39 Iconic Dialogues From The Greatest Movie of All Time : The Godfather

Generally acknowledged as a bona fide classic, this Francis Ford Coppola film is one of those rare experiences that feels perfectly right from beginning to end–almost as if everyone involved had been born to participate in it. We have brought the best of The Godfather (trilogy) for you!

“A refusal is not the act of a friend.”

– Don Barzini


“It seems in today’s world the power to absolve debt is greater than the power of forgiveness.”

– Archbishop Gilday


“It’s dangerous to be an honest man.”

– Don Corleone, The Godfather


Michael Corleone: Do you still fear me Kay?
Kay Corleone: I don’t fear you Michael, I just dread you.


Michael Corleone: I saw a strange thing today. Some rebels were being arrested. One of them pulled the pin on a grenade. He took himself and the captain of the command with him. Now, soldiers are paid to fight; the rebels aren’t.

Hyman Roth: What does that tell you?

Michael Corleone: They could win. 


“I trust these men with my life, Senator. To ask them to leave would be an insult.”

– Don Corleone, The Godfather


“I don’t like violence, Tom. I’m a businessman; blood is a big expense.”

– Virgil ‘The Turk’ Sollozzo


“Finance is a gun. Politics is knowing when to pull the trigger”

– Don Lucchesi


“No Sicilian can refuse any request on his daughter’s wedding day”

– Tom Hagen


“You talk about veangance. Is vengeance going to bring your son back to you or my boy to me?”

– Don Corleone, The Godfather


“Power corrupts those who do not have it.”

– Calo


Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment.”

– Don Corleone, The Godfather


“If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it’s that you can kill anyone.”

– Don Corleone, The Godfather


“It’s an old habit. I spent my whole life trying not to be careless. Women and children can afford to be careless, but not men.”

– Don Corleone, The Godfather


Michael: My father is no different than any powerful man, any man with power, like a president or senator.

Kay Adams: Do you know how naive you sound, Michael? Presidents and senators don’t have men killed.

Michael: Oh. Who’s being naive, Kay?


“It’s not personal, Sonny. It’s strictly business.”

– Don Corleone, The Godfather


“There are many things my father taught me here in this room. He taught me: keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.”

– Don Corleone, The Godfather


“I’m gonna make him an offer he won’t refuse.”

– Don Corleone, The Godfather


“Revenge is a dish best served cold.”

– Don Corleone, The Godfather


“A friend should always underestimate your virtues and an enemy overestimate your faults.”

– Don Corleone, The Godfather


Don Vito Corleone: You spend time with your family?

Johnny Fontane: Sure I do.

Don Vito Corleone: Good. ‘Cause a man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.


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

– Don Corleone, The Godfather


Moe Greene: You know who I am? I’m Moe Greene! I made my bones working hard while you were going out with cheerleaders!


Sollozzo: “Come on, if I wanted you dead you would be dead already.”


Friendship is everything. Friendship is more than talent. It is more than the government. It is almost the equal of family.

– Don Corleone, The Godfather


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

– Don Corleone, The Godfather


Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

– Don Corleone, The Godfather


“Why should I be afraid now? Strange men have come to kill me ever since I was twelve years old.”

– Don Corleone, The Godfather


“Time erodes gratitude more quickly than it does beauty!”

– Don Corleone, The Godfather


Never let anyone know what you are thinking.

– Don Corleone, The Godfather


“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.”

– Don Corleone, The Godfather


“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.”

– Don Corleone, The Godfather


“Never get angry. Never make a threat. Reason with people.”

– Don Corleone, The Godfather


“Great men are not born great, they grow great,”

– Don Corleone, The Godfather


“Your enemies always get strong on what you leave behind.”

– Don Corleone, The Godfather


“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.”

– Don Corleone, The Godfather


“Santino, never let anyone outside the Family know what you are thinking. Never let them know what you have under your fingernails.”

– Don Corleone, The Godfather


“going to the mattresses”


“..for Justice, we must go to Don Corleone.”


 

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