Set-Up: A senator is demanding a large bribe from Michael Corleone
Line(s): Senator Geary: I want your answer and the money by noon tomorrow…
Michael: Senator? You can have my answer now, if you like. My final offer is this: nothing. Not even the fee for the gaming license, which I would appreciate if you would put up personally.
If you are going to negotiate, you first better know where your strengths are and if you have any leverage.
This post is part of Scott Arney's series, entitled "Arney's Notable Quotables"