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Character of the week: Michael Corleone

Author: Paulo Coelho

I don’t feel I have to wipe everybody out, Tom. Just my enemies.

Your enemies always get strong on what you leave behind.

All families have bad memories. Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in.

Times change. These days, we learn from the philanthropists like the Rockefellers. First you rob everybody, then you give to the poor.

There are many things my father taught me here in this room. He taught me: keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.

Senator Pat Geary: I despise the way you pose yourself. You and your whole fucking family.

We’re both part of the same hypocrisy, senator, but never think it applies to my family.

Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in.This is business and this man is taking it very personal

It’s dangerous to be an honest man

Never let anyone know what you are thinking.

Never hate your enemies, it affects you judgment.

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?

My father is no different than any other powerful man — any man who’s responsible for other people, like a senator or president.
Kay: “You know how naive you sound…senators and presidents don’t have men killed.”
Oh, who’s being naive, Kay?

I offered you something better. Something in the legitimate world. You turned me down. Now you both come to me with this bad blood. What do you expect me to do? Am I a gangster?

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