The Godfather Quotes

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The Godfather



The Godfather

52 Quotes    9.2 

An organized crime dynasty's aging patriarch transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.


    Crime, Drama




    English, Italian, Latin

Quotes from The Godfather

Michael: My father is no different than any powerful man, any man with power, like a president or senator.

Kay Adams: Do you know how naive you sound, Michael? Presidents and senators don't have men killed.

Michael: Oh. Who's being naive, Kay?

Michael: [speaking to Carlo] Only don't tell me you're innocent. Because it insults my intelligence and makes me very angry.

[to Rocco who has killed Paulie in the car]

Peter Clemenza: Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.

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

[last lines]

Michael: All right. This one time I'll let you ask me about my affairs.

Kay Adams: Is it true? Is it?

Michael: No.

[Kay smiles and walks into his arms]

Kay Adams: I guess we both need a drink, huh?

[Kay goes to the kitchen to fix a drink, but sees Peter Clemenza, Rocco Lampone and Al Neri enter Michael's office]

Clemenza: Don Corleone.

[Clemenza kisses Michael's hand, and Neri shuts the door in her face...]

Don Corleone: I hope you don't mind the way I keep going over this Barzini business.

Michael: No, not at all.

Don Corleone: It's an old habit. I spent my whole life trying not to be careless. Women and children can afford to be careless, but not men.

[Tessio brings in Luca Brasi's bulletproof vest, delivered with a fish inside]

Sonny: What the hell is this?

Clemenza: It's a Sicilian message. It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes.

Don Corleone: You talk about vengeance. Is vengeance going to bring your son back to you? Or my boy to me?

Sollozzo: I don't like violence, Tom. I'm a businessman; blood is a big expense.

Don Corleone: You talk about vengeance. Is vengeance going to bring your son back to you, or my boy to me? I forgo the vengeance of my son. But I have selfish reasons. My youngest son was forced to leave this country because of this Sollozzo business. All right, now I have to make arrangements to bring him back here safely cleared of all these false charges. But I'm a superstitious man, and if some unlucky accident should befall him... if he should be shot in the head by a police officer, or if he should hang himself in his jail cell, or if he's struck by a bolt of lightning, then I'm going to blame some of the people in this room, and that I do not forgive. But, that aside, let me say that I swear, on the souls of my grandchildren, that I will not be the one to break the peace we have made here today.

[speaking to himself, practicing his speech]

Luca Brasi: Don Corleone, I am honored and grateful that you have invited me to your home on the wedding day of your daughter. And may their first child be a masculine child.

[then, starting over]

[Michael sees a man dressed in black coming to Vito's hospital room]

Michael Corleone: Who are you?

Enzo the Baker: I am Enzo. The baker. Do you remember me?

Michael Corleone: Enzo...

Enzo the Baker: Yes, Enzo.

Michael Corleone: You better get out of here, Enzo, there's gonna be trouble.

Enzo the Baker: If there is trouble, I stay here to help you. For your father. For your father.

Don Corleone: [to Michael] Listen, whoever comes to you with this Barzini meeting, he's the traitor. Don't forget that.

Michael: [to the Don, quietly] Just lie here, Pop. I'll take care of you now. I'm with you now. I'm with you.

[he takes the Don's hand and kisses it, the Don begins to cry]

Sonny: Hey, listen, I want somebody good - and I mean very good - to plant that gun. I don't want my brother coming out of that toilet with just his dick in his hands, alright?

Clemenza: The gun'll be there.

Tom Hagen: When I meet with Tattaglia's men, should I insist all their drug middlemen have clean records?

Don Corleone: Mention it, don't insist. But Barzini will know that without being told.

Tom Hagen: You mean Tattaglia...

Don Corleone: Tattaglia is a pimp. He never could have outfought Santino. But I didn't know until this day that it was Barzini all along.

Tom Hagen: I have to get back to work. It's part of the wedding. No Sicilian can ever refuse a request on his daughter's wedding day.

Don Zaluchi: I also don't believe in drugs. For years I paid my people extra so they wouldn't do that kind of business. Somebody comes to them and says, "I have powders; if you put up three, four thousand dollar investment, we can make fifty thousand distributing." So they can't resist. I want to control it as a business, to keep it respectable.

[slams his hand on the table and shouts]

Don Zaluchi: I don't want it near schools! I don't want it sold to children! That's an infamia. In my city, we would keep the traffic in the dark people, the coloreds. They're animals anyway, so let them lose their souls.

Sonny: How's Paulie?

Clemenza: Oh, Paulie... won't see him no more.

Sonny: 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]

Michael: Sonny...

Sonny: You're taking this very personal. Tom, this is business and this man is taking it very, very personal.

[after Michael gets off the phone with Kay, clearly too embarrassed to tell her he loves her]

Clemenza: Mikey, why don't you tell that nice girl you love her? I love you with all-a my heart, if I don't see-a you again soon, I'm-a gonna die.

