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Boardwalk Empire (2010–) is an American television series from premium cable network HBO, set in Atlantic City, New Jersey during the Prohibition era written by Emmy Award-winning screenwriter and producer Terence Winter of The Sopranos.

Season 1[edit]

Boardwalk Empire [1.1][edit]

Nucky: First rule of politics, kiddo: Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.

Jimmy: You can't be half a gangster, Nucky. Not anymore.

Margaret: I'd be honored to name my child after you.
Nucky: Enoch? You couldn't possibly be so cruel.

Jimmy: Nucky, all I want is an opportunity.
Nucky: This is America, ain't it? Who the fuck's stopping you?

Nucky: Rest assured that dry though the country may be, I am in the midst of concluding arrangements that will keep Atlantic City wet as a mermaid's twat.
Mayor Harry Bacharach: Jeez, Nucky, you're fucking mermaids now?
Nucky: Every vote counts, Mr. Mayor.

William McCoy: And he took the loaves and fishes, looked at his disciples and said, "Fuck it. We're going into the whiskey business".

The Ivory Tower [1.2][edit]

Arnold Rothstein: There was a man once. I don't recall his name. Frequented the billiard palace downtown. He made a comfortable living wagering whether or not he could swallow certain objects, billiard balls being a specialty. He'd take a ball, stick it in his gullet down to here and regurgitate it back up. One day, I decided to challenge this man. Ten thousand dollars to do the trick with a billiard ball of my choosing. Now he knew I had seen him do this trick at least a dozen times so I can only surmise that he thought I was stupid. I laid out the cash and he swallowed the ball. It lodged in his throat and he choked to death right on the spot. What I knew and he didn't was that the cue ball is one sixteenth of an inch larger than the other balls, just too large for him to swallow. Do you know what the moral of this tale is, Mr.Yale?
Frankie Yale: Don't eat a cue ball?
Arnold: The moral of the story is: If I'd cause a stranger to choke to death for my own amusement, what do you think I'll do to you if you don't tell me who ordered you to kill Collisimo?

Margaret Schroeder: Would you help me, Mr. Thompson? All I want is to provide for my children.
Nucky: I'd like to help you.
Margaret: Then tell me what to do. What do you want from me?
Nucky Thompson: I want you to vote Republican.

Al Capone: What'll it be?
Corrigan: I'll take a whiskey and a statement on the record.

Johnny: [seeing Capone kicking Corrigan] What the fuck's going on?
Al Capone: I'm making a statement.

Broadway Limited [1.3][edit]

Nucky: What's motherfucker mean?
Eddie Kessler: I suppose it's a schvartze term.

Anastasia [1.4][edit]

Chalky White: I was born in Elgin, Texas. My daddy taught himself the carpenter trade doing for the black folk there. I tell you, anything that man put his hand to - table, chair, wedding chest - he make that wood sang. Now one day, a man, Mr. T. O. Persall come 'round. He a white man, own his own store, stable, hotel. He say to my daddy: "I hears you the finest carpenter in Elgin." My daddy tell him: "well I can't say one way or the other, but I knows a bit about somethin'." So Mr. T. O. Persall take my daddy to this house he was building. Biggest house in town. They walk in there, say: "this here gon' be the library. What you think 'bout that?" My daddy say: "Well I think you need some bookcases." "Well then, that's what I want you to make me." Ten months my daddy worked there. And when he finished, he bring me 'round. "Mr. Persall, this here my boy. I'd like to show him what I done." "Well, come on in! Through the front door!" Just like that! And we did. When I see them bookcases, all covered with scroll and flowers, baskets of fruit, little angels floatin' in the corner... that was the most beautiful thing I ever seen. About a month later, another man come 'round. "I see what you did for T. O. Can't let that old dog top me. You come 'round my house, I'll show you what I need. My daddy go with him to the edge of town. Wasn't nothin' there but six white men, twelve foot of rope, and the pepper tree they hung him from... These here my daddy's tools...
Grand Cyclops of the KKK: What are you gonna do with them?
Chalky White: Well... I ain't buildin' no bookcase...

Nights in Ballygran [1.5][edit]

Eli Thompson: The whole thing's a game isn't it? So easy for you. Well, I'll keep at it. Maybe one day I'll lie as good as you.
Nucky: It's "lie as well as me", you dolt. You wanna be taken seriously, then learn how to fuckin' speak.

Family Limitation [1.6][edit]

Nucky: Knock, goddammit!
Eddie: I did!
Nucky: Well knock like a man!

Nucky: Jesus Christ! The fuck are you doing?
Eddie: You told me to knock in a manly fashion.
Nucky: Well leave the door on the hinges!

Al Capone: That stuff you said in front of the boys, bout me in the war; makes me look bad. That ain't how you treat a buddy.
Jimmy: Is that what we are?
Al Capone: What did you think we were?
Jimmy: Accomplices.
Al Capone: It's the same thing right?

Home [1.7][edit]

Richard Harrow: Hrrm. You want this? (brings out a book) My sister sends them to me, cause I used to enjoy 'em.
Jimmy: You don't anymore?
Richard: Hrrm. It occurred to me the basis of fiction is that people have some sort of connection with each other. Hrrm. But they don't.

Hold Me In Paradise [1.8][edit]

Senator Walter Edge: I'll make it up to you, later.
Nucky: Later, when?
Senator Walter Edge: When I'm in the White House.
Nucky: The only chance you have of entering the White House is on a guided fuckin' tour.

