60 A Bronx Tale Quotes on Making the Right Choices

Read these A Bronx Tale quotes and reflect on your character, decisions, and future path!

A Bronx Tale is a coming-of-age crime drama movie directed by Robert De Niro.

It tells the story of a young Calogero who struggles to choose between being a part of a criminal organization or embodying the values of his kind father.

Watching the movie is definitely entertaining and worth your time.

After all, scenes are packed with comedic lines, action-packed crime scenes, and lessons on actively choosing to do good. Aside from its enjoyable aspect, you will surely learn a lot from these quotes we’ve compiled.

Take the time to reflect on your past choices, and make sure to read our entire collection.

Read through to the end and find valuable lessons that will guide your every decision in life.

Check out the complete list below.

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Best A Bronx Tale Quotes

1. “People don’t love him. They fear him. There’s a difference.” – Lorenzo Anello

2. “You just have to accept people for what they are, and I learned the greatest gift of all.” – Calogero Anello

3. “I was getting two educations: one from the street and one from school. That way, I’d be twice as smart as everybody.” – Calogero Anello

4. “Trouble is like a cancer. You gotta get it early. If you don’t get it early, it gets too big. Then it kills you.” – Sonny LoSpecchio

5. “He’s wrong! It don’t take much strength to pull a trigger, but try and get up every morning, day after day, and work for a living! Let’s see him try that! Then we’ll see who’s the real tough guy! The working man’s the tough guy! Your father’s the tough guy!” – Lorenzo Anello

6. “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent, and the choices that you make will shape your life forever. But you can ask anybody from my neighborhood, and they’ll just tell you this is just another Bronx tale.” – Lorenzo Anello

7. “Sometimes, in the heat of passion, the little head tells the big head what to do, and the big head should think twice about what you are doing.” – Lorenzo Anello

8. “The only thing that matters is what’s good for you and how you feel about each other. Let me tell you something when you’re alone late at night in bed, just you and her under the covers, that’s all that matters. You gotta do what your heart tells you to do. Let me tell you something right now. You’re only allowed three great women in your lifetime. They come along like the great fighters, every 10 years. Rocky Marciano, Sugar Ray Robinson, Joe Louis. Sometimes you get them all at once. Me? I had my three when I was 16. That happens. What are you gonna do? That’s the way it goes, you know? Tell you right now. See this girl? Maybe this girl, she put wind in your sails. Maybe she’s your first great one.” – Sonny LoSpecchio

9. “I know who you are, Sonny. I know what you’re capable of, and I would never step out of line. You can ask anyone in the neighborhood who knows me. But this time, you’re wrong. You don’t fool with a man’s family. This is my son, not yours.” – Lorenzo Anello

Famous A Bronx Tale Quotes

10. “Didn’t we tell you a thousand times not to go near that bar?” – Rosina Anello

11. Lorenzo Anello: “The other night, he tried to throw away his baseball cards because he said Mickey Mantle would never pay our rent.”

Sonny LoSpecchio: “He said that to you? I can’t believe that kid.”

Lorenzo Anello: “That’s not funny. Not when your kid has a bigger bank account than you do.”

12. Calogero Anello: “What did you do?”

Sonny LoSpecchio: “Me, I read.”

13. Sonny LoSpecchio: “You like this girl?”

Calogero Anello: “I do, but I don’t want to hear all the guys. I don’t want to hear all their mouths.”

Sonny LoSpecchio: “F*ck those kids. Half of them are going to end up dead or in jail anyway. Nobody cares.”

14. “All right, listen to me. You pull up right where she lives, right? Before you get out of the car, you lock both doors. Then, get out of the car. You walk over to her. You bring her over to the car. Dig out the key, put it in the lock, and open the door for her. Then you let her get in. Then you close the door. Then you walk around the back of the car and look through the rear window. If she doesn’t reach over and lift up that button so that you can get in: dump her.” – Sonny LoSpecchio

15. Lorenzo Anello: “You stay away from that bar. You don’t see me going to the bar, do you?”

Calogero Anello: “You mean Mom won’t let you go either?”

16. “It was great to be Catholic and go to confession. You could start over every week.” – Calogero Anello

17. Sonny LoSpecchio: “Sometimes, hurting somebody ain’t the answer. First of all, is he a good friend of yours?”

Calogero Anello: “No, I don’t even like him.”

