Understanding root causes will make you less vulnerable to future episodes.

     Dr. Jennifer Melfi

Man is very well defended against himself... The actual fortress is inaccessible, even invisible to him, unless his friends and enemies play the traitor and conduct him in by a secret path.

     Friedrich Nietzsche

Think. The big fucking picture.

     Tony Soprano

Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.

     Jonathan Swift

That's what being a boss is. You steer the ship the best way you know. Sometimes it's smooth. Sometimes you hit the rocks.

     Corrado "Junior" Soprano


If you're going through hell, keep going.

     Winston Churchill


Marriage, or any relationship for that matter, is a give and a take.

     Tony Soprano

Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you're in control, they're in control.

     Tom Landry

What do we mean when we say leadership?

     Tony Soprano


Leadership can be thought of as a capacity to define oneself to others in a way that clarifies and expands a vision of the future.

     Edwin H. Friedman


Let me figure out how to take care of you.

     Tony Soprano

Outstanding leaders go out of the way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish.

     Sam Walton

When I delegate, I delegate.

     Corrado "Junior" Soprano

Business, after all, is nothing more than a bunch of human relationships.

     Lee Iacocca

What use is an unloaded gun?

     Tony Soprano

I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it.

     Jonathan Winters, comedian

Now's okay for a chat, not a sitdown.

     Christopher Moltisanti

The way to gain a reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.


Go wait outside. Now.

     Tony Soprano

A problem cannot be solved by the same thinking that created it.

     Albert Einstein

Cunnilingus and psychiatry brought us to this.

     Tony Soprano

How do you know you have won? When your people are visibly growing individually and as a group.

     Sir John Harvey-Jones, Former Chairman, ICI

You're supposed to be earners, that's why you've got the top positions.

     Tony Soprano

Every leader should have enough humility to accept, publicly, the responsibility for the mistakes of the subordinates he has himself selected and, likewise, to give them credit, publicly, for their triumphs.

     Dwight D. Eisenhower

This ain't negotiation time. This is Scarface, final scene, fuckin' bazookas under each arm, 'Say hello to my little friend.'

     Christopher Moltisanti

The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

     Winston Churchill

I don't think you understand. I want you to write that letter.

     Carmela Soprano

The graveyards are full of indispensable men.

     Charles de Gaulle

What can we say about this guy. The ancient Romans had a word for it: asshole.

     Larry Boy Barese

When your opponent gives you an opening, be swift as a hare.

     Sun Tzu (via Janice Soprano)

Learn anything?

     Tony Soprano

Those who do not learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.

     George Santayana

To the people I love. Nothing else matters.

     Tony Soprano

However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.

     Winston Churchill

It's my mess. All my choices were wrong.

     Tony Soprano

You can put wings on a pig, but you don't make it an eagle.

     Bill Clinton

What happened to you? Your shoes are soaking wet.

     Carmela Soprano

The major challenge faced by executives is not understanding the practice of leadership, it is practicing their understanding of leadership.

     Marshall Goldsmith

You know, what's interesting is, being your own self is kind of a blur.

     David Chase

Human frailty, makes me sick sometimes.

     Christopher Moltisanti

When guys are on the mattresses they're not out earning.

     Tony Soprano

Sometimes I go about in pity for myself, and all the while a great wind carries me across the sky.

     Ojibwe saying

We worry so much sometimes it feels like all we do. But in the end it just gets washed away.

     Carmela Soprano

Maybe I'm just waiting for the other shoe to drop.

     Tony Soprano