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"Being a doctor, it isn't just what I do, it's who I am."

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Dr. Mike:"I believe I spelled that out quite clearly, that's Michael with an 'A' . My father was expecting a male."
Reverend: "So was I."


Reverend: "This is most embarrassing, Miss Quinn, and I want to apologize for the inconvenience. But we will of course pay your way back to Boston."
Dr. Mike: " That won't be necessary thank you. Colorado Springs needs a doctor and I happen to be one."


Reverend: "There are no respectable, single women living in Colorado Springs."
Dr. Mike: "That's a shame, Reverend. Every town should have at least one.


Michaela: (taking her advertisement from Sully) "You took it down."
Sully: "No, I'm answerin' it."


Michaela: (to Hank) "I'm not a lady, I'm a doctor."


Michaela: "How long before we go?"
Sully: "You're not going. The women stay in camp."
Michaela: "Not this woman."

 The Epidemic

Olive: "Your children? Charlotte was my best friend. Truth to right those children should be living with me."
Michaela: "Well it wasn't your name she spoke on her death bed."


Sully: "Will she live?"
Cloud Dancing: "She fights hard."
Sully: "Will she live?"
Cloud Dancing: "That is up to you."

The Visitor

Elizabeth: (after seeing Sully outside) "Michaela? Does that man live here?"
Michaela: "What man?"
Elizabeth: "That...that...savage."
Michaela: "Oh, you mean Sully."
Elizabeth: "Umm. Umm. Sully."
(knock at the door)
Michaela: "Savages don't knock, Mother."


Sully: (to Elizabeth Quinn) "You know, maybe if we had a doctor like your daughter, my wife and baby would still be alive."


Dr. Mike: (to Colleen) "Never hide behind the fact that you're a woman. And don't give up on your dreams just because you're afraid you can't achieve them in a man's world. You just have to fight even harder to make them come true".

 The Healing

Mike: "Lots of people were unpopular in school and grew up to be well-liked."
Colleen: "Like who?"
Mike: "Well, umm...Abraham Lincoln!"
Colleen: "Yeah, but they shot him!"

 Fathers Day

Ethan Cooper: "We often see things clearer once we're looking backwards."


Michaela: "I know I sometimes act like I have all the answers. Well I don't. I make mistakes and this is one I must learn from and live with.

 Bad Water

Hank: " I ain't stupid."
Olive: "Well that's a matter of opinion."


Mike: "Thank you, but I don't need you to wait on me."
Sully: "There's no shame in lettin' people help ya."
Mike: "I'm sorry. I just wanted to show you I could do whatever you could. Now look at me, I'm almost helpless."
Sully: "Why dontcha quit tryin' so hard."
Mike: "Old habit."
Sully: "Give it up."

 Running Ghost

Dr. Mike :(to Sully)"I'll make a deal with you, I won't feel sorry for you if you'll stop feeling sorry for yourself."

 Happy Birthday

Brian: "So why don't ya marry our Ma and be our Pa."
Colleen: "Brian!"
Sully: "Brian, it's not something you just do. It takes time."
Brian: "She's 35, she doesn't have alot of time left!"


Michaela: "I know what people are saying about me, that I'm an old maid. But I don't need you to contribute"
Colleen: "That's not what people are sayin'."
Brian: "Yeah, no one's said nothin' about the maid part."


Hank: "What was I thinking? I had to be crazy! Any man put up with your harpin's gotta be looney!"
Michaela: "Any man who doesn't care about his friends isn't much of a man."
Hank: "Don't worry Michaela, you're man enough for both of us."
Michaela: "Well I never!"
Hank: "Yeah well maybe that's the problem."

 The Secret

Hank:( to Mike ) "Michaela Quinn's never afraid."


Hank: "What's it like to walk on water, Michaela?"


Watkins: "You have beautiful eyes."
Michaela: "Sshh."
Watkins: "It's hard not to notice when I'm this close to them . . . Whiskey and truth, should both be served straight up, Doctor."


Mr. Watkins: "You must be in one of my photo's."
Sully: "I can't promise that."
Watkins: "I've noticed that you have difficulty makin' promises."
Sully: "What do you mean?"
Watkins: "It's just if a woman like Dr. Quinn looked at me the way she looks at you, I'd fall down on one knee and promise myself to her forever."


