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Quotations From MARIO PUZO


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  • The only wealth in this world is children, more than all the money, power on earth.
    Mario Puzo, U.S. author, screenwriter, and Francis Ford Coppola, U.S. director, screenwriter. Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), The Godfather III, voiceover letter in the opening scene inviting his children, Mary and Tony, to Michael's St. Sebastian award ceremony (1990).

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  • I believe in America. America's made my fortune.
    Mario Puzo (b. 1920), U.S. screenwriter, and Francis Ford Coppola (b. 1939), U.S. director, screenwriter. Bonasera (Salvatore Corsitto), The Godfather, as he asks Don Corleone for vengeance (1972).

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  • Certainly he can present a bill for such services. After all, we are not communists.
    Mario Puzo (b. 1920), U.S. author, screenwriter, and Francis Ford Coppola (b. 1939). Don Barzini (Richard Conte), The Godfather, about Don Corleone's assisting with political contacts (1972).
  • Every family has bad memories.
    Mario Puzo, U.S. author, screenwriter, and Francis Ford Coppola, U.S. director, screenwriter. Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), The Godfather III, to his son Tony after the young man has told his father he wants to become a singer rather than become the family lawyer because of Tony's bad memories of the Corleone clan (1990). A significant line considering the cinematic history of the Corleone family.

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  • Finance is a gun. Politics is knowing when to pull the trigger.
    Mario Puzo, U.S. author, screenwriter, and Francis Ford Coppola, U.S. director, screenwriter. Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), The Godfather III, advice given to Vincent (Andy Garcia) when Vincent goes undercover to infiltrate his uncle Michael Corleone's Mafia rivals (1990).
  • What we think of as our sensitivity is only the higher evolution of terror in a poor dumb beast. We suffer for nothing. Our own death wish is our only real tragedy.
    Mario Puzo (b. 1920), U.S. novelist. Merlyn, in Fools Die, ch. 55 (1978).

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  • He was ... a degenerate gambler. That is, a man who gambled simply to gamble and must lose. As a hero who goes to war must die. Show me a gambler and I'll show you a loser, show me a hero and I'll show you a corpse.
    Mario Puzo (b. 1920), U.S. novelist. Fools Die, ch. 2 (1978). Referring to Jordan Hawley.

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  • Look, we are all reasonable men here. We don't have to give assurances, as if we were lawyers.
    Mario Puzo (b. 1920), U.S. author, screenwriter, and Francis Ford Coppola (b. 1939). Don Barzini (Richard Conte), The Godfather, in a gathering of Mafia dons (1972).
  • A lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns.
    Mario Puzo (b. 1920), U.S. novelist. Don Corleone, in The Godfather, bk. 1, ch. 1 (1969). A favorite saying of Don Corleone.
  • I like to drink wine more than I used to. Anyway, I'm drinking more.
    Mario Puzo (b. 1920), U.S. author, screenwriter, Robert Towne, and Francis Ford Coppola (b. 1939). Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando), The Godfather, to his son Michael (1972). Robert Towne, who was uncredited, wrote this scene.
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