[on the deceased former workers of a nuclear plant]
Angela: They all look as though they died before they were dead.
Karen Silkwood: I remember in high school her saying, 'Now what'd you want to take that science class for? There's no girls in that science class. You take home ec, why don't you? That's the way to meet the nice boys.' 'Mom,' I said, There ain't no boys in home ec. The boys are in the science class.' She hated when I said, 'Ain't.'
Drew Stephens: Sweetheart, it's like you're two people. I'm in love with one of them. But the other one is just...
Karen Silkwood: A real pain in the ass.
Dolly Pelliker: [to Karen] Who's gonna rape you that you ain't already fucked?
Karen Silkwood: You think I contaminated myself, you think I did that?
Mace Hurley: I think you'd do just about anything to shut down this plant.
Dolly Pelliker: [on marriage] Goddamn government fucks you comin' and goin'.