1.Todd：Political science, Doc.What's scientific outside of the psychology behind how much shit voters will swallow before they notice? The science part, it's really only about how to win. Not how to govern, not how to make anybody better, just how to win. No matter how stupid or two-faced or criminal you look.
2.Todd:Socrates, Plato, Aristotle. If they can't fix things, what is Todd Hayes gonna do?
I'm gonna pay my taxes. I'm gonna obey traffic lights...
Prof：That's super. I was thinking about something bigger.
Todd:Something bigger? Bigger like what? Like, be a congressman bigger?then I get to be one of those turds in DC, and I do mean pure pieces of shit who make our law. I get to be a doughboy who parts his hair like everyone else?The guy who never says anything though he never stops talking.Do I get to be the guy who lectures you on morality while a page jacks me off under the table?The guy who funnels away a million and bawls like an evangelist when he's caught.And how many never get caught?Hey, if that's something bigger than being a good Joe with a good job, fuck it. 更伟大的？像是当更大的国会议员？然后我也会成为一个混蛋，一个成天只做混蛋事的立法者？成为梳着制式发型的有钱肥佬？成为一个成天只会说废话的人？我会成为那个批评别人的道德却关起门来嫖妓的人？亏空公款中饱私囊，被逮时却哭爹喊娘装无辜的人？更别说还有多少没被逮到了。如果那样算是比老百姓伟大的人，去他妈的.
3.Prof：What are you afraid of, Todd? Most everybody's afraid of not getting ajob,or moving in with their parents, or student-Ioan payments looming.Or the voice in your head that keeps asking awful questions: "Should I be doing more with my gifts?""Am I making the most out of my time here on this planet?"I think everybody asks themselves those questions.A lot of us are afraid of the answers.
4.Prof：You're great with words, Todd.But what would make 'em better is if they had a heartbeat.If they were rooted in any kind of experience,if you had knocked on doors, licked envelopes, been to a damn public rally,just put yourself on the line in any way.
Todd：Licking envelopes, that's putting myself on the line?
Prof：Infinitely more than just talking.
5.Todd：Cos we're shrewd, we see how things work,cos we don't want to die for these pieces of shit.
Prof：You put as much distance between yourself and the real world as you can.Pieces of shit - how many times you gonna say that? They bank on your apathy, they bank on your wilful ignorance.They plan strategies around it, figure out what they can get away with because of it.
Todd：So blame me for it all. Blame me, because I might just want to live the good life.because I can because I'm smart enough to.）
Prof：Todd, what good is a $90,000 Benz if there's not only not enough gas in the tank but the streets and highways are decaying to the point of becoming Third World?If all your rants about Congress and politics are true, Todd,if things are really bad, as bad as you say they are,when thousands of American troops are dead and more are dying as we speak,you tell me, how can you enjoy the good life?
Rome is burning, son, and the problem is not with the people that started this.They're past irredeemable. The problem's with us,all of us,who do nothing, who just fiddle, who try to manoeuvre around the edges of the flame.
6.Todd：You think it's better to try and fail than fail to try?
Todd：But what if you end up in the same place?
Prof：At least you did something.
7.Todd：You gave them an A for that?- 你给他们A？
Prof：gave them a B plus.- 我给他们B+
Prof：B plus. They were loose on stats.- B+，他们的统计数据不大准。
Todd：I heard. Why don't you tell me about students who got an A?-哦，那你为何不跟我谈拿到A的学生？
Prof：Cos I don't remember them right now.-因为我已经不记得他们了。
8.Prof：The decisions you make now, bud, can't be changed but with years and years of hard work to redo it. And in those years you become something different. Everybody does as time passes. You get married, you get into debt...But you're never gonna be the same person you are right now.
And promise and potential……It's very fickle，and it just might not be there any more.
Todd：Are you assuming I already made a decision?And also that I'll live to regret it?
Prof：All I'm saying is that you're an adult now.And the tough thing about adulthood is that it starts before you even know it starts,when you're already a dozen decisions into it. But what you need to know, Todd, no lifeguard's watching any more.You're on your own. You're your own man,and the decisions you make now are yours and yours alone from here until the end.
9.Janine：In 1991, my network, ANX,was bought by a corporation best known for selling soap and light bulbs.Overnight, we went from an organisation preoccupied with gathering news to a business unit preoccupied with ad revenue and ratings.A windsock. And I knew it.When I signed my contract, I knew it. I thought I could keep my autonomy.I thought that raise they gave me meant they were still committed to,
10.Janine：I mean, he'll croon about hearts and minds, but it's all helicopters and marines.That's what... Jesus. Anyway, he couldn't care less about the soft stuff.This whole thing is a strategic... it's a lubricant to get him into the White House.