Elizabeth: This whole ordeal has reminded me of the importance of civic duty. It's reaffirmed my faith in the process, you know?
Henry: I do.
Elizabeth: We got this enormous thing done, Henry, and I feel a responsibility to make sure it doesn't get undone. When the time comes...I want to run for president.
Henry: I know.

Kat: I'm just, I am staggered by your speed and persistence.
Blake: Well, they're my superpowers.

I say, yeah, let's scare the crap out of America.


Russell: Why the hell would we declassify any of it?
Elizabeth: Sunlight is the best disinfectant.
Russell: Yes, and it causes cancer, too.

Henry: Okay, let's use the Socratic method.
Elizabeth: Oh, please, no.

Gordon: I know you're the Dalton whisperer, but now you're getting into --
Elizabeth: Excuse me, what?
Gordon: Oh, come on, Elizabeth. Everybody knows you play the friend card with him.
Elizabeth: Really? I'm just trying to decide if that's more insulting to me or POTUS.

Elizabeth: All I'm asking is if you think there might be an opening for a new treaty. De-alerting. Maybe even reducing stockpiles.
Avodonin: We cherish our children as much as you do, Elizabeth.

I'm not saying I'm on the list. But let me just tell you what that particular privilege buys you. You get whisked away...without saying good-bye to your friends and family. And then, you get to be in an underground bunker with generals and top government brass for weeks or months eating MREs and drinking ionized water. You emerge after the radiation reduced to livable levels, at which point you get to try to pick out your loved one's bones from the rubble and ash. And then, you spend however many years running the bombed out husk of the former United States government under martial law. That's not a list you want to be on.


If we, if we don't do everything in our power to fix it, reduce the odds of this happening again, then aren't we all complicit in a recklessness that borders on immorality?


Gordon: I'm not going to argue. You're obviously having an emotional reaction.
Elizabeth [stunned, takes a deep breath]: Normally, I would have a problem with a man telling me I was emotional at work, but after what happened today, after thinking I was seeing my kids for the very last time, you are damn right I'm emotional. And maybe emotion is what's missing from the stupid, so-called logic behind our dehumanized nuclear posture.

Gordon: Maybe you should stay in your lane, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth: Not if you're going to blow up the entire highway, Gordon.

So the world was saved by a philandering general. Maybe his mistress should get a medal.


Madam Secretary Quotes

The terrorist group Hizb al-Shahid has only been in existence for a short time, but has already perpetrated countless acts of violence across the globe including setting off a dirty bomb in Virginia. My family was at ground zero during the attack and because of that I wondered if I was the right person to stand here today and ask you for your help. Is it too personal? And then I realized, yes, it is personal to me, and to every single one of us. Because the principal at the core of the United Nations is that all people, regardless of race, color, or creed, deserve to live lives of peace, free from the tyranny of sudden violence.


Elizabeth: Okay, I want a name. Who took the last donut?
Nadine [after no one responds]: It was me, ma'am.
Elizabeth: Noble gesture, Nadine, but I didn't spend the last 20 years in the CIA profiling dissemblers and liars for nothing. Got anything to say, Matt?
Matt: Is that a new jacket?