Breaking Bad: A carefully woven story from the beginning to the end of the moment since 2008. This Emmy and Golden Globe-winning crime drama continue to be the benchmark for television shows making. The series revolves around a high school teacher, Walter White, diagnosed with Cancer on his 50th birthday.
After accompanying his DEA agent brother-in-law to a methamphetamine lab, he decides that venturing into this world of drugs would produce enough money for him, which will support his family after Cancer takes his life.
Walter White is one of the iconic TV and most compelling protagonists of the 21st century. From time to time, viewers struggled whether to root for him or despise him. Though the Anti-Hero's past combined with Cancer looming over his head led him into the territory he never would have ventured into.
And, thankfully for viewers, his journey also led to some of the best quotes ever in Television history alongside his partner and sidekick Jesse Pinkman. Here are 35 breaking bad quotes which will surely give you reasons to watch and learn how it is the best series ever made - as if you weren't already:
1) You clearly don't know who you're talking to, so let me clue you in. I am not in danger, Skyler. I am the danger. A guy opens his door and gets shot, and you think that of me? No! I am the one who knocks!
This memorable quote is uttered by the protagonist Walter White during a monologue of the series, often quoted as simply "I am the one who knocks" or "I am the danger," in which he insists Skyler that he is a dangerous man to be feared. She gets to see what her husband had become. This is also when the audience feels Walter White's mask fall off and the sheer evil in his villainous eyes says more than even the words could. There is no turning back at this point. Heisenberg is here to stay.
2) My name is ASAC Schrader, and you can go f–ck yourself.
Here, this is the single best quote from the history of quotes from breaking bad, which is an absolute gem delivered by Hank right before his death. Hank dies the way he lived, without backing down.
3) If you don't know who I am, then maybe your best course would be to tread lightly.
Walter White, er, Heisenberg excelled in this tete-a-tete with Hank, and he approves that he isn't one to be trifled with. All it takes is two words, 'tread lightly' and a twist of a sentence, with the death stare to have anyone shaking in fear. Everyone makes mistakes. You can’t spend your whole life dwelling on your regrets. You need to put effort into healing so you can move on with your life.
4) You need to stop focusing on the darkness behind you. The past is the past. Nothing can change what we've done.
This line is delivered by Walt to Jesse after Jesse retains his conscience throughout the series, torturing him for every wrong step. Walt is trying to get Jesse to see things his way. But that won't happen for Walter White as he is quite literally, at the end of his arc, both as a character and a human being.
5) Some people are immune to good advice.
This breaking bad quotes list wouldn't be complete without these memorable words of wisdom by Saul Goodman. Here, this quote indicates that sometimes you can't save or talk sense into some people. You have to step aside and let them live their own lives since they are ready to accept your help, and even though it might hurt like hell to watch them go.
6) You Don't Need A Criminal Lawyer. You Need A 'Criminal' Lawyer.
Thank goodness for Saul Goodman! Who ironically wasn't afraid to bend the law. Jesse Pinkman tells this line to Walt after the increase in their legal problems in the drug trade becomes overwhelming.
7) The moral of the story is: I chose a half measure when I should have gone all the way. I’ll never make that mistake again. No more half measures
Said Mike Ehrmantraut to Walter White. This one is quite relevant. If you want something badly enough, then you need to pursue it. Give your hundred per cent effort into making your dreams come true even if it is risky, and maybe those risks will lead you toward greatness.
8) It is growth, then decay, then transformation. It is fascinating, really.
Walter White is a prime example of this quote. Throughout the quotes from breaking bad, it's quite evident that Walt has gone through a drastic transformation. A more potent version of himself over time. Sometimes you're going to make mistakes and face hardships, but you're also going to grow and change, becoming a stronger version of yourself over time.
9) What good is being an outlaw when you have responsibilities.
Quoted by Jesse and it kind of help bring you into the mindset of Breaking Bad. This show shows the effects of drug use and distribution and how it affects people and their loved ones.
10) You either run from things, or you face them, Mr. White.
Sometimes life can get overwhelming. A change in circumstances, whether we have too much to do, or we are feeling completely drained, it can be hard to face the tough things that life throws at us either it can flip your world upside down and change your set plans for life, or you could be experiencing a whole new adventure!
11) When you have children, you always have a family. They will always be your priority, your responsibility. And a man—a man provides. And he does it even when he's not appreciated, or respected, or even loved. He simply bears out, and he does it.
