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Scarface Quotes About Being the Tough Guy

These Scarface quotes will remind you that there is more to life than success, drugs, and making money.

In one of Al Pacino’s best performances, 1983’s Scarface is a film about a Cuban refugee who wants the world, and who will stop at nothing to get what he thinks he deserves.

What can we learn from the film Scarface?

Although Pacino’s character, Tony Montana’s version of The American Dream didn’t work out for him in the end, there could still be something to be learned from the film’s themes of money, success, and being the tough guy. 

Use these Scarface quotes to inspire you on what not to do when building your own American Dream. And after reading the quotes below, be sure to also check out our collection of Godfather quotes about family and loyalty.

20 Scarface Quotes About Being the Tough Guy

Scarface quotes on power and money

1. “In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women.” – Tony Montana

2. “I’m Tony Montana! You fuck with me, you fuckin’ with the best!” – Tony Montana

3. “You all a bunch of fuckin’ assholes. You know why? You don’t have the guts to be what you wanna be.” — Tony Montana

4. “I always tell the truth. Even when I lie.” – Tony Montana

Scarface quotes on success

5. “With the right woman, there’s no stopping me. I could go right to the top.” — Tony Montana

6. “Nothing exceeds like excess. You should know that, Tony.” — Elvira

7. “Lesson number one: Don’t underestimate the other guy’s greed!” – Frank Lopez

8. “I work hard for this. I want you to know that.” – Tony Montana

9. “All I have in this world is my balls and my word and I don’t break them for no one. Do you understand?” — Tony Montana

10. “Don’t toot your horn honey, you’re not that good.” — Elvira

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Scarface quotes on being optimistic

11. “Every day above ground is a good day.” – Mel Bernstein

12. “This is paradise, I’m tellin’ ya. This town like a great big pussy just waiting to get fucked.” — Tony Montana

13. “The jails in this country are like hotels, man.” — Manny Ribera

14. “Me, I want what’s coming to me…. The world, Chico, and everything in it.” — Tony Montana

15. “I always tell the truth. Even when I lie.” – Tony Montana

Scarface quotes on being the tough guy

16. “You wanna give me the cash? Or do I kill your brother before I kill you?” — Hector the Toad

17. “You wanna waste my time? Okay. I call my lawyer. He’s the best lawyer in Miami. He’s such a good lawyer, that by tomorrow morning, you gonna be working in Alaska. So dress warm.” — Tony Montana

18. “Say hello to my little friend!” — Tony Montana

19. “Don’t call me ‘Baby.’ I’m not your ‘baby.'” — Elvira

20. “Who put this thing together? Me, that’s who! Who do I trust? Me!” – Tony Montana

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Which Scarface quote was your favorite?

While Tony may not be the best role model, it cannot be argued that his confidence and hard work helped lead him to success. Use this film as a cautionary tale and take the lessons with a grain of salt: hard work can build success but work without integrity and being greedy can be a fatal flaw.

Whether Scarface is a film that inspires you to reach for The American Dream, or if you just like the film for its abundant violence, we hope you enjoyed these Scarface quotes and lines

Let us know your favorite quote in the comment section below!

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