Listed amongst the most feared American gangsters of all-time, Alphonse Gabriel Capone, renowned as Al Capone, was the lynchpin of the ‘Chicago Outfit’. “Big Al” shot towards fame by smuggling alcohol during the Prohibition Era in the United States. Starting off with low level crimes as a member of the ‘Five Points Gang’, he began his violent criminal exploits under Johnny Torrio. After taking over from Torrio, he expanded the bootlegging business with profitable support from the then Mayor of Chicago - William Hale Thompson. Unlike other notorious criminals, the “Scarface” did not operate under stealth. On the contrary, Capone adored public adulations during his frequent appearances at ball games. Many viewed him as the modern day Robin-Hood. It all came to rest after the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre between rival gang members which killed seven men in broad daylight. This damaged Capone’s and Chicago’s reputation which led to public demand for his detention, and that made him ‘Public Enemy Number One’. Later, he was convicted of income tax evasion and was sentenced for 11 years in Federal prison. Read through these intriguing quotes from this notorious American Gangster, giving us a glimpse of his mind. A collection of famous quotes by Al Capone.
A crook is a crook, and there's something healthy about his frankness in the matter. But any guy who pretends he is enforcing the law and steals on his authority is a swell snake. The worst type of these punks is the big politician. You can only get a little of his time because he spends so much time covering up that no one will know that he is a thief. A hard-working crook will-and can-get those birds by the dozen, but right down in his heart he won't depend on them-hates the sight of them.
I got nothing against the honest cop on the beat. You just have them transferred someplace where they can't do you any harm. But don't ever talk to me about the honor of police captains or judges. If they couldn't be bought they wouldn't have the job.
Every time a boy falls off a tricycle, every time a black cat has gray kittens, every time someone stubs a toe, every time there's a murder or a fire or the marines land in Nicaragua, the police and the newspapers holler 'get Capone.'
Bolshevism is knocking at our gates, we can't afford to let it in...We must keep America whole and safe and unspoiled. We must keep the worker away from red literature and red ruses; we must see that his mind remains healthy.
I am sick and tired of publicity. I want no more of it. It puts me in a bad light. I just want to be forgotten.
I've lost a million and a half on the horses and dice in the last two years. And the funny part is, I still like 'em, and if someone handed me another million I'd put it right in the nose
of some horse that looked good to me.