The West Wing Quotes (1999-2006)
I want to be a comfort to my friends in tragedy, and I want to be able to celebrate with them in triumph. And for all the times in between, I just want to be able to look them in the eye.

JOSH LYMAN, "The Crackpots and These Women" (1999)

There are two things in the world you never want to let people see how you make 'em: laws and sausages.

LEO McGARRY, "Five Votes Down" (1999)

You know, I was watching a television program before with a sort of a roving moderator who spoke to a seated panel of young women who were having some sort of problem with their boyfriend, apparently becuase the boyfriends had all slept with the girlfriends' mothers. Then they brought the boyfriends out and they all fought right there on television. Tell me Toby, these people don't vote do they?

PRESIDENT JOSIAH "JED" BARTLET, "He Shall, from Time to Time..." (2000)

In all the talk about democracy, we forget it's not a democracy. It's a republic. People don't make the decisions, they choose the people who make the decisions.

PRESIDENT JOSIAH "JED" BARTLET, "The Lame Duck Congress" (2000)

Our second year doesn't seem to be going a whole lot better than our first, does it?

JOSH LYMAN, "Let Bartlet Be Bartlet" (2000)

One victory in a year stinks in a life of an administration. But it's not the ones we lose that bother me, Leo. It's the ones we don't suit up for!

TOBY ZIEGLER, "Let Bartlet Be Bartlet" (2000)

What are you, my Zen master? Can I be in charge of my own mind?

PRESIDENT JOSIAH "JED" BARTLET, "The War at Home" (2001)

No one in government takes responsibility for anything any more. We foster, we obfuscate, we rationalize. "Everybody does it", that's what we say. So we come to occupy a moral safe house where everyone's to blame, so no one's guilty.

PRESIDENT JOSIAH "JED" BARTLET, "H. Con-172" (2002)

I lent voice to thought and that was my mistake.

TOBY ZIEGLER, "Debate Camp" (2002)

Why don't you just do your job as a man and get that nice girl pregnant?

JOSH LYMAN, "Debate Camp" (2002)

We don't need martyrs right now, we need heroes. A hero would die for his country, but he'd much rather live for it.

PRESIDENT JOSIAH "JED" BARTLET, "Isaac and Ishmael" (2001)

Nature, like a woman, will seduce you with its sights and its scents and its touch. And then it breaks your ankle, also like a woman.

OLIVER BABISH, "Gone Quiet" (2001)

You think because I don't want to work here it's because I can get a better gig on Geraldo? Gosh, let's see if there could possibly be any other reason why I wouldn't want to work in this White House. This White House that feels that government is better for children than parents are. That looks at forty years of degrading and humiliating free lunches handed out in a spectacularly failed effort to level the playing field and says, "Let's try forty more." This White House that says of anyone that points that out to them, that they are cold and mean and racist, and then accuses Republicans of using the politics of fear. This White House that loves the Bill of Rights, all of them-except the second one.

AINSLEY HAYES, "In This White House" (2000)

But for a brilliant surgical team and two centimeters of a miracle, this guy is dead right now from bullets fired from a gun bought legally. They bought guns. They loaded them. They drove from Wheeling to Rosslyn. And until they pulled the trigger, they had yet to commit a crime. I am so off the charts tired of the gun lobby tossing around terms like "personal freedom" and nobody calling them on it. It's not about personal freedom and it certainly has nothing to do with public safety...it's just that some people like guns.

SAM SEABORN, "In This White House" (2000)

You're sending me to the Hill because I speak Republican?

AINSLEY HAYES, "And It's Surely to Their Credit" (2000)

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