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Bonasera: I believe in America.
America has made my fortune. And I raised my daughter in the American fashion. I gave her freedom, but -- I taught her never to dishonor her family. She found a boyfriend; not an Italian. She went to the movies with him; she stayed out late. I didn't protest. Two months ago, he took her for a drive, with another boyfriend. They made her drink whiskey. And then they tried to take advantage of her.

Vito Corleone: I understand. You found paradise in America, had a good trade, made a good living. The police protected you; and there were courts of law. And you didn't need a friend of me. But uh, now you come to me and you say -- "Don Corleone give me justice." -- But you don't ask with respect. You don't offer friendship. You don't even think to call me Godfather. Instead, you come into my house on the day my daughter is to be married, and you uh ask me to do murder, for money.

Bonasera: I ask you for justice.
Vito: That is not justice; your daughter is still alive.
Bonasera: Then they can suffer then, as she suffers... How much shall I pay you?
Vito: Bonasera... Bonasera... What have I ever done to make you treat me so disrespectfully? Had you come to me in friendship, then this scum that ruined your daughter would be suffering this very day. And that by chance if an honest man such as yourself should make enemies, then they would become my enemies. And then they would fear you.

Bonasera: Be my friend?... Godfather

Luca Brasi: Don Corleone, I am honored and grateful that you have invited me to your daugh-- ter's wedding...on the day of your daughter's wedding. And I hope that their first child be a masculine child. I pledge my ever-ending loyalty. -- For your daughter's bridal purse.

Michael Corleone: Well, when Johnny was first starting out, he was signed to this personal service contract; with a big band leader. And as his career got better and better, he wanted to get out of it. Now, Johnny is my father's godson. And my father went to see this band leader, and he offered him $10,000 to let Johnny go. But the band leader said no. So the next day, my father went to see him; only this time with Luca Brasi. And within an hour, he signed a release, for a certified check for $1,000.

Kay Adams: How'd he do that?
Michael: My father made him an offer he couldn't refuse.
Kay: What was that?

Michael: Luca Brasi held a gun to his head, and my father assured him that either his brains -- or his signature -- would be on the contract... That's a true story.

Michael: That's my family, Kay. It's not me.

Vito: Where's Michael?
Sonny Corleone: Don't worry; it's early.
Vito: We're not taking the picture without Michael
Tom Hagen: What's the matter, Sonny?
Sonny: It's Michael.

Woltz: Now listen to me, you smooth-talking son-of-a-bitch! Let me lay it on the line for you and your boss, whoever he is. Johnny Fontane will never get that movie! I don't care how many daigo guinea WOP greaseball gumbahs come out of the woodwork!
Tom Hagen: I'm German-Irish...
Woltz: Well, let me tell you something my Kraut Mick friend, I'm gonna make so much trouble for you, you won't know what hit you!
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Tom: Mr. Corleone never asks a second favor once he's refused the first.

Tom: Well, I say yes. There's more money potential in narcotics than anything else we're looking at. Now if we don't get into it, somebody else will. Maybe one of the Five Families, maybe all of them. Now with the money they earn, they can buy more police and political power; then they come after us. Now we have the unions, we have the gambling; an' they're the best things to have. But narcotics is a thing of the future. An' if we don't get a piece of that action, we risk everything we have -- I mean not now, but ah ten years from now.

Vito: I must say "no" to you -- and I'll give you my reasons. It's true, I have a lot of friends in politics, but they wouldn't be friendly very long if they knew my business was drugs instead of gambling, which they rule that as a -- harmless vice. But drugs is a dirty business.
Sollozzo: Don Corleone...
Vito: It -- makes -- it doesn't make any difference to me what a man does for a living, understand. But your business is ah -- a little dangerous.
Sollozzo: If you're worried about security for your million, the Tattaglia's will guarantee it.
Sonny: Aw, you're telling me that the Tattaglia's guarantee our investment?
Vito Corleone: Wait a minute... I have a sentimental weakness for my children, and I spoil them as you can see; they talk when they should listen. But, anyway, Signor Sollozzo, my no is final, and I wish to congratulate you on your new business, and I know you'll do very well; and good luck to you -- as best as your interests don't conflict with my interests. Thank you.

Vito: (to Luca Brasi) I'm a little worried about this Sollozzo fella. I want you to find out what he's got under his fingernails, ya'know. Go to the ah Tattaglia's, and make them think that you're -- you're not too happy with our family and -- and find out what you can.

Sollozzo: He's still alive. They hit'em with five shots, and he's still alive!

Fredo: FREDO: I can't -- I can't -- Papa!!

Michael: You kill all those guys?
Sonny: Hey, stay out of it, Mickey; do me a favor.

Clemenza: It's a Sicilian message. It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes.

Clemenza: Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.

Michael: Come 'ere... Put your hand in your pocket like you have a gun. You'll be alright. You'll be okay... You did good.