Gustavo Fring' Gus' stresses the importance of family and the responsibility of having a family, contributing emotional, spiritual, physical, and mental well-being towards them. In addition to money, Walter White failed to provide his family with things that matter more than the currencies.
12) We flipped a coin, OK? You and me. You and me! Coin flip is sacred!
Yes. Jesse Pinkman is right. The coin flip is sacred. It is a neuroscience hack and a great way of making a decision. Suppose you're torn between two choices of seemingly equal merit. Flip a coin!
13) Been thinking about a summer job I used to have marking trees in the woods. Tagging trees is a lot better than chasing monsters.
Hank Harps on negative experiences of the past which are painful and filled with regrets. When you hold on to that pain, you can’t move on to something more positive. From this listing of breaking bad quotes, it is evident that to relieve from the past, it is crucial to embrace the present.
14) This is my own private domicile, and I will not be harassed.
This line comes after Jesse takes advice from a junkyard worker to protect himself from the DEA. We've seen Jesse become a profoundly flawed man over time, though, one thing that never changed, his unimpressive vocabulary and love of the word "bitch."
15) There is gold in the streets, just waiting for someone to come and scoop it up.
Walter White quotes this line to a sceptical Saul. After the massive disaster with his drug dealer, Walter White wants to start cooking again as that's precisely how it's worked out for him since the beginning of time. He wants to seize the opportunity before someone does it.
16) Is this just a genetic thing with you? Is it congenital? Did your, did your mother drop you on your head when you were a baby?
This quote from Breaking Bad sums up Walter White and Jesse Pinkman's association as he mocks Jesse's intelligence and also signifies how Walt has lost his filter.
17) Jesse, you asked me if I was in the meth business or the money business… Neither. I’m in the empire business.
Quoted by Walter White, his desire to earn money to take care of his family grew like a weed into a desire to prove something to himself as it goes back to the root problem for his quest for power when he sold his stake in Gray matter. Still, throughout the series, we see him long past it, and he achieves his closure by creating ultra-pure blue meth that made him a legend in the drug trade.
18) Say my name.
This is one of the most iconic quotes in this listicle of quotes from breaking bad. We are way past the monologues; all it took was 3 words and a menacing stare to out fear into even the most hardened criminals.
19) I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. And I was really — I was alive.
Finally, Walter White admits what the audience has seen for years, watching him succumb to his worst moments on a quest for power. But it’s in the finale that he finally says why he kept making meth to Skyler after having his moment of self-revelation, therefore taking a step back a little bit toward the good man that he once was. Maybe some life lessons are meant to be learned when you've lived through them cause life itself is a lesson!
20) You’re my free pass… b–tch.
Quoted by Jesse to Walter White after being beaten and bloodied by Hank, when he threatened that if he is taken into custody, he will give up Walt as the infamous Heisenberg, essentially making Walt as Jesse’s free pass out of trouble if it comes his way. Making this scene a decisive turn of events in the series.
21) Shut the f–ck up and let me die in peace.
Mike says this when Walt mumbles out some apologies after shooting him for not giving up his men's names in the prisons. To shut him, Mike says this line to let him know that he doesn't care about his apologies and his last breath proves to be no exception.
22) All I can do is wait… For the cancer to come back
This was one of the most heartbreaking and difficult to watch scenes in the entire series. As by quoting this, Skyler catches Walt completely off guard. The atmosphere is tense around them, and instead of having him around to keep her and their family in constant danger, she would rather see him die.
23) When we do what we do for good reasons, then we've got nothing to worry about. And there's no better reason... than family.
There's absolutely no lie that "Breaking Bad" has shifted the audience's attitude and view towards the bigger realization that there is a line that shouldn't be crossed, even for family.
24) Yeah, Mr. White! Yeah, science!
Yeah, Science, Bitch is an expression associated with Jesse Pinkman. In the beginning, he had no idea what Walter was doing. He poured one magic potion into a machine, something else into another, and voila! for Drugs. “Yay, science!”
25) I watched Jane die.
This line by Walt serves as the final nail in the coffin of the relationship between Jesse and Walt. He cruelly reveals this to hurt Jesse even more, it was a most harrowing revelation, and Walt's tone had no sympathy or regret.
26) You’re an insane, degenerate piece of filth, and you deserve to die.
