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The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, lies in its loyalty to each other.
A lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns.
A friend should always underestimate your virtues and an enemy overestimate your faults
What is past is past. never go back. Not for excuses. Not for justification, not for happiness. You are what you are, the world is what it is.
Friendship and money: oil and water.
Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment.
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.
Many young men started down a false path to their true destiny. Time and fortune usually set them aright.
Great men are not born great, they grow great . . .
What we think of as our sensitivity is only the higher evolution of terror in a poor dumb beast. We suffer for nothing. Our own death wish is our only real tragedy.
Our own death wish is our only real tragedy.
The only wealth in this world is children, more than all the money, power on earth.
Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.
Finance is a gun. Politics is knowing when to pull the trigger.
There are things that have to be done and you do them and you don't talk about them. You don't try to justify them. They can't be justified. You just do them. Then you forget them.
In Sicily, women are more dangerous than shotguns.
Behind every successful fortune;There is Crime.
Friendship is everything. Friendship is more than talent. It is more than the government. It is almost the equal of family.- Don Corleone
Accidents don't happen to people who take accidents as a personal insult.
I have always believed helping your fellow man is profitable in every sense, personally and bottom line.
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.
A man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man.
Never get angry. Never make a threat. Reason with people.
Even the strongest man needs friends.
there was no greater natural advantage in life than having an enemy overestimate your faults, unless it was to have a friend underestimate your virtues.
Oh, what a wicked world it is that drives a man to sin.
If anything in this life is certain...if history has taught us anything, it's that you cn kill anyone.
I'll make him an offer he can't refuse.
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.
Like many businessmen of genius he learned that free competition was wasteful, monopoly efficient. And so he simply set about achieving that efficient monopoly.
Not having to worry about money is almost like not having to worry about dying.
Revenge is a dish that tastes best when served cold.
I spent my whole life trying not to be careless. Women and children can afford to be careless, but not men.
Actions defined a man; words were a fart in the wind
We don't know if capital punishment is a deterrent, but we know that men we execute will not murder again.
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.
Never let a domestic quarrel ruin a day's writing. If you can't start the day fresh, get rid of your wife.
Tell my father I wish to be his son.
It's just business nothing personal.
Power wears out those who do not have it.
Why should I be afraid now? Strange men have come to kill me ever since I was twelve years old.
Time erodes gratitude more quickly than it does beauty!
I like to drink wine more than I used to. Anyway, I'm drinking more.
God seemed to be having a hard time killing him, and he'd be damned if he was going to make the job easy for mere mortals
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.
Let us be separated by wars and pestilence, death, madness but not by the passing of time.
We are all honorable men here, we don 't have to give each other assurances as if we were lawyers.
Fredo, you're my older brother and I love you. But don't ever take sides against the Family again. Ever.
The fact of the matter is that I wanted to hold a grudge in some funny kind of way.Against everybody.
And in that fraction of a second before anything actually happened, Santino Corleone knew he was a dead man.