The Wire Quotes

Sunday, August 7 by Duncan Jones

One way for people to learn about the dark and gritty world of crime in Baltimore is by reading up on memorable and telling "The Wire" quotes. "The Wire" was an HBO television series that aired from 2002 until 2008. The show's main premise was on various aspects of Baltimore's criminal world, from police officers and judges to seedy drug dealers and corrupt politicians. The extensive cast includes actors such as Dominic West, Wendell Pierce, John Doman, Deirdre Lovejoy, Lance Reddick, Michael K. Williams and Domenick Lombardozzi, many of whom are largely known outside of the show. Many memorable "The Wire" quotes have stuck in the minds of the show's viewers.

  1. "I'll do what I can to help you all. But the game is out there, and it's play or get played. That simple." – some words of wisdom from Omar Little (and one of the best known "The Wire" quotes), a militant and world-weary stick-up man who was portrayed by Michael K. Williams.
  2. "McNulty, you are deserving of some serious psychological study." – "The Wire's" Detective Lester Freamon (played by Clarke Peters) was visibly disturbed by Detective James McNulty's (Dominic West) actions and behaviors.
  3. "I wonder what it feels like to work in a real police department." – "The Wire's" main character Detective James McNulty sarcastically stated that he doesn't feel like his own division worked in a logical manner.
  4. "Ain't no shame in holding on to grief, as long as you make room for other things too." "The Wire's" former heroin addict Bubbles (played by Andre Royo) made a sensible statement regarding how to properly handle a loss and still move on in life.
  5. "Guess I got kids somewhere I don't know about." – The ""Wire's" Lieutenant Cedric Daniels made a wry response to Sergeant Ellis Carver's (portrayed by Seth Gilliam) stating that he heard Daniels had gone away due to family concerns.

-Duncan Jones

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