The Good Wife Quotes

Judge Charles Abernathy: Well, see you all back here... Let's see... My docket is clear. Five days? How's that for expedited? And as a side note, I would like to ask for a moment of silence for the recent mass killings in Darfur.

TV Show: The Good Wife
[first lines]
Peter Florrick: Good morning. An hour ago I resigned as State's Attorney of Cook County. I did this with a heavy heart and a deep commitment to fight these scurrilous charges. I will be clear: I have never abused my office. I have never traded lighter sentences for financial or sexual favours. At the same time, I need to atone for my personal failings with my wife, Alicia, and our two children.

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Alicia: You don't supervise my kids spontaneously. You don't take them to prison. You don't just try and phone me. You phone me. You respect me as a mother or you leave!
Jackie: I am doing the best I can.
Alicia: Well, join the club!

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Diane: Where is Blake?
Kalinda: Uh, I heard he's out sick.
Diane: Okay, you sit with them. Help them prepare questioning, because what I give a damn about I give a damn about...uh...It's's's not just, uh it's just one minute.

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Diane: [to Alicia] When I was starting out I got one great piece of advice. Men can be lazy, women can't... and I think that goes double for you. Not only are you coming back to the workplace fairly late but you have some very prominent baggage. [Points to a picture of her and Hillary Clinton] But, hey, if she can do it so can you.

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Alicia: You know the other associate, Cary?
Will: The one in the Brioni?
[Alicia looks at him]
Will: What? I am observing.
Alicia: Yes, the one in the Brioni. He said to me may the best man win. What exactly does he mean by that?
Will: What he means is something I thought we weren't making public.
Alicia: What?
Will: Look, we only have one associate position open. So we agreed to hire two applicants and, in six months, decide which one we retain.
Alicia: So this is a contest between me and Cary?
Will: It was either that or a cagematch. I'm just happy your pro bono is going well.

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Glenn Childs: You know he's using you, don't you? Peter blames me for his downfall. He's using you to get to me.
Alicia: How do you figure?
Glenn Childs: Mrs. Florrick, please. He told you about the pitted trace evidence. Don't make yourself collateral damage here, for your own sake.
Alicia: Mr. Childs, the day you leaked that sex tape to the press and forced me to shield my children from every cable news station that played it in a 24-hour rotation, that was the day I became collateral damage. If you're worried about my husband, Mr. Childs, you've obviously never made a woman angry.

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Kalinda: You know what I don't get? Why you stood by him? I would've stuck a knife in his heart.
Alicia: I always thought I would, too. When I heard about those other scandals, the other wives... I thought... how can you allow yourself to be used like that? And then it happened, and I was... unprepared.

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Peter: When I get out, it will all go back to normal.
Alicia: Nothing will ever go back to normal.

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Glenn Childs: I understand the need to blame someone for your husband's downfall, but I didn't release that sex tape to hurt you or your family. I have kids, too. And you should know I was holding back. I had more to release about your husband, a lot more. Disturbing things, but out of compassion I held back.
Alicia: Mr. Childs, if you have something to show me, just do it, okay? 'Cause the one thing I don't have time for these days is empty threats.

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Marlena: [after Will introduces her to Alicia in the hotel lobby] Ask for a view of the lake. It's beautiful at night. : [she walks away]
Alicia: She thinks we're getting a room.
Will: Yep.
Alicia: Now they all think we're getting a room.
Will: [he turns around to see Marlena's group of friends] You're worried?
Alicia: You?
Will: We could do worse.

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Will: Your stripper was hooking.
Diane: Why is she my stripper when she does something bad?

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Will: We just turned down a half million bucks.
Diane: Feels good, doesn't it?

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Peter: [about life in prison] There's probably less back stabbing here than in the State's Attorney office.

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Will: Didn't think anyone was still here.
Cary: Just prepping for court.
Will: By reading case law, huh? You're better off watching experienced trial lawyers.
Cary: Yeah, well, new kid on the block. I don't get much opportunity to shadow seniors. Though I have learned a lot by watching Alicia. She's definitely got some serious skills.
Will: We suspect it's a Georgetown thing.
Cary: No doubt. No doubt. Yeah, that's a long time to stay friends. Since college and all. So, it's really commendable-- you championing her the way that you do.
Will: Yeah, know what's great about someone like Alicia? She's a natural. She doesn't have to try so hard.

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Kalinda: You realize Cary's never been to trial before.
Alicia: How is that even possible?
Kalinda: Easy. By pleading out every court case that comes your way.

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Kalinda: Think they've got enough manicured lawns here?
Alicia: Grass can't be more than two inches tall. Neighborhood association wields a mighty sword.
Kalinda: Pretty. Doesn't seem like a good fit though-- you living here. Was it?
Alicia: I did it for 10 years. I liked it at the time.
Kalinda: Ignorance is bliss, I guess.

