More quotes Relating to the Mafia and “The Life”
“The Mafia is a question every time an Italian raises his head.” ~ Mario Cuomo
“L’omini all’àutu e li scecchi a la via.” ~ Men in high places and jackasses along the road recognize each other. – Sicilian Proverb
“I am very very relieved to have this behind me,’ Gold said as he and his wife Ronnie left the Metro Courthouse hand-in-hand. ‘I’ve had a very very bright and wonderful past. I am looking forward to having the same kind of future.’” ~ Brooklyn District Attorney Eugene Gold of the infamous Paul Vario “Gold Bug” after being released on probation for molesting a 10-year old girl during a Conference for District Attorneys in Tennessee in 1983. He was 59 at the time and charged with aggravated rape.
“What do you want to do, shoot me? Shoot me, but I’m not going to answer your questions. You gave me 15 years already, so do whatever you want.” ~ Former Genovese Family Underboss Venero ‘Benny Eggs’ Mangano after being called as a witness at Vincent Gigante’s trial against his will
“Take mafia out of the trial and there’s no case here. Put aside any preconceptions or prejudices you might have about the Mafia. Membership alone is not enough to be a crime.” ~ Closing argument of Carmine Persico, who represented himself during the infamous Mafia Commission trial in 1986.
“I have spent the best years of my life giving people the lighter pleasures, helping them have a good time, and all I get is abuse, the existence of a hunted man.” ~ Al Capone
“I’ve been accused of every death except the casualty list of the World War.” ~ Al Capone
“All good things must one day be burnt to the ground for the insurance money.” ~ Mickey Cohen
“You can imagine my embarrassment when I killed the wrong guy?” ~ Joseph Valachi
“There’s no chance you’ll get killed. We only kill each other.” ~ Bugsy Siegel
“Yeah, I had the son of a bitch killed. I’m glad I did. I’m sorry I couldn’t have done it myself.” ~ John Gotti
“Vali cchiù un tistimonìu di visu, chi centu d’oricchia. ~ The testimony of one eyewitness is worth more than the hearsay of a hundred. – Sicilian proverb
“Don’t lie. Tell one lie, then you gotta tell another lie to compound on the first.” ~ Meyer Lansky
“I have learned that true power comes from self-control. I have learned that true strength comes from a clear conscience. I have learned that true wealth comes from a good family and good friends.” ~Joe Bonanno, A Man of Honor
“All men have eyes, Machiavelli says, but few have the gift of penetration.” ~ Joe Bonanno, A Man of Honor
“You expose one liar and they plug in another one, like the proverbial boy in the dike.” ~ Lawyer Charles Carnesi during the 1990s trial of John Gambino on government informants.
“Mr. Kelly, I’ve done a lot of things in my life, and you don’t need to know.” ~John Gambino to his lawyer during his 2006 extradition hearing.
“You sons of bitches, I got a family.” ~ Johnny Dio to the media during the Kefauver Hearings.
“I am an American citizen, first class. I don’t have a badge that makes me an official good guy like you, but I work just as honest for a living.” ~ Joe Colombo
“Nice carpet you got here. Good for a crap game. ~Joey Gallo
“No, the difference between you and me is that I can kill you. But you can’t kill me.” ~ Joey Gallo
“Some guys just don’t have what it takes to go up the ladder.” ~ Sam Giancana
“What do you mean, like do I carry a membership card that says ‘Mafia’ on it? “~ Willie Moretti
“The Patriarca crime family have screwed me, and now I am going to screw as many of them as possible.” ~ Joseph Barboza
“Capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class.” ~ Al Capone
“I’ve graduated ten universities of hard knocks…a racketeer is a fellow who tries to get power at the expense of entrenched power.” ~ Frank Costello
“If tomorrow I go wrong, I would want to be hit so as not to bring harm to this thing of ours.” ~ Vito Genovese
“Sometimes your circle decreases in size. But increases in value.” ~ Vito Genovese
“If the Mafia replaced the government, we’d probably have half the corruption and twice the fun.” ~ Anthony Salerno
“I may have my faults but being wrong ain’t one of them.” ~ Jimmy Hoffa
“The arrogant are wise in their own eyes, but the wise will recognize their lies.” ~ Vito Genovese
“I hope when my time comes that I die decently in bed. I don’t want to be murdered beside the garbage cans in some Chicago alley.” ~ Bugs Moran
“In my business, we don’t take notes.” ~ Johnny Roselli
“If I am as big and as bad as they say I am, I will demand that good be done.” – Joe Colombo