Dalton: A good President accomplishes two, maybe three things that move the country forward. An excellent President, maybe four. I think you'll be an excellent President.
Elizabeth: Thank you, sir. But what does that have to do with Fossor?
Dalton: You can spend your Presidency fighting this. But before you do, make sure this is really what's important to you, because it will consume your entire Presidency.

Gary: For a seventh-floor type, you really have a big heart.
Blake: Too big, or so I've been told.
Gary: Listen to me. If you're gonna fight the good fight, you're gonna need a big heart, cause this job's gonna chip away at it every day.

Blake: Tell me that's ginger ale.
Gary: I appreciate the concern, I guess, but how about we take a raincheck on whatever this is?

Look, Jeff, I'm not a Congressman, but I was a Marine, just like you, and I swore an oath to defend the Constitution, not a corporation.


Russell: So unless the three of us come up with something quick, our choice is to either shut down the government or let them [Fossors] get away with it.
Elizabeth: You hear that? That's the sound of Eisenhower turning over in his grave.

Blake: What's going to happen to Gary?
Jay: Well as far as his career goes, it's toast. You don't take classified files home and put them on your laptop.

Well, I for one am tired of the tail wagging the dog, so let's go.


Blake: Why did you ask to get a drink if you don't drink?
Gary: It's just something people say. Let's cut to the chase. Nobody wants to hang out with me socially. So I'm guessing Madam Secretary sent you here to find out something. Am I right?

FBI Agent: So how would you describe your relationship with Mr. Martin?
Blake: We worked on a couple of projects together, so I guess I'd say friendly, or as friendly as you can get with a professional grouch.

We consider this a grave provocation. We will pull out of this trade agreement and more importantly, we will prepare ourselves militarily for this threat to Chinese sovereignty. You are coming close to crossing a red line, Madam Secretary.


Blake: We're convincing Taiwan to buy jets they don't want because we don't want them either?
Gary: Makes sense. Until you realize it doesn't.

Well, for one thing, the quickest way to World War III is through Taiwan. So there's that.

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Madam Secretary Season 5 Episode 12 Quotes

Dalton: We want you to convince Taiwan that buying these F-40s are in their best interest.
Elizabeth: But these F-40s aren't in their best interest, or in ours.

Man: What was your call name back in the day?
Henry: Prophet, but it wasn't as cool as it sounds.
Man: It never is. Hairy feet, thus Sasquatch.