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The Godfather (Mario Puzo's Mafia) The Godfather by Mario Puzo
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“He should be careful. It's dangerous to be an honest man.”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather
“No, that's not possible," Michael said. "Killed, yes; jail, no.”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather
“Revenge is a dish which taste best when served cold.”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather
“The other Dons in the room applauded and rose to shake hands with everybody in sight and to congratulate Don Corleone and Don Tattaglia on their new friendship. 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. That was friendship enough in this world, all that was needed.”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather
“Woman and children can afford to be careless, men can not"-Don Corleone”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather
“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
“When they come... they come at what you love.”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather
“I have no such powers. If I did I would be more merciful than God, believe me.”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather
“Forgive. Forget. Life is full of misfortunes.”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather
“And in that fraction of a second before anything actually happened, Santino Corleone knew he was a dead man.”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather
“She emptied her mind of all thought of herself, of her children, of all anger, of all rebellion, of all questions. Then with a profound and deeply willed desire to believe, to be heard, as she had done every day since the murder of Carlo Rizzi, she said the necessary prayers for the soul of Michael Corleone.”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather
“Like many business men of genius he learned that free competition was wasteful, monopoly efficient.”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather
“Behind every great fortune there is a crime.”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather
“Friendship is more than talent. It is more than government. It is almost the equal of family. Never forget that. If you had built up a wall of friendship you wouldn't have to ask me to help. - Don Corleone”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather
“The gunman said, "Fabrizzio,Michael Corleone sends you his regards.”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather
“Tell my father I wish to be his son. -Michael Corleone”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather
“Leave the gun, take the cannoli.”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather
tags: humor
“Your enemies always get strong on what you leave behind.”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather
“Mothers are like cops. They always believe the worst.”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather
“A man who is not a father to his children can never be a real man.”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather
“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
“You lived like a fool and you have come to a fool’s end.”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather
“great men are not born great, they grow great,”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather
“You let women dictate your actions and they are not competent in this world, though certainly they will be saints in heaven while we men burn in hell.”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather
“She was the only person in the world who could make him act against his own nature”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather
tags: love
“A lawyer with a briefcase can steal more than a thousand men with guns.”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather
“He told me to tell you
you could have everything you want and do everything you want as long as you take good care of the kids.” Hagen smiled. “He said to tell you that you’re his Don. That’s just a joke.”
Hagen, The Godfather
“You talk about vengeance. Is vengeance going to bring your son back to you or my boy to me? I forgo the vengeance of my son. But I have selfish reasons, my youngest son was forced to leave this country because of this Sollozzo business. All right, now I have to make arrangements to bring him back here safely cleared of all these false charges. But I'm a superstitious man and if some unlucky accident should befall him, if he should get shot in the head by a police officer, or if should hang himself in his jail cell, or if he's struck by a bolt of lightening, then I'm going to blame some of the people in this room, and that I do not forgive. But, that aside, let me say that I swear, on the souls of my grandchildren, that I will not be the one to break the peace we have made here today.”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather
“The Don considered a use of threats the most foolish kind of exposure; the unleashing of anger without forethought as the most dangerous indulgence. No one had ever heard the Don utter a naked threat, no one had ever seen him in an uncontrollable rage. It was unthinkable.”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather
“Ah, men understand friendship more than we woman.”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather