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‘Mad Men’ is an American drama television series created by Matthew Weiner and produced by Lionsgate Television.

‘Mad Men’ begins at the fictional Sterling Cooper agency on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, New York. And in the latter half of the series, at the freshly created firm of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.

The series’ main character is the womanizing advertising executive Don Draper (played by Jon Hamm), who is the talented creative director at Sterling Cooper, and later a commencement partner at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. The plot tracks the characters in their personal and professional lives. As the series progresses, it depicts the ever-changing moods and social norms of the United States throughout the ’60s and ’70s. The characters consist of Don Draper, Betty Draper, Joan Harris, Roger Sterling, Peggy Olson, Pete Campbell, Bert Cooper, and Matthew Weiner.

‘Mad Men’ received widespread approval for its writing, acting, directing, visual style, and historical authenticity; it also won several awards. It also has many famous quotes and sayings that we have collected for you.

The Best ‘Mad Men’ Quotes To Live By

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Here are some of the best ‘Mad Men’ quotes from Roger, Peggy and more, that we have collected for you. If you don’t know ‘Mad Men’ very well, this is a good place to start!

1. “Make it simple, but significant.”

– Don Draper, ‘Mad Men’.

2. “You’re going to need a stronger stomach if you’re going to be back in the kitchen seeing how the sausage is made.”

– Bert Cooper, ‘Mad Men’.

3. “If you don’t like what’s being said, change the conversation.”

– Don Draper, ‘Mad Men’.

4. “This is America. Pick a job and become the person who does it.”

– Bobbie Barrett, ‘Mad Men’.

5. “He may act like he wants a secretary, but most of the time they’re looking for something between a mother and a waitress.”

– Joan Harris, ‘Mad Men’.

6. “One never knows how loyalty is born.”

– Bert Cooper, ‘Mad Men’.

7. “Am I to entertain your ballad of dissatisfaction, or has something actually happened? Because I am at work, dear.”

– Lane Pryce, ‘Mad Men’.

8. “If I’m going to die, I’m going to die in Manhattan.”

– Pete Campbell, ‘Mad Men’.

9. “Men don’t take time to end things. They ignore you until you insist on a declaration of hate.”

– Joan Harris, ‘Mad Men’.

10. “Roy: Perpetuating the lie. How do you sleep at night?

Don Draper: On a bed made of money.”

– ‘Mad Men’.

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11. “Well, I’ve got to go learn a load of people’s names before I fire them.”

– Roger Sterling, ‘Mad Men’.

12. “I keep going to a lot of places and ending up somewhere I’ve already been.”

– Matthew Weiner, ‘Mad Men’.

13. “I should’ve known it was near the end. Every time an old man starts talking about Napoleon, you know they’re going to die.”

– Roger Sterling, ‘Mad Men’.

14. “Am I the only one who can work and drink at the same time?”

– Peggy Olson, ‘Mad Men’.

15. “Well, you know what they say about Detroit. It’s all fun and games till they shoot you in the face.”

– Roger Sterling, ‘Mad Men’.

16. “She was born in 1898 in a barn. She died on the thirty-seventh floor of a skyscraper. She’s an astronaut.”

– Bert Cooper, ‘Mad Men’.

17. “That poor girl. She doesn’t know that loving you is the worst way to get to you.”

– Betty Draper, ‘Mad Men’.

18. “This never happened. It will shock you how much it never happened.”

– Don Draper, ‘Mad Men’.

19. ““Who knows why people in history did good things? For all we know Jesus was trying to get the loaves and fishes account.”

– Roger Sterling, ‘Mad Men’.

20. “I don’t think I ever wanted to be the man who loves children. But from the moment they’re born, that baby comes out and you act proud and excited and hand out cigars.”

– Don Draper, ‘Mad Men’.

Don Draper Quotes

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21. “People will show you who they are, but we ignore it because we want them to be who we want them to be.”

– Don Draper, ‘Mad Men’.

22. “What you call love was invented by guys like me… to sell Nylons.”

– Don Draper, ‘Mad Men’.

23. “I have a life and it only goes in one direction. Forward.”

– Don Draper, ‘Mad Men’.

