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Arnold Rothstein (Character)
from "Boardwalk Empire" (2010)

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Mobsters (1991)
Arnold Rothstein: Mr. Luciano, you're walking down the street. Suddenly you realize you're being followed. It's a hit. Walking towards you is a second gunman. You have time to fire at only one of them. Which one do...
Lucky: [cutting him off] I don't accept the question. To live, I gotta kill 'em both.

Lucky: I don't have a wife, because emotion is dangerous.
Arnold Rothstein: Aren't you human?
Lucky: Would it help?

Arnold Rothstein: I have ships and distilleries in Scotland. I need distribution in New York.
Lucky: Masseria? Faranzano?
Arnold Rothstein: Either of them would kill me.
Lucky: And I wouldn't because...?
Arnold Rothstein: You have Jewish partners.
Lucky: Maybe I kill them too.
Arnold Rothstein: You can't afford to; you're in the squeeze. Either Masseria or Faranzano realize you exist, they squash you like an ant...
Lucky: [the penny drops for him] ... Unless I get a powerful friend, right?
Arnold Rothstein: [indicates himself] Exactly.

Arnold Rothstein: What's the secret of America? MONEY! Everything is MONEY, Charlie. But you'll never make any money, because you dress like a schmuck.

Meyer Lansky: We gotta get tough with Masseria and Faranzano. Only, we can't afford a war. They got armies; we don't.
Arnold Rothstein: We got balls and brains; you got those, you don't need an army... 100 years ago, Austria was run by a prince named Metternich. Austria was weak, and its neighbors were strong; but Metternich was a cold, caluclating fox. If one country got too strong, he organized an alliance against it. He would bring Europe to the brink of war, and then everybody thanked him when he kept war from happening. He barely had an army, but he had Europe by the *kishkes.*

Arnold Rothstein: ...When war comes, the winner will be the one who gets his enemy to trust him.
Lucky: How do I do that?
Arnold Rothstein: You save his life.

Arnold Rothstein: [his last words, while playing cards] ... What's the matter? Did I make a wrong bet?
[Mad Dog Coll guns him down from behind]

"Boardwalk Empire: Ourselves Alone (#2.2)" (2011)
Arnold Rothstein: Who are you, Mr. Darmody? You show up well dressed with a silk cravat and a bold proposal. A year ago, you were a brigand in the woods. Who are you?

Arnold Rothstein: You hear, Charlie - discretion. Charlie volunteered to absent himself from this meeting. He felt his presence might be disruptive, but I counseled what?
Lucky Luciano: Never let the past get in the way of the future.

Arnold Rothstein: [after Jimmy asks if he has children] No, but I'm told they often say unexpected and amusing things.

Arnold Rothstein: And Nucky Thompson?
James 'Jimmy' Darmody: Nucky's like a father to me.
Lucky Luciano: I got a father. Barely said hello in five years.
James 'Jimmy' Darmody: Sorry to hear that.

King of the Roaring 20's: The Story of Arnold Rothstein (1961)
[first lines]
receptionist: [answers the telephone] International Tobacco. Yes. Just a moment, please.
Arnold Rothstein: [Rothstein hands a card to the receptionist] I'd like to see Mr. Simmons, please.
receptionist: Oh yes, you're expected. Go right in.

Arnold Rothstein: The royal flush is the best hand you can hold in poker. It's the 10, the jack, the queen, the king and the ace of any one suit. Now a hand like that comes along once in a lifetime. The odds are 649,740 to 1.

Arnold Rothstein: It's the royal flush I want. Just one time before I die. A royal flush in a no limit game.

Tom Fowler: Sometimes justice is more important than ethics.
Arnold Rothstein: That's the way I feel about it.

"Boardwalk Empire: White Horse Pike (#4.10)" (2013)
Arnold Rothstein: May I offer you some free advice?
Margaret Thompson: Is there anything more expensive in the world?
[Arnold shows amusement as he eats his cake]

Arnold Rothstein: I've never done business with a woman before.
Margaret Thompson: Well, how's you like it?
Arnold Rothstein: [smiling] Quite the treat!

"Boardwalk Empire: You'd Be Surprised (#3.5)" (2012)
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: Alright, Arnold. You're allowed to blow off steam.
Arnold Rothstein: It's not alright. Do you think I entered into this arrangement because I value your companionship? You are a convenience, of geography and supply. You promised a quantity and a price. *You* have failed to deliver! And now, owing to your inability to manage your affairs in, *New Jersey* - a state I have little interest in or affection for -you expect me to start a war? In New York? Where things actually matter?
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: I expect you to understand that Gyp Rossetti is trouble for everyone. I lost an entire convoy...
Arnold Rothstein: [interrupting] Because of your own cavalierness! Because you run off to Manhattan at a moment's notice to rut with some showgirl!
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: You'd be wise to leave Miss Kent out of this.
Arnold Rothstein: Why? You can't. Do you even begin to understand how weak that makes you look?
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: That's a big noise from a man who is dead below the waist.
Arnold Rothstein: I practice discretion.
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: You practice bullshit! Who the fuck are you, Arnold, aside from a little weasel with a good poker face?

Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: [referring to Gyp] What would you do about a mad dog?
Arnold Rothstein: Before anything else I'd find out who its master was.

