Bada Bing! 50+ The Sopranos Quotes From Tony and the Family

It’s been more than two decades since we first met the Sopranos — your regular, degular suburban Jersey family — and our love hasn’t changed one bit. While Tony Soprano may not have been an upstanding citizen, he was certainly lovable and easy to empathize with for many viewers. Why? Because, at the end of the day, he was a husband, father, and son who cared about protecting and providing for his big, Italian family. Albeit in very illegal and violent ways. Mob movies and family dramedies have been done a million times over and The Sopranos wasn’t the first and certainly won’t be the last. But, there was just something so endearing about the unique struggles each Soprano faced that it was impossible not to end up entirely enthralled. We can’t make you binge-watch all six seasons of the award-winning HBO series, though you certainly should. We can, however, remind you of just how beautifully written it was by reliving some of our favorite quotes. Grab a drink and dive in.

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Tony Soprano Quotes

  1. “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.”
  2. “My father was in it. My uncle was in it. Maybe I was too lazy to think for myself.”
  3. “Buy land, ‘cause God ain’t making any more of it.”
  4.  “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.”
  5.  “Those who want respect give respect.”
  6.  “They say every day’s a gift, but why does it have to be a pair of socks?”
  7.  “Well, when you’re married, you’ll understand the importance of fresh produce.”
  8. “Someday soon, you’re gonna have families of your own and if you’re lucky, you’ll remember the little moments like this, that were good.”
  9.  “Log off. That ‘cookies’ shit makes me nervous.”
  10. “They’re the vehicle that gets us here. They drop us off and go on their way. They continue on their journey. And the problem is that we keep trying to get back on the bus, instead of just letting it go.”
  11.  “Hey, I don’t even let anyone wag their finger in my face.”
  12.  “What kind of person can I be, where his own mother wants him dead?”
  13. “I don’t care how close you are: in the end, your friends are gonna let you down. Family. They’re the only ones you can depend on.”
  14.  “Take your hat off.”
  15.  “’Remember when’ is the lowest form of conversation.”
  16.  “A grown man made a wager. He lost. He made another one – he lost again. End of story.”
  17.  “If you can quote the rules, then you can obey them.”
  18.  “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.”
  19.  “There’s an old Italian saying: you fuck up once, you lose two teeth.”
  20.  “What constitutes a fidget?”
  21.  “You got any idea what my life would be worth if certain people found out I checked into a laughing academy?”
  22.  “What use is an unloaded gun?”
  23. “You know when I was depressed I said I didn’t want to live? Well, I’ll tell you something — I didn’t want to die.”
  24. “The things I take pleasure in, I can’t do.”
  25. “What happened to Gary Cooper, the strong silent type.”
  26. “Oh, poor baby. What do you want, a Whitman’s Sampler?”
  27. “A wrong decision is better than indecision.”
  28. “I’m like King Midas in reverse here. Everything I touch turns to shit.”
  29. “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.”
  30. “You should try tomato sauce for your ass – it’s the Italian version.”
  31. “I find I have to be the sad clown: laughing on the outside, crying on the inside.”
  32.  “I went ahead and ordered some for the table.”

Quotes From the Rest of the Soprano Family

  1. “Teddy Roosevelt once gave an entire speech with a bullet lodged in his chest. Some things are just a matter of duty.” — Junior
  2. “When I was a little kid, no older than that, I always used to wonder why nobody collected prayer cards like they collected baseball cards. Thousands of bucks for Honus Wagner and jack shit for Jesus.” — Junior
  3. “Some people are so far behind in a race that they actually believe they’re leading.” — Junior
  4. “You steer the ship the best way you know. Sometimes it’s smooth. Sometimes you hit the rocks. In the meantime, you find your pleasures where you can.” — Junior
  5. “More is lost by indecision than by wrong decision.” — Carmela
  6. “You know, Tony, it’s a multiple-choice thing with you. ‘Cause I can’t tell if you’re old-fashioned, you’re paranoid, or just a fucking asshole.” — Carmela
  7. “Psychology doesn’t address the soul — that’s something else — but, this is a start.” — Carmela
  8. “The state can crush the individual. And if we can have our rights trampled like that, imagine what it’s like for recent arrivals.” — Meadow
  9. “Sometimes we’re all hypocrites.” — Meadow
  10. “Death just shows the ultimate absurdity of life.” — A.J.
  11. “For every 20 wrongs a child does, ignore 19.” — Janice
  12. “He goes to talk about his mother. That’s what he’s doing. He talks about me, he complains. ‘She didn’t do this, she did that.’ Oh, I gave my life to my children on a silver platter, and this is how he repays me.” — Livia

