Mario Puzo


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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).
  • ''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.
  • ''Even the strongest man needs friends.''
    Mario Puzo, U.S. author, screenwriter, and Francis Ford Coppola, U.S. director, screenwriter. Don Lucase, The Godfather III, advice given to Vincent (Andy Garcia) when Vincent goes undercover to infiltrate his uncle Michael Corleone's Mafia rivals (1990).
  • ''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.
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment.''
    Mario Puzo, U.S. author, screenwriter, and Francis Ford Coppola, U.S. director, screenwriter. Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), The Godfather III, advice Corleone gives to his hot-headed nephew Vincent (Andy Garcia) while the two ride in a helicopter for a "business" meeting in Atlantic City (1990). It's no small irony that Corleone's worst enemy Joey Zaza (Joe Mantagna) stages a bloody hit from the sky at this meeting.
  • ''I have always believed helping your fellow man is profitable in every sense, personally and bottom line.''
    Mario Puzo, U.S. author, screenwriter, and Francis Ford Coppola, U.S. director, screenwriter. Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), The Godfather III, as he answers a question from a reporter following Corleone's takeover of the powerful company International Immobiliare (1990).

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