The Godfather Quotes

I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse.

Friendship is everything. Friendship is more than talent. It is more than the government. It is almost the equal of family.

Great men are not born great, they grow great . . .

Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment.

Revenge is a dish that tastes best when served cold.

A friend should always underestimate your virtues and an enemy overestimate your faults.

A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.

The lawyer with the briefcase can steal more money than the man with the gun.

I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.

I don’t trust society to protect us, I have no intention of placing my fate in the hands of men whose only qualification is that they managed to con a block of people to vote for them.

You cannot say ‘no’ to the people you love, not often. That’s the secret. And then when you do, it has to sound like a ‘yes’. Or you have to make them say ‘no.’ You have to take time and trouble.

Italians have a little joke, that the world is so hard a man must have two fathers to look after him, and that’s why they have godfathers.

Tom, don’t let anybody kid you. It’s all personal, every bit of business. Every piece of shit every man has to eat every day of his life is personal. They call it business. OK. But it’s personal as hell. You know where I learned that from? The Don. My old man. The Godfather. If a bolt of lightning hit a friend of his the old man would take it personal. He took my going into the Marines personal. That’s what makes him great. The Great Don. He takes everything personal Like God. He knows every feather that falls from the tail of a sparrow or however the hell it goes? Right? And you know something? Accidents don’t happen to people who take accidents as a personal insult.

Never let anyone know what you are thinking.

Accidents don’t happen to people who take accidents as a personal insult.

He smelled the garden, the yellow shield of light smote his eyes, and he whispered, “Life is so beautiful.

Yes, he thought, if I can die saying, “Life is so beautiful,” then nothing else is important.

Behind every successful fortune there is a crime.

Many young men started down a false path to their true destiny. Time and fortune usually set them aright.

Time erodes gratitude more quickly than it does beauty!

Lawyers can steal more money with a briefcase than a thousand men with guns and masks.

A man who is not a father to his children can never be a real man.

Why should I be afraid now? Strange men have come to kill me ever since I was twelve years old.

We are all honorable men here, we do not have to give each other assurances as if we were lawyers.

There are things that have to be done and you do them and you never talk about them. You don’t try to justify them. They can’t be justified. You just do them. Then you forget it.

He had long ago learned that society imposes insults that must be borne, comforted by the knowledge that in this world there comes a time when the most humble of men, if he keeps his eyes open, can take his revenge on the most powerful. It was this knowledge that prevented the Don from losing the humility all his friends admired in him.

Michael could never remember his father ever having uttered a word about death, as if the Don respected death too much to philosophize about it.

You can’t hide the thunderbolt. When it hits you, everybody can see it. Christ, man, don’t be ashamed of it, some men pray for the thunderbolt. You’re a very lucky fellow.

Yet, he thought, if I can die saying, “Life is so beautiful,” then nothing else is important. If i can believe in myself that much, nothing else matters.

It was not perhaps the warmest friendship in the world, they would not send each other Christmas gift greetings, but they would not murder each other.

He should be careful. It’s dangerous to be an honest man.

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