Mad Men: Top 10 Don Draper-isms

Mad Men quickly became an addiction for anyone who caught on to this sexy, rivetingly politically incorrect 60's drama, and it's just a matter of days before it finally returns!



So, to prepare for the new season, let's review what we've learned from Mad Men, specifically the mysterious man who every woman wants to f...(cough) date, and every man wants to be... if only women wouldn't slap him these days for Draper-like actions! So here are our top favorite bits of Don Draper wisdom, aka Don Draper-isms, so check 'em out and comment with your own favs!


1. Don Draper on love - The reason you haven't felt it is because it doesn't exist. What you call love was invented by guys like me, to sell nylons. 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. But I never forget. I'm living like there's no tomorrow, because there isn't one.


2. Don Draper on affirmative action - Roger: Have we hired any Jews? Don Draper: Not on my watch!


3. Don Draper on true happiness - Advertising is based on one thing: happiness. And do 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 a road that screams with reassurance that whatever you're doing is OK. You are OK.


4. Don Draper on office bromance - Pete Campbell: A man like you I'd follow into combat blindfolded, and I wouldn't be the first. Am I right, buddy?

Don Draper: Let's take it a little slower. I don't want to wake up pregnant.


5. Don Draper on lying - Rachel Menken: It's hard to get caught in a lie.

Don Draper: It wasn't a lie, it was ineptitude with insufficient cover.


6. Don Draper on dealing with serious life problems - Get out of here and move forward. This never happened. It will shock you how much it never happened.


7. Don Draper on taking advantage of people - Nostalgia - it's delicate, but potent. Teddy told me that in Greek, "nostalgia" literally means "the pain from an old wound." It's a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone. This device isn't a spaceship, it's a time machine. It goes backwards, and forwards... it takes us to a place where we ache to go again. It's not called the wheel, it's called the carousel. It let's us travel the way a child travels - around and around, and back home again, to a place where we know are loved.


8. Don Draper on the meaning of life - Roger: What else is there?

Don: I don't know. Life being lived? I'd like to stop talking about it and get back to it.


9. Don Draper on morals - Beatnik: You're in advertising - How do you sleep at night? Don Draper: On a bed made of money.


10. Don Draper on religion - Listen, I'm not here to tell you about Jesus. You already know about Jesus, either he lives in your heart or he doesn't.


Sources: imdb.com and tvfanatic.com

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Apr 1, 2009 12:56PM EDT

Wow, this is a good list.
My favorite:Don Draper on lying - Rachel Menken: It's hard to get caught in a lie.
Don Draper: It wasn't a lie, it was ineptitude with insufficient cover.
Do we really have to wait until July?

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Apr 1, 2009 1:59PM EDT

9. Don Draper on morals - Beatnik: You're in advertising - How do you sleep at night? Don Draper: On a bed made of money.
**OH SNAP** was invented right there. xD

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May 16, 2010 4:11PM EDT

I get a kick out of how Don and Betts get their daughter to mix a Tom Collins for them in front of guests.Such an oddly charming novelty parlor game. Kinda sick, but funny in a goofy way.

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