Be careful who you call your friends. I’d rather have four quarters than one hundred pennies.— Al Capone
The most staggering Al Capone quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening
I'm a kind person, I'm kind to everyone, but if you are unkind to me, then kindness is not what you'll remember me for
I would rather be rich affluent and greedy and go to hell when I die, than live in poverty on this earth.
I have spent the best years of my life giving people the lighter pleasures, helping them have a good time, and all I get is abuse, the existence of a hunted man.
I am like any other man. All I do is supply a demand.
Hell must be a pretty swell spot, because the guys that invented religion have sure been trying hard to keep everybody else out.
You accomplish more with a smile, a handshake, and a gun than you do with just a smile and a handshake.
Every time a boy falls off a tricycle, every time a black cat has gray kittens, every time someone stubs a toe, every time there's a murder or a fire or the marines land in Nicaragua, the police and the newspapers holler 'get Capone.'
I am just a businessman, giving the people what they want.
Capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class.
We been on the road for 18 hours... I need a bath, some chow... and then you and me sit down, and we talk about who dies,eh?
Prohibition has made nothing but trouble
Bolshevism is knocking at our gates, we can't afford to let it in.
..We must keep America whole and safe and unspoiled. We must keep the worker away from red literature and red ruses; we must see that his mind remains healthy.
When I sell liquor, it's bootlegging.
When my patrons serve it on a silver tray on Lakeshore Drive, it's hospitality.
Now I know why tigers eat their young.
You can do more with a kind word and a gun than with just a kind word.
I've lost a million and a half on the horses and dice in the last two years.
And the funny part is, I still like 'em, and if someone handed me another million I'd put it right in the nose of some horse that looked good to me.
Capitalism gives all of us a great opportunity if we seize it with both hands and hang on to it.
I've been accused of every death except the casualty list of the World War.
Once in the racket you're always in it.
I have built my organization upon fear.
I am going to St. Petersburg, Florida, tomorrow. Let the worthy citizens of Chicago get their liquor the best they can. I'm sick of the job-it's a thankless one and full of grief. I've been spending the best years of my life as a public benefactor.
Public service is my motto.
I don't even know what street Canada is on.
All I ever did was supply a demand that was pretty popular.
You can get more with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone.
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.
You can get much farther with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone.
When I sell liquor, it's called bootlegging;
when my patrons serve it on Lake Shore Drive, it's called hospitality.
In this life all that I have is my word and my balls and I do not break them for nobody.
Some call it bootlegging. Some call it racketeering. I call it a business.
A smile can get you far, but a smile with a gun can get you further.
This American system of ours, call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you will, gives each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it.
I got nothing against the honest cop on the beat.
You just have them transferred someplace where they can't do you any harm. But don't ever talk to me about the honor of police captains or judges. If they couldn't be bought they wouldn't have the job.
They've hung everything on me except the Chicago fire.
It's a racket. Those stock market guys are crooked.
Vote early and vote often.
I am sick and tired of publicity. I want no more of it. It puts me in a bad light. I just want to be forgotten.
This American system of ours. call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you like, gives to each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it.
They can't collect legal taxes from illegal money.
Don't you get the idea I'm one of those goddam radicals.
Don't get the idea I'm knocking the American system.