Al Capone, sometimes known as “Scarface,” was an American gangster and businessman who rose to prominence as the co-founder and head of the Chicago Outfit during the Prohibition era.

At the age of 33, his seven-year reign as a crime lord came to an end when he was sentenced to prison.

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Best Al Capone Quotes

Now I know why tigers eat their young. ~ Al Capone.

I don’t even know what street Canada is on. ~ Al Capone.

You can go a long way with a smile. You can go a lot farther with a smile and a gun. ~ Al Capone.

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Prohibition has made nothing but trouble. ~ Al Capone.

I would rather be rich affluent and greedy and go to hell when I die, than live in poverty on this earth. ~ Al Capone.

All I ever did was supply a demand that was pretty popular. ~ Al Capone.

Capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class. ~ Al Capone.

Vote early and vote often. ~ Al Capone.

Be careful who you call your friends. I’d rather have four quarters than one hundred pennies. ~ Al Capone.

Public service is my motto. ~ Al Capone.

I am just a businessman, giving the people what they want. ~ Al Capone.

In this life all that I have is my word and my balls and I do not break them for nobody. ~ Al Capone.

Capitalism gives all of us a great opportunity if we seize it with both hands and hang on to it. ~ Al Capone.

You can get much further with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone. ~ Al Capone.

I have built my organization upon fear. ~ Al Capone.

Top Al Capone Quotes

They talk about me not being legitimate. Nobody’s on the legit, you know that and so do they. Nobody’s really-on the legit when it comes down to cases. ~ Al Capone.

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. ~ Al Capone.

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They can’t collect legal taxes from illegal money. ~ Al Capone.

Find the toughest guy in the room. Embrace him like a brother. And then slam his head against the wall. ~ Al Capone.

Once you’re in the racket, you’re always in it. The parasites will trail you, begging for money and favors, and you can never get away from them no matter where you go. ~ Al Capone.

Some call it bootlegging. Some call it racketeering. I call it a business. ~ Al Capone.

What do you want to do, get yourself killed before you are thirty? You’d better get some sense while a few of us are left alive. ~ Al Capone.

Why not treat our business like any other man treats his, as something to work at in the daytime and forget when he goes home at night? There’s plenty of business for everybody. Why kill each other over it? ~ Al Capone.

I am like any other man. All I do is supply a demand. ~ Al Capone.

It seems like I’m responsible for every crime that takes place in this country. ~ Al Capone.

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. ~ Al Capone.

All I ever did was sell beer and whiskey to our best people. All I ever did was supply a demand that was pretty popular. Why, the very guys that make my trade good are the ones that yell the loudest about me. Some of the leading judges use the stuff. ~ Al Capone.

Famous Al Capone Quotes

When I sell liquor, it’s bootlegging. When my patrons serve it on a silver tray on Lakeshore Drive, it’s hospitality. ~ Al Capone.

The country wanted booze and I organized it. Why should I be called a public enemy? ~ Al Capone.

A smile can get you far, but a smile with a gun can get you further. ~ Al Capone.

Capitalists believe they can take everything at the table as belonging to them. Capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class. ~ Al Capone.

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. ~ Al Capone.

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It’s a racket. Those stock market guys are crooked. ~ Al Capone.

You’d be surprised if you knew some of the fellows I’ve got to take care of. ~ Al Capone.

Don’t mistake my kindness for weakness. I am kind to everyone, but when someone is unkind to me, weak is not what you are going to remember about me. ~ Al Capone.

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. ~ Al Capone.

A crook is a crook, and there’s something healthy about his frankness in the matter. But any guy who pretends he is enforcing the law and steals on his authority is a swell snake. The worst type of these punks is the big politician. ~ Al Capone.

It’s pretty tough when a citizen with an unblemished record must be hounded from his home by the very policemen whose salaries are paid, at least in part, from the victim’s pocket. You might say that every policeman in Chicago gets some of his bread and butter from the taxes I pay. ~ Al Capone.

Popular Al Capone Quotes

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. ~ Al Capone.

You accomplish more with a smile, a handshake, and a gun than you do with just a smile and a handshake. ~ Al Capone.

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. ~ Al Capone.

I have always been opposed to violence, to shootings. I have fought, yes, but fought for peace. And I believe I can take credit for the peace that now exists in the racket game in Chicago. I believe that the people can thank me for the fact that gang killings here are probably a thing of the past. ~ Al Capone.

People who respect nothing dread fear. It is upon fear, therefore, that I have built up my organization. But understand me correctly, please. Those who work with me are afraid of nothing. Those who work for me are kept faithful, not so much because of their pay as because they know what might be done with them if they broke faith. ~ Al Capone.

The funny part of the whole thing is that a man in this line of business has so much company. I mean his customers. If people did not want beer and wouldn’t drink it, a fellow would be crazy for going around trying to sell it! ~ Al Capone.

Hell must be a pretty swell spot, because the guys that invented religion have sure been trying hard to keep everybody else out. ~ Al Capone.

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. ~ Al Capone.

I never stuck up a man in my life. Neither did any of my agents ever rob anybody or burglarize any homes while they worked for me. They might have pulled plenty of jobs before they came with me or after they left me, but not while they were in my outfit. ~ Al Capone.


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