Quotes from Mad Men (Season Five)

S5/E01 (26:49): “‘Stable’ is that step backwards between successful and failing.” (Pete Campbell)

S5/E01 (40:38): “As a wise man once said: the only thing worse than not getting what you want is someone else getting it.” (Roger Sterling)

S5/E03 (16:48): “Listen, my stuff is good. You can see advertising ain’t my day job. Look, you’re a fair woman. I insulted you because I’m honest, and I apologized because I’m brave. I didn’t pick this profession; it picked me. I didn’t have any control over it. Turns out it’s the only thing I can do.” (Michael Ginsberg)

S5/E03 (21:01): “I had drinks with Mohawk. I sat down with two of them and I swear, by the end there were three.” (Roger Sterling)

S5/E05 (21:55): “No one grows up wanting to be in advertising.” (Don Draper)

S5/E05 (24:14): “I’m gonna close my eyes, and when I open them I wanna see skyscrapers.” (Don Draper)

S5/E05 (26:21): “You wouldn’t wanna hit a golf ball off the tee when you can hit it from the green.” (Roger Sterling)

S5/E05 (43:51): “There were phrases of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony that still made Coe cry. He always thought it had to do with the circumstances of the composition itself. He imagined Beethoven, deaf and soul sick, his heart broken, scribbling furiously while death stood in the doorway, clipping his nails. Still, Coe thought, it might have been living in the country that was making him cry. It was killing him with his silence and loneliness, making everything ordinary too beautiful to bear.” (Ken Cosgrove)

S5/E06 (05:21): “[…] your words are always ‘I don’t like it’. And I think you’re right: we don’t understand you. Because you do like it. I think you just like fighting. […] Do you know how often people come in here and look at work and feel something? Almost never. You have to run with this. It’s young, and it’s beautiful. And no one else is gonna figure out how to say that about beans.”

S5/E06 (16:33): “Even if the truth is what you would call ‘relative’, good and bad are not relative. Your mistake is that you’re assuming that because something is true that it’s good.” (Professor)

S5/E06 (23:46): “How can a few numbers contain all of time?” (Jane Sterling)

S5/E07 (04:10): “I’ve been wondering lately if she was just an excuse to blow up my life.” (Roger Sterling)

S5/E07 (15:45): “Men don’t take the time to end things. They ignore you. Until you insist on a declaration of hate.” (Joan Harris)

S5/E08 (28:58): “Come on, reality got her! You work your ass off for months, bite your nails, for what? Heinz Baked Beans.” (Stan Rizzo)

S5/E08 (30:10): “Why do they give you a glimmer of hope in the midst of rejection? A little thread to hang on to, a misplaced word, a suggestion of the future…- Under a court of law, it would look like an accident, but it’s not.” (Pete Campbell)

S5/E09 (17:01): “Well Michael, when a man hates another man very very much, sometimes he wants to know that something is his. Even if in the end, he has to give it up.” (Roger Sterling)

S5/E10 (30:17): “You know what this woman said to me once? ‘I like being bad, and going home being good.'” (Don Draper)

S5/E10 (43:51): “Prepare to take a great leap forward. Prepare to swim the English Channel and then drown in champagne.” (Don Draper)

S5/E11 (29:08): “You must get tired of hearing what a beautiful thing this car is. But I’ve met a lot of beautiful women in my life and, despite their protestations, they never tire of hearing it. But when deep beauty is encountered, it arouses deep emotions. Because it creates a desire. Because it is, by nature, unattainable. […] We’re taught to think that function is all that matters. But we have a natural longing for this other thing. […] When I was driving the E-Type, I passed a ten year old boy in the back window of a station wagon and I watched his eyes follow. He’d just seen something he would want for the rest of his life. […] He’d just seen that unattainable object speed by, just out of reach. Because they do that, don’t they? Beautiful things? […] Then I thought about a men with sun beams reading Playboy or Esquire, and flipping passed the flesh, to the shiny painted curves of this car. There’s no effort to stop his eye. The difference is: he can have a Jaguar. […] Oh, this car. This thing, gentlemen. What price would we pay? What behavior would we forgive? If they weren’t pretty? If they weren’t temperamental? If they weren’t beyond our reach and a little out of our control? Would we love them like we do? Jaguar. At last. Something beautiful you can truly own.” (Don Draper)

S5/E12 (33:23): “Are you? You’re happy with 50%? You’re on top and you don’t have enough. You’re happy, because you’re successful – for now. But what is happiness? It’s a moment before you need more happiness. I won’t settle for 50% of anything, I want a hundred percent. You’re happy with your agency? You’re not happy with anything. You don’t want most of it, you want all of it. And I won’t stop until you get all of it.” (Don Draper)

S5/E13 (34:55): “When it went away, he was heart-broken. And then he realized everything he already had was not right either. And that was why it had happened at all. And that his life with his family was some temporary bandage on a permanent wound.” (Pete Campbell)