The Godfather

The Godfather quotes

88 total quotes (ID: 241)

Clemenza
Don Vito Corleone
Michael Corleone
Multiple Characters
Santino "Sonny" Corleone
Tom Hagen


[to Santino Corleone] Never let people out of the family know what you are thinking again.


Each man has his own destiny.

[speaking to Tom Hagen after Sonny is killed] I want no inquiries made. I want no acts of vengeance. I want you to arrange a meeting, with the heads of the Five Families. This war stops now.

[to Bonasera] I want you to use all your powers and all your skills. I don't want his mother to see him this way. [sobbing] Look how they massacred my boy.

[to Tom Hagen]Tattaglia's a pimp. He never could've out-fought Santino. But I didn't know until this day that it was Barzini all along.

[In the hospital after Sollozzo tries to kill him] There's a lot of trouble with this Sollozzo business. Its very unfortunate. I know the Tattaglia's are a little misfortunate...down on their heads. Well...that's life. Everyone's got their own circle of sorrow.

[to Michael] Barzini will move against you first. He'll set up a meeting with someone that you absolutely trust, guaranteeing your safety. And at that meeting, you'll be assassinated...It's an old habit. I spend my life trying not to be careless. Women and children can afford to be careless, but not men...It could be anyone...I never wanted this for you. I work my whole life, I don't apologize; to take care of my family, and I refused to be a fool, dancing on the string held by all those bigshots. I don't apologize; that's my life, but I thought that, that when it was your time, that you would be the one to hold the strings: Senator Corleone; Governor Corleone. Well, it wasn't enough time, Michael. It wasn't enough time...Now listen, whoever comes to you with this Barzini meeting, he's the traitor. Don't forget that.

Never get angry. Never make a threat. Reason with people.

[Talking to Johnny Fontane about Jack Woltz] I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse. Note: ranked #2 in the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 movie quotations in American cinema.

[While talking to Tom Hagen about his career] A lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns.

Some day, and that day may never come, I will call upon you to do a service for me. Until that day accept this justice as a gift on my daughter's wedding day.

[to Michael Corleone] Revenge is a dish that tastes best when it is cold.

Just lie here, Pop. I'll take care of you now. I'm with you now. I'm with you.

Never hate your enemies. It clouds your judgement.

[to Carlo Rizzi] You have to answer for Santino.