55+ Best Al Capone Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Alphonse Gabriel “Al” Capone, sometimes known by the nickname “Scarface”, was an American gangster and businessman who rose to fame during the prohibition era. As the most famous American gangster, he dominated organized crime in Chicago from 1925 to 1931. He was convicted on charges of income tax evasion and sentenced to jail.

Most Famous Al Capone Quotes

My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they’re going to stay that way. – Al Capone

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

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

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

All I ever did was supply a demand that was pretty popular. – 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

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

Looking for the best Al Capone quotes? We’ve compiled a list of the top 40 Capone quotes and sayings on kindness, life, people, business, government and more. – 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

You accomplish more with a smile, a handshake, and a gun than you do with just a smile and a handshake. – 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

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

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

I have built my organization upon fear. – Al Capone

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

I’m the boss. I’m going to continue to run things. They’ve been putting the roscoe on me for a good many years and I’m still healthy and happy. Don’t let anybody kid you into thinking I can be run out of town. I haven’t run yet and I’m not going to. – 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Public service is my motto. – Al Capone

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

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

Now I know why tigers eat their young. – 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

I am like any other man. All I do is supply a demand. – 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 am just a businessman, giving the people what they want. – Al Capone

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

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

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. You can only get a little of his time because he spends so much time covering up that no one will know that he is a thief. A hard-working crook will-and can-get those birds by the dozen, but right down in his heart he won’t depend on them-hates the sight of them. – 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

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

We been on the road for 18 hours… I need a bath, some chow… and then you and me sit down, and we talk about who dies, eh? – Al Capone

Prohibition has made nothing but trouble – 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’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’ll accomplish more with a kind word and a gun, than you will with a kind word alone. – Al Capone

I’ve been accused of every death except the casualty list of the World War. – Al Capone

Vote early and vote often. – Al Capone

Don’t you get the idea I’m one of those goddam radicals. Don’t get the idea I’m knocking the American system. – Al Capone

They’ve hung everything on me except the Chicago fire. – Al Capone

I am going to St. Petersburg, Florida, tomorrow. Let the worthy citizens of Chicago get their liquor the best they can. I’m sick of the job-it’s a thankless one and full of grief. I’ve been spending the best years of my life as a public benefactor. – Al Capone

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

These guys are not from the Iraqi army, … These are not Iraqi soldiers. They are not members of any of the Iraqi armed forces. – Al Capone

When I sell liquor, it’s called bootlegging; when my patrons serve it on Lake Shore Drive, it’s called hospitality. – Al Capone

This American system of ours, call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you will, gives each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it. – Al Capone

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