Quotations From NICHOLAS PILEGGI

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  • 1.
    For most of the guys killings got to be accepted. Murder was the only way everybody stayed in line. You got out of line, you got whacked. Everybody knew the rules.
    Nicholas Pileggi, U.S. screenwriter, and Martin Scorsese. Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), GoodFellas, voiceover as Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) and Jimmy Conway (Robert DeNiro) finish killing Billy Batts (Frank Vincent) (1990).

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  • 2.
    Whenever we needed money, we robbed the airport. To us it was better than Citibank.
    Nicholas Pileggi, U.S. screenwriter, and Martin Scorsese. Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), GoodFellas, voiceover philosophizing on his life of crime (1990).

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  • 3.
    You know, we always called each other "goodfellas," like you'd say to somebody "you're gonna like this guy, he's all right, he's a goodfella, he's one of us." You understand, we were goodfellas, wiseguys.
    Nicholas Pileggi, U.S. screenwriter, and Martin Scorsese. Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), GoodFellas, voiceover as Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) goes off to become a "made guy," (1990).
  • 4.
    Saturday night was for wives, but Friday night at the Copa was always for the girlfriends.
    Nicholas Pileggi, U.S. screenwriter, and Martin Scorsese. Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), GoodFellas, voiceover as gangsters and girlfriends take in the show at the Copacabana (1990).

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  • 5.
    Let me tell you something. Nobody goes to jail unless they want to. Unless they make themselves get caught. They don't have things organized.
    Nicholas Pileggi, U.S. screenwriter, and Martin Scorsese. Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), GoodFellas, trying to calm his wife Karen (Lorraine Bracco) when she fears he will go to jail (1990).
  • 6.
    Here's a wing [laughs]. What do you like, the leg or the wing, Henry, or do you still go for the old hearts and lungs?
    Nicholas Pileggi, U.S. screenwriter, and Martin Scorsese. Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci), GoodFellas, to a queasy Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) as Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) and Jimmy Conway (Robert DeNiro) dig up the decomposed corpse of Billy Batts (Frank Vincent) (1990).
  • 7.
    I'm funny how? I mean funny like I'm a clown, like I amuse you? I make you laugh, like I'm here to fuckin' amuse you?
    Nicholas Pileggi, U.S. screenwriter, and Martin Scorsese. Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci), GoodFellas, trying to menace fellow mobster Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) in a restaurant (1990).

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  • 8.
    I know there are women, like my best friends, who would have gotten out of there the minute their boyfriend gave them a gun to hide, but I didn't. I gotta admit the truth: It turned me on.
    Nicholas Pileggi, U.S. screenwriter, and Martin Scorsese. Karen Hill (Lorraine Bracco), GoodFellas, voiceover after her boyfriend and future husband Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) pistol whips a man who harassed her (1990).

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  • 9.
    Everybody gets pinched but you did it right. You told them nothing and they got nothing. You learned the two greatest things in life: Never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut.
    Nicholas Pileggi, U.S. screenwriter, and Martin Scorsese. Jimmy Conway (Robert DeNiro), GoodFellas, to young Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) after the boy is freed following his first arrest (1990).

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  • 10.
    As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.
    Nicholas Pileggi, U.S. screenwriter, and Martin Scorsese. Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), GoodFellas, voiceover in the opening scene while Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) and Jimmy Conway (Robert DeNiro) finish killing Billy Batts (Frank Vincent) (1990).

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