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The Godfather Quotes

the godfather quotesAll can agree that THE GODFATHERS movie is the best movie of all times. Whether you’re a fan of the first one, the second, or the third (yes we did that in that order) there are so many iconic the godfather quotes and scenes that are ingrained in our head for life that it’s nearly impossible to list out our favorites without basically becoming a court stenographer and just listing out every line from all The Godfather movies. Check out some of the best “The Godfather Quotes” and lines and check back often because, clearly, we’ll be updating this as more and more quotes pop into our heads.

Top 20 of The Godfather Quotes

  • “Friendship is everything. Friendship is more than talent. It is more than the government. It is almost the equal of family.” – Don Vito Corleone
  • “Revenge is a dish best served cold” – Don Vito Corleone
  • “A friend should always underestimate your virtues and an enemy overestimate your faults” – Don Vito Corleone
  • “I respect those that tell me the truth, no matter how hard it is.” – Michael Corleone
  •  “I have learned more in the streets than in any classroom” – Don Vito Corleone
  • “I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked him for forgiveness.” – Michael Corleone
  • “Never let anyone know what you are thinking.” – Michael Corleone
  • “I have a sentimental weakness for my children and I spoil them, as you can see. They talk when they should listen.” – Don Vito Corleone
  • “A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.” – Don Vito Corleone
  • “Great men are not born great, they grow great.” – Don Vito Corleone
  • “There are many things my father taught me here in this room. He taught me: Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.” – Michael Corleone
  • “Women and children can afford to be careless, but not men.” – Don Vito Corleone
  • “You can do anything. But never go against the family.” – Don Vito Corleone
  • “Lawyers can steal more money with a briefcase than a thousand men with guns and masks.” – Don Vito Corleone
  • “We are all honorable men here, we do not have to give each other assurances as if we were lawyers.” – Don Vito Corleone
  • “There are things that have to be done and you do them and you never talk about them. You don’t try to justify them. They can’t be justified. You just do them. Then you forget it.” – Mario Puzo, The Godfather
  • “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
  • “When they come… they come at what you love.” – Mario Puzo, The Godfather
  • “Forgive. Forget. Life is full of misfortunes.” – Mario Puzo, The Godfather
  • “I have no such powers. If I did I would be more merciful than God, believe me.” – Mario Puzo, The Godfather

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Wisest The Godfather Quotes

  • “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.”
  • “We are all honorable men here, we do not have to give each other assurances as if we were lawyers.”
  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse.”
  • “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.”
  • “Why should I be afraid now? Strange men have come to kill me ever since I was twelve years old.”
  • “Never hate your enemies, it affects your judgment.”
  • “If Don Corleone had all the judges, and the politicians in New York, then he must share them, or let us others use them. He must let us draw the water from the well. Certainly he can present a bill for such services; after all we are not Communists.”

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