24. “We’re flawed because we want so much more. We’re ruined because we get these things and wish for what we had.”

– Don Draper, ‘Mad Men’.

25. “Nostalgia: It’s delicate but potent… In Greek, ‘nostalgia’ literally means ‘the pain from an old wound.’ It’s a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone.”

– Don Draper, ‘Mad Men’.

26. “You’re good. Get better. Stop asking for something.”

– Don Draper, ‘Mad Men’.

27. “It’s useless to be creative unless you can sell what you create.”

– Don Draper, ‘Mad Men’.

28. “The day you sign a client is a day you start to lose them.”

– Don Draper, ‘Mad Men’.

29. “I’m glad this is an environment where you feel free to fail.”

– Don Draper, ‘Mad Men’.

30. “You can’t tell people what they want. It has to be what you want.”

– Don Draper, ‘Mad Men’.

Joan Harris Quotes

Here are some Joan ‘Mad Men’ quotes for our readers.

31. “I am not a solution to your problems. I am another problem.”

– Joan Harris, ‘Mad Men’.

32. “Go home, take a paper bag, and cut some eye hole out of it. Put it over your head, get undressed and look at yourself in the mirror. Evaluate where your strength and weaknesses are.”

Joan Harris, ‘Mad Men’.

33. “Sometimes when people get what they want, they realize how limited their goals were.”

– Joan Harris, ‘Mad Men’.

34. “You want to be taken seriously? Then don’t dress like a little girl.”

– Joan Harris, ‘Mad Men’.

35. “Remember, when you are over there in the jungle, and they are shooting at you – you’re not dying for me. Because I don’t like you or never will.”

– Joan Harris, ‘Mad Men’.

36. “I’m in charge of thinking of things before people know they need them.”

– Joan Harris, ‘Mad Men’.

37. “They just want you to be as miserable as they are. I say let them have it.”

– Joan Harris, ‘Mad Men’.

38. “I want to burn this place down.”

– Joan Harris, ‘Mad Men’.

39. “If they’ve tried to make you feel you’re different from them, you are. That’s a good way to be.”

– Joan Harris, ‘Mad Men’.

40. “I’m glad the army makes you feel like a man. Because I’m sick and tired of trying to do it.”

– Joan Harris, ‘Mad Men’.

One-Liner ‘Mad Men’ Quotes

Here are some one-liner ‘Mad Men’ quotes that we have collected for you.

41. “Those people – in Manhattan – they are better than us. Because they want things they haven’t seen.”

– Peggy Olson, ‘Mad Men’.

42. “What would you do if you were me? Would you love you?”

– Betty Draper, ‘Mad Men’.

43. “I’m just acknowledging that life, unlike this analysis, will eventually end, and somebody else will get the bill.”

– Roger Sterling, ‘Mad Men’.

44. “Is this some sort of thing like in the movies where I have a gun and you don’t think I’m going to shoot you?”

– Pete Campbell, ‘Mad Men’.

45. “At some point, we’ve all parked in the wrong garage.”

– Roger Sterling, ‘Mad Men’.

46. “Change is neither good or bad; it simply what life is.”

– Don Draper, ‘Mad Men’.

47. “Peggy, just think about it. Deeply. Then forget it. And an idea will jump up in your face.”

– Don Draper, ‘Mad Men’.

48. “Don’t think just try it.”

– Matthew Weiner, ‘Mad Men’.

49. “Our worst fears lie in anticipation.”

– Don Draper, ‘Mad Men’.

50. “I will shoot you.”

– Pete Campbell, ‘Mad Men’.

