Charles “Lucky” Luciano, born Salvatore Lucania was a central figure in American organized crime during the early 20th century.
Born in Italy, he emigrated to New York in 1906, where he rapidly became involved in criminal activities.
He rose through the ranks of the Mafia, first under Joe Masseria and later becoming the “boss of all bosses” following the assassinations of Masseria and rival Salvatore Maranzano.
Luciano played a crucial role in developing a national crime syndicate. Despite his imprisonment in 1936, he continued to lead from his cell, even assisting with waterfront security during World War II.
Deported to Italy in 1946, he moved between Rome, Cuba and Naples, maintaining influence in the crime world, particularly in drug trafficking.
He died in 1962 in Naples, but was buried in Queens, New York.
In this article, I have curated the most popular quotes by Lucky Luciano.
Best Lucky Luciano Quotes
We have a problem. Our problem is you… ~ Lucky Luciano.
Can I call you back? … I’m with his wife right now. ~ Lucky Luciano.
I am an American citizen, first class. I don’t have a bade that makes me an official good guy like you, but I’m work just as honest for a living. ~ Lucky Luciano.
I don’t accept the question. To live, I gotta kill ’em both. ~ Lucky Luciano.
If you have a lot of what people want and can’t get, then you can supply the demand and shovel in the dough. ~ Lucky Luciano.
I don’t have a wife, because emotion is dangerous. ~ Lucky Luciano.
You all know how I got this scar. Maybe Joe Profaci, here… ~ Lucky Luciano.
Well, you do realize that such a coarse of action would bring about your demise? ~ Lucky Luciano.
The law of the street was take or be taken. ~ Lucky Luciano.
Famous Lucky Luciano Quotes
I always thought of Annenberg as my sort of guy. ~ Lucky Luciano.
You destroyed my father! ~ Lucky Luciano.
Top Lucky Luciano Quotes
It’s too late to be good. ~ Lucky Luciano.
The world is changing and there are new opportunities for those who are ready to join forces with those who are stronger and more experienced. ~ Lucky Luciano.
You can’t make money with a gun in your hand. ~ Lucky Luciano.
Now, I have friends. They’re not from Palermo, they’re not from Sicily… They’re not even Italians. They’re Jewish. But they’re still my friends. And I trust ’em. ~ Lucky Luciano.
Popular Lucky Luciano Quotes
Meyer, from now on, you and me gotta agree. So if I start getting a swelled head, just shoot me. It’d be a lot less painful. ~ Lucky Luciano.
Hey’re gonna fry you in the chair. Nice and slow, and I’m gonna enjoy it. ~ Lucky Luciano.
I’ve learned. Every organization needs somebody standin’ out front. Call it a figurehead, a leader, a headman, a kingpin, a president, whatever. It doesn’t much matter to me who does it. ~ Lucky Luciano.
What are you sayin, Pop? That because I’m a greasy immigrant, all I can do is clean fish? That ain’t enough! I got a right to find work that uses my brain! ~ Lucky Luciano.
Don’t worry, Joe. Maybe you knew it was gonna happen to me, maybe you didn’t. But by the old way of doin’ things… If I became boss now, I’d have to hit you in case you knew. And all of you shrug, except some of you are friends of Joe’s. And one day I might do something that upsets you, so then you’ll hit me. And then YOU’LL become boss. My friends, they’ll hate you for that. Then somebody else becomes boss, and so on, and on… You know what I call that? Stupid. Very stupid… We’re all bosses here. ~ Lucky Luciano.
So these were the 23 top Lucky Luciano quotes and sayings.