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Godfather Quotes About Family and Loyalty

There are few movies that can depict family and loyalty the way The Godfather can. These Godfather quotes show just that. 

If you happen to have been living under a rock and don’t know what The Godfather is, it’s an American Crime film from the 1970s.

The film included actors Marlon Brando and Al Pacino and was one of the highest-grossing films of its time. It led not only to its own sequels but also to the success of popular shows like The Sopranos

The film gives a look into the lives of Italian immigrants along with the lives and work of the mafia.

Lines and scenes of the movie are still commonly referenced today. They depict the closeness of family and the importance of loyalty. 

Below is our collection of interesting Godfather quotes and sayings from the film. Enjoy reading them, and don’t forget to also check out our compilation of Scarface quotes.

Godfather quotes about friendship and enemies

1. “Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment.” – The Godfather

Godfather Quotes About hating enemies

2. “A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.” – The Godfather

Godfather Quotes About spending time with family

3. “Your enemies always get strong on what you leave behind.” – The Godfather

Godfather Quotes About enemies

4. “The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, lies in its loyalty to each other.” – The Godfather

Godfather Quotes About loyalty

5. “Keep your friends close but your enemies closer.” – The Godfather

wise Godfather Quotes

6. “A friend should always underestimate your virtues and an enemy overestimate your faults.” – The Godfather

7. “What have I ever done to make you treat me so disrespectfully? If you’d come to me in friendship, then this scum that ruined your daughter would be suffering this very day. And if by chance an honest man like yourself should make enemies, then they would become my enemies. And then they would fear you.” – The Godfather

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Godfather quotes about family

8. “Friendship is everything. Friendship is more than talent. It is more than the government. It is almost the equal of family.” – The Godfather

9. “Michael, you lousy bastard, you killed my husband. You waited until Papa died so nobody could stop you and then you killed ‘im. You blamed him for Sonny, you always did. Everybody did. But you never thought about me, you never gave a damn about me.” The Godfather

10. “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.” – The Godfather

11. “Fredo you’re my older brother and I love you. But don’t ever take sides against the family…” – The Godfather

12. “I’m working for my father now. He’s been sick, very sick.” – The Godfather    

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13. “Some people will pay a lot of money for that information; but then your daughter would lose a father, instead of gaining a husband.” – The Godfather  

14. “And I raised my daughter in the American fashion. I gave her freedom, but I taught her never to dishonor her family.” – The Godfather

15. “Italians have a little joke, that the world is so hard a man must have two fathers to look after him, and that’s why they have godfathers.” – The Godfather

16. “A man who is not a father to his children can never be a real man.” – The Godfather

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More Godfather quotes about family

17. “Just lie here, Pop. I’ll take care of you now. I’m with you now. I’m with you.” – The Godfather

18. “Kay, my father’s way of doing things is over, it’s finished. Even he knows that. I mean, in five years the Corleone Family is going to be completely legitimate. Trust me. That’s all I can tell you about my business, Kay…” – The Godfather

19. “Tell my father I wish to be his son.” – The Godfather

20. “My father is no different than any powerful man, any man with power, like a president or senator.” – The Godfather  

21. “Falling in love is great but being in love is a disaster.” – The Godfather

22. “Michael could never remember his father ever having uttered a word about death as if the Don respected death too much to philosophize about it.” – The Godfather

23. “They made it personal when they shot Pop. It is not business, it’s personal.” – The Godfather

24. “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.” – The Godfather

Godfather quotes about loyalty

25. “Don Corleone, I am honored and grateful that you invited me to your home on the wedding day of your daughter. And may their first child be a masculine child. I pledge my ever-ending loyalty.” – The Godfather  

26. “Do you believe a man can truly love a woman and constantly betray her? Never mind physically but betray her in his mind, in the very “poetry of his soul”.Well, it’s not easy but men do it all the time.” – The Godfather

27. “Any man can turn traitor.” – The Godfather

28. “I Know It Was You, Fredo. You Broke My Heart. You Broke My Heart!” – The Godfather

