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"[I will never work for you. I have bad memories.] I'll always be your son, but I will never have anything to do with your business."
Anthony to Michael
"Music is great -- I like music -- but he should finish what he started"
Michael to Kay concerning Anthony
"[We gladly put you at the helm of our little fleet,] but our ships must all sail in the same direction. Otherwise, who can say how long your stay with us will last. It's not personal, it's only business. You should know, Godfather"
Lucchesi to Michael
"It seems in today's world, the power to absolve debt is greater than the power of forgiveness."
Archbishop Gilday to Michael
"I betrayed my wife. I betrayed myself. I killed men and I ordered men to be killed. Ah, it's useless... I killed -- I ordered the death of my brother. He injured me. I killed my mother's son. I killed my father's son."
Michael's confession (to Cardinal Lamberto)
"Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in. [Our true enemy has not yet shown his face.]"
Michael to Harrison and Connie
"I command this family, right or wrong. It was not what I wanted! [Do you understand?]"
Michael to Vincent, Connie and Al Neri
"I would burn in Hell to keep you safe."
Michael to Mary
"You will not give -- I'll take! As for Don Corleone, well he makes it very clear to me today that he is my enemy. You must chose between us."
Joey Zasa to Commission
"I say we hit back and take Zasa OUT!"
Vincent to Michael with Connie and Neri
"I love you, cuz" / "I love you, too, cuz."
Mary and Vincent
"Neri, take a train to Rome. Light a candle for the archbishop."
Vincent to Neri re:assasinating Gilday
"I got a stone in my shoe, Mr. Corleone. A two-bit punk who works for me. The one who thinks he's related to you. A bastard."
Joey Zasa to Michael re:Vincent
"I have a stone in my shoe. You can remove it."
Don Altobello to Mosca re:Michael
"'Ah, Constantine, how much misfortune you caused. Not by becoming Christian, but by the dowry which the first rich Pope accepted from you.'"
Dante, quoted by Archbishop Liam Francis Gilday to Michael
"Times change. These days, we learn from the philanthropists like the Rockefellers. First you rob everybody, then you give to the poor."
Michael to B.J. Harrison
"Power wears out those who don't have it"
Calo, Lucchesi's assassin
"When they come, they'll come at what you love."
Michael to Vincent
"All my life I kept trying to go up in society. Where everything higher up was legal. But the higher I go, the crookeder it becomes. Where the hell does it end?"
Michael to Connie
"You know Michael, now that you're so respectable, I think you're more dangerous than you ever were. In fact, I prefer you when you were just a common Mafia hood."
Kay to Michael
"I've lost all the venom, all the juice of youth. I've lost all the lust for women and now my mind is clear."
Don Altobello to Michael
"The Pope, the Holy Father himself, has this very day blessed Michael Corleone; an' you think you know better than the Pope?"
Dominic Abbandando (Michael's PR Advisor, son of Genco) to reporters
"My father hated foundations. He loved doing it by himself, man to man
Michael to Harrison
"Don't overestimate the power of forgiveness."
Michael to the Archbishop
Mary's last word
"I have always believed helping your fellow man is profitable in every sense, personally and bottom-line."
Michael to reporters
"Never hate your enemies -- it effects your judgement."
Michael to Vincent
"No, I don't hate you. I dread you."
Kay to Michael
"Don't ever again give that kind of order -- not while I'm alive, understand?"
Michael to Vincent re:Zasa's murder
"Your father -- my brother -- we were opposites. We would fight and argue. But I never doubted his love. He would do anything for me. But his temper -- too much -- clouded his reason. I don't want you to make that mistake."
Michael to Vincent
"Your enemies always get strong on what you leave behind."
Vincent to group
"Politics and crime -- they're the same thing."
Michael to Tommasino
"The richest man is the one with the most powerful friends."
Altobello to Vincent
"Even the strongest man needs friends.... Politics is knowing when to pull the trigger."
Don Lucchesi to Vincent
"Blessed is the peacemaker, for he can be called a child of God."
Altobello about Lucchesi & Vincent
"You have to understand I had a whole different destiny planned... I'm not the man that you think I am... I love you, Kay. Don't dread me anymore."
Michael to Kay
"This pope has very different ideas from the last one."
Archbishop to Lucchesi
"Why was I so feared, and you were so loved?"
Michael over Tommasino's corpse
"I swear on the lives of my children -- give me a chance to redeem myself, and I will sin no more."
"Give me the order" [Michael:"You won't be able to go back... All my life I wanted out. I wanted my family out"] Well, I don't want out. I want the power to preserve the Family. I'm asking for the order.
Vincent talking to Michael
"Nephew, from this moment forward, call yourself Vincent Corleone."
Michael transfering his power to Vincent
"Now they'll fear you."
Connie to Michael [or Vito to Bonasera?]
"Tonight the Corleone family settles its accounts"
Vincent [or Michael?]
"We should wet our beaks a little"
Volpe to Michael [or Fanucci to Vito?]
"Did he [Michael] kill his own brother?"
Mary to Vincent [or Kay to Michael?]
"This I cannot do"
Michael to Altobello [or Vito to Bonasera?]
"Look at that spooky-looking guy."
Grace Hamilton to Vincent, re:'the Ant' [or Kay to Michael, re:Luca?]
"I will be indebted to you forever. A Corleone knows the values of a friend."
Vincent to Altobello [or young Vito to Abbandando?]
"You won't let us drink from the well."
Don Romano to Michael [or Barzini to Vito?]
"Do I have to see him?"
Michael re: Joey Zasa [or Vito re: Luca?]
"Call a meeting, my friend, so there are no debts or grudges -- we will make the peace, you and I."
Michael to Don Altobello [or Vito to Hagen?]
"My nephew is a nice boy, but he talks when he should be listening."
Michael to B.J. [or Vito to Solozzo?]
"Never let anyone know what you are thinking."
Michael to Vincent [or Vito to Sonny?]
"I want you to sell your soul to Don Altobello. To betray me."
Michael to Vincent [or Vito to Luca?]
"Some day, you may have to do a difficult service for me."
Michael to Calo (Tommasino's man) [or Vito to Bonasera?]
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