Well, banks are the biggest mafia, you know, except for the government of course.
When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.
Every socialist is a disguised dictator.
I put fear into the eyes of a member of the Mafia. I’m doing well, she thought, now keep him scared.
When the media enjoy such excessive profits from this mass hysteria, what incentive do they have to restrain it?
My take on socialism is this: Socialism only seems to work when you don’t fully implement it, when you keep enough capitalism around to pay socialism’s bills, at least for a time. It’s the difference between milking the cow and killing it. Socialism has no theory of wealth creation; it’s just a destructive, envy-driven fantasy about redistributing it after something else (and somebody else) creates it first.
Father, perhaps you’ve forgotten the fact that when my child was conceived, neither Bree nor I knew who the other person was.
Guilt makes people do the weirdest things. It must be awful to have a conscience.
The other Dons in the room applauded and rose to shake hands with everybody in sight and to congratulate Don Corleone and Don Tattaglia on their new friendship. 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. That was friendship enough in this world, all that was needed.
When I was growing up, my mom used to tell my sister and me about a leprechaun with a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. But she never mentioned a Russian Neanderthal with a bag of diamonds at the end of a bloody trail in a train station