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60 Best Godfather Quotes and Dialogues as Life Lessons

One of the most iconic movies in movie history is still The Godfather, an American crime movie from the 1970s. The film is a masterwork of cinema and most people have undoubtedly utilized its lines at some point in their lives. The movie shows the mafia’s activities and lives alongside those of Italian immigrants.

It is based on the novel of the same name by Mario Puzo and tells the story of a mafia family led by Don Vito Corleone, whose struggles to maintain control of his empire are set against the backdrop of organized crime in America.

60 Amazing The Godfather Quotes

Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, and Diane Keaton, to name a few of the amazing principal actors, have performed so many beautiful moments with poignant speeches throughout the trilogy.

We’ve included some thought-provoking dialogue from The Godfather and its quotes in this post.

15 Godfather Dialogues

1. “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.” —Don Vito Corleone

2. “A friend should always underestimate your virtues and an enemy overestimate your faults.” —Don Vito Corleone

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3. “For justice, we must go to Don Corleone.” —Amerigo Bonasera

4. “A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.” —Don Vito Corleone

5. “Revenge is a dish best served cold.” —Don Vito Corleone

6. “Women and children can be careless, but not men.” —Don Vito Corleone

7. “I believe in America. America has made my fortune.” —Amerigo Bonasera

8. “Your enemies always get strong on what you leave behind.” Don Vito Corleone

9. “I don’t like violence, Tom. I’m a businessman. Blood is a big expense.” —Virgil “The Turk” Sollozzo

10. “It’s not personal, Sonny. It’s strictly business.” —Michael Corleone

11. “My father assured him that either his brains or his signature would be on the contract.” —Michael Corleone

12. “I have learned more from the streets than in any classroom.” Don Vito Corleone

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13. “In Sicily, women are more dangerous than shotguns.” Calo

14. “Don’t tell me that you’re innocent. Because it insults my intelligence and it makes me very angry.” —Michael Corleone

15. “That’s my family, Kay. It’s not me.” —Michael Corleone

15 Motivational The Godfather Quotes and Dialogues

16. “Fredo, you’re my older brother, and I love you. But don’t ever take sides with anyone against the Family again. Ever.” —Michael Corleone

17. “Leave the gun, take the cannoli.” —Peter Clemenza

18. “Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes.” —Peter Clemenza

19. “A man in my position can’t afford to look ridiculous.” Jack Woltz

20. “I hope their first child be a masculine child.” Luca Brasi

21. “You can act like a man!” —Don Vito Corleone

22. “You think too much of me, kid. I am not that clever.” —Virgil “The Turk” Sollozzo

23. “I have a sentimental weakness for my children and spoil them, as you can see. They talk when they should listen.” —Don Vito Corleone

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24. “They should have stopped Hitler at Munich.” —Peter Clemenza

25. ” If I wanted you dead, you would be dead already.” —Virgil “The Turk” Sollozzo

26. “I bet Russian Czars never paid that much for a horse.” Jack Woltz

27. “When they come… they come at what you love.” Don Vito Corleone

28. “You’re getting a real reputation, Sonny! I hope you’re enjoying it!” Tom Hagen

29. “The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, lies in its loyalty to each other.” Don Vito Corleone

30. “Tell your boss he can ask for anything else, but this is one favor I can’t grant him.” Jack Woltz

20 Godfather Quotes for Life

31. “Time erodes gratitude more quickly than it does beauty!” Don Vito Corleone

32. “Mr. Corleone is a man who insists on hearing bad news at once.” Tom Hagen

33. “Now we’re talking business, let’s talk business.” —Michael Corleone

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34. “I made my bones when you were going out with cheerleaders!” Moe Greene

35. “What’s the matter with you? I think your brain is going soft with all that comedy you are playing with that young girl.” —Don Vito Corleone

36. “Never tell anyone outside the Family what you are thinking again.” —Don Vito Corleone

37. “This war stops now.” —Don Vito Corleone

38. “I refused to be a fool dancing on the strings held by all of those big shots.” —Don Vito Corleone

39. “She was the light of my life. A beautiful girl.” —Amerigo Bonasera

40. “I swear, on the souls of my grandchildren, that I will not be the one to break the peace we have made here today.” —Don Vito Corleone

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41. “Come on, kid, don’t fool around.” —Peter Clemenza

42. “You know, Mike, you’re gonna turn out all right.” —Peter Clemenza

43. “Tattaglia is a pimp.” —Don Vito Corleone

44. “We don’t discuss business at the table.” Santino “Sonny” Corleone

45. “I want somebody good—and I mean very good—to plant that gun.” Santino “Sonny” Corleone

46. “I want you to use all your powers and all your skills.” Don Vito Corleone

47. “We’re going to the mattresses.” Santino “Sonny” Corleone

48. “Tom, this is business and this man is taking it very, very personal.” Santino “Sonny” Corleone

49. “Power wears out those who do not have it.” Calo

50. “The richest man is the one with the most powerful friends.” Don Altobello

10 Inspiring Godfather Dialogues

51. “Friendship is everything. Friendship is more than talent. It is more than the government. It is almost the equal of family.” Don Vito Corleone

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52. “You can do anything but never go against the family.” Don Vito Corleone

53. “I’m going to leave you now because I know that you are busy on this, the day of your daughter’s wedding.” Luca Brasi

54. “You talk about vengeance. Is vengeance going to bring your son back to you? Or my boy to me?” —Don Vito Corleone

55. “I respect those who tell me the truth no matter how hard it is.” Michael Corleone

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56. “Forgive. Forget. Life is full of misfortunes.” Don Vito Corleone

57. “The lawyer with the briefcase can steal more money than the man with the gun.” Don Vito Corleone

58. “I’m not interested in things that don’t concern me.” Don Vito Corleone

59. “I want reliable people, people who aren’t going to be carried away.” Don Vito Corleone

60. “You have to take time and trouble.” Don Vito Corleone

End Words

The Godfather movie quotes have had a lasting impact on our culture, inspiring many of the iconic lines that have become part of our language and lingo. From “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse” to “Revenge is a dish best served cold,” these Godfather quotes will leave a lasting impression and continue to be quoted for generations to come.

So whatever mood you’re in, there will always be a Godfather quote to express how you feel!


I'm Sakshi, an enthusiastic reader with a degree in human philosophy. I love to share thoughts that motivate and connect the mind to do good in their life.

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