Sonny: Did he... did Clemenza tell you to drop the gun?

Michael: Yeah, a million times.

[after Sonny beats up Carlo Rizzi for hitting Connie]

Sonny: You touch my sister again, I'll kill you.

Don Corleone: [crying, staring at Sonny's body] Look how they massacred my boy!

Don Corleone: [to Michael] So, 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.

Emilio Barzini: [during a meeting with the Five Families] Times have changed. It's not like the Old Days, when we can do anything we want. A refusal is not the act of a friend. 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.

[speaking with the father of the girl he plans to marry, and after telling him that he's in hiding from some gangsters]

Michael: Some people will pay a lot of money for that information; but then your daughter would lose a father, instead of gaining a husband.

[delivering his rehearsed speech]

Luca Brasi: Don Corleone, I am honored and grateful that you have invited me to your daughter... 's wedding... on the day of your daughter's wedding. And I hope their first child be a masculine child. I pledge my ever-ending loyalty.

Michael: [teaching Apollonia to drive] It's safer to teach you English!

Virgil 'The Turk' Sollozzo: He's still alive. They hit him with five shots and he's still alive!

Sonny: Goddamn FBI don't respect nothin'.

[Tom Hagen goes Christmas shopping, and meets Sollozzo]

Sollozzo: I want to talk to you.

Tom Hagen: [stepping aside] I haven't got time...

Sollozzo: Make time, Consigliore!

[Hagen finds himself trapped between Sollozzo and a hood]

Sollozzo: What are you worried about? If I wanted to kill you you'd be dead already. Get in.

[a car drives up]

[the Corleone Family poses for the wedding photo]

Don Corleone: [to Sonny] Where's Michael?

Sonny: Don't worry. He'll be here.

Don Corleone: We're not taking the picture without Michael.

Michael: Fabrizzio, where are you going?

[Apollonia hoots the car and starts to drive it; Fabrizzio gives a quick, furtive movement...]


[the car explodes]

Don Corleone: I like to drink wine more than I used to...


Don Corleone: Anyway, I'm drinking more.

Michael: It's good for you, Pop.

Don Corleone: Ah, I don't know...

Michael: You gonna kill all those guys?

Sonny: Hey, Mikey, stay out of this, all right?

Connie: Dinner's on the table.

Carlo Rizzi: I'm not hungry yet.

Connie: Your food is on the table. It's getting cold.

Carlo Rizzi: I'll eat out later.

Connie: You just told me to make you dinner!

Carlo Rizzi: Hey, vaffanculo, eh?

Connie: Aw, vaffanculo you!

Don Corleone: How's your boy?

Michael: He's good.

Don Corleone: You know, he looks more like you every day.

Michael: He's smarter than I am. Three years old, and he can already read the funny papers.

Don Corleone: [laughs] Read the funny papers...

Tom Hagen: I'm an attorney for the Corleone family. These men are private detectives hired to protect Vito Corleone. They are licensed to carry firearms. If you interfere you'll have to appear before a judge in the morning and show cause.

Tom Hagen: You know how they're going to come at you?

Michael: They want to arrange a meeting between me and Barzini. On Tessio's ground. Where I'll be safe.

[Hagen is silent for a long moment]

Tom Hagen: Tessio. I always thought it would be Clemenza.

Michael: It's the smart move. Tessio was always smarter.

Clemenza: Damn it, Sonny's running scared. He's thinking of going to the matresses already. We got to go pick up some stuff at this address. You know any good spots on the west side?

Paulie Gatto: Yeah, I'll think about it.

Clemenza: Well, think about it while you're driving, will ya? I wanna hit New York sometime this month. And watch out for the kids when you're backing out!

Don Corleone: My godson has come all the way from California. Give him a drink.

[Clemenza and Michael arrive to find extra guards posted outside the house]

Clemenza: What's with all the new faces?

Tessio: We'll need 'em now. After the hospital thing, Sonny got mad. We hit Bruno Tattaglia at four o'clock this morning.

Clemenza: ...Jesus Christ.

Michael: You and I are going to move my father to another room, now can you disconnect those tubes so we can move the bed out of here?

Night Nurse: That is out of the question.

Michael: You know my father? Men are coming here to kill him, now help me, please.

Michael: [the car that Michael, Sollozzo, and McClusky are riding in takes an unexpected detour] New Jersey... we're going to New Jersey?

Sollozzo: [sinister] Maybe.

Tom Hagen: Maybe we shouldn't get Mike mixed up in this too directly...

Connie: What's the matter, Carlo?

Carlo Rizzi: [punk sore at the world] Shut up and set the table!

Don Corleone: [to Luca Brasi] I'm a little worried about this Sollozzo fellow. I want you to find out what he's got under his fingernails. Go to the Tattaglias, and tell them you're not too happy with our Family, and find out what you can...

Clemenza: The negotiator's at my house playing pinochle with some of my men, he's happy. They're letting him win.

Clemenza: Paulie, pull over, I gotta take a leak.

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