With a total of 29 major film awards including three Oscars, Francis Ford Coppola‘s The Godfather is without question one of the most admired and decorated movies in cinema history. Not only is it a great movie, but it’s full of valuable life lessons. From friendship to love, here are some of the most powerful Godfather quotes in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 film.
Friendship Is Everything
Friendship and loyalty are important qualities for the Corleone family. Don Vito Corleone made it a point to only surround himself with people he trusted. In fact, some friends were more loyal to the Corleone family than blood relatives.
Asking For Forgiveness
Michael Corleone learned from an early age on how to ask for forgiveness. Although being forgiven shouldn’t be a free pass to do wrong, it’s good to acknowledge your wrongdoings and seek forgiveness from those that you might have hurt.
Love is a powerful thing. It can even be dangerous as this Godfather quote implies. Love can move and manipulate you in ways you wouldn’t imagine… until it happens.
No Room For Negotiation: An Offer He Couldn’t Refuse
We’ve all heard the phrase, “It’s my way, or highway before” but this Godfather quote takes things to the next level. Sometimes in both business and your personal life, you need to take a stand and shouldn’t leave any room for negotiation.
Setting Priorities: Leave The Gun. Take The Cannoli.
In life, you need to set priorities. What is really important to you? Focus on your priorities and leave the other things behind.
NERD NOTE: Paramount Pictures didn’t like the iconic puppet strings logo for The Godfather. Famous graphic designer, S. Neil Fujita, originally created the logo for Mario Puzo’s novel. But because Puzo co-wrote the film script for The Godfather with Coppola, he insisted that the studio use it.
The Best Quotes From The Godfather