65 Mario Puzo Quotes On Success In Life

Mario Gianluigi Puzo was an American author, screenwriter, and journalist of Italian descent. He is known for his crime novels about the Italian-American Mafia and Sicilian Mafia, most notably The Godfather (1969), which he later co-adapted into a film trilogy directed by Francis Ford Coppola. He received the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the first film in 1972 and for Part II in 1974. Puzo also wrote the original screenplay for the 1978 Superman film and its 1980 sequel. His final novel, The Family, was released posthumously in 2001. These Mario Puzo quotes will motivate you.

Best Mario Puzo Quotes

  1. “The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, lies in its loyalty to each other.” ~ Mario Puzo
  2. “What is past is past. never go back. Not for excuses. Not for justification, not for happiness. You are what you are, the world is what it is.” ~ Mario Puzo
  3. “A friend should always underestimate your virtues and an enemy overestimate your faults” ~ Mario Puzo
  4. “When I was young, some women told me they loved me for my long eyelashes. I accepted. Later it was for my wit. Then for my power and money. Then for my talent. Then for my mind-deep. OK, I can handle all of it. The only woman who scares me is the one who loves me for myself alone. I have plans for her. I have poisons and daggers and dark graves in caves to hide her head. She can’t be allowed to live. Especially if she’s sexually faithful and never lies and always puts me ahead of everything and everyone.” ~ Mario Puzo
  5. “Great men are not born great, they grow great . . .” ~ Mario Puzo

  6. “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
  7. “Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment.” ~ Mario Puzo
  8. “Behind every successful fortune;There is Crime.” ~ Mario Puzo
  9. “The only wealth in this world is children, more than all the money, power on earth.” ~ Mario Puzo
  10. “There are things that have to be done and you do them and you don’t talk about them. You don’t try to justify them. They can’t be justified. You just do them. Then you forget them.” ~ Mario Puzo
  11. “Many young men started down a false path to their true destiny. Time and fortune usually set them aright.” ~ Mario Puzo
  12. “Not having to worry about money is almost like not having to worry about dying.” ~ Mario Puzo

  13. “A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.” ~ Mario Puzo
  14. “We are a family, and the loyalty of the family must come before anything and everyone else. For if we honor that commitment, we will never be vanquished-but if we falter in that loyalty we will all be condemned.” ~ Mario Puzo
  15. “Never get angry. Never make a threat. Reason with people.” ~ Mario Puzo
  16. Friendship is everything. Friendship is more than talent. It is more than the government. It is almost the equal of family.- Don Corleone” ~ Mario Puzo
  17. “Love is like the little red toy wagon you get for your Christmas or your sixth birthday. It makes you deliriously happy and you just can’t leave it alone. But sooner or later the wheels come off. Then you leave it in a corner and forget it. Falling in love is great. Being in love is a disaster” ~ Mario Puzo
  18. “He had long ago learned that society imposes insults that must be borne, comforted by the knowledge that in this world there comes a time when the most humble of men, if he keeps his eyes open, can take his revenge on the most powerful.” ~ Mario Puzo
  19. “In Sicily, women are more dangerous than shotguns.” ~ Mario Puzo

  20. “Do you believe a man can truly love a woman and constantly betray her?Never mind physically but betray her in his mind,in the very “poetry of his soul”.Well,it’s not easy but men do it all the time.” ~ Mario Puzo
  21. “Actions defined a man; words were a fart in the wind” ~ Mario Puzo
  22. “A lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns.” ~ Mario Puzo
  23. “Accidents don’t happen to people who take accidents as a personal insult.” ~ Mario Puzo
  24. “What we think of as our sensitivity is only the higher evolution of terror in a poor dumb beast. We suffer for nothing. Our own death wish is our only real tragedy.” ~ Mario Puzo
  25. “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
  26. “Power wears out those who do not have it.” ~ Mario Puzo

  27. “Revenge is a dish that tastes best when served cold.” ~ Mario Puzo
  28. “Santino, never let anyone outside the family know what you are thinking. Never let them know what you have under your fingernails. I think your brain is going soft from all that comedy you play with that young girl. Stop it and pay attention to business. Now get out of my sight.” ~ Mario Puzo
  29. “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.” ~ Mario Puzo
  30. “Friendship and money: oil and water.” ~ Mario Puzo

