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[after learning of the Doomsday Machine
] President Merkin Muffley
: But this is absolute madness, Ambassador! Why should you *build* such a thing? Ambassador de Sadesky
: There were those of us who fought against it, but in the end we could not keep up with the expense involved in the arms race, the space race, and the peace race. At the same time our people grumbled for more nylons and washing machines. Our doomsday scheme cost us just a small fraction of what we had been spending on defense in a single year. The deciding factor was when we learned that your country was working along similar lines, and we were afraid of a doomsday gap. President Merkin Muffley
: This is preposterous. I've never approved of anything like that. Ambassador de Sadesky
: Our source was the New York Times.
[Strangelove's plan for post-nuclear war survival involves living underground with a 10:1 female-to-male ratio
] General "Buck" Turgidson
: Doctor, you mentioned the ratio of ten women to each man. Now, wouldn't that necessitate the abandonment of the so-called monogamous sexual relationship, I mean, as far as men were concerned? Dr. Strangelove
: Regrettably, yes. But it is, you know, a sacrifice required for the future of the human race. I hasten to add that since each man will be required to do prodigious... service along these lines, the women will have to be selected for their sexual characteristics which will have to be of a highly stimulating nature. Ambassador de Sadesky
: I must confess, you have an astonishingly good idea there, Doctor.
: Of course, the whole point of a Doomsday Machine is lost, if you *keep* it a *secret*! Why didn't you tell the world, EH? Ambassador de Sadesky
: It was to be announced at the Party Congress on Monday. As you know, the Premier loves surprises.
: Try one of these Jamaican cigars, Ambassador. They're pretty good. Ambassador de Sadesky
: Thank you, no. I do not support the work of imperialist stooges. Adm. Randolph
: Oh, only commie stooges, huh?
Ambassador de Sadesky
: No, sir! It is not a thing a sane man would do. The doomsday machine is designed to to trigger itself automatically President Merkin Muffley
: But surely you can disarm it somehow Ambassador de Sadesky
: No, it is designed to explode if any attempt is ever made to untrigger it General "Buck" Turgidson
: It's an obvious Commie trick, Mr. President. We are wasting valuable time! Look at the big board, they're getting ready to clobber us!