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Al Capone

American gangster
You can get much farther with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone.

Alphonse Gabriel Capone (17 January 189925 January 1947), popularly known as Al "Scarface" Capone, was a famous American gangster in the 1920s and 1930s.c28169


  • 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.
    • As quoted in How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936) by Dale Carnegie, p. 26
  • Do I do business with Canadian racketeers? I don't even know what street Canada is on.
    • As quoted in Iced: The Story of Organized Crime in Canada (2009) by Stephen Schneider, chapter Five, p. 206 [1]
  • Don't get the idea that I'm one of these goddam radicals. Don't get the idea that I'm knocking the American system.
    • As quoted in In Time of Trouble (1956) by Claud Cockburn
  • This is virgin territory out here for whorehouses.
    • Referring to suburban Chicago, as quoted in The Bootleggers and Their Era (1961) by Kenneth Alsop
  • 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.
    • Interview with Claud Cockburn, Quoted in “Mr. Capone, Philosopher,” Cockburn Sums Up (1981)
  • You can get much farther with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone.
    • Misquoted in Forbes (6 October 1986), actually attributed to humorist Professor Irwin Corey, 1953 [2]
  • I've been accused of every death except the casualty list of the World War.
    • The Bootleggers

External linksEdit

  •   Encyclopedic article on Al Capone at Wikipedia
  •   Media related to Al Capone at Wikimedia Commons