Mario Puzo, fully Mario Gianluigi Puzo

Mario
Puzo, fully Mario Gianluigi Puzo
1920
1999

American Screenwriter and Author of The Godfather

Author Quotes

Preparing the communal evening meal sometimes caused arguments. Every village in Sicily had a different recipe for squid and eels, disagreed on what herbs should be disbarred from the tomato sauce. And whether sausages should ever be baked.

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.

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.

Santino, come here. What's the matter with you? I think your brain is going soft with all that comedy you are playing with that young girl. Never tell anyone outside the Family what you're thinking again. Go on.

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

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.

Santino, never let anyone outside the family know what you are thinking. Never let them know what you have under your fingernails. I think your brain is going soft from all that comedy you play with that young girl. Stop it and pay attention to business. Now get out of my sight.

Time erodes gratitude more quickly than it does beauty.

You talk about vengeance. Is vengeance going to bring your son back to you or my boy to me? I forgo the vengeance of my son. But I have selfish reasons. My youngest son was forced to leave this country because of this Sollozzo business. All right, now I have to make arrangements to bring him back here safely cleared of all these false charges. But I'm a superstitious man and if some unlucky accident should befall him, if he should get shot in the head by a police officer, or if should hang himself in his jail cell, or if he's struck by a bolt of lightning, then I'm going to blame some of the people in this room, and that I do not forgive. But, that aside, let me say that I swear, on the souls of my grandchildren, that I will not be the one to break the peace we have made here today.

She emptied her mind of all thought of herself, of her children, of all anger, of all rebellion, of all questions. Then with a profound and deeply willed desire to believe, to be heard, as she had done every day since the murder of Carlo Rizzi, she said the necessary prayers for the soul of Michael Corleone.

Tom, don't let anybody kid you. It's all personal, every bit of business. Every piece of shit every man has to eat every day of his life is personal. They call it business. OK. But it's personal as hell. You know where I learned that from? The Don. My old man. The Godfather. If a bolt of lightning hit a friend of his the old man would take it personal. He took my going into the Marines personal. That's what makes him great. The Great Don. He takes everything personal Like God. He knows every feather that falls from the tail of a sparrow or however the hell it goes? Right? And you know something? Accidents don't happen to people who take accidents as a personal insult.

Show me a gambler and I?ll show you a loser.

Wasn't it true that sometimes the greatest misfortunes brought un-forseen rewards? -Don Corleone

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

We are a family, and the loyalty of the family must come before anything and everyone else. For if we honor that commitment, we will never be vanquished ? but if we falter in that loyalty we will all be condemned.

Take the gun. Leave the cannoli.

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

Tell my father I wish to be his son.

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

Never write in the first person.

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

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.

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

The best way to launch an Italian restaurant is to have it raided because the Mafia eats there. Everybody knows they eat well.

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.

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First Name
Mario
Last Name
Puzo, fully Mario Gianluigi Puzo
Birth Date
1920
Death Date
1999
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American Screenwriter and Author of The Godfather