20 Don Draper Quotes From the Hit Series “Mad Men”

Check out these Don Draper quotes from the star of the “Mad Men” TV series.

Don Draper is a fictional character and protagonist of AMC’s hit series “Mad Men,” which ran from 2007 -2015 on AMC.

Actor Jon Hamm played Don Draper.

While we see the character as Don Draper, he was born Richard “Dick” Whitman.

Dick Whitman had a rough childhood, with his parents dying by the time he turned 10, forcing him and his stepbrother to grow up in a brothel.

When he joined the Army in his early 20s, a situation occurred that allowed him to switch “dog tags” with a dying man and therefore assume the dying man’s identity.

When he joined the Army in his early 20s, a situation occurred that allowed him to switch “dog tags” with a dying man and therefore assume the dying man’s identity.

The show follows Don Draper, who though he is very talented and great to his colleagues, is an unfaithful husband, uninterested in his children, and an alcoholic.

Take a look at these Don Draper quotes from the charismatic character.

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Don Draper quotes sharing pieces of wisdom

As you’ll see in these quotes, Don Draper shared bits of wisdom for business and life.

1. “Make it simple, but significant.”  Don Draper

2. “We’re flawed because we want so much more.”  Don Draper

3. “Success comes from standing out. Not fitting in.”  Don Draper

4. “I have a life, and it only goes in one direction. Forward.”  Don Draper

5. “I don’t believe in fate. You make your own opportunities.”  Don Draper

6. “I’m glad this is an environment where you feel free to fail.”  Don Draper

7. “Maybe I’m not as comfortable being powerless as you are.”  Don Draper

8. “The best idea always wins, and you know it when you see it.”  Don Draper

9. “It’s useless to be creative unless you can sell what you create.”  Don Draper

10. “People want to be told what to do so badly that they’ll listen to anyone.”  Don Draper

More of the best Don Draper quotes

These quotes will give you a taste of who Don Draper is as a character.

11. “Change is neither good or bad. It simply is.”  Don Draper

12. “I keep going to a lot of places and ending up somewhere I’ve already been.”  Don Draper

13. “You want respect? Go out and get it for yourself.”  Don Draper

14. “Sometimes we don’t get to choose where our talents lie.”  Don Draper

15. “You’ve got to move forward—as soon as you can figure out what that means.”  Don Draper

16. “When a man walks into a room, he brings his whole life with him. He has a million reasons for being anywhere.”  Don Draper

17. “This is America. Pick a job and become the person who does it.”  Don Draper

18. “People will show you who they are, but we ignore it because we want them to be who we want them to be.”  Don Draper

19. “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.”  Don Draper

20. “If you don’t like what’s being said, change the conversation.”  Don Draper

Secrets don’t last forever

Don Draper is unfaithful to his wife multiple times, and even though he thinks he hides it well, his secrets are eventually revealed.

Although his life is exposed, he does not change his ways and continues on the path to self-destruction, with womanizing and alcohol leading the way.

Please share these Don Draper quotes and sayings with your friends and family that enjoy a great drama.

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