wind up decapitated.

4. Stand up for yourself.

If you are not dead and a cart comes ’round to pick you up for disposal, do say something. And be insistent. It could save your life. (Or not. But do try.)

5. Don’t give in to peer pressure.

If you have had too much to eat and are feeling full, do not let someone talk you into having dessert. Even if it is just a mint. And a wafer thin one at that.


What have you learned from the movies? Serious, silly, or otherwise?



This post is part of the Things I Learned from the Movies Blogathon hostedΒ by Speakeasy and Silver Screenings.Β  #LearnedFromMovies

Don’t miss my next installment of *cue music* LearnedFromMovies posting tomorrow. (Hint: There’s a princess, a pirate, a giant, and a six-fingered man.)

  • Special thanks to Silver Screenings for allowing me to have fun and be silly with my entries.


49 thoughts on “5 Things I Learned from Monty Python

  1. Well you know where I stand on the ‘Python as God’ dichotomy. But my choice would be THHGTTG where the philosophical dialectic transcends the obligatory and intestinal overwhelm of E=MCHammer as posited within and without a rather astringent raspberry tart. With cream. Served cold obviously.

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  2. Bahaha! This is utterly fabulous. I LOVE that you included the “flesh wound”. (My husband and I have a running joke about that.)

    All these lessons are valuable, but the Peer Pressure lesson really resonates with me. Whenever I’m feeling full and someone is tempting me with a second piece of dessert (or a thin wafer mint), I always think of that scene in the restaurant and I refuse. I can never un-see that scene.

    Sarah, thank you so much for joining the blogathon! You had me laughing all the way through your post.

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    • Hahaha! “I can never un-see that scene.” NO, you really can’t, can you? It’s just up there. Forever. Bursting with…advice not to have that dessert. I can’t stop laughing. Oh, dear. I’m glad you liked this. Thanks so much for hosting this blogathon. It was deliciously fun.

      Funny that they are all actual lessons, though. As I was giggling my way through this, I thought about that.


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  4. Do you know how very awesome you are? There is so much I want to say here but life is thumping me in the back of the head. So I will just say, “always look on the bright side of life” πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™ #mast

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    • Well, thank you, Sir Eric. Hey, if life seems jolly rotten, there’s something you’ve forgotten. I’m laughing just thinking of that scene. Much gratitude, my friend. πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’› #mast


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  6. Always know your favorite color. Always. Survival Rule #1. Done.

    Solid choices! I’m personally a fan of avoiding a system of government developed around a strange woman lying in a pond distributing swords. Supreme executive power should derive from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

    That having been said, I’d take a watery tart and a sword out of nowhere over Donald Trump any day. But maybe that’s just me lol

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    • Haha! Yes, for the love of all that is holy, know your favorite color, man! Know it.

      I don’t think it’s just you. πŸ˜‰ Silly ceremonies, especially those involving water, are quite popular. And the sword… Well. Bonus!

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