Mario Puzo Quotes (37 Quotes)


    He had long ago learned that society imposes insults that must be borne, comforted by the knowledge that 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. It was this knowledge that prevented the Don from losing the humility all his friends admired in him.






    We are all honorable men here, we do not have to give each other assurances as if we were lawyers.


    Why should I be afraid now? Strange men have come to kill me ever since I was twelve years old.

    It was a lie but he believed in telling lies to people. Truth telling and medicine just didn't go together except in dire emergencies, if then.

    You can't hide the thunderbolt. When it hits you, everybody can see it. Christ, man, don't be ashamed of it, some men pray for the thunderbolt. You're a very lucky fellow. - Calo


    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.


    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.

    And in that fraction of a second before anything actually happened, Santino Corleone knew he was a dead man.

    Many young men started down a false path to their true destiny. Time and fortune usually set them aright.


    Michael could never remember his father ever having uttered a word about death, as if the Don respected death too much to philosophize about it.

    Friendship is everything. Friendship is more than talent. It is more than the government. It is almost the equal of family.- Don Corleone



    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.

    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.

    I'll make him an offer he can't refuse (The Godfather)

    Like many businessmen of genius he learned that free competition was wasteful, monopoly efficient. And so he simply set about achieving that efficient monopoly.

    Finance is a gun. Politics is knowing when to pull the trigger.

    He's a businessman. I'll make him an offer he can't refuse.

    I have always believed helping your fellow man is profitable in every sense, personally and bottom line.

    He was a degenerate gambler. That is, a man who gambled simply to gamble and must lose. As a hero who goes to war must die. Show me a gambler and I'll show you a loser, show me a hero and I'll show you a corpse.

    A lawyer with a briefcase can steal more than a thousand men with guns.


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