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What America Learned From Tony Soprano

[heading]What America Learned From Tony Soprano[/heading]

In this age of NSA wiretapping, it is highly unlikely a family like Sopranos will ever exist, and considering how the public reacted to Edward Snowden, this is a fact that most Americans regret.  As one who respects his elders, I thought now would be a fitting time, in tribute to Jim Gandolfini, to take a step back and see what America has learned from Tony Soprano. Here are some of those lessons:

Tony Soprano on Privacy:

Tony Soprano: There is no Mafia.

FBI agent: We’ve had every one of Tony Soprano’s phones bugged for four years, but the guy says less than Harpo Marx.

Tony Soprano:  First of all, the place is swiped for bugs twice a month. Second, there are much more interesting things being said at that place than Ginny Sack’s fat ass!

Tony Soprano On Fiscal Responsibility

Tony Soprano: (to FBI agents, from his car) Listen, I’ll save you some gas, I’m just goin’ down ta the stationery store, then I’ll be right back. You don’t gotta follow me like yesterday. Aight?

Tony Soprano on Mental Health

Tony Soprano: “Nowadays, everybody’s gotta go to shrinks and counselors, and go on `Sally Jessy Raphael’ and talk about their problems. What happened to Gary Cooper? The strong, silent type.”


 On Ethics

Tony Soprano: (to Dr. Jennifer Melfi) Don’t start talkin’ ta me about legitimate business. What about chemical companies? Dumpin’ all that shit into the rivers and they get all these deformed babies poppin’ all over the place.

Tony Soprano on Giving It Your Best

Tony Soprano: A wrong decision is better than indecision.

Tony Soprano on Discipline

Tony Soprano: If you can quote the rules, then you can obey them.

Tony Soprano on History

Tony Soprano:  Sil, break it down for ’em. What two business have traditionally been recession-proof since time immemorial?

Silvio Dante: Certain aspects of show business and our thing.

Tony Soprano on Respect

Tony Soprano: Those who want respect, give respect.

Tony Soprano on White People

Tony Soprano: The truth is the average white man is no more boring than the millionth conversation over who should have won, Marciano or Ali.

Tony Soprano on Mind Power

Tony Soprano: I tell you, I’m having a time. Stay out late. Come home drunk. Fuck anyone I want.
Silvio Dante: So what’s the difference?
Tony Soprano: don’t know. It’s a mind-set.


Tony Soprano On Women

Dr Melfi: What’s the one thing, every woman, your mother, your wife, your daughter, have in common?
Tony Soprano: They all break my balls.

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