To save his partner Jesse, Walt needed to do something fast, so he courageously quotes Tuco. In fact, it distracts him for long enough for Jesse to turn around and hit him with a rock. This is where everything starts, the real turning point of the show.
27) I told you, Skyler, I warned you for a solid year: You cross me, and there will be consequences.
That's Heisenberg speaking. No threatening Skyler that he is no longer that man to be crossed. He is not the same Walter White, a perfect husband who only wants to please Skyler, and this quote highlights that perfectly.
28) You are a time bomb tick, tick, ticking. And I have no intention of being around for the 'boom.
There are all kinds of people, some may use a little help, and others may really need some help. Walter White, the anti-hero, was beyond help. No matter how hard anyone tried, he wouldn't step up, take ownership or responsibility, and was compared to a time bomb.
29) The thing is if you just do stuff and nothing happens... what's it all mean? What's the point? Oh, right, this whole thing is about self-acceptance.
Jesse Pinkman quotes this in regards to consequences. The consequence, on what happens right after you have done something wrong or maybe something right. Consequences and self-acceptance leads to a lesson that guides to a positive choice
30) Why should we do anything more than once? Should I just smoke this one cigarette? Maybe we should only have sex once if it’s the same thing? Should we just watch one sunset? Or live just one day? Because it’s new every time. Each time is a new experience.
Said Jane Margolis while talking to Jesse. All of these bunch of questions strung together directed at particular no one simply means to appreciate life and what it offers. Be grateful every time you walk outside and while you wake up every day in good health.
31) We've come this far. For us. What's one more?
Skyler quotes this line to Walter White on killing Jesse. Skyler definitely crossed the line, as she has laundered money and is willing to be complicit in murder. She looked the other way as Walt committed countless crimes and compares the situation to something he's gone through before.
32) You really want to burn him down? Let's do it together.
Hank and Jesse. The team-up audience waited for years. Hank promised Jesse to burn Walt down together, and later we see Hank telling Gomez that he really doesn't value Jesse's life since Jesse has been with Walt for a long time, and it is a win-win situation even if he gets killed in the process.
33) I have spent my whole life scared – frightened of things that could happen, might happen, might not happen. Fifty years I spent like that… What I came to realize is that fear, that’s the worst of it. That’s the real enemy. So, get up, get out in the real world, and you kick that bastard as hard you can right in the teeth.
You cannot allow your fear to take control of you. Fear is a thing that allows your doubts and insecurities to trick you into giving up on yourself. Push aside those doubts and insecurities and have faith in yourself and tell your fears to go screw themselves.
34) Every life comes with a death sentence. So, every few months, I come in here for my regular scan knowing full well that one of these times—hell,...
... maybe even today—I’m gonna hear some bad news. But until then, who’s in charge? Me. That’s how I live my life.
This may be the most honest Walter White moment in the entire quotes from breaking bad moment, and it was to a total stranger in the waiting room at the doctor’s office.
You or anyone cannot control what the universe throws at you and definitely cannot control other people. Only you get to decide how you’re going to spend the rest of your life. You get to make your own choices, so make some good ones.
35) My name is Walter Hartwell White. I live at 308 Negra Arroyo Lane, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87104. To all law enforcement entities, this is not an admission of guilt. I am speaking to my family now. Skyler, you are the love of my life. I hope you know that. Walter Jr., you’re my big man. There are going to be some things that you’ll come to learn about me in the next few days. But just know that no matter how it may look, I only had you in my heart. Goodbye.
Walter White's last words cut like a knife. In this, it is quite evident that he is apologizing for hurting his family. He's merely expressing that no matter what he did, he truly loved his family all his wrongdoing. Maybe so. But Walt was beyond help, and he's a point of no return where ironically, like a drug, the danger, and thrill of it all took over him.
Some TV series like 'The Breaking Bad' don't come under closure or no closure finale. It kind of balances the thing. Walt got about as happy an ending as he possibly could have by taking control and the power one last time by setting the terms of that ending.
Gillian saw in the finale he wrote: no undoing of consequences, but moments of grace and mercy nonetheless. In the end, Walt accepted that he cannot. He saves Jesse and that kind of represents redemption of a kind and the bright flicker of his humanity or whatever is left of it.
The show ended long back, but still, millions globally are not over it. Walt tragically alone, finally coming to his sense, no longer lost — now found. forgive. Breaking Bad indeed was art, and so are the breaking bad quotes, which really does tell why it is the best series ever, complicated but a MASTERPIECE of ART!
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