Mario Puzo

Literary Birthday – 15 October – Mario Puzo

Mario Puzo was born 15 October 1920, and died 2 July 1999.


  1. Never get angry. Never make a threat. Reason with people.
  2. What is past is past. never go back. Not for excuses. Not for justification, not for happiness. You are what you are, the world is what it is.
  3. The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, is in its loyalty to each other.
  4. Show me a gambler and I’ll show you a loser.
  5. I don’t trust society to protect us, I have no intention of placing my fate in the hands of men whose only qualification is that they managed to con a block of people to vote for them.
  6. Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.
  7. Never let a domestic quarrel ruin a day’s writing. If you can’t start the day fresh, get rid of your wife.
  8. A lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns.
  9. Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgement.
  10. I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse.

Mario Puzo was an American author and screenwriter. He is known for his novels about the Mafia, most notably The Godfather. He won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the first film in 1972 and Part II in 1974. He also wrote the original screenplay for the 1978 Superman film.


Gotfryd, Bernard, photographer, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 15th October 2015