The Sopranos Quotes From Everyone Else

  1. “He Marvin Gayed his own nephew. The boss of the family.” — Vito
  2.  “Don’t ever say you hate life. That’s blasphemy.” — Jason Cahill
  3. “There’s no chemical solution to a spiritual problem.” — Christopher Moltisanti
  4. “Sometimes it’s important to give people the illusion of being in control.” — Dr. Jennifer Melfi
  5. “You’re not gonna believe this. The guy killed 16 Czechoslovakians. He was an interior decorator.” — Paulie Walnuts
  6. “You’re only as good as your last envelope.” — Silvio Dante
  7. “Other people’s definitions of you, sometimes they’re more about making themselves feel better. You gotta define yourself.” — Christopher Moltisanti
  8. “Genetic predispositions are only that: predispositions. It’s not a destiny written in stone. People have choices.” — Dr. Jennifer Melfi
  9. “Cancer don’t respect nothing.” — Furio Giunta
  10. “People only see what you allow them to see.” — Dr. Jennifer Melfi

Teaser for ‘Spider-Man Into the Sider-verse 2’ Brings Back Miles and the Gang

Everyone is waiting with bated breath for the next MCU Spider-Man movie. Spider-man: No Way Home hits theaters soon, and with it comes Marvel’s big-onscreen foray into the multiverse, with multiple Spider-mans (or so the rumors say), multiple villains from across different franchises, and far-reaching implications that will impact the future of the MCU.

It sounds awesome, and is going to be fun to watch, but for once, the MCU is playing catch-up. Because Into the Spider-verse did it first.

Back in 2019, Sony released Lord and Miller’s ambitious animated movie Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse, which brought Miles Morales to the big screen alongside various other incarnations of the beloved wall-crawler, including a Gwen Stacy version, a film-noir version (Nic Cage!), a pig-version (John Mulaney!), and more. The movie was a sensation; it immediately vaulted to the top of ”best superhero movies” lists and even won an Oscar. A sequel was inevitable, especially after the movie teased the introduction of Spider-man 2099.

Now we have our first look at that sequel. Sony released a teaser trailer, and Spidey 2099 (Oscar Isaac!) is front and center. It seems he plays a big role in the sequel, somehow pulling Miles and the others back into the multiverse. There isn’t much to this new teaser but it still has us pumped!

Spider-man: Across the Spider-verse hits theaters in December 2022. Check out the teaser:

Brother’s Emotional Obituary for “A Special Sister” Goes Viral

Few things are harder to write than an obituary. But the way a brother summed up the life of his “special sister” was moving and emotional in a way that few things are, and it quickly went viral. A writer at the LA Times was so moved by Erik’s obituary for his sister Karen that he shared it on Twitter.

Erik started it simply enough: “In memory of my sister who never had wants or misgivings.” He wrote she was born with cerebral palsy and could only say three words. Mom. Donalds (she loved McDonald’s) and Piano (she also loved music).

Erik wrote about how hard it was to see her during the pandemic. And the most poignant part was explaining to her how their mom passed away in the spring. On his last visit with his sister, she started saying “mom, mom.”

“I held her hand and told her mom isn’t here anymore,” he wrote. “Karen totally out of the norm put her head on my shoulder and tears ran down her cheek. Yes she understood.”

Karen passed away two weeks later, and Erik said he thinks it’s because she “wanted to be with mom.”

“Karen, I wish I could have made you laugh one more time. I needed you too.

Love, your brother Erik.”

The tribute went viral and was shared tens of thousands of times. Erik was able to tell more of Karen’s story on TV and in other interviews. And thousands of readers thanked him for sharing some of his sister with the world and shared how his story affected them.

The original tweet and the thousands of replies are full of similarly touching stories and tributes to others who have gone too soon, or who left us wanting one more laugh.

Chris: Complicated

“Growing up, the father figure situation was… complicated.

For years, I struggled with finding direction, a purpose. I went from living in a car to graduating nursing school.

I now have a wonderful wife, a house, a career and a purpose. I’ve been a dad for three years now, I have thousands of pictures on my iPhone, and I look forward to taking many more.

I will do my best to take in every moment, and never forget to say I love you.”

– Chris Riden

Big-Hearted Dad Spends 44 Thanksgivings Serving Free Dinners to People in Need

Thanksgiving is a time for reflecting on gratitude. But for Marty Rogers, a dad and Bronx native, focusing on gratitude served as a call to action of sorts. As a life-long resident of the Bronx, Marty feels a deep connection to his community. He sees his neighbors, both strangers and friends, as family – and on Thanksgiving, no family member is turned away.

