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Tony Soprano’s 20 Best Lines


James Gandolfini, who died on Wednesday aged 51, was best known for his role as Mafia boss Tony Soprano in The Sopranos. Here are some of his finest lines. James Gandolfini’s most famous role was as Tony Soprano, a conflicted head of a Mafia family in HBO’s TV series The Sopranos. Short-tempered and violent, but also struggling with his mental heath, Tony’s relationship with his family and psychiatrist made for some of TV’s best lines during the show’s eight years and six series.

Gandolfini, meanwhile, served them up with such panache he won three Emmy awards for his portrayal.


1. Talking to his psychiatrist:

“We’re soldiers. Soldiers don’t go to hell. It’s war. Soldiers kill other soldiers. We’re in a situation where everyone involved knows the stakes and if you are going to accept those stakes, you’ve got to do certain things. It’s business.”

2. From another conversation with his psychiatrist, Dr. Melfi:

“This isn’t painful. Getting shot is painful. Getting stabbed in the ribs is painful. This … isn’t painful. It’s empty. Dead.”

3. Speaking to his wife, Carmela:

“You’re only religious when it suits you.”

4. Speaking to Christopher Moltisanti, the cousin of Tony Soprano’s wife and part of his inner circle:

“Blood. You’re going to lead this family into the 21st century.”

5. In response to Dr. Melfi’s question, after he threatens to smash her face during a therapy session:

“Is this a woman thing? You ask me how I’m feeling. I tell you how I’m feeling, and now you’re going to torture me with it.”


6. Referring to his mother’s involvement in a plot to kill him:

“What kind of person can I be, where his own mother wants him dead?”

7. Speaking again to Dr. Melfi:

“The things I take pleasure in, I can’t do.”

8. Dr. Jennifer Melfi: “What line of work are you in?”

Tony Soprano: “Waste management consultant.”

9. In series one, episode five:

“My father was in it. My uncle was in it. Maybe I was too lazy to think for myself.”

10. Speaking to Silvio:

“All due respect, you got no f—–g idea what it’s like to be Number One. Every decision you make affects every facet of every other f—–g thing. It’s too much to deal with almost. And in the end you’re completely alone with it all.”


11. During the pilot episode:

“It’s good to be in something from the ground floor. I came too late for that and I know. But lately, I’m getting the feeling that I came in at the end. The best is over.”

12. Summing up the root of the problems between him and his Uncle June at the end of season one:

“Cunnilingus and psychiatry brought us to this”

13. “A wrong decision is better than indecision.”

14. “If you can quote the rules, then you can obey them.”

15. “I wipe my ass with your feelings.”


16. “Even a broken clock is right twice a day.”

17. “I’m like King Midas in reverse. Everything I touch turns to s–t.”

18. “Oh, poor baby. What do you want, a Whitman’s Sampler?”

19. “What use is an unloaded gun?”

20. “You got any idea what my life would be worth if certain people found out I checked into a laughing academy?”


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