One Reply to “Words of wisdom from Al Capone”

  1. Unfortunately another myth.Those words were never uttered by Al Capone.The Origin of It was that it was first mentioned in a 1962 Seattle newspaper in reference to Professor Irwin Corey, a stand up comedian. Among the jokes in his routine was his take on philosophy mentioning during his standup act that you can get more with a kind word and a gun than just with a kind word. It later was used again in his routine and other comedians’ routines, but now it was suddenly attributed to Al Capone. Nobody questioned it’s provenance and continued to roll with it over the years. Mr. Corey confirmed people lifting his original quotes and using them and attributing them to other people.
    See and hear Mr. Corey tell the story himself in this 2015 Youtube video at


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