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Who coined this quote?

Asked by blastfamy (2159points) May 29th, 2009

The line is something to the effect of
“You can get more of what you want with a kind word and a gun, than with a kind word alone”

~ ?

I thought that this was from Capone. Googleing the phrase turns up the 1987 film, The Untouchables, with Capone saying the line.

I just heard that it was Roosevelt that originally said the line.

Does anyone know who originally said this line?

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MrMeltedCrayon's avatar

I’ve never seen it attributed to Teddy Roosevelt, but I have always seen it attributed to Al Capone. If I had to put money on it, I’d go with Al.

Ivan's avatar

I heard this quote a thousand times playing Civilization IV, but I can’t remember who it was attributed to.

Darwin's avatar

All I can find is attribution to Capone (1899–1947). Some more Capone Quotes:

I am like any other man. All I do is supply a demand.

I don’t even know what street Canada is on.

I have built my organization upon fear.

I’ve been accused of every death except the casualty list of the World War.

My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they’re going to stay that way.

Once in the racket you’re always in it.

This American system of ours . . . call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you like, gives to each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it.

Vote early and vote often.

You can get a lot farther with a kind word and a gun than a kind word alone.

You can go a long way with a smile. You can go a lot farther with a smile and a gun.

When I sell liquor, it’s called bootlegging; when my patrons serve it on Lake Shore Drive, it’s called hospitality”

eponymoushipster's avatar

Roosevelt, i believe, said: “I speak softly, but i carry a big stick.” which is in a similar vein.

cyn's avatar

why a stick?
why not a gun?

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