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"When I was twelve, I helped my daddy build a bomb shelter in our basement because some fool parked a dozen warheads ninety miles off the coast of Florida. This thing could park a couple hundred warheads off Washington or New York and nobody would know anything about it until it was all over."
Skip Tyler

"Comrades, this is your captain. It is an honor to speak to you today, and I am honored to be sailing with you on the maiden voyage of our motherland's most recent achievement. And once more, we play our dangerous game, a game of chess against our old adversary - The American Navy.

For forty years, your fathers before you and your older brothers played this game and played it well. But today the game is different. We have the advantage. It reminds me of the heady days of Sputnik and Yuri Gagarin when the world trembled at the sound of our rockets. Now they will tremble again - at the sound of our silence. The order is: engage the silent drive.

Comrades, our own fleet doesn't know our full potential. They will do everything possible to test us, but they will only test their own embarrassment. We will leave our fleet behind. We will pass through the American patrols, past their sonar nets, and lay off their largest city, and listen to their rock-n-roll while we conduct missile drills.

Then, and when we are finished, the only sound they will hear is our laughter, while we sail to Havana, where the sun is warm, and so is the... comradeship.

A great day, comrades. We sail into history."
Captain Marko Ramius

"Listen, I'm a politician, which means I'm a cheat and a liar, and when I'm not kissing babies, I'm stealing their lollipops. But it also means that I keep my options open."
National Security Advisor Jeffrey Pelt

"We're going to kill a friend, Yevgeni. We're going to kill Ramius."
Captain 2nd Rank Viktor Tupolev

"Moscow's not the worry, neither is the whole Soviet navy. I know their tactics, I have the advantage. The worry is the Americans. If we meet the right sort, then this will work. We get some... buckaroo...?"
Captain Marko Ramius

Rear Admiral Josh Painter: What's his plan?
Jack Ryan: His plan?
Painter: Russians don't take a dump, son, without a plan. And senior captains don't start something this dangerous without having thought the matter through.

"This business will get out of control! It will get out of control and we'll be lucky to live through it!"
Rear Admiral Josh Painter

Jones: Conn, sonar! Crazy Ivan!
Mancuso: All stop, quick quiet!

Ramius: (in Russian) You speak Russian?
Ryan: (in Russian) A little. It is wise to study the ways of one's adversary. Don't you agree?
Ramius: (in English) It is.

Ramius: Hey, Ryan? Be careful what you shoot at. Most things in here don't react too well to bullets.
Ryan: {beat} Right. (dodges several bullets) I have to be careful what I shoot at?
Ryan: (imitating Ramius) "Ryan, some things in here don't react well to bullets." (as himself) Yeah, like me. I don't react well to bullets.

"Andre... you've lost another submarine?"
National Security Adviser Pelt