Crazy thing is, I don't think I've ever felt freer or more sure of myself. How scary is that? I mean, real madman stuff. No sense at all that I was out of my gourd.


We all pledged an oath to the Constitution, not to the president.

Elizabeth [addressing the Cabinet]

Secretary: If you and Russell are right, don't we owe it to Conrad to protect him and his reputation? Other administrations have shielded their president's in the past. Maybe it's our turn to step up. Do our jobs while limiting his public appearances.
Elizabeth: I want to protect him too. But a shadow government of un-elected cabinet members running the show while keeping the president under wraps is no way to govern a democracy.

I am trying to show Salnikov and Russia that I will not be trifled with. That when I make a threat, I carry through on it. And I don't give a *crap* if you or anyone agrees, because I am the most powerful man on Earth, and no one is going to stop me!


I'm the damn president! And my authority will not be questioned! Do you understand?


Henry: We have the best system of government the world has ever seen, but it's only as good as the people in charge.
Elizabeth: Gosh, that's reassuring.

Henry: Should I even ask how your day was?
Elizabeth: Well, the Constitution is still intact...for now.

I realize we're painting outside the lines here, but the framers never contemplated that an elected president wouldn't be reasonable! We're doing the best we can!


Earl the Plumber: The point here isn't to be right. The point here is to learn from your mistakes.
Henry [with restrained sarcasm]: Well, thank you, Earl. This is a terrific opportunity for growth.

Elizabeth: I can't feel my ears!
Henry: Maybe you should've worn a hat.
Elizabeth: I can't. I'm wearing fancy hair. Men never get that.

Dmitri: I'm so sorry, Stevie.
Stevie: No, no, I am. I didn't mean to get you...exiled or whatever.
Dmitri: It's okay. Exile is a very Russian thing. It's like a rite of passage.

It was a fool's errand from the beginning. I shouldn't have let guilt cloud my judgement. But the thing is, honestly, I wanted to support a woman who felt betrayed.


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: It's a classic negotiating tactic. The more I chase after him, the more control he has over the discussion. Secretary Albright actually taught me that one.
Nadine: I believe it was, uh, Wendy Rogers who taught me another classic negotiating tactic. If a guy won't talk to you, send in a close companion to bridge the gap.
Elizabeth: Wendy Rogers?
Nadine: The most popular girl in sixth grade.