Quotes from the show
"Jesse, your actions... they affect other people."
— Walt, basically summarising the entire plot in one sentence, "Half Measures"
"This line of work doesn't suit you, Walter."
— Krazy-8, "...And the Bag's in the River"
"Adjusting for inflation – good state college – adjusting for inflation, say $45,000 a year, two kids, four years of college...$360,000. Remaining mortgage on the home, $107,000. Home equity line, $30,000, that's $137,000. Cost of living, food, clothing, utilities, say two grand a month? I mean, that should put a dent in it, anyway. 24K a year provides for, say, ten years. That's $240,000, plus 360 plus 137...737. $737,000, that's what I need. That is what I need. You and I both clear about 70 grand a week. That's only ten and a half more weeks. Call it eleven. Eleven more drug deals and always in a public place from now on. It's doable. Definitely doable."
— Walt, "Seven-Thirty, Seven"
"Chemistry is... well, technically, chemistry is the study of matter, but I prefer to see it as the study of change. [...] It is growth...then decay...then transformation."
— Walt, summing up the plot just as neatly, "Pilot"
Jesse: Oh, well heil Hitler, bitch!
Jesse: A wire? You want a wire? I got a wire. *camera pans down as he grabs his crotch* Speak into the mic, bitch!
Jesse: I wanted to leave them on the counter! ...Bitch.
Jesse: YO! WHERE'S THE OTHER HALF, BITCH?
Jesse: This is my own private domicile and I will not be harassed... bitch!
Jesse: You're my free pass... bitch.
Jesse: So roll me further, bitch.
Jesse: Yo, Gatorade me, bitch!
Jesse: YEAH, BITCH! MAGNETS!
Jesse: YEAH, BITCH!!!
— Jesse using his favorite word.
Walter: Fuck you, and your eyebrows! ... WIPE DOWN THIS!
Walter: I got your restraining order right here. *grabs crotch* Restrain this!
Walter: Send him to Belize... I'll send you to Belize!
— Walter White's greatest retorts.
"So be on notice: We got new players in town. Now we don’t know who they are or where they came from, but they possess an extremely high skill set. Me personally, I think Albuquerque might just have a new kingpin."
— Hank, "Cancer Man"
Walter: Let's get something straight. This - the chemistry - is my realm. I am in charge of the cooking. Out there on the street, you deal with that. As far as our customers go, I don't want to know anything about them. I don't need to see them. I don't want to hear from them. I want no interaction with them whatsoever. This operation is you and me, and I'm the silent partner. You got any issues with that?
Jesse: Whatever, man.
Walter: No matter what happens, no more bloodshed. No violence.
— "A Crazy Handful of Nothin'"
Skyler: Okay, don't talk, Walt! Shut up and say something that isn't complete bullshit! You want to know what you have to do? You have to tell me what's really going on right now - today. No more excuses, no more apologies, no more of these...these obvious desperate breakfasts! You don't wanna lose contact with me, Walt? Good. Then tell me. Now.
Walter: [long pause] Tell you what?
Good guys never get ink like the bad guys do.
—Walter Jr., quoting Hank, "I See You"
Walt: So, what do you watch?
Jesse: I don't know, stuff.
Walt: Like what?
Jesse: I don't know. Ice Road Truckers.
Walt: Ice Road Truckers. What happens on that one?
Jesse: Guys drive on ice.
Skyler: You are in over your head.
Walt: Who are you talking to right now? Who is it you think you see? Do you know how much I make a year? Even if I told you, you wouldn't believe it. You know what would happen if I suddenly decided to stop going in to work? A business big enough that it could be listed on the NASDAQ goes belly-up. Disappears. It ceases to exist without me. No, you clearly don't know who you are 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, you think that of me? No. I am the one who knocks!
Walt: I can promise you that Gus Fring is dead, and he was the threat. He was the danger.
Skyler: I thought you were the danger.
Mike: Just because you shot Jesse James don’t make you Jesse James.
Walt: I’ve always thought of myself as more of a Doc Holiday.
— "Dead Freight"
"You know how they say it's been a pleasure... It hasn't."
— Mike, "Live Free Or Die"
Walt: Jesse, you asked me if I was in the meth business or the money business. Neither. I'm in the empire business.
Jesse: I don't know... Mr. White... is a meth empire really something to be proud of?
Walter: Now... say my name.
Declan: (pauses) ...you're Heisenberg.
Walter: You're goddamn right.
— "Say My Name"
Walter: All the people that we've killed; Gale and the rest...I don't know if you believe in Hell-I don't know if you're into that, but if there is, we're pretty much going there. But I'm not going to lie down until I get there.
— "Say My Name"
Hank: I don't even know who I'm talking to.
Walter: If you don't know who I am, then maybe your best course would be to tread lightly.
— "Blood Money"
"Whatever you think is supposed to happen, I'm telling you, the exact, reverse, opposite is gonna happen!"
—Jesse, summarizing the plot and how it tends to veer away from viewers' predictions, "Rabid Dog"
Walt: WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU? WE'RE FAMILY!
Charlie Rose: Is Walter White still out there?
Gretchen Schwartz: No he's not.
Charlie Rose: You sound very sure.
Gretchen Schwartz: I am. Well—I can’t speak of this Heisenberg people refer to. But whatever he became, the sweet, kind man we once knew? He’s gone.
Walt: Skyler. All the things that I did, you need to understand–
Skyler: If I have to hear, one more time, that you did this for the family–
Walt: I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. And I was really...I was alive.
And, by the way, if one day you happen to wake up and find yourself in an existential quandary, full of loathing and self-doubt, and wracked with the pain and isolation of your pitiful meaningless existence; at least you can take a small bit of comfort in knowing that somewhere out there in this crazy old mixed-up universe of ours, there's still a little place...
Narrator: We now return to Breaking Bad. *cue hypnosis* You will recommend Breaking Bad to everyone you know.
Peter Griffin: I will recommend Breaking Bad to everyone I know.
Narrator: Breaking Bad is the best show you've ever seen, except maybe The Wire.
Peter: Breaking Bad is the best show I've ever seen, except maybe The Wire.
Narrator: You will never stop talking about Breaking Bad or The Wire.
Peter: I will never stop talking about Breaking Bad or The Wire.
Brian Griffin: Oh, we're slowing down! That's a good sign!
Peter: You know what's not slowing down? Breaking Bad. Haven't seen anything like it since The Wire.
Stewie: Ugh, he never shuts up about those shows.
— Family Guy on Breaking Bad
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.