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Gone, but not forgotten: James Gandolfini

James Gandolfini in “The Sopranos” (left) and in “Enough said.”

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James Gandolfini in “The Sopranos” (left) and in “Enough said.”

Three months after he died suddenly of a heart attack while vacationing in Italy, James Gandolfini’s last film opens this week. It’s called “Enough Said,” and it’s a comedy that tells the story of a woman (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) whose new boyfriend (Gandolfini) happens to be the ex-husband of her new friend (Catherine Keener).

Needless to say, it’s a long way from Tony Soprano. And with so many tributes to Gandolfini already written, and his new film opening, we (with help from the website IMDB.com, YouTube and the American Film Institute) put together some of Tony’s most memorable lines from “The Sopranos.”

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“You’re only religious when it suits you.” (To his wife, Carmela)

“Is this a woman thing? You ask me how I’m feeling. I tell you how I’m feeling, and now you’re going to torture me with it.” (To his psychiatrist, Dr. Melfi)

“The things I take pleasure in, I can’t do.” (To Dr. Melfi)

“Waste management consultant. . . . My father was in it. My uncle was in it. Maybe I was too lazy to think for myself.” (When asked by Dr. Melfi for his line of work)

“You know my feelings: Every day is a gift. It’s just, does it have to be a pair of socks?”

“What kind of [expletive] human being am I, if my own mother wants me dead?”

“The belt was [my father’s] favorite childhood development tool.”

“You got any idea what my life would be worth if certain people found out I checked into a laughing academy?”

“You know where I was yesterday when you called? . . . I was outside a whorehouse, while a guy that works for me was inside beating the [expletive] out of a guy that owes me money. Broke his arm. Put a bullet in his kneecap.”

“This isn’t painful. Getting shot is painful. Getting stabbed in the ribs is painful. This [expletive] isn’t painful. It’s empty . . . dead.”

“When you’re married, you’ll understand the importance of fresh produce.”

“Blood. You’re going to lead this family into the 21st century.” (To Christopher Moltisanti, cousin of Tony’s wife)

“Excuse me, let me tell you something. . . . When America opened up the floodgates and let all us Italians in, what do you think they were doing it for? Cause they were trying to save us from poverty? No, they did it because they needed us. They needed us to build their cities and dig their subways, and to make them richer. The Carnegies and the Rockerfellers: They needed worker bees and there we were.”

“A wrong decision is better than indecision.”

“Oh, poor baby. What do you want, a Whitman’s Sampler?”

“Those who want respect, give respect.”

“What use is an unloaded gun?”

“It’s good to be in something from the ground floor. I came too late for that and I know. But lately, I’m getting the feeling that I came in at the end. The best is over.”

Doug Most can be reached at dmost@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Globedougmost
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