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88 Savage Peaky Blinders Quotes From Our Fave Gangsters

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John, Thomas, and Arthur Shelby on their iconic look standing at the center of a smoky street

Lookin’ for some cool gangsta lines from the badass Peaky Blinders? We’ve got the best collection of Peaky Blinders quotes that you don’t wanna miss here!


Peaky Blinders is a six-season drama series that won several Best Drama Series awards. No wonder why it has very high Rotten Tomatoes (93%) and IMDb (8.8) ratings. It was able to attract many critics and viewers alike since its premiere in 2013 due to its outstanding cinematography and charismatic characters.


The series revolves around Thomas Shelby and his gang, Peaky Blinders, along with his ambitious pursuit of supremacy. Thomas Shelby, or Tommy/Tom, is a fierce and cunning leader of this Birmingham gang and is the head of the Shelby family. He was a WWI veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder which only started after the war.


Though Tommy may be a cold-hearted person, let’s admit that his words do make sense. Here are among the best Tommy Shelby quotes and other Peaky Blinders best quotes that we have compiled just for you.

Is Peaky Blinders a True Story?

Thomas Shelby exhaling cigarette smoke while walking forward with his eyes covered by his hat

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The fictional Peaky Blinders TV series was based on an actual gang with the same name in Birmingham, England. As the historian and author of The Real Peaky Blinders (Carl Chinn) revealed, the key difference between the fictional and actual gang is timing. While the fictionalized series was set in the 1920s, the actual one operated in the 1890s.


Although both gangs have similar fashion senses and were involved in the same villainous activities as shown in the series, their similarities end there. The Shelby family is not real but a lot of real characters appeared in the series such as Winston Churchill, Jessie Eden, and  Oswald Mosley. Lastly, the actual Peaky Blinders were not as successful as the fictional gang.

31 Striking Peaky Blinders Tommy Shelby Quotes

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Let’s start our list with the most memorable Thomas Shelby quotes here.


#1 “Good taste is for people who can’t afford sapphires.”


#2 “I just put a bullet in his head. He looked at me the wrong way.”


#3 “For those who make the rules, there are no rules.”


#4 “I can charm dogs. Gypsy witchcraft. And those I can’t charm I can kill with my own hands.”


#5 “You know, gentlemen, there is hell, and there is another place below hell.”


#6 “The one minute. The soldier’s minute. In a battle, that’s all you get. One minute of everything at once. And anything before is nothing. Everything after, nothing. Nothing in comparison to that one minute.”


#7 “Whisky’s good proofing water. Tells you who’s real and who isn’t.”


#8 “You can change what you do, but you can’t change what you want.”


#9 “If you’re soft on rebellion, it’ll grow.”


#10 “I’m going to do a good thing. Whenever I do a good thing, innocent people get hurt.”


#11 “The only way to guarantee peace is by making the prospect of war seem hopeless.”


#12 “All religion is a foolish answer to a foolish question.”


#13 “Lies travel faster than the truth.”


#14 “Today, it will be me dead or you. But whoever it is, he’ll wake up in hell tomorrow.”


#15 “You strike when your enemy is weak.”


#16 “In pubs sometimes people say things and sometimes it’s the whisky talking. It’s hard to tell which is which.”


#17 “You have to get what you want your own way.”

Thomas Shelby shaking his bleeding head while holding an unlit cigarette in his mouth

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#18 “Those of you who are last will soon be first. And those of you who are downtrodden will rise up.”


#19 “If you apologize once, you do it again and again and again. Like taking bricks out of the wall of your f*cking house.”


#20 “Fortune drops something valuable into your lap, you don’t just dump it on the bank of the cut.”


#21 “I learned long ago to hate my enemies, but I’ve never loved one before.”


#22 “I don’t pay for suits. My suits are on the house or the house burns down.”


#23 “You don’t parley when you’re on the back foot.”


#24 “When you plan something well there’s no need to rush.”


#25 “There’s a part of me that is unfamiliar to myself. And I keep finding myself there.” 


#26 “I know that you all want me to say that I’ll change, that this f*cking business will change, but I’ve learned something in the last few days. Those bastards. Those bastards are worse than us. Politicians, f*cking judges, lords, and ladies. They’re worse than us, and they will never admit us to their palaces, no matter how legitimate we become because of who we are.”


#27 “I will continue until I find a man that I can’t defeat.” 


#28 “I imagine being shot by a woman hurts the same as being shot by a man. Just a bit more shameful.”


#29 “Five for peace, two for truce, one abstention. Let’s get on with the war.”


#30 “I’m not a traitor to my class. I am just an extreme example of what a working man can achieve.”


#31 “There is no rest for me in this world. Perhaps in the next.”

11 Best Tommy Shelby Quotes About Love

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(Thomas Shelby ‘She loves me’ scene)


#1 “She’s in the past. The past is not my concern. The future is no longer my concern, either.”


#2 “This is how I am when I’m scared. It is unfamiliar to you but not to me. I can f*cking be scared and carry on. And it’s not pleasant to look at and no joy to be around.”


#3 “Oh, and there’s a woman. Yeah. A woman I love and I got close. I nearly got f*cking EVERYTHING!


#4 “Pain changes people. It makes them trust less. Overthink more, and shut people out.


#5 “You are still the one that I love, the only one I dream of.”


#6 “The one who keeps causing you pain can never be your peace.”


#7 “You once said to me, that men like us can never be loved. She loves me, she told me. She loves me.”


