Mario Puzo’s The Godfather skyrocketed him to fame and world-wide syndication. The book and its movie adaptation are massive bestsellers, both often referred to as masterpieces. Although I am yet to watch the movie, I was engrossed with the book even though I had my apprehensions at first. It puts a microscope on the microcosm that is referred to as the Mafia.

Here are some of the memorable lines that I was able to cull from this contemporary classic.

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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.” ~ Mario Puzo, The Godfather


“The lawyer with the briefcase can steal more money than the man with the gun.” ~ Mario Puzo, The Godfather


“Your enemies always get strong on what you leave behind.” ~ Mario Puzo, The Godfather


“Friendship is everything. Friendship is more than talent. It is more than the government. It is almost the equal of family.” ~ Mario Puzo, The Godfather


“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.” ~ Mario Puzo, The Godfather


“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.” ~ Mario Puzo, The Godfather


“A friend should always underestimate your virtues and an enemy overestimate your faults.” ~ Mario Puzo, The Godfather


“Time erodes gratitude more quickly than it does beauty.” ~ Mario Puzo, The Godfather


“Many young men started down a false path to their destiny. Time and fortune usually set them right.” ~ Mario Puzo, The Godfather


“We are all honorable men here, we do not have to give each other assurances as if we were lawyers.” ~ Mario Puzo, The Godfather


“You cannot say “no” to the people you love, not often. That’s the secret. And when you do, it has to sound like a “yes”. Or you have to make them say “no”. You have to make time and trouble.” ~ Mario Puzo, The Godfather


“Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment.” ~ Mario Puzo, The Godfather


“It was perhaps the warmest friendship in the world, they would not send each other Christmas gift greetings, but they would not murder each other.” ~ Mario Puzo, The Godfather


“A man who is not a father to his children can never be a real man.” ~ Mario Puzo, The Godfather


That is it for now. If some lines from the book also caught your attention, do share them on the comment box. Happy reading!