Quotes From The First Season of Mad Men

This doesn’t really have anything to do with Paris, except for the fact that Don Draper is awesome. Which still has nothing to do with Paris.

Don Draper: The reason you haven’t felt it is because it doesn’t exist. What you call love was invented by guys like me, to sell nylons. You’re born alone and you die alone and this world just drops a bunch of rules on top of you to make you forget those facts. But I never forget. I’m living like there’s no tomorrow, because there isn’t one.

Don Draper: Advertising is based on one thing: happiness. And do you know what happiness is? Happiness is the smell of a new car. It’s freedom from fear. It’s a billboard on the side of a road that screams with reassurance that whatever you’re doing is OK. You are OK.

Don Draper: What do women want? Any excuse to get closer.

Roger Sterling: Psychiatry is just this year’s candy pink stove.

Don Draper: It wasn’t a lie, it was ineptitude with insufficient cover.

Roger Sterling: I bet there were people in the Bible walking around complaining about kids today.

(in response) Don Draper: Kids today, they have no one to look up to. ‘Cause they’re looking up to us.

Roger Sterling: At some point, we’ve all parked in the wrong garage.

Don Draper: Mourning is just extended self-pity.

Don Draper: Sterling Cooper has more failed artists and intellectuals than the Third Reich.

Roger Sterling: You don’t know how to drink. Your whole generation, you drink for the wrong reasons. My generation, we drink because it’s good, because it feels better than unbuttoning your collar, because we deserve it. We drink because it’s what men do.

Don Draper: I hate to break it to you, but there is no big lie, there is no system. The universe is indifferent.

Don Draper: Listen, I’m not here to tell you about Jesus. You already know about Jesus, either he lives in your heart or he doesn’t.

Joan Holloway: Peggy, this isn’t China. There’s no money in virginity.

Pete Campbell: The president is a product. Don’t forget that.

Mr. Menken: This place reminds me of a czarist ministry. No matter what the decision, you don’t feel like it was yours.

Roger Sterling: You know what my father used to say? Being with a client is like being in a marriage. Sometimes you get into it for the wrong reasons, and eventually they hit you in the face.

Joan Holloway: I said congratulations, didn’t I? Although, sometimes when people get what they want, they realize how limited their goals where.


Don Draper (on the Kodak Carousel): Nostalgia. It’s delicate, but potent. Teddy told me that in Greek, nostalgia literally means the pain from an old wound. It’s a twinge in your heart, far more powerful than memory alone. This device isn’t a spaceship, it’s a time machine. It goes backwards, forwards. It takes us to a place where we ache to go again. It’s not called the Wheel. It’s called the Carousel. It lets us travel the way a child travels. Around and around and back home again, to a place where we know we are loved.

Doesn’t it just make you want to go back to the early 1960s?


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