Miranda Shaw : [to Alex] The moment you set foot in there, you'll never get out alive.
Miranda Shaw : The state of this country is the most precarious it has ever been. Not only are there more threats than ever before, but the majority of those threats don't come from know organizations or extremist groups, but our own backyard. A neighbor you grew up next to, a one night stand you had, perhaps even a family member. You applied here to protect your country from those threats. And while your ideals and your test scores might have gotten you here, they will not be enough to keep you here. The FBI academy is the toughest boot camp, hardest grad school rolled into one. It is not college. It is life and death.
Miranda Shaw : No woman has gotten higher than the Assistant Director of Quantico. No woman. It doesn't matter what I do. Recruitment numbers are the largest that they've ever been, and I'm still here.
Liam O'Connor : The ceiling's only glass till you break it.
Miranda Shaw : [scoffs] That's exactly the kind of thing that only a man would say.
Miranda Shaw : He could not face the truth about himself. As an agent, that's the most important thing. If you cannot be honest with yourself, how can you get the truth out of anyone else?