Robert Redford: Alexander Pierce
Nick Fury : Why make me head of SHIELD?
Alexander Pierce : Because you're the best. And the most ruthless person I ever met.
Nick Fury : I did what I did to protect people.
Alexander Pierce : Our enemies are your enemies, Nick. Disorder, war. It's just a matter of time before a dirty bomb goes off in Moscow, or an EMP fries Chicago. Diplomacy? Holding action, a band-aid. And you know where I learned that; Bogota. You didn't ask, you just did what had to be done. I can bring order to the lives of seven billion people by sacrificing twenty million. It's the next step, Nick, if you have the courage to take it.
Nick Fury : No, I have the courage not to.
[Moves to the retinal scanner]
Alexander Pierce : You don't you think we wiped your clearance from the system?
Nick Fury : I know you erased my password. Probably deleted my retinal scan. But if you want to stay ahead of me, Mr. Secretary...
[removes his eye patch]
Nick Fury : ... you need to keep both eyes open.
Alexander Pierce : See, I took a seat on the Council not because I wanted to, but because Nick asked me to, because we were both realists. We knew, that despite all diplomacy and the handshaking and the rhetoric, to build a better world sometimes means having to tear the old one down. And that makes enemies.
Alexander Pierce : [his dying words] Hail HYDRA.
Alexander Pierce : [sees the Soldier in his dining room] Want some milk?
Alexander Pierce : [to the Winter Soldier] Your work has been a gift to mankind. You shaped the century. And I need you to do it one more time...
Alexander Pierce : [to Nick Fury] Did you get my flowers?
Nick Fury : Project Insight has to be delayed.
Alexander Pierce : Nick, that's not a favor, that's a sub-committee hearing. A long one.
Nick Fury : It could be nothing. It probably is nothing. I just need time to make sure it's nothing.
Alexander Pierce : But if it's something?
Nick Fury : Then we'll both be damn glad those helicarriers aren't in the air.
Alexander Pierce : Fine. But you got to get Iron Man to stop by my niece's birthday party.
Nick Fury : Thank you, sir.
Alexander Pierce : And not just a flyby. He's got to mingle.
Councilman Rockwell : [to Natasha who's on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s computer] What are you doing?
Alexander Pierce : She's disabling security protocols and dumping all the secrets onto the Internet.
Natasha Romanoff : Including HYDRA's.
Alexander Pierce : And S.H.I.E.L.D.'s. If you do this, none of your past is gonna remain hidden. Are you sure you're ready for the world to see you as you really are?
Natasha Romanoff : Are you?