Great Mad Men Quotes

Mad Men quotes Don Draper

Don Draper on creativity

“Make it simple, but significant.” – Don Draper, Mad Men, Season 4, Episode 6, “Waldorf Stories

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Betty Draper on poise

“You’re painting a masterpiece, make sure to hide the brushstrokes.” – Betty Draper, Mad Men, Season 1, Episode 7, “Red in the Face”

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Bert Cooper on composure

“You’re going to need a stronger stomach if you’re going to be back in the kitchen seeing how the sausage is made.” – Bert Cooper, Mad Men, Season 1, Episode 4, “New Amsterdam”

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Roger Sterling on marriage

“If you put a penny in a jar every time you make love the first year of marriage, then you take a penny out every time you make love in the second year, you know what you have? A jar full of pennies.” – Roger Sterling, Mad Men, Season 2, Episode 5, “The New Girl”

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Peggy Olson on mixology

“You need three ingredients for a cocktail. Vodka and Mountain Dew is an emergency.” – Peggy Olson, Mad Men, Season 4, Episode 9, “The Beautiful Girls”

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Don Draper on control

“If you don’t like what’s being said, change the conversation.” – Don Draper, Mad Men, Season 3, Episode 2, “Love Among the Ruins”

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Mad Men quotes - Pete Campbell

Pete Campbell on second chances

“Jiminy Christmas… You think you’re going to begin your life over and do it right, but what if you never get past the beginning again?” – Pete Campbell, Mad Men, Season 7, Episode 9, “New Business”

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Roger Sterling on history

“Who knows why people in history did good things? For all we know Jesus was trying to get the loaves and fishes account.” – Roger Sterling, Mad Men, Season 5, Episode 7, “At the Codfish Ball”

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Don Draper on parenthood

“I only ever wanted to be the man who loves children. But from the moment they’re born and that baby comes out, you act proud and excited and hand out cigars, but you don’t feel anything, especially if you had a difficult childhood. You want to love them, but you don’t and the fact that you’re faking that feeling makes you wonder if your own father had the same problem. Then one day, they get older and you see them do something and you feel that feeling that you were pretending to have and it feels like your heart is going to explode.” – Don Draper, Mad Men, Season 6, Episode 5, “The Flood”

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Bert Cooper on relationships

“One never knows how loyalty is born.” – Bert Cooper, Mad Men, Season 1, Episode 12, “Nixon vs. Kennedy”

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Peggy Olson on loss

“One day you’re there and then all of a sudden, there’s less of you and you wonder where that part went; if it’s living somewhere outside of you. And you keep thinking maybe you’ll get it back and then you realize it’s just gone.” – Peggy Olson, Mad Men, Season 2, Episode 13, “Meditations in an Emergency”

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Ted Chaough on gainful employment

“Just cash the cheques, you’re going to die one day.” – Ted Chaough, Mad Men, Season 7, Episode 2, “A Day’s Work”

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Don Draper on writer’s block

“Just think about it deeply, then forget it, and an idea will jump up in your face.” – Don Draper, Mad Men, Season 1, Episode 11, “Indian Summer”

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Mad Men quotes - Roger Sterling on success

Roger Sterling on success

“I don’t know if anybody’s ever told you that half the time this business comes down to, ‘I don’t like that guy.’” – Roger Sterling, Mad Men, Season 3, Episode 5, “The Fog”

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Don Draper on the importance of alibis

“It wasn’t a lie, it was ineptitude with insufficient cover.” – Don Draper, Mad Men, Season 1, Episode 3, “Marriage of Figaro”

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Joan Harris on break-ups

“Men don’t take time to end things, they ignore you until you insist on a declaration of hate.” – Joan Harris, Mad Men, Season 5, Episode 7, “At the Codfish Ball”

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Mad Men quotes - Bobbie Barrett

Bobbie Barrett on entrepreneurship

“This is America. Pick a job and become the person who does it.” – Bobbie Barrett, Mad Men, Season 2, Episode 5, “The New Girl”

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Mad Men quotes - Don Draper on persuasion

Don Draper on persuasion

“People want to be told what to do so badly that they’ll listen to anyone.” – Don Draper, Mad Men, Season 1, Episode 6, “Babylon”

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Best Mad Men quotes - Roger Sterling on death

Roger Sterling on death

“I should have known it was near the end. Every time an old man starts talking about Napoleon, you know they’re going to die.” – Roger Sterling, Mad Men, Season 7, Episode 7, “Waterloo”

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Best Mad Men quotes - Don Draper on Destiny

Don Draper on destiny

“I hate to break it to you, but there is no big lie. There is no system. The universe is indifferent.” – Don Draper, Mad Men, Season 1, Episode 8, “The Hobo Code”

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