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40 phrases from The Godfather that transcend the boundaries of time

Friends and business: water and oil.

He who depends on other people depends on leftovers.

Do you dedicate time to your family? Because a man who doesn’t dedicate himself to his family will never be a real man.

Never let others know what you are thinking.

I’ve worked all my life, I don’t apologize, to take care of my family. And I refuse to be an idiot dancing on the ropes of all those big shots. This is my life, I don’t apologize for it.

I’m going to make him an offer he won’t refuse.

All the power in the world cannot change fate.

We don’t talk business at the table.

Let your friends underestimate your strengths and your enemies overestimate your flaws.

The richest men are those who have the most powerful friends.

I’m willing to make things go back to the way they were.

Whoever offers you security will be the traitor.

The important thing is that we have each other. May we have a life together.

I’m a superstitious man, and if something happened to my son, if he was struck by lightning, if his plane crashed, or if he was shot in the head by a policeman or hanged in prison, I would have to blame a few people in this room, and this I would not forgive, but other than that, I swear on the souls of my grandchildren that it will not be me who will break the peace we sealed today.

Just don’t tell me you’re innocent, it insults my intelligence and still makes me very angry.

It hurts more to have something and lose it than to never have it.

A lawyer with a briefcase can steal more money than a man with a gun.

If you were my friend, your enemies would be my enemies now.

Big men are not born big, they become big.

Drop the gun and get the cannoli!

I have a sentimental weakness for my children as you can see, I have spoiled them, they speak when they should listen.

I gave you freedom, but I taught you never to dishonor your family.

If you had surrounded yourself with a wall of friends, this wouldn’t be happening.

You come to my house and you don’t even bring me a coffee? At least kiss my ring.

We are all part of the same hypocrisy.

My father is no different from any other powerful man. A man who is responsible for other people.

Young people don’t respect anything anymore. Times are changing for the worse.

I would burn in hell to make sure my kids were all right.

A Sicilian cannot refuse a request on his daughter’s wedding day.

Every time I get sick I become wiser, when I die I will be a genius.

What was it that betrayed me? My heart? My mind? Why did I condemn myself?

Politics is knowing when to pull the trigger.

When I thought I was out, they pulled me in.

When did I turn down a deal?

One day, and perhaps that day will never come, I will call you to do a service for me, but until then, accept this justice as a gift on my daughter’s wedding day.

My name is Michael Corleone. This information is worth millions in America, which do you prefer? That your daughter loses a father instead of gaining a husband?

Never hate your enemies, it affects your judgment.

Shoot each of them twice in the head, walk away slowly without running and let the gun slip through your hand.

I don’t like violence, Tom. I’m a business man.

Never get bored. Never make a threat. Argue with people.

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