[to James] I wasn't made to be the Chief of Staff. Do you know what I was made to be? I was made to be the President of the United States. I was made to lead the nation. I was made to ensure this country's place in the world for generations to come. I would've been great at that. I have the stones. I have backbone. I have the will. I would have been a great President. But guess what, I'm fairly short, and I'm not so pretty, and I really like having sex with men, so instead of being President of this land, that I love, I get to be the guy behind the President of the United States, and sure I have power. I influence decisions. I help steer the country. But I'll never be in the history books. My name will never be on an airport or a doctrine. Being the guy behind the guy is as far as my road goes.

Cyrus

Cyrus, if Fitz goes public with this divorce, I will go nuclear. I will walk out in front of the press and I will explain to them that my marriage is over because while I was pregnant with his child, my husband was having an affair with Olivia Pope. I will leave him, and I will take his children with me. I will take every penny he has in the bank and every dollar of political capital that he has in this town. I will court feminist groups and mothers groups and religious groups. I will bury him. And I will dance on his grave. And then? I will run for office.

Mellie

Cyrus: Surprised to see you down here.
Mellie: Why?
Cyrus: You have a new baby.
Mellie: You have a new baby and you're at work.
Cyrus: Yes, but...
Mellie: But you're a man.
Cyrus: I was trying to think of a nice way to say 'yes, but I don't like babies.'
Mellie: Nobody likes babies.

[to the team] Okay, ground rules. Any time I'm on the CD and you hear anything R-rated, you stop listening and you bring it to me, understood?

Abby

This isn't theoretical anymore, Liv. It's real. Say you'll wait for me. We love each other. We belong together. So say it.

Fitz

Mellie: I married you for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, til death do us part. There will be no divorce, honey.
Fitz: Do not push me.

$5 million to kill the President. Wow, that's like a bargain.

Quinn

Olivia: The guilt. It was eating me alive. That white hat was starting to feel like it was a lie.
Harrison: Hey. That white hat will always belong on your head.

[to Cyrus] You're supposed to hate the woman. Isn't that the standard trope? The seductress, the slut, the tramp who led your man astray. And I do. I loathe Olivia Pope. But it's a boring sort of hate. Uninteresting, cliche'. It's hard to even get my back into it. But...Fitz? I found him. I cleaned him up after that monster who raised him damaged his spirit. I am the one who told him he was someone. I am the one who cheered him on and listened to him ramble about his hopes and his dreams. I am the one who focused him. I did all the work. I did all the work and now she gets to reap the benefits? No. No, I made him. He exists because I say he exists.

Mellie

Get your house in order, Cyrus. And hire a lawyer. A good one.

Olivia

[to Olivia] This doesn't make us even. Not even close. And it won't stop me from coming after you, guns blazing, both barrels, if it looks, as I strongly suspect, that you were involved in illegal activity, or worse, if you try to screw me again. In that case, God help you.

David

[to Olivia] Cyrus Beene is not in this circle, our circle. Cyrus is in my circle.

Huck

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

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.