Bronx Tale Questions

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From A Bronx Tale

You can be anything you want to be. Remember the saddest thing in life is wasted talent. You can have all the talent, but if you don’t do the right thing, nothing happens. But when you do the right thing, guess what, good things happen.

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Mickey Mantle don’t care about you, so why should you care about him? Nobody cares.

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Trouble is like a cancer and you got to get it early. Nobody cares. Worry about yourself, your family, the people who are important.

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The people in the neighborhood who see me every day who are on my side, they feel safe because they know I’m close. That gives them more reason to love me. But the people who want to do otherwise, they think twice and that gives them more reason to fear me.

It is better to loved or feared?

It’s nice to be both, but it’s difficult. But if I had my choice, I’d rather be feared. Fear lasts longer than love. The trick is not to be hated.

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I tell your son to stay in school and go to college.

You don’t understand – it’s the clothes, the cars, it’s the money, it’s everything –

I treat him like he’s my son.

He’s not your son. He’s my son.

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Sonny’s right. The working man is a sucker.

He’s wrong. It don’t take much strength to pull a trigger but try to get up every morning day after day and work for a living. Let’s see him do that. And then we’ll see who’s the real tough guy. The working man is. Your father is the tough guy.

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They don’t respect him; they fear him. There’s a big difference. You want to be somebody? Be somebody who works for a living and takes care of his family. The saddest thing in life is wasted talent. *****

Don’t blow it, son. These people will hurt you, son. Don’t waste your talent, son.

Be careful, C. Don’t lose it, C. Keep your head, C.

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Don’t you trust anybody? That’s a terrible way to live.

For me, it’s the only way.

Not for me, not...
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