You Can Get Much Further with a Kind Word and a Gun than with a Kind Word Alone

Al Capone? Irwin Corey? Ted Bessell? Robert De Niro? Willie Sutton? Apocryphal? Dear Quote Investigator: The notorious gangster Al Capone reportedly had an odd sense of humor and joked about using coercion. Here are three versions of a saying that is attributed to him: You get a lot more from a kind word and a …

I Rob Banks Because That’s Where the Money Is

Willie Sutton? Robert M. Yoder? Fred Curran? Apocryphal? Dear Quote Investigator: The famous criminal Willie Sutton was once asked why he robbed banks, and his response was simple, eloquent, and humorous: Because that’s where the money is. Now I have been told that Sutton never really said this. Instead, it was created by a journalist …