Godfather, The: Part II

Godfather, The: Part II quotes

53 total quotes (ID: 242)

Fredo Corleone
Hyman Roth
Michael Corleone
Multiple Characters


I didn't know it was gonna be a hit, Mike. I swear to God I didn't know it was going to be a hit. Johnny Ola bumped into me in Beverly Hills, and he said that he wanted to talk -- he said that you and -- and -- Roth were in on a -- a -- big deal together. And that there was something in it for me if I'd help 'em out. He said that -- he said that -- you were bein' tough on the negotiations. But if they could get a little help -- and close the deal fast -- it'd be good for the family.


"Taken care of me!" You're my kid brother and you take care of me! Did you ever think about that, did you ever once think about that? Send Fredo off to do this, send Fredo off to do that! Let Fredo to take care of some Mickey Mouse night club somewhere! Send Fredo to pick somebody up at the airport! I'm your older brother, Mike, and I was stepped over!

You know when I was your age, I went out to fishing with all my brothers and my father, and everybody. And I was, I was the only one who caught a fish. Nobody else could catch one except me. You know how I did it? Every time I put the line in the water I said a Hail Mary and every time I said a Hail Mary I caught a fish. You believe that? It's true, that's the secret. You wanna try it when we go out on the lake?

There was this kid I grew up with - he was younger than me. Sorta looked up to me - you know. We did our first work together - worked our way out of the street. Things were good, we made the most of it. During Prohibition - we ran molasses into Canada - made a fortune - your father, too. As much as anyone, I loved him - and trusted him. Later on he had an idea - to build a city out of a desert stop-over for GI's on the way to the West Coast. That kid's name was Moe Green - and the city he invented was Las Vegas. This was a great man - a man of vision and guts. And there isn't even a plaque - or a signpost - or a statue of him in that town! Someone put a bullet through his eye. No one knows who gave the order - when I heard it, I wasn't angry; I knew Moe - I knew he was head-strong, talking loud, saying stupid things. So when he turned up dead - I let it go. And I said to myself, this is the business we've chosen - I didn't ask who gave the order - because it had nothing to do with business!

Frank Pentangeli: Those were the great old days, you know... And we was like the Roman Empire... The Corleone family was like the Roman Empire...

Frank Pentangeli: I don't - I never knew no godfather. I got my own family, senator.

Fredo Corleone: I'm your older brother, Mike, and I was stepped over!
Michael: That's the way Pop wanted it.
Fredo Corleone: It ain't the way I wanted it! I can handle things! I'm smart! Not like everybody says... like dumb... I'm smart and I want respect!

I don't feel I have to wipe everybody out, Tom. Just my enemies.

[kisses Fredo] I know it was you Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart!

There are many things my father taught me here in this room. He taught me: keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. Note: the bolded portion is ranked #58 in the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 movie quotations in American cinema. That portion has often been attributed to Sun Tzu and sometimes to Niccolò Machiavelli, but there are no published sources yet found which predate its use in this film. There is, however,an Italian proverb that follows closely: "Dai nemici mi guardo io dagli amici mi guardi iddio!" – I can protect myself from my enemies, may God protect me from my friends.

I'll change; I'll change. I've learned that I have the strength to change.

If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it's that you can kill anyone.

Fredo, you're nothing to me now. You're not a brother, you're not a friend. I don't want to know you or what you do. I don't want to see you at the hotels, I don't want you near my house. When you see our mother, I want to know a day in advance, so I won't be there. You understand?

My offer is this: nothing. Not even the money for the gaming license, which I would appreciate if you would put up personally.

He was stupid. I was lucky. I'll visit him soon.