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The Most Momentous Don Draper Quotes

Last updated on Dec 15th, 2017

The Most Momentous Don Draper Quotes

Don Draper is a fictional character and the protagonist of the popular AMC’s TV series Mad Men, portrayed by Jon Hamm.

Draper is a charming, mysterious and self-destructive marketing guru with a unique business tactic. At one point, we admire him because of his charisma and genius, but at another we hate him because of infidelity and alcohol. Maybe his personal life isn’t ideal, but when it comes to business, he always finds the perfect solution.

Regardless of all, we can learn much from Don Draper throughout his words of advice on business, marketing and life in general.

Here are some of the most momentous Don Draper quotes.

Advertising-is-based-on-one-thing-happiness.
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Advertising is based on one thing: happiness. And you know what happiness is? Happiness is the smell of a new car. It’s freedom from fear. It’s a billboard on the side of the road that screams with reassurance that whatever you’re doing, it’s okay. You are okay.S1.Ep1: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
What-you-call-love-was-invented-by-guys-like-me,-to-sell-nylons.
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What you call love was invented by guys like me, to sell nylons.S1.Ep1: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
You-are-born-alone-and-you-die-alone-and-this-world-just-drops-a-bunch-of-rules-on-top-of-you-to-make-you-forget-those-facts.
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You’re born alone and you die alone and this world just drops a bunch of rules on top of you to make you forget those facts.S1.Ep1: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
I-am-living-like-theres-no-tomorrow,-because-there-is-not-one.
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I’m living like there’s no tomorrow, because there isn’t one.S1.Ep1: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
It-was-not-a-lie,-it-was-ineptitude-with-insufficient-cover.
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It wasn’t a lie, it was ineptitude with insufficient cover.S1.Ep3: Marriage of Figaro
Mourning-is-just-extended-self-pity.
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Mourning is just extended self-pity.S1.Ep6: Babylon
People-want-to-be-told-what-to-do-so-badly,-that-theyll-listen-to-anyone.
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People want to be told what to do so badly, that they’ll listen to anyone.S1.Ep6: Babylon
You-will-realize-in-your-private-life-that-at-a-certain-point-seduction-is-over-and-force-is-actually-being-requested.
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You will realize in your private life that at a certain point seduction is over and force is actually being requested.S1.Ep8: The Hobo Code
There-is-no-big-lie.-There-is-no-system.-The-universe-is-indifferent.
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There is no big lie. There is no system. The universe is indifferent.S1.Ep8: The Hobo Code
The-day-you-sign-a-client-is-the-day-you-start-losing-them.
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The day you sign a client is the day you start losing them.S1.Ep10: Long Weekend
Success-is-related-to-standing-out,-not-fitting-in.
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Success is related to standing out, not fitting in.S2.Ep1: For Those Who Think Young
Its-your-life.-You-do-not-know-how-long-its-gonna-be,-but-you-know-its-got-a-bad-ending.
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It’s your life. You don’t know how long it’s gonna be, but you know it’s got a bad ending. You have to move forward. As soon as you figure out what that is.S2.Ep9: Six Month Leave
There-will-be-fat-years,-and-there-will-be-lean-years,-but-it-is-going-to-rain.
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There will be fat years, and there will be lean years, but it is going to rain.S3.Ep1: Out of Town
Change-is-neither-good-or-bad,-it-simply-is.
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Change is neither good or bad, it simply is.S3.Ep2: Love Among the Ruins
If-you-do-not-like-what-is-being-said,-then-change-the-conversation.
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If you don’t like what is being said, change the conversation.S3.Ep2: Love Among the Ruins
Our-worst-fears-lie-in-anticipation.
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Our worst fears lie in anticipation.S3.Ep5: The Fog
You-are-good.-Get-better.-Stop-asking-for-things.
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You’re good. Get better. Stop asking for things.S3.Ep7: Seven Twenty Three
The-truth-is-people-may-see-things-differently,-but-they-do-not-really-want-to.
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The truth is people may see things differently, but they don’t really want to.S3.Ep10: The Color Blue
Is-that-what-you-want-Or-is-that-what-people-expect-of-you
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Is that what you want? Or is that what people expect of you?S4.Ep3: The Good News
The-best-idea-always-wins,-and-you-know-it-when-you-see-it.
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The best idea always wins, and you know it when you see it.S4.Ep7: The Suitcase
They-say-as-soon-you-have-to-cut-down-on-your-drinking,-you-have-a-drinking-problem.
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They say as soon you have to cut down on your drinking, you have a drinking problem.S4.Ep8: The Summer Man
People-tell-you-who-they-are,-but-we-ignore-it,-because-we-want-them-to-be-who-we-want-them-to-be.
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People tell you who they are, but we ignore it, because we want them to be who we want them to be.S4.Ep8: The Summer Man
You-want-some-respect-Go-out-there-and-get-it-for-yourself.
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You want some respect? Go out there and get it for yourself.S4.Ep8: The Summer Man
When-a-man-walks-into-a-room,-he-brings-his-whole-life-with-him.-He-has-a-million-reasons-for-being-anywhere.
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When a man walks into a room, he brings his whole life with him.S4.Ep8: The Summer Man
We-are-flawed-because-we-want-so-much-more.-We-are-ruined-because-we-get-these-things-and-wish-for-what-we-had.
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We’re flawed because we want so much more. We’re ruined because we get these things and wish for what we had.S4.Ep8: The Summer Man
We-are-gonna-sit-at-our-desks-and-keep-typing-while-the-walls-fall-down-around-us,-because-we-are-creative.-The-least-important-most-important-thing-there-is.
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We’re gonna sit at our desks and keep typing while the walls fall down around us, because we’re creative. The least important most important thing there is.S4.Ep12: Blowing Smoke
Sometimes-we-do-not-get-to-choose-where-our-talents-lie.
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Sometimes we don’t get to choose where our talents lie.S5.Ep8: Lady Lazarus
Even though success is a reality, its effects are temporary.
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Even though success is a reality, its effects are temporary.S5.Ep12: Commissions and Fees
But-what-is-happiness-Its-a-moment-before-you-need-more-happiness.
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What is happiness? It’s a moment before you need more happiness.S5.Ep12: Commissions and Fees
The-greatest-thing-you-have-working-for-you-is-not-the-photo-you-take-or-the-picture-you-paint
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The greatest thing you have working for you is not the photo you take or the picture you paint. It’s the imagination of the consumer. They have no budget. They have no time limit. And if you can get into that space, your ad can run all day.S6.Ep4: To Have and to Hold
You-can-not-tell-people-what-they-want.-It-has-to-be-what-you-want.
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You can’t tell people what they want. It has to be what you want.S7.Ep6: The Strategy
Everybody-has-problems.-Some-people-can-deal-with-them-and-some-people-can-not.
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Everybody has problems. Some people can deal with them and some people can’t.S7.Ep10: The Forecast