  31. “I have always believed helping your fellow man is profitable in every sense, personally and bottom line.” ~ Mario Puzo
  32. “Never show anger at slight,Tell nothing.Earn Respect from everyone by deeds,not Words.Respect the members of your Blood Family.Gambling was Recreation,Not a way to earn a Living.Love your Father,your Mother, your Sister but beware of Loving any other Woman than your Wife.And a Wife was a woman who bore your Children.And once that happened to You,your Life was Forfeit to give them their daily bread” ~ Mario Puzo
  33. “Finance is a gun. Politics is knowing when to pull the trigger.” ~ Mario Puzo
  34. “If anything in this life is certain…if history has taught us anything, it’s that you cn kill anyone.” ~ Mario Puzo

  35. “He was a degenerate gambler. That is, a man who gambled simply to gamble and must lose. As a hero who goes to war must die. Show me a gambler and I’ll show you a loser, show me a hero and I’ll show you a corpse.” ~ Mario Puzo
  36. “Gambling is not as destructive as war or as boring as pornography. It is not as immoral as business or as suicidal as watching television. And the percentages are better than religion.” ~ Mario Puzo
  37. “Even as a young man, Vito Corleone became known as a “man of reasonableness.” He never uttered a threat. He always used logic that proved to be irresistible. He always made certain that the other fellow got his share of profit. Nobody lost. He did this, of course, by obvious means. Like many businessmen of genius he learned that free competition was wasteful, monopoly efficient. And so he simply set about achieving that efficient monopoly.” ~ Mario Puzo quotes
  38. “You cannot say ‘no’ to the people you love, not often. That’s the secret. And then when you do, it has to sound like a ‘yes’. Or you have to make them say ‘no.’ You have to take time and trouble.” ~ Mario Puzo
  39. “Even the strongest man needs friends.” ~ Mario Puzo

  40. “there was no greater natural advantage in life than having an enemy overestimate your faults, unless it was to have a friend underestimate your virtues.” ~ Mario Puzo
  41. “The truth now.He was disappointed in human beings.He had seen too many betrayals,too many pitiful weaknesses,too much greed for money and fame.The falseness between lovers,husbands and wifes,fathers,sons,mothers,daughters” ~ Mario Puzo
  42. “Like many businessmen of genius he learned that free competition was wasteful, monopoly efficient. And so he simply set about achieving that efficient monopoly.” ~ Mario Puzo
  43. “Oh, what a wicked world it is that drives a man to sin.” ~ Mario Puzo
  44. “Any man can turn traitor.” ~ Mario Puzo

  45. “We don’t know if capital punishment is a deterrent, but we know that men we execute will not murder again.” ~ Mario Puzo
  46. “It’s just business nothing personal.” ~ Mario Puzo
  47. “I spent my whole life trying not to be careless. Women and children can afford to be careless, but not men.” ~ Mario Puzo
  48. “Tell my father I wish to be his son.” ~ Mario Puzo
  49. “He smelled the garden, the yellow shield of light smote his eyes, and he whispered, “Life is so beautiful.” … Yes, he thought, if I can die saying, “Life is so beautiful,” then nothing else is important.” ~ Mario Puzo
  50. “Life is like a box of Hand grenades,You never know what will blow you to kingdom come” ~ Mario Puzo
  51. “The fact of the matter is that I wanted to hold a grudge in some funny kind of way.Against everybody.” ~ Mario Puzo
  52. “Falling in love is great but being in love is a disaster” ~ Mario Puzo

  53. “Never let a domestic quarrel ruin a day’s writing. If you can’t start the day fresh, get rid of your wife.” ~ Mario Puzo
  54. “I find the only thing that really stands up, better than gambling, better than booze, better than women, is reading.” ~ Mario Puzo
  55. “Why should I be afraid now? Strange men have come to kill me ever since I was twelve years old.” ~ Mario Puzo
  56. “It can be argued that man’s instinct to gamble is the only reason he is still not a monkey up in the trees.” ~ Mario Puzo
  57. “Time erodes gratitude more quickly than it does beauty!” ~ Mario Puzo
  58. “Let us be separated by wars and pestilence, death, madness but not by the passing of time.” ~ Mario Puzo
  59. “And in that fraction of a second before anything actually happened, Santino Corleone knew he was a dead man.” ~ Mario Puzo
  60. “It was from this experience came his oft-repeated belief that every man has but one destiny.” ~ Mario Puzo

  61. “Some honorable men spend their whole life preparing for a supreme act of treachery” ~ Mario Puzo
  62. “It was not 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
  63. “I want to tell you a story. I have no other vanity.” ~ Mario Puzo
  64. “She emptied her mind of all thought of herself, of her children, of all anger, of all rebellion, of all questions. Then with a profound and deeply willed desire to believe, to be heard, as she had done every day since the murder of Carlo Rizzi, she said the necessary prayers for the soul of Michael Corleone.” ~ Mario Puzo
  65. “Power isn’t everything …its the only thing.” ~ Mario Puzo

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