Henry: I've got good news and bad news. Um, and I'm gonna tell you the bad news first. So I don't want you to freak out, okay?
Elizabeth: That never helps.

Look, Jay, you have been around here long enough to know that this job is just one impossible situation after another. Sometimes we can't fix it, all we can do is take it.

Elizabeth

So now the US is timid about meddling in our affairs? Por favor. How many elections has the US subverted in Latin America? How many coups and dictatorships have you backed?

President Tejeda

Matt: I know you think I'm a dreamer, but I'm a pragmatist.
Daisy: No. I think you're an idiot.

Blake: Oh no. Family emergency?
Matt: Yeah. I'm, uh, almost thirty-five and still single.

Jay: President Tejadas is only up by two.
Blake: Over an ex-soccer player who hates America.
Matt: There is so much more to Maynor Fonsea that that. He's also semi-literate.

Elizabeth: We used to have a regular Cranium night with them!
Henry: You used to make people cry at Cranium.
Elizabeth: Look, it's not my fault I can still spell backwards after two drinks.

Mike B: Going to see that family was reckless and stupid.
Elizabeth: You know, you asked me how I did it. I wasn't trying to do anything, just what I thought was right.
Mike B: I already said, stupid.

Elizabeth: You found hard evidence?
Mike B: Sometimes it's like you don't even realize you're insulting me.

Elizabeth: When did you start running voluntarily?
Mike B: Today. As you know, I've always maintained that exercise is stupid and painful, but clearly I know nothing because the Dawsons are dropping their lawsuit. So again, how did you do it?

Elizabeth: You know what I can't stand?
Mike B: Betrayal be an ally. The capriciousness of our legal system. People with pet ferrets.

Elizabeth: That Morejon. Every time I think that guy might be all right, he pulls some opportunistic, weaselly maneuver. It's like -- patriot, weasel, patriot, weasel.
Henry: No, I think it's more like -- weasel, weasel, briefly patriot, weasel, weasel, weasel, weasel.

Madam Secretary Quotes

You're a wonk and a spook. You're not supposed to connect at the podium but...you do. 'Cause you're real.

Russell [to Dalton]

Elizabeth [to Blake}: Henry and I are going to go eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the freezing cold park. This is what passes as a date night these days.
Henry: Don't wait up for us.