SLYTHERIN: “In the casino, the cardinal rule is to keep them playing, and keep them coming back. The longer they play, the more they lose. In the end, we get it all.” -Nicholas Pileggi + Martin Scorsese (Sam “Ace” Rothstein: Casino)
He was working on three, four, six, a dozen things at the same time. He would have a loan-shark operation going, he was doing booking, he would have a phony restaurant, he was running guns, he was planning hijackings, he was also divvying up the money in different situations, all at the same time. And flying up to Boston every couple of weeks to fix and bribe Boston College ballplayers in a point-shaving scam. He never stopped.
"As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster. To me being a gangster was better than being president of the United States. Even before I went to the cabstand for an after-school job I knew I wanted to be a part of them. It was there that I knew I belonged. To me, it meant being somebody in a neighborhood full of nobodies. They weren't like anybody else, they did whatever they wanted. They parked in front of hydrants and never got a ticket. When they played cards all night nobody ever called the cops." - Ray Liotta (as Henry Hill in Goodfellas)