20 of the Best Quotes from Francis Ford Coppola's 'The Godfather'

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Who doesn't love The Godfather?

It's arguably one of the best movies ever made and these quotes prove just that. We rounded up some of the best quotes from The Godfather that make us want to watch all the movies all over again. Whether you love Vito Corleone or feel for Michael, the following quotes are iconic. Take a look at some of the best quotes from The Godfather.

The Best Godfather Quotes

  • "Revenge is a dish best served cold." - Vito Corleone

  • "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse." - Vito Corleone

  • "I don't like violence, Tom. I'm a businessman. Blood is a big expense." - Sollozzo

  • "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. The Godfather's sick, right? You're getting chased out of New York by Barzini and the other Families. What do you think is going on here? You think you can come to my hotel and take over? I talked to Barzini - I can make a deal with him, and still keep my hotel!" - Moe Greene

  • "I believe in America. America has made my fortune. And I raised my daughter in the American fashion. I gave her freedom but I taught her never to dishonor her family. She found a 'boy friend,' not an Italian. She went to the movies with him. She stayed out late. I didn't protest. Two months ago he took her for a drive, with another boy friend. They made her drink whiskey and then they tried to take advantage of her. She resisted. She kept her honor. So they beat her. Like an animal. When I went to the hospital her nose was broken. Her jaw was shattered, held together by wire. She couldn't even weep because of the pain. But I wept. Why did I weep? She was the light of my life. A beautiful girl. Now she will never be beautiful again. [he breaks down at this point, and the Don gestures to his son to get him a drink] Sorry... [he regains his composure and carries on] I went to the police, like a good American. These two boys were brought to trial. The judge sentenced them to three years in prison, and suspended the sentence. Suspended sentence! They went free that very day! I stood in the courtroom like a fool, and those two bastards, they smiled at me. Then I said to my wife, 'For justice, we must go to Don Corleone." - Bonasera

Quotes from The Godfather

  • "I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart!!" - Michael Corleone

  • "It's an old habit. I spent my life trying not to be careless -- women and children can be careless, but not men." - Vito Corleone

  • "Luca Brasi held a gun to his head, and my father assured him that either his brains -- or his signature -- would be on the contract. That's a true story. That's my family, Kay. It's not me." - Michael Corleone

  • "A man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man." - Vito Corleone

  • "Leave the gun. Take the cannoli." - Peter Clemenza

  • "You come to my house on the day my daughter is to be marrie and you ask me to do murder. For money." - Vito Corleone

  • "Don’t ever take sides with anyone against the family again. Ever." - Michael Corleone

The Best Quotes from The Godfather

  • "It’s not personal Sonny. It’s strictly business." - Michael Corleone

  • "Just when I thought I was out…they pull me back in!" - Michael Corleone

  • "You can act like a man!" - Don Corleone

  • "It's a Sicilian message. It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes." - Peter Clemenza

  • "I have a sentimental weakness for my children and I spoil them, as you can see. They talk when they should listen." - Vito Corleone

  • "You're getting a real reputation, Sonny! I hope you're enjoying it!" - Tom Hagen

  • "In Sicily, women are more dangerous than shotguns." - Calo

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