1. Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne -- I'm going to list the actors, because all of these are wonderful performances):
Suppression is the instrument of totalitarian dictatorship, we don't talk of that sort of thing in a free country. We simply take a democratic decision not to publish it.2. Livia (Sian Phillips):
They won't allow me in [the Senate] because I am a woman, and they won't allow you in because you're a fool. That's strange, when you come to think of it, because it's filled with nothing but old women and fools.3. Skeeters (or: The Politician; William Demerest):
If it wasn't for graft, you'd get a very low type of people in politics. Men without ambition. Jellyfish!4. C.J. Cregg (Allison Janney):
And don't be concerned with my exposure. I'm not your daughter. I'm the White House Press Secretary.(Yeah, it's not a great quote...really, this one is about 95% the actress, I think, but she's good enough to include).
5. King Henry V (pick one: Branagh? Sure):
We must bear all. O hard condition,
Twin-born with greatness, subject to the breath
Of every fool, whose sense no more can feel
But his own wringing!
6. President Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell):
Though in war, you only get killed once. In politics it can happen over and over.7. Boss James W. Gettys (Ray Collins):
I am not a gentleman. I don't even know what a gentleman is.8. Fred, The Mayor (Clarence Kolb):
The blasted nimrod... fishing, duck shooting! A guy who's done nothing for the last forty years but play pinochle gets elected governor and right away he thinks he's a Tarzan!9. Bill "The Butcher" Cutting (Daniel Day-Lewis):
That, my friends, is the minority vote.10. Senator Jay Billington Bulworth (Warren Beatty):
My guys are not stupid. They always put the big Jews on my schedule. You're mostly Jews, right? Three out of four of you? [brandishes speech]And a bonus: The Intendant (Nana Visitor):
I bet Murphy put something bad about Farrakhan in here for you!
I could never make them understand, violence is a precision instrument. It's a scalpel, not a club.