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A collection of Mario Puzo quotes on business, success, crime, law, fortune, loyalty, family, friendship, love an animosity.

96 Mario Puzo Quotes That Will Impress You Thoroughly

Quick Facts

Famous As: Novelist, Screenwriter

Born On: October 15, 1920

Died On: July 2, 1999

Born In: Manhattan

Died At Age: 78

A 'pheasant-turned-author' Mario Gianluigi Puzo's life story is no less than a Cinderella fairytale. Born in a deprived family of Neapolitan immigrants, Puzo graduated from NY's City College. Thereafter, he joined the U.S. Air Force and participated in World War II.  Puzo's weak vision prevented him from undertaking combat duties so he worked as a PR officer in Germany for several years. In 1950, he authored his first story 'The Last Christmas'. The success of this piece made him write 'The Dark Arena' (1955). That's how he started his professional writing career. In the mid 1950s to 1960s, Puzo served as an editor and author for a publishing company, ‘Magazine Management Company’ owned by Martin Goodman. While he was struggling to make the two ends meet, he wanted to write something new and different - something that would attract the masses. He finally settled down for crime novels based on sensational, secretive Mafia life. That's when he wrote 'The Godfather' (1969). It was later adapted into Francis Ford Coppola's Academy award winning movie series. Puzo, who was an established screenwriter and journalist by that time, received an Academy Award for the best adapted screenplay. He's credited with the invention of a new genre of crime novels in English Literature. His ‘Godfather’ is probably the most iconic of all his works. It was made into a film that went on to become a cult film. The dialogues from the film became very famous and are quoted quite often. We have excerpted some of his most famous and popular quotes from his writings, books and interviews. Presenting a collection of Mario Puzo quotes and sayings that are very much relevant in modern time!

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I'll make him an offer he can't refuse.

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

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Great men are not born great, they grow great . . .

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Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment.

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Revenge is a dish that tastes best when served cold.

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Do you believe a man can truly love a woman and constantly betray her?Never mind physically but betray her in his mind,in the very "poetry of his soul".Well,it's not easy but men do it all the time.

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I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse.

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

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A man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man.

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

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You cannot say 'no' to the people you love, not often. That's the secret. And then when you do, it has to sound like a 'yes'. Or you have to make them say 'no.' You have to take time and trouble.

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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.

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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.

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Keep your friends close but your enemies closer.

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

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Accidents don't happen to people who take accidents as a personal insult.

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What is past is past. never go back. Not for excuses. Not for justification, not for happiness. You are what you are, the world is what it is.

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Many young men started down a false path to their true destiny. Time and fortune usually set them aright.

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Lawyers can steal more money with a briefcase than a thousand men with guns and masks." -Don Vito Corleone

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Time erodes gratitude more quickly than it does beauty!

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Power isn't everything ...its the only thing.

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

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Behind every successful fortune;There is Crime.

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Take the gun. Leave the cannoli.

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We are all honorable men here, we do not have to give each other assurances as if we were lawyers.

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Never let anyone know what you are thinking.

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A man who is not a father to his children can never be a real man

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Falling in love is great but being in love is a disaster

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In Sicily, women are more dangerous than shotguns.

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The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, lies in its loyalty to each other.

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It's just business nothing personal...

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He'd always been a man who followed his head and not his heart.The heart was just a bloody motor.The head was meant to drive

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Fredo you're my older brother and I love you. But don't ever take sides against the family...

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You can't hide the thunderbolt. When it hits you, everybody can see it. Christ, man, don't be ashamed of it, some men pray for the thunderbolt. You're a very lucky fellow. - Calo

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Yet, he thought, if I can die saying, "Life is so beautiful," then nothing else is important. If i can believe in myself that much, nothing else matters.

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I'll tell you the only real truth. Cunt is where it all begins and where it all ends. Cunt is the only thing worth living for. Everything else is a fake, a fraud and just shit.

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Life is like a box of Hand grenades,You never know what will blow you to kingdom come

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Michael could never remember his father ever having uttered a word about death, as if the Don respected death too much to philosophize about it.

