Gangster Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old gangster quotes, gangster sayings, and gangster proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

A true gangster can smell out a person's strenghts and weaknesses in a matter of minutes, but what they can sense most of all, what their bodies are most attuned to, is the scent of fear.     

Lorenzo Carcaterra

The Italian gangster thing has become a form of the modern-day Western.     

Armand Assante

Gangsters lived in the neighborhood. They weren't apart from it. Their relationships with people were both benevolent and scary.     

Ruby Dee

A gangster must always be prepared to kill a friend. It is one of the many open secrets of the business, since it is the truest test of his ability to rule and command the respect of his crew.     

Lorenzo Carcaterra

Playing the game, and unfortunately, playing the gangster game is very profitable.      

Quincy Jones

Gangsta rappers can't fight, so they rap about guns.     

Sean Price

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

Al Capone

Everybody's a gangster until a gangster walks in the room.     


A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide.     

Mickey Mantle

Isolation from power makes men look for a mob in which they can be strong.     

Herbert Gold

War is a thug's game. The thug strikes first and harder. He doesn't go by rules and he isn't afraid of hurting people.     

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Any distraction tends to get in the way of being an effective gangster.     

Terence Winter

Shoot first, ask questions last. That's how these so called gangsta's last.      

Waka Flocka Flame

It is a rule of law alone which hinders the rulers from turning themselves into the worst gangsters.     

Ludwig Von Mises

No gangster is ever happy when he's at peace. The main reason he's in the business is to eliminate his enemies.     

Lorenzo Carcaterra

The Mafia exists in the American imagination because we want it to exist.     

Pete Hamill

Everybody who comes from the gangster life - they want what that man in the suburbs wants. Nice family. Nice house. Nice cars. Bills paid. Kids in school. Food on the table. Nothing more.     

Ice Cube

The Mafia is a question every time an Italian raises his head.     

Mario Cuomo

The gangster is the man of the city, with the city's language and knowledge, with its queer and dishonest skills and its terrible daring, carrying his life in his hands like a placard, like a club.     

Robert Warshow

The classy gangster is a Hollywood invention.     

Orson Welles

The only difference between the Government & the Mafia is that the Mafia actually turns a profit.     


Every man is a mob, a chain gang of idiots.     

Jonathan Nolan

The lawyer with the briefcase can steal more money than the man with the gun.     

Mario Puzo

Every human being has a bit of gangster in him     

Binyavanga Wainaina

When you're a kid and you see gangsters living the life, you kind of want to be like that.     

Jaume Collet-Serra

Even gang members imagine a future that doesn't include gangs.     

Greg Boyle

Mafia is the best example of capitalism we have     

Marlon Brando

A thug only understands you when you speak his language     

Alexander Lukashenko

The mob is man voluntarily descending to the nature of the beast.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A street thug and a paid killer are professionals - beasts of prey, if you will, who have dissociated themselves from the rest of humanity and can now see human beings in the same way that trout fishermen see trout.     

Willard Gaylin