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The Tao Of The Don

''If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it is that you can kill anyone.'' MICHAEL CORLEONE (Al Pacino) in ''The Godfather Part II''

''I never wanted this for you. I work my whole life -- I don't apologize -- to take care of my family, and I refused to be a fool, dancing on the string held by all those big shots. I don't apologize -- that's my life -- but I thought that, that when it was your time, that you would be the one to hold the strings. Senator Corleone, Governor Corleone, something. Well, it wasn't enough time, Michael.'' VITO CORLEONE (Marlon Brando) in ''The Godfather''

''My father taught me many things here, taught me in this room. He taught me, Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.'' MICHAEL in ''The Godfather Part II''

''Fredo, you're my older brother and I love you, but don't ever take sides with anyone against the family again. Ever.'' MICHAEL in ''The Godfather''

''I want somebody good and I mean very good, to plant that gun. I don't want my brother coming out of that toilet with just his d -- -in his hands.'' SONNY CORLEONE (James Caan) in ''The Godfather''

''Don't ask me about my business, Kay.'' MICHAEL in ''The Godfather''

''I spend my life trying not to be careless. Women and children can be careless. But not men.'' VITO in ''The Godfather''

''Leave the gun. Take the cannolis.'' CLEMENZA (Richard Castellano) in ''The Godfather''

''Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes.'' CLEMENZA in ''The Godfather''

''I don't feel I have to wipe everybody out, Tom. Just my enemies.'' MICHAEL in ''The Godfather Part II''

''Just when I thought that I was out, they pull me back in.'' MICHAEL in ''The Godfather Part III''

''Fredo, you're nothing to me now. You're not a brother, you're not a friend. I don't want to know you or what you do. I don't want to see you at the hotels, I don't want you near my house. When you see our mother, I want to know a day in advance, so I won't be there.'' MICHAEL in ''The Godfather Part II''

''I'll make him an offer he can't refuse.'' MICHAEL in ''The Godfather''

''If you'd come to me in friendship, then this scum that ruined your daughter would be suffering this very day. And if by chance an honest man like yourself should make enemies, then they would become my enemies. And then they would fear you.'' VITO in ''The Godfather''

Originally posted Jul 30, 2004 Published in issue #776 Jul 30, 2004 Order article reprints