The Wisdom of Roger Sterling

atkins-bookshelf-quotationsJust like fans of Downton Abbey can always count on Lady Violet to dish out pithy one-liners, fans of Mad Men can always count on the very dapper, charming, and half-inebriated Roger Sterling to utter witty and sardonic quips. Over seven seasons of the acclaimed show, Sterling — the quintessential ad man — has stood complacently on the sidewalk as life madly rushed by on Madison Avenue. When the inevitable crashes and traffic jams occurred, he carefully stepped around them, and shared his observations and wisdom in an avuncular manner, and quietly moved on  — typically to the nearest bar. Here is the notable wit and wisdom of Roger Sterling, a sterling ad man in a world of mad men.

When a man gets to a point when his name’s on the building, he can get an unnatural sense of entitlement.

I don’t know if anyone ever told you that half the time this business comes down to “I don’t like that guy.”

My dad used to say, “This is the greatest job in the world except for one thing — the clients.”

The day you sign a client is the day you start losing them.

You know no one who’s ever been associated with an actual event thought it’s been portrayed honestly in the newspaper.

It’s about listening to people and never saying what’s really on your mind.

Plagiarism. That’s resourceful.

I’ve been married for over twenty years. I know the difference between a spat and spending a month on the couch. Don’t go to bed angry.

My mother always said, “Be careful what you wish for, because you’ll get it, and then people will get jealous and try to take it away from you.”

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For further reading: Sterling’s Gold: Wit and Wisdom of an Ad Man by Matthew Weiner (2010)

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