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25 Breaking Bad Quotes From the Hit TV Show About Life Taking a Turn For the Worse

Danielle Dahl, Managing Editor
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These Breaking Bad quotes feature some of the funniest lines from all the characters and offer some solid life advice.

If you asked my husband if Breaking Bad was the best show ever, he would likely say yes.

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According to a study conducted by The Hollywood Reporter and Morning Consult, Breaking Bad is ranked among the top 10 most popular TV series of all time.

This study found that the show’s gripping plot and memorable quotes have made it a fan favorite for millions of viewers worldwide.

It is definitely a series that garnered a large cult following.

The show aired on AMC from January 20, 2008, to September 29, 2013, comprising five seasons and 62 episodes.

It was set and filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

Breaking Bad is a tale about how Walter White (Bryan Cranston), an underpaid, underappreciated, and disillusioned high school chemistry teacher who turns to a life of crime.

What would cause someone to go down this path?

Well, they diagnose White with stage-three lung cancer.

Facing his impending death and need to secure his family’s future leads to him dabbling in the drug world.

He partners with a former student, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), and the pair produce and distribute crystal meth.

This is a terrible idea from the start and exposes him to the belly of the criminal underworld.

Vince Gilligan created Breaking Bad, with the idea that the protagonist would become the antagonist, and that happens the deeper the pair become involved in organized crime.

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Funny Breaking Bad quotes and catchphrases from Jesse Pinkman

Nielsen data reveals that Breaking Bad’s series finale attracted a record-breaking 10.3 million viewers in the United States.

This demonstrates the show’s massive following and the impact its iconic quotes have had on the audience.

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1. “Yeah, bitch! Magnets!” — Jesse Pinkman

2. “Yeah, Mr. White! Yeah, Science!” — Jesse Pinkman

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3. “This is my own private domicile and I will not be harassed… bitch!” — Jesse Pinkman

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4. “Some straight like you, giant stick up his ass, age what, 60? He’s just gonna break bad?” — Jesse Pinkman

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5. “We’re all on the same page. The one that says, if I can’t kill you, you’ll sure as shit wish you were dead.” — Jesse Pinkman

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6. “Did you know that there’s an acceptable level of rat turds that can go into candy bars? It’s the government, jack.” — Jesse Pinkman

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7. “Even government doesn’t care that much about quality. You know what is okay to put in hot dogs? Huh? Pig lips and assholes. But I say, hey, have at it bitches ’cause I love hot dogs.” — Jesse Pinkman

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8. “Ah, like I came to you, begging to cook meth. Oh, hey, nerdiest old dude I know, you wanna come cook crystal? Please. I’d ask my diaper-wearing granny, but her wheelchair wouldn’t fit in the RV.” — Jesse Pinkman

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Best Breaking Bad quotes to live by

A survey conducted by the University of Amsterdam found that viewers of dark, morally complex TV shows like Breaking Bad often engage in deeper critical thinking.

The researchers noted that this could potentially enhance one’s ability to empathize with others and confront moral dilemmas in their own lives.

9. “We flipped a coin, OK? You and me. You and me! Coin flip is sacred!” — Jesse Pinkman

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10. “The thing is if you just do stuff and nothing happens, what’s it all mean? What’s the point?” — Jesse Pinkman

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11. “When you have children, you always have family. They will always be your priority, your responsibility.”  Gustavo Fring

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12. “You need to stop focusing on the darkness behind you. The past is the past. Nothing can change what we’ve done.” — Walter White

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13. “Been thinking about a summer job I used to have marking trees in the woods. Tagging trees is a lot better than chasing monsters.” — Hank Schrader

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14. “And a man, a man provides. And he does it even when he’s not appreciated, or respected, or even loved. He simply bears up, and he does it. Because he’s a man.”  Gustavo Fring

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15. “What I came to realize is that fear, that’s the worst of it. That’s the real enemy. So, get up, get out in the real world and you kick that bastard as hard as you can right in the teeth.” — Walter White

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16. “Why should we do anything more than once? Should I just smoke this one cigarette? Maybe we should only have sex once if it’s the same thing? Should we just watch one sunset? Or live just one day? Because it’s new every time. Each time is a new experience.” — Jane Margolis

17. “I’ve been living with cancer for the better part of a year. Right from the start, it’s a death sentence. That’s what they keep telling me. Well, guess what? Every life comes with a death sentence. So, every few months I come in here for my regular scan knowing full well that one of these times—hell, maybe even today—I’m gonna hear some bad news. But until then, who’s in charge? Me. That’s how I live my life.” — Walter White

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Great Breaking Bad quotes from Saul Goodman

According to a study published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, humor can be an effective tool in reducing stress and increasing resilience in individuals.

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This statistic can be used to highlight the importance of humorous quotes like those from Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad, which can help individuals cope with difficult situations and emotions.

18. “Scientists love lasers.” — Saul Goodman

19. “Some people are immune to good advice.” — Saul Goodman

20. “I’m not saying it’s not bad. It’s bad. But it could be worse.” — Saul Goodman

21. “If you’re committed enough, you can make any story work.” — Saul Goodman

22. “Congratulations, you’ve just left your family a second-hand Subaru.” — Saul Goodman

23. “Hey, I’m a civilian! I’m not your lawyer anymore. I’m nobody’s lawyer.” — Saul Goodman

24. “I once told a woman I was Kevin Costner, and it worked because I believed it.” — Saul Goodman

25. “The fun’s over. From here on out, I’m Mr. Low Profile. Just another douche bag with a job and three pairs of Dockers. If I’m lucky, a month from now, best-case scenario, I’m managing a Cinnabon in Omaha.” — Saul Goodman

Which of these Breaking Bad quotes is your favorite?

The plan initially started with White and Pinkman making small batches of meth and using a rolling meth lab, it grew into a much bigger operation.

White and Pinkman eventually craft a special blue meth that is purer, more addictive, and fuels a higher demand.

Walter’s drug-related crimes eventually put him at odds with the very family he was trying to provide for.

He ends up in trouble with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) where his brother-in-law Hank Schrader works.

There is also tension between local gangs, the Mexican drug cartels, and their regional distributors.

These factors put his life at risk.

*Spoiler Alert* The show ends with Walter dying of a gunshot wound and not lung cancer.

The first season was a little slow, but the series went on to win several awards and critical acclaim.

The spin-off, Better Call Saul, another of my husband’s favorite shows is also worth the watch if you are ready to give Breaking Bad a shot on Netflix!

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