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20 Wise Godfather Quotes

Published on December 29, 2019 7:45 AM EST
20 Wise Quotes from The Godfather

These wise quotes from The Godfather teach us about love, hate, and the importance of friendship.

When Mario Puzo wrote The Godfather in 1962, he may not have known that only 10 years later the movie based on his novel would go down in history as one of the greatest films ever made.

20 Wise Quotes from The Godfather

The plot, which follow a mafia family in New York, has many themes including family, friendship, business, politics, and power. But many of the Don’s wise words can be applied towards everyday life. 

Below you will find our collection of quotes from The Godfather novel and movie trilogy written by Mario Puzo. 

Godfather quotes about family

1.) “A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.” ― Mario Puzo, The Godfather

2.) “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.” — Mario Puzo, The Godfather

3.) “When they come… they come at what you love.” — Mario Puzo, The Godfather

Godfather quotes about friendship

4.) “Friendship is everything. Friendship is more than talent. It is more than the government. It is almost the equal of family.” ― Mario Puzo, The Godfather

5.) “A friend should always underestimate your virtues and an enemy overestimate your faults” ― Mario Puzo, The Godfather

6.) “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.” — Mario Puzo, The Godfather

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7.) “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 friendship you wouldn’t have to ask me to help.” — Mario Puzo, The Godfather

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Godfather quotes about power and revenge

8.) “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse.” ― Mario Puzo, The Godfather

9.) “Great men are not born great, they grow great.” — Mario Puzo, The Godfather

10.) “Revenge is a dish that tastes best when served cold.” — Mario Puzo, The Godfather

11.) “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.” — Mario Puzo, The Godfather

12.) “Treachery can’t be forgiven.” — Mario Puzo, The Godfather

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Godfather quotes to make you wise

13.) “Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment.” ― Mario Puzo, The Godfather

14.) “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.” — Mario Puzo, The Godfather

15.) “Yes,” he thought. “If I can die saying, ‘Life is so beautiful,’ then nothing else is important.” — Mario Puzo, The Godfather

16.) “He should be careful. It’s dangerous to be an honest man.” — Mario Puzo, The Godfather

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17.) “Never let anyone know what you are thinking.” ― Mario Puzo, The Godfather

18.) “Many young men started down a false path to their true destiny. Time and fortune usually set them aright.” — Mario Puzo, The Godfather

19.) “Leave the gun, take the cannoli.” — Mario Puzo, The Godfather

20.) “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.” — Mario Puzo, The Godfather

Which of these Godfather quotes do you like the most?

You probably aren’t a member of a mafia crime family, but that doesn’t mean you can’t head the advice in these wise quotes from The Godfather. Think about Puzo’s words as they may pertain to your life.

We all have family and friends who are important to us, and we all face challenges as we aim to succeed in our goals. Is there something in these quotes that may be relevant to something you are dealing with?

Which of these The Godfather quotes and lines did you like the most? Did any of them inspire you? Do you have a favorite quote from The Godfather that isn’t listed? Let us know in the comment section below.

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