Sonny LoSpecchio: “You don’t even like him. There’s your answer right there. Look at it this way. It costs you $20 to get rid of him. He’s out of your life for $20. You got off cheap. Forget him.”

18. “Sonny and my father always said that when I get older, I would understand. Well, I finally did. I learned something from these two men. I learned to give love and get love unconditionally.” – Calogero Anello

19. Lorenzo Anello: “Where’d you get this? Your mother found it behind your drawer.”

Calogero Anello: “It’s my savings, Dad.”

Lorenzo Anello: “Six hundred dollars you’ve been saving? What’d you do, become a brain surgeon overnight, son?”

20. “There’s only three things you can do in the joint, kid: lift weights, play cards, or get in trouble.” – Sonny LoSpecchio

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21. “Kids, you know, sometimes, they make believe they see things.” – Lorenzo Anello

22. “Don’t lie to me. Just tell the truth, and I won’t get upset.” – Lorenzo Anello

23. “Don’t you see how I treat that kid? I treat him like he’s my son.” – Sonny LoSpecchio

24. “First of all, I respect you, Lorenzo, you’re a stand-up guy, and we’re from the same neighborhood, but don’t ever talk to me like that again.” – Sonny LoSpecchio

25. “Listen to me, kid. If she doesn’t reach over and lift up that button so that you can get in, that means she’s a selfish broad, and all you’re seeing is the tip of the iceberg. You dump her, and you dump her fast.” – Sonny LoSpecchio

26. “I’m your father. Would I say it if I didn’t mean it?” – Lorenzo Anello

27. Lorenzo Anello: “I’ll get my f*cking bus! You put your hands on me. I’ll stick you in the f*cking ground!”

Sonny LoSpecchio: “Next time, find out what’s going on before you open your mouth.”

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28. “I will never forget the look on their faces. All eight of them, their faces dropped, all their courage and strength was drained right from their bodies. They had a reputation for breaking up bars, but they knew that instant, they’d made a fatal mistake. This time, they walked into the wrong bar.” – Calogero Anello

29. “Look at me! I did this to you! Remember me!” – Sonny LoSpecchio

30. Priest: “Don’t be afraid, my son. No one is more powerful than God.”

Calogero Anello: “I don’t know about that, Father. Your guy may be bigger than my guy up there, but my guy is bigger than your guy down here.”

Priest: “You got a point.”

31. “They say you didn’t walk with JoJo. You walked among him.” – Calogero Anello

32. “I’ll tell you when the f*ck we leave, all right. Get the f*ck away from me.” – Satan’s Messengers

33. Lorenzo Anello: “Calogero! Calogero! What happened to my son?”

Sonny LoSpecchio: “Drive your bus and get the f*ck out of here!”

34. Slick: “What the f*ck, man? What the f*ck? These f*cking spooks just came out of nowhere!”

Calogero Anello: “Why don’t you just leave them alone?”

Slick: “What the f*ck is it with you and these n*ggers lately?”

Calogero Anello: “They ain’t bothering nobody.”

Slick: “They’re f*cking bothering me!”

Calogero Anello: “They ain’t bothering me.”

35. “You got some brews down here. Nice cold ones. Get us some nice cold brews, come on. Two over here, huh? One more here, one more. All right, brothers. If I may, a toast to our host.” – Satan’s Messengers

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36. “Sonny had five fingers, but he only used three.” – Calogero Anello

37. “Now you’s can’t leave.” – Sonny LoSpecchio

38. “I’m not in the mood for steak.” – Calogero Anello

39. “We’ve been ‘mushed.'” – Sonny LoSpecchio

40. “It was 1960, and doo-wop was the sound on the street.” – Calogero Anello

Memorable A Bronx Tale Quotes That Will Stay In Your Mind Forever

41. “Mommy! Mommy! Look what I got! Some peaches for free.” – Calogero Anello

42. “Mickey Mantle? Is that what you’re upset about? Mickey Mantle makes $100,000 a year. How much does your father make? You don’t know? Well, see, if your father can’t pay the rent, go ask Mickey Mantle and see what he tells you. Mickey Mantle don’t care about you, so why should you care about him? Nobody cares.” – Sonny LoSpecchio

43. Jimmy Whispers: “Fellas, you’s are not dressed properly. You’s gonna have to leave.”

Satan’s Messengers: “Properly? What’s wrong with the way we’re dressed?”