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Alicia: Your son asked me to represent him.
Kenny's father: Without our consent.
Alicia: He doesn't need your consent, he's 18.
Kenny's father: And how do you think he's going to pay for it?
Alicia: I don't know. We'll work something out. And althought I might not be as seasoned as Mr. Streiger is, I can guarantee you I care a lot more about your son than he does. Kenny will get the best defense.

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Lauren: You didn't have to drive all the way out here. You could've called.
Alicia: I could've. But a boy I saw grow up asked for my help. And his mother used to be a friend.

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Daniel Golden: I need to ask another favor... regarding the videotape that you gave me.
Alicia: Okay.
Daniel Golden: On the tape was a present... a bracelet. I need you to look for the receipt.
Alicia: Why?
Daniel Golden: I want to use the videotape to try to get Peter a new trial. I think it's very effective. But I'm afraid that the prosecution will suggest that the present wasn't paid for by Peter.
Alicia: Why would they suggest that?
Daniel Golden: Mrs. Florrick, as you know, technically, I don't represent you. I represent your husband. And so, as much as I would like to be completely forthcoming, in these circumstances, I don't believe I can.
Alicia: So Kozko gave Peter things, and you believe Peter regifted these things... this bracelet... to me?
Daniel Golden: I can say this: it would be helpful if we could find the receipt.

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Alicia: [to Daniel Golden after he sent a package full of gifts to her home] Don't you ever try to bribe me. And don't you ever try to buy my kids.

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Daniel Golden: Who first told you about your husband's infidelity, Mrs. Florrick?
Alicia: CNBC.
Daniel Golden: [he chuckles] I'm sorry, I don't understand.
Alicia: I was at the cleaner's. I was waiting in line. CNBC was playing on the TV. I saw it on the crawl at the bottom of the screen.

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Peter: Mom tells me you're working on a hard case.
Alicia: Yep.
Peter: I guess you're putting in a lot of hours with Will. (she gives him an interrogative look) A lot of time to think about things in here.
Alicia: A lot of time out there, too.
Peter: He's not what he seems, Alicia.
Alicia: Peter, if it's one thing I'm learning... nobody is.
Peter: Gardner acts like he's this good guy and he's everybody's best friend, but I could tell you a few things about him. [she laughs softly] What?
Alicia: Can we... Can we at least acknowledge how ironic this conversation is? [he laughs]

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Kalinda: [after making her report about Malcolm Overby] Are you sure that's what you're looking for?
Diane: I... don't know. Should I be looking for something else?
Kalinda: Well, that's like asking the dentist whether you should brush.

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Judge Parks: Mr. Gardner, how long would it take to depose these witnesses?
Will: To properly prepare and depose, I would say one month.
Judge Parks: You have three days.
Will: Three? But, Your Honor, that isn't...
Judge Parks: Now you have two days. Want to try for one?
Will: No, thank you, Your Honor.
Patti Nyholm: Your Honor, if I could just interject here. These executives are very busy people. Even two hours out of their work day...
Judge Parks: Ms. Nyholm, you just gave Mr. Gardner back his third day. Would you like to give him a fourth?
Patti Nyholm: No, Your Honor. I'll stop.
Judge Parks: Good.

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Kalinda: Do you know how much you pay jury consultants?
Diane: No.
Kalinda: A hundred thousand dollars for three months work.
Diane: That sounds about right.
Kalinda: Do you know how much I make?
Diane: I have a feeling I'm finding out.
Kalinda: A fourth of that.
Diane: That sounds outrageous.
Kalinda: Yeah, it does, doesn't it?

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Kalinda: We'll split the interviews.
Cary: How long you been working at Stern and Lockhart?
Kalinda: No.
Cary: What?
Kalinda: Ask them about the M.O., the Bulls sweatshirt, anything that's remotely similar to Clarence.
Cary: What did I do?
Kalinda: Uninterested.
Cary: You're uninterested in talking?
Kalinda: How much would you imagine we'd have in common?
Cary: I don't like talking to people I have a lot in common with.
Kalinda: Okay, I have a proposition for you. Find this person, I'll tell you whatever you want to know.
Cary: Whatever I want to know?
Kalinda: And more.
Cary: Okay, you just saved Clarence Wilcox's life.

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Kalinda: You know what I like about you? You're three months into a ten-year sentence, and you're plotting your political comeback.
Peter: Politics is just a game of Chutes and Ladders. Right now, I'm at square one.

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Alicia: I've got to get this to Will. It's enough for evidentiary appeal.
Kalinda: Probably, but if you're going to go all the way with this, you're going to have to talk to your husband.
Alicia: My husband? Why?
Kalinda: He knows where the bodies are buried.

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Cary: [after agreeing to do pro bono work] What? It's a good cause.
Alicia: I'm just trying to fit this into the fuller Cary picture.
Cary: Hey, there aren't that many generations left. You've taken the greatest generation, the lost generation, the Pepsi generation, so what do we have left? The surprise generation? So, surprise.

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