Gangster Rhetoric: Respect and Loyalty

Filial loyalty comes first, then get you a spouse.

Covet nothing from anyone except respect.

“When I think of the American Indian I think of their courage, strength, pride, their respect and loyalty toward their brothers. I honor the reverence they share for tradition and life. These traits are hungered for in a society that is unfortunately plagued by those whose only values are self-centered and directed at others’ expense.”–  John Gotti

“Mafia is a process, not a thing. Mafia is a form of clan-cooperation to which it’s individual members pledge lifelong loyalty. Friendship, connections, family ties, trust, loyalty, obedience – this was the glue that held us together.”- Joe Bonanno

“Most all men in my life, everyone I know, had girlfriends. It goes with the territory. Women are drawn to us, the power, the money, and we’re drawn to them. But only in passing. Some guys treated their mistresses better than their wife, but that’s outrage. No class. Only a cafone does that. I never loved any woman but Lillian. She and my family always came first.”-Anthony Casso

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