The Godfather Quotes

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Mario Puzo
“Time erodes gratitude more quickly than it does beauty!”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather

Mario Puzo
“Take the gun. Leave the cannoli.”
Mario Puzo

Mario Puzo
“Woman and children can afford to be careless, men can not"-Don Corleone”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather

Mario Puzo
“But let me say this. I am a superstitious man, a ridiculous failing but I must confess it here. And so if some unlucky accident should befall my youngest son, if some police officer should accidentally shoot him, if he should hang himself while in his jail cell, if new witnesses appear to testify to his guilt, my superstition will make me feel that it was the result of the ill will still borne me by some people here. Let me go further. If my son is struck by a bolt of lightning I will blame some of the people here. If his plane show fall into the sea or his ship sink beneath the waves of the ocean, if he should catch a mortal fever, if his automobile should be struck by a train, such is my superstition that I would blame the ill will felt by people here. Gentlemen, that ill will, that bad luck, I could never forgive. But aside from that let me swear by the souls of my grandchildren that I will never break the peace we have made. After all, are we or are we not better men than those pezzonovanti who have killed countless millions of men in our lifetimes?”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather

Mario Puzo
“Forgive. Forget. Life is full of misfortunes.”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather

Mario Puzo
“Any man can turn traitor.”
Mario Puzo

Mario Puzo
“I have no such powers. If I did I would be more merciful than God, believe me.”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather

Mario Puzo
“Behind every great fortune there is a crime.”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather

Mario Puzo
“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.”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather

Mario Puzo
“Michael: Barzini will set me up through somebody close... that, supposedly, I won't suspect.
Hagen: Somebody like me.
Michael: You're Irish, they won't trust you.
Hagen: I'm German-American.
Michael: To them that's Irish.”
Mario Puzo

Mario Puzo
“Ah, men understand friendship more than we woman.”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather

Mario Puzo
“Wasn't it true that Sometimes the greatest misfortunes brought unforseen rewards? -Don Corleone”
Mario Puzo

Mario Puzo
“What would the world come to if people kept carrying grudges against all reason? That has been the cross of Sicily, where men are so busy with vendettas they have no time to earn bread for their families.”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather

Mario Puzo
“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. Since Johnny's father died, Mr. Corleone feels his responsibility even more deeply. As for trying you again, Mr. Corleone is much too sensitive. He never asks a second favor where he has been refused the first.”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather

Mario Puzo
“Revenge is a dish that tastes best when its cold"-Don Corleone”
Mario Puzo

Mario Puzo
“With a great effort the Don opened his eyes to see his son once more. He smelled the garden, the yellow shield of light smote his eyes, and he whispered, "Life is so beautiful.”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather

Mario Puzo
“Santino, come here. What's the matter with you? I think your brain is going soft with all that comedy you are playing with that young girl. Never tell anyone outside the Family what you're thinking again. Go on.”
Mario Puzo

Mario Puzo
“Genius had its rewards.”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather

Mario Puzo
“He had asked Hagen one final question. "Does this man have real balls?"

Hagen translated the question properly in his mind. Did Jack Woltz have the balls to risk everything, to run the chance of losing all on a matter of principle, on a matter of honor; for revenge?”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather

Mario Puzo
“For the first time the Don showed annoyance. He poured another glass of anisette and drank it down. He pointed a finger at his son. "You want to learn," he said. "Now listen to me. A man's first duty is to keep himself alive. Then comes what everyone else calls honor. This dishonor, as you call it, I willingly take upon myself. I did it to save your life as you once took on dishonor to save mine. You would have never left Sicily alive without Don Croce's protection. So be it. Do you want to be a hero like Guiliano, a legend? And dead? I love him as the son of my dear friends, but I do not envy him his fame. You are alive and he is dead. Always remember that and live your life not be be a hero but to remain alive. With time, heroes seem a little foolish."

Michael sighed. "Guiliano had no choice," he said.

"We are more fortunate," the Don said.

It was the first lesson Michael received from his father and the one he learned best. It was to color his future life, persuade him to make terrible decisions he could never have dreamed of making before. It changed his perception of honor and heroism. It helped him survive, but it made him unhappy. For despite the fact that his father did not envy Guiliano, Michael did.”
Mario Puzo, The Sicilian

“I always thought that when it was your time, that you would be the one to hold the strings.”
Vito Corleone

Mario Puzo
“Leave the gun -- take the cannoli.”
Mario Puzo

Mario Puzo
“Don Corleone had promised his godson he would get the part and Don Corleone had never, to Hagen's knowledge, broken his word in such matters.”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather

Eugène Sue
“La vengeance se mange très-bien froide. (Original version of: "Revenge is a dish best served cold." Often misattributed to Mario Puzo.)”
Eugène Sue, Mathilde

“Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgement. Stolen from Stephen Kings Twitter 8:37 PM · Apr 15, 2021”
Michael Corleone