Do you know the mountains that President Dalton and I had to move to put this deal back together? All to do what's best for our children, and grandchildren, and, oh yeah, the other seven billion people on the planet, too? And you are putting it all on the line trying to strong arm us into endorsing some *toddler* that you are using as a political pawn? know who the real toddler is, Ming? You! You're the real toddler. You are.

Elizabeth [after Minister Chen informs her about the Chinese Lama]

A government with conflicting opinions. I will never understand democracy.

Foreign Minister Chen

So do the right thing. Don't screw up the climate deal that a majority of Americans support, including your constituents. Or I will kick your ass. [pause] Welcome to Washington, Senator.

President Dalton [to a wayward Senator]

President Dalton: Why did I want this job again?
Elizabeth: Your house does have a bowling alley in the basement.

Henry [asking about the cult's reaction to it's missing member]: Does the Council of Elders suspect foul play?
Ian: Yeah, of course. They have conspiracy theories on why certain squirrels show up when they do.

The Dalai Lama's announcement last night broke the internet. The public moved on from sad polar bears to cute baby saviors.


Are you really going to hold the world hostage over a symbol? Who's probably not even potty trained?!

Elizabeth [to Foreign Minister Chen about the Dalai Lama's successor]

Symbols are often more potent than armies, Elizabeth.

Foreign Minister Chen

Hang on Jay. I have peace and light on the other line. I got to call you back. [picks up cell] Namaste, Russell.


Secretary Elizabeth McCord! Ah, so good to see you. You are the kindest of world leaders. Tall bird lady with lion's heart.

Dalai Lama

Russell: The Chinese have had a bug up their ass about the Dalai Lama since the 1950s, when they first drove him from his spiritual seat in Tibet. To them, he's a font of separatist rhetoric, hell-bent on breaking away from China, so it is indeed delicate.
Elizabeth [laughing incredulously]: Are you really mansplaining Tibetan history to me?

Henry: You were really playing Titanfall, weren't you?
Jason: I mean, you know...
Henry: Weren't you? Huh?
Jason: If the State of the Union had just a few more explosions...

Madam Secretary Season 3 Episode 16 Quotes

Blake: I don't get it. These monks spend all week, painstakingly arranging colored sand to fit this blueprint, and then "whoosh," they just sweep it away? What's the point?
Nadine: That is the point.
Daisy: Everything's transitory.
Matt: Everything ends.
Blake: That's...very sad.
Nadine: Even that feeling...that'll pass too.
Blake: Okay, now you're just piling on.

Okay, you know, Buddhism clearly isn't for neurotics.