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The Best Quotes From The Wire
2024/04/10

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The Wire is often hailed as one of the greatest television shows of all time, and its quotes are a testament to its brilliance. Despite airing its final episode in 2008, the stories and quotes from The Wire remain unforgettable and quotable.

One iconic quote comes from Snot Boogie's friend, who says, "This America, man," in the first episode of the show. This line encapsulates the core theme of The Wire - it is not just about Baltimore's culture, but about America as a whole. The show delves into the systemic issues that plague the city and examines the potential and flaws of America itself.

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Another memorable quote comes from Detective Ellis Carver, who says, "Wars end," in the same episode. Carver points out the futility of America's War on Drugs, highlighting that real wars have an end while the so-called War on Drugs seems never-ending.

Detective Lester Freamon's quote, "We're building something here, detective, we're building it from scratch. All the pieces matter," early on in the first season, encapsulates the show's meticulous attention to detail. The Wire is not just about the main characters or the overarching plot; every small detail and character contributes to the overall narrative.

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D'Angelo Barksdale's famous quote, "The pawns, man, in the game, they get capped quick. They be out the game early," highlights the show's clever use of metaphors. As D'Angelo teaches Wallace and Bodie about chess, he unknowingly explains the ruthlessness of their drug enterprise. In the game they're playing, they are merely expendable pawns.

Omar Little, one of the show's most iconic characters, delivers two memorable quotes. In one, he says, "You come at the king, you best not miss," emphasizing the violent and unforgiving nature of the show's reality. In another quote, he says, "Man, money ain't got no owners. Only spenders," shedding light on the fleeting nature of wealth and the materialistic desires that drive many characters in the show.

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