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It was not perhaps the warmest friendship in the world, they would not send each other Christmas gift greetings, but they would not murder each other.

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It was a lie but he believed in telling lies to people. Truth telling and medicine just didn't go together except in dire emergencies, if then.

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Life is Beautiful

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Let us be separated by wars and pestilence, death, madness but not by the passing of time.

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No, that's not possible," Michael said. "Killed, yes; jail, no.

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Revenge is a dish which taste best when served cold.

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Power wears out those who do not have it.

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‎"But you're the toughest son of a b!&€# i've ever seen.You never let anybody get near you.You never let anybody know what you really think.

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There are things that have to be done and you do them and you never talk about them. You don't try to justify them. They can't be justified. You just do them. Then you forget it.

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Oh, what a wicked world it is that drives a man to sin.

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Tell my father I wish to be his son.

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Every man has but one destiny" Veto Corleone

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I have no such powers. If I did I would be more merciful than God, believe me.

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Any man can turn traitor.

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And in that fraction of a second before anything actually happened, Santino Corleone knew he was a dead man.

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One lawyer with a briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns ...

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He should be careful. It's dangerous to be an honest man.

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Some honorable men spend their whole life preparing for a supreme act of treachery

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When they come... they come at what you love.

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God seemed to be having a hard time killing him, and he'd be damned if he was going to make the job easy for mere mortals

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Tell my father I wish to be his son. -Michael Corleone

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Woman and children can afford to be careless, men can not"-Don Corleone

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Like many business men of genius he learned that free competition was wasteful, monopoly efficient.

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A lawyer with a briefcase can steal more than a thousand men with guns.

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We don't know if capital punishment is a deterrent, but we know that men we execute will not murder again.

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I spent my whole life trying not to be careless. Women and children can afford to be careless, but not men.

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Do not count on the gratitude of deeds done for people in the past,you must make them grateful for things you will do for them in the future.

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The fact of the matter is that I wanted to hold a grudge in some funny kind of way.Against everybody.

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Everything you do in life use percentage as your god.

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If anything in this life is certain...if history has taught us anything, it's that you cn kill anyone.

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The gunman said, "Fabrizzio,Michael Corleone sends you his regards.

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Friendship is more than talent. It is more than government. It is almost the equal of family. Never forget that. If you had built up a wall of friendship you wouldn't have to ask me to help. - Don Corleone

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Behind every great fortune there is a crime.

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Leave the gun, take the cannoli.

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Life is a comical business, and there is nothing funnier than love traveling through time.

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...what is written on paper affects history. But not life. Life is a different history.

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Forgive. Forget. Life is full of misfortunes.

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You let women dictate your actions and they are not competent in this world, though certainly they will be saints in heaven while we men burn in hell.

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They made it personal when they shot Pop. It is not business, it's personal.

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My dear Guiliano," he said, "how is it that you and Don Croce do not join together to rule Sicily? He has the wisdom of age, you have the idealism of youth.

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For justice we must go on our knees to Don Corleone.

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Your enemies always get strong on what you leave behind.

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Friendship is everything. Friendship is more than talent. It is more than government. It is almost the equal of family. Never forget that.

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But time erodes gratitude more quickly than it does beauty...

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That's like bringing a guy up from the minors to pitch the World Series.

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Actions defined a man; words were a fart in the wind.

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Ah, men understand friendship more than we woman.

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You lived like a fool and you have come to a fool’s end.

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Life is so beautiful

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Listen to me. I will tell you the truth about a man's life. I will tell you the truth about his love for women.

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Going to the mattresses

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

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Nekad neuztraucies par naudu. Domā par slavu.

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Men in general sooner forget the lost their matrimony than the death of their father

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Death is another story. I will never make a joke about death. It is beyond my powers.

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Lampone made a gesture that said he would be patient, knowing his reward was certain.

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Wasn't it true that Sometimes the greatest misfortunes brought unforseen rewards? -Don Corleone

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Time erodes gratitude more quickly then it does beauty-Mario puzo

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