44. “You don’t understand. It’s not what you say. It’s what he sees—the clothes, the cars, the money, it’s everything.” – Lorenzo Anello

45. “No, no, no. Coffee cake no good. I don’t want that face looking at his face when he’s rolling my dice. Jimmy! Grab a towel from the bar!” – Calogero Anello

46. Detective Belsik: “There was a shooting in front of the building a little while ago, and we believe your son was there.”

Lorenzo Anello: “Really? Well, he don’t know nothing about that.”

Detective Belsik: “Well, we feel he does. There were people who saw him.”

Lorenzo Anello: “Well, they’re wrong. He don’t know nothing.”

47. “He owes me $20. It’s been two weeks now, and every time he sees me, he keeps dodging me. He’s becoming a real pain in the *ss. Should I crack him one or what?” – Calogero Anello

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48. Detective Belsik: “Listen, Mr. Anello, we could do things the nice way, or we could do things the hard way. All right? We could go down to headquarters.”

Lorenzo Anello: “I don’t care what way you do it! He don’t know nothing!”

Calogero Anello: “Daddy, I know everything.”

49. Sonny LoSpecchio: “What’s your name, kid?”

Calogero Anello: “Calogero.”

Sonny LoSpecchio: “That’s a long name. Don’t you have a nickname?”

Calogero Anello: “No.”

Sonny LoSpecchio: “What do your friends call you?”

Calogero Anello: “Calogero.”

Sonny LoSpecchio: “That makes sense.”

50. Rosina Anello: “Tell your father where you got the money!”

Calogero Anello: “I worked for it.”

Lorenzo Anello: “Doing what?”

Calogero Anello: “Things.”

Lorenzo Anello: “Things? What do you mean ‘things?’ What things?”

Calogero Anello: “Things. You know, things.”

51. Detective Belsik: “I’m Detective Belsik. This is my partner Detective Vella. Hello, son. How you doing, ma’am? We’d like to ask your son a few questions.”

Lorenzo Anello: “About what?”

52. Lorenzo Anello: “I lied! Now, tell me everything!”

Calogero Anello: “I told you. I worked for Sonny, and the guys gave me tips.”

Lorenzo Anello: “I knew it!”

53. “Sonny was right. The working man is a sucker, Dad. He’s a sucker.” – Calogero Anello

54. Lorenzo Anello: “He said no. He can’t help you.”

Detective Vella: “I’ll tell you what, take a walk. Go ahead. Go ahead.”

55. Sonny LoSpecchio: “You borrow my car, and then you give her the test.”

Calogero Anello: “What? The Mario test?”

Sonny LoSpecchio: “Mario? Mario’s a f*cking psycho.”

56. Lorenzo Anello: “You satisfied, officer?”

Detective Vella: “No, I’m not satisfied.”

57. Lorenzo Anello: “Crap games? What crap games? What crap games? What tips? What crap games?”

Calogero Anello: “I thought you weren’t gonna get upset, Dad.”

58. Detective Vella: “We didn’t pick your name out of a hat. We know your son was down there. So, come on, let’s go.”

Detective Belsik: “Son, listen. Here’s what I’d like you to do for us. I’d like you to take a walk downstairs with us and your father. We have some people down there. All I want you to do is pick out the person you saw with the gun in his hand. That’s it. Do you think you could do that for us?”

59. Lorenzo Anello: “He don’t know. He can’t help you.”

Detective Vella: “Yeah, yeah, I know. Your son doesn’t know anything. I know all about it.”

60. Lorenzo Anello: “Who is it?”

Detective Belsik: “Police. Is this the Anello residence?”

Lorenzo Anello: “Yeah, could I help you?”

Did These Quotes Make You Reflect on Your Choices in Life?

Making the right decisions is hard, especially as an adult. After all, our choices make up who we are and will decide who we will be in the future.

In A Bronx Tale, we witness how Calogero’s story tells the struggle of choosing to be a good person, especially at a young age. It is relatable because it is a universal experience that even grown-ups face.

It will be challenging to stick to our values and live them. But, we should remember that nothing is worth turning us into criminals.

Like Calogero, it is okay to make mistakes, but it is also essential to do the work of choosing the right path in our lives. It is inevitable to have wrong decisions because we are all just learning as we live. What matters is that we consciously try to do what is good and honorable.

Hopefully, these quotes were able to inspire you to make the right choices in life. Use your talent for good, and remember to take how you live your life seriously.

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