In 1977, Marty and several of his friends from church floated the idea of serving Thanksgiving dinner to residents of the church’s senior center. 44 years ago, a crew of volunteers came together to turn the idea into a reality. Ever since, Marty has continued the tradition – at first, Marty and his fellow volunteers served their free Thanksgiving dinner to seniors in the community. They eventually expanded their efforts, extending the offer to those experiencing homelessness.

“They come in the door, they get welcomed, they get a name tag,” Marty told TODAY. “And I get to play maitre d’. ‘How’s the food?’ ‘Is everything OK with you guys?’ And at the end, they come around with seconds of pies. I love to see people (say) ‘I can’t eat no more.'”

Marty’s two kids, Joe and Maria, grew up participating in their dad’s beloved tradition. Even as young children, the eager volunteers helped out in any way they could. They saw the value in building a better community, and felt the joy of watching people leave happier than they walked in. Even as adults, both Joe and Maria look forward to Thanksgiving with their dad, and roughly 250 of their extended family members.

Around his community, Marty goes by many names. Some refer to him as “Mayor Marty” or “Saint Marty,” both titles he’s more than earned. The 44-year-long Thanksgiving tradition is just one of Marty’s many projects, each one improving the lives of those around him. And by showing his kids how good it feels to give back, he’s passed those same values on to them.

“I would describe my father as someone who truly embodies the spirit of giving, in every aspect,” Maria said, “and just knows the importance of community, of treating people with dignity and respect.”

Shaun: Never Let Me Down

“My husband Shaun has been by my side 23 years and he has never let me down.

We met in 1998, when he was 19 and I was 18. He promised to call me at a certain time on a certain day and ever since that day, he has kept his promises to me.

He promised he would marry me, we got married in 2004. He promised we would own our own home; we purchased our home in 2013. He promised we would have a child; after 13 years of trying, we had our adored son Jesse in 2016. He promised to always be a good, honest, and loving man to us. He promised that nothing, no matter how difficult it was to overcome would break apart our family. He calls us “the triangle.”

2021 has been the most trying and heartbreaking year of our relationship. We lost both his mother and my stepdad on the same day (02-14-21); two separate places, two hours apart. In one day, he lost the unconditional love of a mother and the unwavering support of my stepdad (a friend and confidant). Just six months later, his father passed away (07-22-21).

Our immediate family went from a party of seven to a party of four. He lost his whole family in the matter of 6 months. Gone.

I know he hurts and misses them daily, but I can tell you this: he is amazingly strong and he does his family proud. He still gets up every day, puts his boots on, and goes to work and manages 10-15 guys that look to him for guidance and leadership. He comes home and always greets me with a kiss. He is always ready for a hug from our son and picks him up and kisses him on his head.

Thank you, Shaun, for being the kind of man our son can look up to, to strive to emulate. Thank you for being strong for our family in the worst of times. Thank you for loving us so much that you put us first before yourself. But thank you for making that promise to call me 23 years ago.

We love you to infinity, Shaun. I know our son will be a great man one day, he has to best example showing him the way.”

– Celeste

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New ‘1883’ Trailer Showcases Rough Road to Yellowstone

Yellowstone is huge.

Creator Taylor Sheridan’s tale of the intrigue and infighting among a family of cattle barons in Montana is one of TV’s most-watched shows. The season 4 premiere blew up, which has done nothing but stoke excitement for the forthcoming prequel series, which promises to show how the Dutton family first staked their claim way back in the late 1800s.

It’s called 1883 and stars actual living cowboy Sam Elliott, along with country stars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Angelina Jolie’s ex Billy Bob Thornton, Isabel May and LaMonica Garrett.

According to Deadline, “1883 follows the Dutton family as they embark on a journey west through the Great Plains toward the last bastion of untamed America. It is a stark retelling of Western expansion, and an intense study of one family fleeing poverty to seek a better future in America’s promised land – Montana.”

We got a tease a little ways back, and now, just ahead of the series premiere on December 19th on Paramount+, we get a full trailer with all the drama you’d expect. Get hyped!

Cobra Kai Season 4 Poster Hypes Up All-Valley Conflict

Somehow, its almost 2022. It’s been a bumpy ride the last few years, but if there’s been one constant that’s kept us sane, or at least kept us distracted from all the insanity, it’s been streaming. And one of the gifts that streaming has given us is the unexpectedly great Cobra Kai series.

