All warfare is based on deception.

General Cochrane

Alex: They've never respected you. That's the real problem.
Tom: No. The real problem is I never played Richmond's game.

This is not really how I saw today going.


Just when we're on our knees, they're going to step on our throat.

General Cochrane

Tom: You really think I should step down?
Seth: I do.
Tom: You might be right, but for now, I'm all you've got.

Alex: Tom, you can't do that. You can't make promises you won't be able to keep.
Tom: We're in Washington. They're the only promises you're allowed to make.

Sir, tonight you're speaking to the world. America doesn't need another friend, right now. You can't be relaxed and disarming. That's not going to work anymore.


Tom: Do you need my fingerprints or an eye scan or something?
Major Cameron: No, sir. It's not like the movies. It doesn't work that way.

What do you want me to do, General? Declare war? Why not? They just showed me the nuclear football 40 minutes ago. I guess I've had it long enough to try it out.


You don't take credit for something until you're done.


Without me you're just some Philly thug with mental problems.


You want a to-go plate?