🇺🇸 34 Great Quotes From “The Godfather”

“The Godfather”.

The book.

All-time classics.

What more should be said?

Ah yes, the article is about the quotes. Got carried away for a minute.

Well, apart from the famous line “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse” the book has much more to offer where life lessons and general wisdom are concerned.

I read the whole book “The Godfather” and compiled a list of 34 quotes that caught my eye.

Be sure to enjoy the quotes below lest you should sleep on the bottom of the ocean.

Don’t get any ideas, just asking you a favor, all friendly like, no threats are uttered.


I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse.

But this is not a personal thing, this is business.

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.

The Don always taught that when a man was generous, he must show the generosity as personal.

Don put his hand on the man’s shoulder to urge him on. That was the mark of the Don’s humanity. He knew from bitter experience what courage it took to ask a favor from a fellow man.

Godfather, cure me, you have the power, dry the tears of my poor wife.

I have no such powers. If I did I would be more merciful than God, believe me.

Among reasonable men problems of business could always be solved.

You lived like a fool and you have come to a fool’s end.

You know those Arctic explorers who leave caches of food scattered on the route to the North Pole? Just in case they may need them someday? That’s my father’s favors. Someday he’ll be at each one of those people’s houses and they had better come across.

Santino, never let anyone outside the family know what you are thinking. Never let them know what you have under your fingernails.

And you know something? Accidents don’t happen to people who take accidents as a personal insult.

A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.

Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment.

It’s all personal, every bit of business. Every piece of shit every man has to eat every day of his life is personal. They call it business. OK. But it’s personal as hell.

It was not necessary that he be your friend, it was not even important that you had no means with which to repay him. Only one thing was required. That you, you yourself, proclaim your friendship. And then, no matter how poor or powerless the supplicant, Don Corleone would take that man’s troubles to his heart.

Friendship is everything. Friendship is more than talent. It is more than government. It is almost the equal of family. Never forget that. If you had built up a wall of friendships you wouldn’t have to ask me to help.

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.

Michael Corleone understood for the first time why men like his father chose to become thieves and murderers rather than members of the legal society. The poverty and fear and degradation were too awful to be acceptable to any man of spirit.

It was from this experience came his oft-repeated belief that every man has but one destiny.

But great men are not born great, they grow great.

Lawyers can steal more money with a briefcase than a thousand men with guns and masks.

There was no greater natural advantage in life than having an enemy overestimate your faults, unless it was to have a friend underestimate your virtues.

But time erodes gratitude more quickly than it does beauty.

Mafia in Sicily was cancerous to the society it inhabited. Merit meant nothing. Talent meant nothing. Work meant nothing. The Mafia Godfather gave you your profession as a gift.

He’s a man who goes deaf when somebody says the word no to him. And he doesn’t get his hearing back until they answer him with a yes.

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

Woman and children can afford to be careless, men can not.

Like many business men of genius he learned that free competition was wasteful, monopoly efficient.

Yet, he thought, if I can die saying, “Life is so beautiful,” then nothing else is important. If i can believe in myself that much, nothing else matters.

Mothers are like cops. They always believe the worst.

I don’t trust society to protect us, I have no intention of placing my fate in the hands of men where only qualification is that they managed to con a block of people to vote for them.

It was a pattern he was to see often, the Don helping those in misfortune whose misfortune he had partly created. Not perhaps out of cunning or planning but because of his variety of interests or perhaps because of the nature of the universe, the interlinking of good and evil, natural of itself.

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.

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


Hey, thanks for the read!

Did I happen to miss any interesting quotes you believe just absolutely have to be among the quotes of my choice above? Write away in the comments below to your heart’s content.

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