"Boardwalk Empire: Belle Femme (#1.9)" (2010)
Arnold Rothstein: [to the D'Allessios] A reputation takes a lifetime to build and only a second to destroy.

Arnold Rothstein: [to Luciano after the D'Alessios leave] You know what the nice thing is about the Bronx Zoo, Charlie? There's bars between you and the monkeys.

Eight Men Out (1988)
[Atell and Rothstein are discussing the plan to fix the series]
Abe Atell: They say that six or seven guys. I find that hard to believe.
Arnold Rothstein: Doesn't surprise me.
Abe Atell: Yeah, but they're the champs.
Arnold Rothstein: You were champ, Abe, you went down for the bucks.
Abe Atell: This is different.
Arnold Rothstein: Look, champ. I know guys like that. I grew up with them. I was the fat kid they wouldn't let play. "Sit down, fat boy'. That's what they'd say "Sit down, maybe you'll learn something." Well, I learned something alright. Pretty soon, I owned the game, and those guys I grew up with come to me with their hats in their hands. Tell me, champ, all those years of puggin', how much money did you make?
Abe Atell: The honest fights or the ones I tanked?
Arnold Rothstein: Altogether, I must've made ten times that amount betting on you and I never took a punch.
Abe Atell: Yeah, but I was champ. Featherweight champeen of the world!
Arnold Rothstein: Yesterday. That was yesterday.
Abe Atell: No A.R. you're wrong. I was champ, and can't nothin take that away.

"Boardwalk Empire: Hold Me in Paradise (#1.8)" (2010)
Bill Fallon: You kmow it's not too late to gp to law school, Arnold.
Arnold Rothstein: I prefer to earn my living honestly.

"Boardwalk Empire: The Ivory Tower (#1.2)" (2010)
Arnold Rothstein: There was a man once. I don't recall his name. Frequented the billiard parlors downtown. He made a comfortable living wagering whether he could swallow certain objects, billiard balls being a specialty. He'd pick a ball, take it down his gullet to here, and regurgitate it back up. And one evening, I decided to challenge this man to a wager. Ten thousand in cash for him to do the trick with a billiard ball of my choosing. Now, he knew I'd seen him do this a dozen times, so I can only surmise that he thought I was stupid. We laid down the cash and I handed him the cue ball. He swallowed it down. It lodged in his throat, and he choked to death on the spot. What I knew and he didn't was that the cue ball was one-sixteenth of an inch larger than the other balls. Just too large to swallow. Do you know what the moral of this tale is, Mr. Yale?
Frankie Yale: Don't eat a cue ball?
Arnold Rothstein: The moral of this story is that if I'd cause a stranger to choke to death for my own amusement, what do you think I'll do to you if you don't tell me who ordered you to kill Colosimo?

"Boardwalk Empire: Georgia Peaches (#2.10)" (2011)
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: [deciding on a new lawyer] And what would you do, Arnold?
Arnold Rothstein: No one likes a long shot more than a gambler.

"Boardwalk Empire: Two Boats and a Lifeguard (#2.8)" (2011)
Meyer Lansky: [noticing that Rothstein is sniffing the air] What is the matter?
Arnold Rothstein: Manure... but what can you expect when you conduct your business in a stable?

"Boardwalk Empire: To the Lost (#2.12)" (2011)
Arnold Rothstein: Flip a coin. When it's in the air, you'll know what side you're hoping for.

"Boardwalk Empire: A Man, a Plan... (#3.10)" (2012)
Arnold Rothstein: [to Luciano] We're on the verge of a war, Charle. You heard it yourself. Nucky Thompson's about to move on Joe Masseria, and until such time as one of them is dead, it would be unwise to venture into any new years.
Meyer Lansky: What if the deal won't wait.
Arnold Rothstein: A deal will always wait, and a fool will always rush in.

"Boardwalk Empire: Broadway Limited (#1.3)" (2010)
Lucky Luciano: Obviously if there's anything I can do...
Arnold Rothstein: There is actually. You can kill someone for me to settle a debt. I have it on good authority that James Darmody of Atlantic ity was one of the two shooters.
Lucky Luciano: Who was the other one?
Arnold Rothstein: I don't know, but I bet you're persuasive enough to get Darmody to tell you.
Lucky Luciano: That's a good bet.
Arnold Rothstein: The only kind I make.

"Boardwalk Empire: Boardwalk Empire (#1.1)" (2010)
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: [entering the casino where Rothstein has been cheating and winning big] You fellas ever hear of sleep?
Arnold Rothstein: Who can sleep with all this excitement?
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: Heard you had a lucky streak.
Lucky Luciano: [smirking] Luck had nothing to do with it.
Arnold Rothstein: I'm a skilled player is what he means.

"Boardwalk Empire: The Emerald City (#1.10)" (2010)
Leo D'Alessio: How can we make it up to you?
Arnold Rothstein: Nothing says I'm sorry like money.

"Boardwalk Empire: New York Sour (#4.1)" (2013)
Arnold Rothstein: I ran the odds on the way down.
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: On what?
Arnold Rothstein: Whether you'd attempt to kill me.
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: Watcha come up with?
Arnold Rothstein: F orteen to one against.

"Boardwalk Empire: All In (#4.4)" (2013)
Arnold Rothstein: I find you don't really know a man until you play cards with him.
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: Don't we know each other, Arnold?
Arnold Rothstein: One would have thought so.