30 John Gotti Quotes from the American Gangster

John Gotti, also known as Teflon Don and Dapper Don, was an iconic American crime boss active in the 1980s and ’90s.

Born in 1940 in South Bronx, he was the fifth of 13 children to Italian immigrant parents. Gotti led a local Brooklyn gang in his teens and got involved with the Gambino crime family.

Arrested multiple times, Gotti’s criminal activities ranged from truck hijacking to manslaughter.

Despite facing numerous charges, many didn’t stick, earning him the nickname “Teflon Don.”


However, in 1992, he was convicted on 13 counts, including murder and racketeering, leading to a life sentence. Gotti died in 2002 in a federal prison from throat cancer.

I have curated the famous quotes by John Gotti in this article.

Best John Gotti Quotes


He’s getting personal, I want to get personal. ~ John Gotti.


He who is deaf, blind & silent, lives a thousand years in peace. ~ John Gotti.


I’m happy. I’m financially ruined, but what are you gonna do? ~ John Gotti.


Don’t ever say anything you don’t want played back to you someday. ~ John Gotti.

If you think your boss is stupid, remember: you wouldn’t have a job if he was any smarter. ~ John Gotti.


I’m OK, It would be the first free lawyer I’ve ever spoken with. ~ John Gotti.

If you look it up on the Internet, it is cancer, … They refer to it as noninvasive cancer. ~ John Gotti.

I think you’d be better off with a lawyer who has no conflict problems. ~ John Gotti.


I think the brand mark would be sincerity. ~ John Gotti.

If I ever used my client’s name in a question he would take care of me, … I took it as a threat. ~ John Gotti.

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Famous John Gotti Quotes

If a guy was saving money or putting money away, and he was a street guy; What’s on his mind? What has he got planned? You know, at the end of the day, we’re all going to jail. What’s he gonna do with that money? ~ John Gotti.


Well we know the whole situation’s full of lies, Dad. That’s just the way it is. ~ John Gotti.

If they’re gonna get you, they wanna get you, … And they use Machiavellian technique. The ends justify the means. That’s what this low-life country is all about, John. That’s the reason they have me in Marion, ~ John Gotti.

My wife was a major obstacle. She said, ‘If you do it, we’re through. We need you in this house. ~ John Gotti.

[Writing from prison to his wife] If they’re gonna get you, they wanna get you… and they use Machiavellian technique. The ends justify the means. That’s what this low-life country is all about, John. That’s the reason they have me in Marion. ~ John Gotti.


I never lie because I don’t fear anyone. You only lie when you’re afraid. ~ John Gotti.

Let’s just say the government is telling the truth and I’m the boss, … Let’s just say the government is telling the truth and this guy is the boss. … I would have to tell this guy that I made my son. … This is the government feeding this — — punk. ~ John Gotti.

Popular John Gotti Quotes

Don’t carry a gun. It’s nice to have them close by, but don’t carry them. You might get arrested. ~ John Gotti.


It’s better to live one day as a lion than a hundred years as a lamb. ~ John Gotti.

But Kim called that argument simply nonsense, … a man who used his name to get to the top of this criminal enterprise … a man who used his position in the family to line his pockets with millions of dollars in illegal money. ~ John Gotti.


I ain’t seen her in seven years, but she’s a doll, a precious little kid. ~ John Gotti.

You guys are going to have to do a piece of work for the family. ~ John Gotti.

Top John Gotti Quotes

You’re calling the shots around here. I explained to this f*ucking moron more than two weeks ago, before I got sick. ~ John Gotti.

I am thankful to finally be reunited with my wife and five children, … I did my time in prison and moved on with my life. I hope and pray that everyone will try to understand that my past is behind me and to please focus on my future and what I do from here on out. ~ John Gotti.


I’m a man’s man. I’m here to take my medicine. ~ John Gotti.

Always be nice to bankers. Always be nice to pension fund managers. Always be nice to the media. In that order. ~ John Gotti.

So these were the 30 top quotes about John Gotti.

If you like these quotes and sayings, then you can also read my other posts on Bill Murray quotes and Aleister Crowley quotes.

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