The Godfather is a decent book that became a classic movie. These Godfather quotes show both the misogyny and racism that are common threads strewn throughout this American crime story.

Made Not Born

But great men are not born great, and so it was with Vito Corleone.

Be Humble

He had long ago learned that society imposes insults that must be borne, comforted by the knowledge that 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.

Takes a Real Man

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

Don’t Hate the Player

Women really hated seeing their men doing too well. It irritated them. It made them less sure of the hold they exerted over them through affection, sexual custom or marriage ties.

No Checks Please

They bore cream-colored envelopes stuffed with cash as bridal gifts, no checks.” It is of no surprise to learn the wedding of the only daughter of the great Don Vito Corleone is a straight cash homie situation.

Black is the New Black

The Negroes were considered of absolutely no account, of no force whatsoever. That they had allowed society to grind them into the dust proved them of no account.

In my city I would try to keep the traffic in the dark people, the colored. They are the best customers, the least troublesome and they are animals anyway. They have no respect for their wives or their families or for themselves. Let them lose their soul with drugs.

This man got along too well with black people, which hinted at some flaw of character.

Neri had never much liked Negroes, and working in Harlem had made him like them even less. They all were on drugs or booze while they let their women work or peddle ass. He didn’t have any use for any of those bastards.

In My Estimation

He claimed that there was no greater natural advantage in life than having an enemy overestimate your faults, unless it was to have a friend underestimate your virtues.

Carry a Big Stick

“I’ll reason with him,” Vito Corleone said. It was to become a famous phrase in the years to come. It was to become the warning rattle before a deadly strike. When he became a Don and asked opponents to sit down and reason with him, they understood it was the last chance to resolve an affair without bloodshed and murder.”

Thank You for Being a Friend

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

As the great philosopher Dan Savage says, friends are your chosen family.

Your Turn

So…do you underestimate and over deliver? Do you strike your enemies down without warning? Are great leaders born or made? Do you hate the player or hate the game? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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