Belle Femme [1.9][edit]

Richard: Chalky, Mr. White, heard back from his men in Philadelphia.
Jimmy Darmody: Any sign of Them?
Richard Harrow: Mrs. D'Allesio, the mother is there, the sisters and another brother.
Jimmy: Which one?
Richard Harrow: Adrian.
Jimmy: Never heard of him.
Richard: He's a dentist. I could go there.
Jimmy: Where?
Richard: To Philadelphia.
Jimmy: There's no point. They're laying low someplace else.
Richard Harrow: I would kill the mother and the sisters. And the dentist. That would make them stick their heads up.

Arnold Rothstein: You know the nice thing about the Bronx Zoo, Charlie? There's bars between you and the monkeys.

The Emerald City [1.10][edit]

Nucky Thompson: Mr. Rothstein made his bed.
Jimmy Darmody: Now you fellas can die in it.
Lucien D'Alessio: (to Matteo D'Alessio) Huh, tough talk when he ain't in the room right?
Jimmy Darmody: What did you say?
Lucien: Oh I'm sorry, I thought you heard me. What I said was that you, Mr. Thompson and this coon here can all go fuck each other. Right. (Jimmy draws his gun) Oh! Oh! Fuckin' tough guy, you're gonna shoot me for mouthing off?
Jimmy: I wasn't going to, but you kinda talked me into it.

Paris Green [1.11][edit]

Eli Thompson: Nobody cares about you. They just care about what you can give them. And that includes your Irish chippie, who you just handed a blank cheque!
Nucky Thompson: Y'know, it's too bad you didn't see Hardeen the other night.
Eli Thompson: What?
Nucky Thompson: It's an entertaining act, but if he wasn't Houdini's brother, nobody'd give a fuck!

Agent Nelson Van Alden: (After drowning his Jewish partner for refusing to convert to Christianity) THOU HAST FULFILLED THE JUDGEMENT OF THE WICKED!!!

A Return to Normalcy [1.12][edit]

Nucky: Gentlemen of the Fourth Estate. Tragic though it is, I need hardly remind you that the passage of the 18th Amendment has given rise to a new breed of criminals. Vicious thugs, emboldened by the promise of an easy dollar. Last January, in the woods, only a few miles from where I speak to you today, a horrible massacre occurred. Five men, bootleggers all, were cut down in cold blood by a rival gang. The suspected ringleader of the killers, Hans Schroeder, was found dead days later, caught in a fisherman's net in one of our piers. Due to the tireless work of my brother, former sheriff Eli Thompson, we have since learned the Schroeder's conspirators in this cowardly attack were a group of killers laid to Philadelphia, well-known to law enforcement as the D'Alessio brothers. I am happy to report, they are being sought for questioning as I speak. Motivated by political gain, the Democrats have argued that the incumbent administration has been rife with corruption, soft on crime. On this election eve, I submit to you this: while this heinous crime did certainly occur on the Republican watch, the apprehension of those responsible did as well. Vote for Edward Bader tomorrow, and keep our city safe. I thank you all, and God bless America!

Margaret: There's a kindness in you. I know it. How can you do what you do?
Nucky: We all have to decide for ourselves how much sin we can live with.

Season 2[edit]

21 [2.1][edit]

Nucky Thompson: [Talking to Jimmy about the Commodore] Your father is a very duplicitous man. You've been told.

Mickey Doyle: Should I be concerned that there's blood on some of these crates?
Jimmy Darmody: Not unless it's yours.

Commodore Louis Kaestner: [to Jimmy] You will be judged by what you succeed at boy, not by what you attempt

Jimmy Darmody: [Joining Nucky on porch outside Klansman's funeral] An awful waste of a lot of good tablecloths.
Nucky Thompson: And the laundry bills.

Ourselves Alone [2.2][edit]

Commodore Louis Kaestner: Ask the man inside of you this: When you come face to face with destiny do you want to be the bear or do you want to be the one holding the shotgun?

Arnold Rothstein: You hear, Charlie - discretion. Charlie volunteered to absent himself from this meeting. He felt his presence might be disruptive, but I counseled what?
Lucky Luciano: Never let the past get in the way of the future.

Margaret Schroeder: [to Nucky] You are smarter than your enemies and you will persevere, but you aren't thinking clearly now. You must concentrate and not give over to emotion.

Leander Cephas Whitlock: [Toasting Eli] Propinate nobis similibusque.

[Translation: "Here's to us and those like us - damn few left]

A Dangerous Maid [2.3][edit]

What Does the Bee Do? [2.4][edit]

[after Richard returns late from his would-be suicidal trip into the woods on Memorial Day]

Jimmy Darmody: Where were you today?
Richard Harrow: Needed to take a walk.
Jimmy Darmody: I should've gone with you.
Richard Harrow: We're both back now.
Jimmy Darmody: You up for a job tonight?

[Richard just looks at him]

Jimmy Darmody: Is there a problem, Richard?
Richard Harrow: [haltingly] Would you... fight for me?
Jimmy' Darmody: [walks over to him; with intensity] Of course I would. Right down to the last bullet.
'Richard Harrow: [near tears] Then let's go to work.

[Jimmy puts an affectionate hand on the side of his head]

The Age of Reason (Boardwalk Empire) [2.6][edit]

Eddie Kessler: Yeah, I understand. You want Schlampen.

Peg of Old [2.7][edit]

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