29. “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.” – The Godfather

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30. “Some honorable men spend their whole life preparing for a supreme act of treachery.” – The Godfather

31. “I Trust These Men With My Life, Senator. To Ask Them To Leave Would Be An Insult.” – The Godfather

32. “For justice, we must go on our knees to Don Corleone.” – The Godfather

33. “We are all honorable men here, we do not have to give each other assurances as if we were lawyers.” – The Godfather

34. “The lawyer with the briefcase can steal more money than the man with the gun.” – The Godfather

35. “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse.” – The Godfather

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Other interesting Godfather quotes 

36. “Behind every successful fortune, there is a crime.” – The Godfather

37. “Many young men started down a false path to their true destiny. Time and fortune usually set them aright.” – The Godfather

38. “Power isn’t everything …its the only thing.” – The Godfather

39. “Never let anyone know what you are thinking.” – The Godfather

40. “He’d always been a man who followed his head and not his heart. The heart was just a bloody motor. The head was meant to drive.” – The Godfather

41. “Let us be separated by wars and pestilence, death, madness but not by the passing of time.” – The Godfather

42. “Power wears out those who do not have it.” – The Godfather

‎43. “But you’re the toughest son of a b!&€# I’ve ever seen. You never let anybody get near you. You never let anybody know what you really think.” – The Godfather

44. “When they come… they come at what you love.” – The Godfather

45. “I spent my whole like trying not to be careless. Women and children can afford to be careless, men can not.” – The Godfather

46. “Do not count on the gratitude of deeds done for people in the past, you must make them grateful for things you will do for them in the future.” – The Godfather

47. “You let women dictate your actions and they are not competent in this world, though certainly, they will be saints in heaven while we men burn in hell.” – The Godfather

48. “Actions defined a man; words were a fart in the wind.” – The Godfather

49. “Men, in general, sooner forget the lost their matrimony than the death of their father.” – The Godfather

50. “Lampone made a gesture that said he would be patient, knowing his reward was certain.” – The Godfather  

51. “He should be careful. It’s dangerous to be an honest man.” – The Godfather  

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52. “Behind every great fortune there is a crime.” – The Godfather  

53. “Like many businessmen of genius, he learned that free competition was wasteful, monopoly efficient.” – The Godfather  

54. “You lived like a fool and you have come to a fool’s end.” – The Godfather  

55. “A lawyer with a briefcase can steal more than a thousand men with guns.” – The Godfather  

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56. “Revenge is a dish best served cold.” – Don Vito Corleone

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

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

59. “There are negotiations being made that are going to answer all of your questions and solve all of your problems. That’s all I can tell you right now.” Michael Corleone

60. “Yeah, let’s talk business, Mike. First of all, you’re all done. The Corleone Family don’t even have that kind of muscle anymore.” Moe Greene

61. “I don’t like violence, Tom. I’m a businessman. Blood is a big expense.” Sollozzo

62. “It’s a Sicilian message. It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes.” Clemenza

63. “Well, let me tell you something, my kraut-mick friend, I’m gonna make so much trouble for you, you won t know what hit you!” Jack Woltz

64. “You goddamn guineas you really make me laugh.” Moe Greene

65. “It’s true I have a lot of friends in politics, but they wouldn’t be so friendly if they knew my business was drugs instead of gambling which they consider a harmless vice. But drugs, that’s a dirty business.” – Don Vito Corleone

What can you learn from these Godfather quotes?

Let’s be honest, there are a lot of lessons from The Godfather that you aren’t going to want to apply to your own life from this film.

While it’s great to make your family a priority in your life as well as keep loyalty as a character trait that applies to you, you aren’t going to want to go to the lengths that the movie characters do. 

These Godfather quotes can remind you to make sure you are being loyal and a good friend, not to mention a good family member.

And they can also just be fun to read through. They may even entice you into watching the movie series again or giving it a try for the first time. 

Did you enjoy these Godfather quotes and lines? Which of the quotes is your favorite? Tell us in the comment section below. We would love to hear all about it.

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