Tony: I’m not your son, okay. My parents are dead.
Pote: When you grow up you’re going to realize that family’s not just blood, it’s the people you choose.
Tony: Yeah, well, I wish I could choose to have my real family back.

Tony: These people aren’t my family, you are. You say we’ve only got each other and then you’re always dumping me somewhere.
Teresa: I’m not dumping you. I trust Pote with my life.
Tony: If you say so.

Part of taking a life is dealing with the aftermath. This is not one of your video games. This is nasty, this is dirty, it’s real and you need to see that.


Teresa: Maybe you can get Tony to go outside.
Pote: I don’t do outside.

What your father had to do, what everyone in this life is forced to do…look at me…you can never come back from. Whoever you thought you were, that dies. You don’t want this.

Teresa [to Tony]

Javier: Are we crazy to want something different in this life?
Teresa: I don’t know.

She told me that Santeria was created when the slave masters would force their slaves to practice Christianity, so the slaves banded together and created their own secret religion so they could keep their own faith. Mi tia survived life in Culiacán, she survived cancer. Dumas men fired at me at point blank range. A bullet went right through my jacket and didn’t even touch me.


Teresa: I thought we would be safe here.
Pote: Building this business with decency has never been done. They see a soft heart and they think weakness.
Teresa: Do you think it’s weakness?
Pote: I think it’s courage but I also know that you will have to change to become the person that you’re supposed to be.
Teresa: What if that person scares me?

Teresa: There’s only one person who profits off of us at war.
Marcel: The judge.
Teresa: The only way for people like him to stay in power is to keep people like us at each other’s throats.
Marcel: Slavemaster mentality. Ain’t a new thing around here.

I’ve spent some time in your country. I know your people like to haggle but this isn’t some Tijuana flea market, Ms. Mendoza. My price is final. Now you can pay it or you can haggle with tourists over five dollars souvenirs. Your choice.


Teresa: I’ve lived most of my life running from my past.
Eddie: That’s not living, that’s surviving.

If the train is taking you to somewhere you don’t want to go, to someone you don’t want to be, get off the train.


Queen of the South Quotes

If I know too much, I'm dispensable. If I know too little, I’m disposable.


My name is Teresa Mendoza. I am from Mexico. I was born poor, not that that's bad but take it from me, I've been poor and I've been rich. Rich is better.