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The Godfather

The Godfather quotes

88 total quotes

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


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


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

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

[to Michael] Hey, whaddya gonna do, nice college boy, eh? Didn't want to get mixed up in the Family business, huh? Now you wanna gun down a police captain. Why? Because he slapped ya in the face a little bit? Hah? What do you think this is the Army, where you shoot 'em a mile away? You've gotta get up close like this and - bada-BING! - you blow their brains all over your nice Ivy League suit. C'mere... [kisses Michael's head]. You're taking this very personal. Tom, this is business and this man is taking it very, very personal.

No, no, no! No more! Not this time, consigliere. No more meetin's, no more discussions, no more Sollozzo tricks. You give 'em one message: I want Sollozzo. If not, it's all-out war; we go to the mattresses.

Michael: I'm working for my father now. He's been sick, very sick.
Kay: But you're not like him, Michael. I thought you weren't going to become a man like your father. That's what you told me.
Michael: My father's no different than any other powerful man, [Kay laughs] any man who's responsible for other people. Like a senator or a president.
Kay: You know how naive you sound?
Michael: Why?
Kay: Senators and presidents don't have men killed.
Michael: Oh, who's being naive, Kay? Kay, my father's way of doing things is over, it's finished. Even he knows that. I mean in five years, the Corleone Family is going to be completely legitimate. Trust me. That's all I can tell you about my business.

If we lose the old man, we lose our political contacts and half our strength. The other New York families might wind up supporting Sollozzo just to avoid a long, destructive war. This is almost 1946. Nobody wants bloodshed anymore. If your father dies, you make the deal, Sonny.

Sonny: And I'm sending Fredo to, uh, Las Vegas, under the protection of, uh, Don Francesco of L.A.
Fredo: I'm going to learn the casino business.

Never hate your enemies. It clouds your judgement.

[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.

Don Corleone: Andiamo, Fredo. Tell Paulie to get the car. We're going.
Fredo: Okay, Pop, I'll have to get it myself, Pop. Paulie called in sick this morning.
Don Corleone: Huh?!
Fredo: Paulie's a good kid, I don't mind getting the car.

Calo: In Sicily, women are more dangerous than shotguns.

Sollozzo: Tom! Tom Hagen! Merry Christmas! He, I'm glad I run into you.
Tom Hagen: Well, I haven't got time.
Sollozzo: Aw, make time, consiglieri. Get in the car. What are you worried about? If I want to kill you, you'd be dead already. Get in.

[Sonny opens a package to find two fish wrapped in Luca's bulletproof vest.]
Sonny: What the hell is this?
Pete Clemenza: It's a Sicilian message. It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes.

Tom-anuch! Hey, a hundred button men on the street twenty-four hours a day. That Turk shows one hair on his ass and he's dead.