The second we put a bullet in the head of one of those undead monsters, the moment one of us drove a hammer into one of their faces, or cut a head off, we became what we are! And that's just it. That's what this comes down to. You people don't know what we are. We're surrounded by the dead. We're among them and when we finally give up, we become them! We're living on borrowed time here. Every minute of our life is a minute we steal from them! You see them out there. You know that when we die, we become them. You think we hide behind walls to protect us from the walking dead! Don't you get it? We ARE the walking dead!
— Rick Grimes, Issue 24
"Rick, it ain't like it was before."
— Shane Walsh, Season 2, Episode 7, Pretty Much Dead Already
— Rick Grimes, Season 2, Episode 13, Beside The Dying Fire
Rick Grimes: Look, I fought him before. And after, we took in his old friends. They've become leaders in what we have here. Now you put down your weapons, walk through those gates you're one of us. We let go of all of it, and nobody dies. Everyone who's alive right now. Everyone who's made it this far. We've all done the worst kinds of things just to stay alive. But we can still come back. We're not too far gone. We get to come back. I know we all can change. (Beat) The Governor:Liar.
— Season 4, Episode 8, Too Far Gone
Rick Grimes: They're gonna feel pretty stupid when they find out... Abraham Ford: Find out what? Rick: They're fucking note "screwing" in the broadcasted version with the wrong people.
— Season 4, Episode 16, A
"Dying is simple. It all just stops. You're dead. The people around you dying, that's the hard part. Okay? 'Cause you keep living knowing that they're gone and you're still here. What you should be scared of is living knowing that you didn't do everything you could to keep them here."
— Rosita Espinosa, Season 6, Episode 7, Heads Up
"Think about it. What if it's the last day on Earth for you? Or someone you love? What if that's true? Maybe you should be extra nice to those people in that RV. 'Cause you never know... (snaps fingers) Just like that. Be kind to each other. Like you said. Like it was your last day on Earth."
— Simon, Season 6, Episode 16, Last Day on Earth
"People die, Rick. It's what happens. Doesn't mean the rest doesn't happen."
— Negan, Season 7, Episode 1, The Day Will Come When You Won't Be
"The decision was made a long time ago. Before any of us knew each other. When we were all strangers who would just pass each other on the street before the world ended. And now we mean everything to each other. You were in trouble, you were trapped. Glenn didn't know you, but he helped you. He put himself in danger for you. And that started it all. From Atlanta, to my daddy's farm, to the prison, to here, to this moment now. Not as strangers, as family. Because Glenn chose to be there for you that day a long time ago - that was the decision that changed everything. It started with both of you and it just grew, all of us. To sacrifice for each other, to suffer, to stand, to grieve, to give, to love, to live, to fight for each other. Glenn made the decision Rick. I was just following his lead."
— Maggie Rhee, Season 7, Episode 16, The First Day of the Rest of Your Life
"One truth kept my people going... if you don't protect what belongs to you, then sooner or later, it belongs to someone else. That goes for your land, your wallet, your home, your country... everything. It is your job as a man to protect it. That's the story of America, the story of the whole goddamn world. And ain't nothing changing it... not you, not me, nobody."
— Negan, Season 10 Episode 3, "Ghosts"
It just goes to show, people will up and go mad when they think their life is over...
— Old Cop, Episode 1, A New Day
You're either living or you're not. You ain't little. You ain't a girl, you ain't a boy. You ain't strong or smart. You're alive.
— Chuck, Episode 3, Long Road Ahead
Ask not for who the bell tolls... It tolls for thee
— Chuck, Episode 4, Around Every Corner
In the end, The dead always win
— Molly, Episode 4, Around Every Corner
Yeah. I'm not some cannibal, Lee. Some killer out in the woods. Some...v-villain. I'm....just a...dad. I coach little league.
— The Stranger, Episode 5, No Time Left
Keep that hair short...
— Lee Everett, Episode 5, No Time Left
You go with that feelin' ya got right now, Clementine. It's what makes you stronger than the rest of 'em.
— Carver, Episode 3, In Harm's Way
Y'know what it feels like? To get beaten, almost to death? Peaceful. It was like I was floating away, then I woke up again.