Olivia: Do you even want to be President?
Fitz: Obviously...
Olivia: You're running like you're being chased. You're not running like you want to cross the finish line first, and so I'm asking you, do you want it? Or are you just wasting everyone's time, and money, and energy, and faith, and hopes, and dreams?

Hollis: I may be a son of a bitch, but Fitz is clean as a whistle. Am I right, Cyrus?
Cyrus: He's the real deal. A patriot. A bleeder.
Hollis: How rare is that? How often does that come along?
Verna: Once in a generation, if you're lucky.

[to Edison] Five, that's sexist and insulting. You'd never suggest Scooter Libby was screwing Dick Cheney. Four, the lengths you're going to try to twist this into a conspiracy are cause for concern. You should speak to someone about that. Three, the President is awake and talking and the suggestion that he isn't is partisan political crap that I thought you had enough integrity to rise above. Two, in the past three minutes, you have called me a criminal, a whore, an idiot, and a liar, so this is pretty much the last time we'll be speaking, so one, who I am or am not screwing, what I am or am not doing, is no longer any of your damn business.


James: I just called my boss and quit. I'm not a reporter anymore.
Cyrus: I'm not chief of staff anymore. Let's go get our baby.

[to Huck] Welcome home.


Becky: By the time I reach for my gun, you'll have put four bullets in me.
Huck: Five. One for the dog.

Liv, I won't let you down this time. I promise.


Edison: I am the leader of the Senate. If my job description requires, I won't hesitate to prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law. And guess what? I make the law. So you talk it over with whomever you need to talk it over with and you let me know when the President is ready to see me.
Olivia: Goodbye, Edison.

Mellie: How are you holding up?
Olivia: Me? I'm fine.
Mellie: It's not easy living a lie, pretending everything's perfect when it's not. I learned that lesson a while ago. I keep asking myself, what am I going to do? I mean, I can keep the stories going for so long until...What if he never wakes? What am I gonna do? What are you going to do? Do you ever ask wonder that? What you're gonna do without him?

[to Olivia] Leap of faith? It's swallowing tacks and expecting to puke up a unicorn.


[to Sally] In a game of Texas Hold 'Em, and that's all that life ever really is, you never want to tip your hand. So get someone else to do your bidding.


There's a whole other layer of D.C., you know, where real politics happen. Where decisions are made. Not about democracy or the flag, but power. This is about things that go bump in the night. Stuff that regular Americans never hear about. This is the real deal. We don't question Liv on this.


Scandal Quotes

I am not a toy that you can play with when you're bored or lonely or horny. I am not the girl the guy gets at the end of the movie. I am not a fantasy. If you want me, earn me! Until then, we are done.


Olivia: I don't want normal, and easy, and simple. I want..
Edison: What? What do you want, Olivia?
Olivia: I want painful, difficult, devastating, life-changing, extraordinary love. Don't you want that, too?
Edison: Love is not supposed to be painful or devastating. Love isn't supposed to hurt, Liv.