#8 Grace: “I warn you, I’ll break your heart.”

Tommy: “Already Broken.”


#9 “A real man choose to honor, love, respect, adore, and be faithful to one woman.”


#10 “A few days without you and I completely lost my mind.”


#11 “Everyone’s a whore, Grace. We just sell different parts of ourselves.”

17 Iconic Alfie Solomons Quotes

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(Alfie Solomons ‘Who the f*ck am I’’ scene)


#1 “I know what I know, you know. If you don’t know, then you don’t f*cking know, do you?”


#2 “Yeah, weakness behind the eyes. Didn’t blink too much, all right? You smell of smoke, and coal, and horses.”


#3 “Fill it out. F*ck off.” 


#4 “You are behaving like a f*cking child. This is a man’s world.”


#5 “He’ll wake up. Granted he won’t have any teeth left but he will be a wiser man for it.”


#6 “Don’t come in here and sit there in my chair and tell me that I’m losing my war to a f*cking wop.”


#7 “Intelligence is a very valuable thing, innit, my friend? And usually, it comes far too f*cking late.


#8 “If you pull that trigger, right, you pull that trigger for a f*cking honorable reason. Like an honorable man, not like some f*cking civilian that does not understand the wicked way of our world, mate.”


#9 “Never give power to the big man.”

Alfie Solomons nodding to someone on his left side

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#10 “He is of mixed religion, therefore he is godless.”


#11 “Every man, he craves certainty.”


#12 “Big f*cks small always, actually. There is a fight going on out there between big and small. Big will f*ck small.”


#13 “The problem, right, between rum and gin, is that gin, right, it leads to the melancholy. Whereas rum incites violence, it also allows you to be liberated from your self-doubt.”


#14 “He who fights by the sword, he f*cking dies by it, Tommy.”


#15 “I, my friend… I am the uncle, and the protector, and the promoter of that f*cking thing right there, in whose shadow nothing good nor godly will ever f*cking grow.”


#16 “‘Cause your people, your class, and my religion is quite similar actually because you just cannot wash it out, right, because it, it comes out your mother’s tits.”


#17 “Rum’s for fun and f***king, innit? So, Whisky, now that… that is for business.”

29 More Unforgettable Quotes From Peaky Blinders Characters

Here are other quotes from the series that you might want to read including some funny Peaky Blinders quotes.

From Polly Gray

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#1 “Babies don’t have principles.”


#2 “You have your mother’s common sense but your father’s devilment. I see them fighting. Let your mother win.”


#3 “Men and their cocks never cease to amaze me.”


#4 “You can never tell with men. They go for whoever their dicks point at, and there’s no changing their minds.”


#5 “Sometimes the women have to take over. Like in the war.”


#6 “Brave is going where no man has gone before.”


#7 “Men don’t have the strategic intelligence to conduct a war between families. Men are less good at keeping secrets out of their lies.”


#8 “Rule one, you don’t punch above your weight.”


#9 “When you’re dead already, you’re free.”


#10 “Don’t f*ck with the Peaky Blinders.”


#11 “Instinct’s a funny thing.”


#12 “We’ve kept each other alive. But I didn’t just put my head through that window. I climbed through it. First I thought it was madness, but no. When you’ve put your head out of that window, you can do anything you want. Because there are no rules. Because there are no risks.”

From Arthur Shelby

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(By order of the Peaky Blinders scene)


#1 “This place is under new management by order of the Peaky Blinders.”


#2 “In the end, it’s God who pulls that f*cking trigger anyway. We don’t get to decide who lives and who dies, Finn. Not us. You just have to flick a switch.”


#3 “Who wants to be in heaven, eh? Who wants to be in heaven when you can be sending men to f*cking hell?”

From Inspector Chester Campbell

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(Inspector Campbell’s speech)


#1 “My fury is a thing to behold.”


#2 “Sir, with the greatest respect, Thomas Shelby is a murdering, cutthroat, mongrel, gangster.”


#3 “To make sure your dog obeys you, you have to show it the stick once in a while.”


#4 “An agreement is not the same thing as an assurance.”


#5 “One thing I have learned is that you and I are opposites, but also just the same. Like an image in a mirror. We hate people. And they in turn hate us. And fear us.”


#6 “Men like us, Mr. Shelby will always be alone. And what love we get, we will have to pay for.”


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(Grace Burgess ‘May you be in heaven..’ scene)


#1 “May you be in heaven a full half-hour before the devil knows you’re dead.” – Grace Burgess


#2 “Nobody works with me. People work for me.” – Billy Kimber


#3 “In all the world, violent men are the easiest to deal with.” – Irene O’Donnell


#4 “You’ve told me about her, like a gentleman, now kindly behave like a gangster again.” – May Carleton


#5 “When there are no rules, women take charge.” – Tatiana Petrovna


#6 “There’s business and there’s love.” – Grace Burgess


#7 “Politics is deliberately making things better for some people by deliberately making them worse for others.” – Ruben Oliver


#8 “Did you know that madness sets you free? Otherwise, we’re just peasants obeying the law.” – Tatiana Petrovna

Here are other related quotes you might like:

Wrapping Up

Peaky Blinders is surely a great drama to watch if you are into the brutal side of politics and badass men in overcoats smoking cigarettes. It is still an ongoing series but Steven Knight, the show creator, confirmed that the sixth season will be concluding this beloved series. So hopefully, our collection of quotes will be able to keep the memory of the gang alive even after the series ends.

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