Bit of a spoiler alert if you haven’t already jumped on the bandwagon. If you don’t want to know about the tensions leading up to the new season, go back now.

It started on YouTube before moving to Netflix, and after season three’s intense developments and rollicking finale, we’ve been anxiously awaiting the next season, which promises a clash between the evil Sensai Kreese’s Cobra Kai and Daniel and Johnny’s newly united dojo at the All-Valley tournament, which is where it all began back in the 80s.

The cast is out there hyping everyone up with the new poster, with the tagline: “Fight for the soul of the valley.” The poster – shared across social media by Willam Zabka, Martin Cove, and more members of the cast and crew – highlights the warring factions of karate in the valley. They even and put Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith), who terrorized Daniel in the unintentionally hilarious Karate Kid III, in a prime spot before he’s even made an appearance on the show!

The poster does a good job of reminding us what side the kids are on – Hawk flipped back to the good guys, Johnny’s son remains under the sway of Kreese – and sets the table for what should be an exciting season, especially if it actually culminates in another classic Karate Kid tournament.

Can’t wait to watch and see what happens. Who else is wondering if Hillary Swank is going to show up?

November 2021: Phil Pinti

We are honored to announce The Dad of the Month for November 2021: Phil Pinti. Phil is a wonderful example of a father who goes above and beyond, even while suffering through grief and heartache. His good friend, Sara, wrote his nomination entry and if it doesn’t inspire you, too, we’ll be shocked:

“Phil and I have been besties since 2011. In that time, we have both experienced trauma, triumph, setbacks, and major wins. Specifically, Phil has been able to turn setbacks and trauma into resilience and tenacity.

“In 2016, Phil’s beloved wife, Jennifer, succumbed to stage-4 lung cancer. Losing Jenn meant Phil became a full-time single dad overnight. He has used this devastating loss to propel him into being the best dad to his two children. He has also motivated those around him through his story and his triumphs.

“Phil gives the world to his two children. Nothing—and I mean nothing—comes before them. His quiet battles, which are not easy as a single dad, inspire so many. Whether it’s a social media post, a funny story he tells, or some other anecdote, Phil sparks joy wherever he goes.

“No matter what is going on in the world, Phil makes sure his family traditions stand the test of time. While it’s simplistic in nature, ‘Red Robin Wednesdays’ are now a weekly thing. Every Wednesday, Phil takes his daughter and son to Red Robin for burgers and broccoli (yes, they really do order broccoli as their side!). It’s these small touches that I adore about Phil.

“Phil runs in his spare time. Phil isn’t just any runner- he is THE runner. This man runs 30+ mile races like it’s an easy Sunday stroll. The way he makes huge hurdles disappear amazes me daily. The way he motivates and inspires others is unlike anything I have ever witnessed.

“His dedication, his ability to bounce back, his humor, and his amazing way of handling everything makes me nominate him for dad of the month.”


To honor Phil, his commitment to family, and his inspirational lifestyle, we’re sending him $500. Phil’s tenacity and courage are amazing characteristics in and of themselves, but in light of such tragic losses, they are even more commendable. Cheers!

Click here to read more or nominate a special dad in your life.

Chicken Tenders Are the Latest Casualty From the Supply Chain Crisis

The “supply chain crisis” has been blamed for problems real and imagined. First, it affected things like mall Santa availability, and now it has come for the kid demographic even HARDER with the latest casualty; chicken tenders. Kid’s meals at restaurants everywhere shuddered at the news that chicken tenders were the latest item threatened by the supply chain crisis.

Sure, we should’ve seen it coming. After all, chicken wings were an early casualty, causing some to go to different parts of the chicken. And now, the tenders are at-risk. It especially hurts the picky eaters in your family, as some kids refuse to eat anything but chicken tenders. The mac-and-cheese crew is safe (for now), but surely they can sympathize with the predicament facing parents.

The problem here is two-fold. First, it’s getting more difficult to find tenders on the shelves and still on the menu at restaurants. Second, even if places have them, they are going to be more expensive. Typically, prices are up at least 30 percent or so from a year ago.

The problem has gotten so bad that some pretty big fast-food chains have dropped tenders from their promotions, given the uncertainty around them. The most notable of those includes KFC, a chain that clearly sells plenty of ‘em.

Tenders already cost more to process and package, which hurts the availability slash price even more.

A vice president from Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, the very popular chain based in Nashville, told NBC there is “no safe harbor” in the supply chain.

“We see it across the board, but certainly you feel the pain the most in tenders,” he said.

You feel that pain even more if it’s all your kid will eat.