A word that freezes our blood and makes us feel goosebumps. Images of notorious gangsters of the last century and their horrifying deeds appear in our heads. Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, Joe “The Boss” Masseria, Dutch Schultz and much more have been the kings of the streets. Stealing and killing without a blink of an eye. Their time has been covered with blood and dirt.
In such a broken world that they were living, only the biggest monsters were surviving. They were building their set of rules. Mobster’s code that serves them evade bullets and extend their lives at least a day longer.
These are some of the most famous quotes that have kept through the years:
“You can get much further with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone” – Al Capone. The weapons were louder and more convincing that a friendly chat.
Many of them were people without moral values. They didn’t care about anything more that getting a lot of money.
“There’s no such thing as good money or bad money. There’s just money. – Lucky Luciano.
“Nothing personal, it’s just business” – Otto Berman
It was not a time to take a break. They have never rested or felt 100% safe. There has always been one new ambitious guy that is willing to stab in the back just to get higher.
“After a victory, sharpen your knife.”
They were not dumb; they were the “entrepreneurs” of their time. One ban or change of law was just an opportunity for them, not a break.
“Wherever there’s opportunity; the mafia will be there.” – Johnny Kelly
“I am like any other man. All I do is supply a demand.” – Al Capone
Hard times require hard people. Luckily the golden era of the mobsters is long gone. Now we live in a world far safer than before. We don’t need to go out on the street with a gun nor be afraid for our families at home.
Only one fear that we share with them remains, and it is a strong one:
“The IRS (Internal Revenue Service). They’re like the Mafia; they can take anything they want!”