Daniel Watkins: "Dr. Quinn, I do not want the war to be all that I remember when I close my eyes forever. I want to take every photograph I can. I want to fill my memory with wonder and beauty. I want to recall every sunrise--and every mountain peak that reaches for the heavens. And I want to remember women--who look just the way you do right now...May I take your portrait? Please?"


Sully: "Someone's wife is pretty mad."
Mike: "I feel sorry for the poor man. Whose teepee is it?"
Cloud Dancing: "Mine."


Mike: "Do you think a man can love two women at the same time?"
Sully: "If you were one of those women, would you want him to?"


Colleen: (To Dr. Mike) "You throw the apple peelin's over your shoulder and they're suppose to spell out the initials of the person you're going to marry. You should try it."
Brian: "Bet it'd be a big 'S'!"
Michaela: (embarrassed) "BRIAN!!"

 Saving Souls

Dr. Mike:(to Sister Ruth)"I'm not your sister"


Dr. Mike: "I think we've had this discussion before Reverend, Do you or do you not answer to a higher power?"
Sully: "Maybe you better figure that out, Reverend."

 Where the Heart Is

Elizabeth Quinn: (to Sully) "When in Rome, do as the Romans do."


Michaela: "What are you doing?"
Sully: "That's obvious, ain't it?"
Michaela: "You're just leaving?"
Sully: "Nothin' ta stay for."
Michaela: "Without even saying good-bye?"
Sully: "Good-bye."
Michaela: "Why did you come here?"
Sully: "What do you care?"
Michaela: "I care!"
Sully: "Well, you sure didn't act like it back there at that meetin'!"
Michaela: "I asked you a question."
Sully: "Why did I come?"
Michaela: "Yes."
Sully: "I told ya."
Michaela: "What's the real reason?"
Sully: "Because."
Michaela: "Because why?"
Sully: "Because I love you."

 Giving Thanks

Sully: "Dr. Mike's an awfully strong force of nature."


Mike: "In my heart I know where I want us to be. But I don't know how we'll get there."
Sully: "Me neither. There's no maps. But if you're willing to start off without one..."
Mike: "I am."
Sully: "Then I know where to start."


Cloud Dancing: "No drinky. Bad water. You get 'em?"

 Best Friends

Sully: "You tired? I know these thing must be hard on you."
Mike: "I thought you'd be more concerned about Dorothy."
Sully: "What are you talking about?"
Mike: "Please don't pretend, I can't bare that."
Sully: "Pretend what?"
Mike: "I saw you leaving her room, remember? And that Sunday when the store was closed."
Sully chuckles
Mike: "What are you smiling about?"
Sully: "Your jealous."
Mike: "I'm not jealous. I'm just stating the facts, and for god's sake wipe that smirk of your face!……..What am I supposed to think?"
Sully: "Your supposed to trust me."
Sully walks out of the clinic.


Michaela: "You're right. I was jealous."
Sully: "I know."
Michaela: "It was foolish."
Sully: "It was."
Michaela: "Must you agree with me all of the time?"

The Offering 

Col. Egan: "They are late."
Sully: "The Cheyenne say that only a white man needs a watch to tell him when he is hungry."


Black Kettle: "Medicine Woman knows what she speaks."

The Circus

Michaela: "Sully, do you think I'm too...."
Sully: "Bossy?...Not for me."

 Orphan Train

Sully: "Do you *love* him?"(the Reverend)
Michaela: "I'm very fond of the Reverend. And he's made me a proposal that no one, including you, has cared to do and I don't take that lightly."
Sully: "If marriage is all you want, you've found the right man."

 First Circle

Mike: "Do whatever you want to do with my mortgage. I'll practice in the street if I have to, I'll pitch a tent, I'll work from my wagon, but I will never, never, give in to the likes of you!"


Mike: (to Jedediah Bancroft) "And I've got a few words for you but propriety keeps me from saying them."


Sully: "Michaela, I'll find you!"

 The Campaign

Loren: "With Jake there'll be prosperity for everyone."

 Return Engagement

Sully: "I don't want ya to leave. I wanna be with you; I *need* to be with you. I will love you all my days. Will you marry me?"
Michaela: "Yes!"


Sully: "Michaela, I love you, and I'll do anything for you. I'd give my life for you, you know that. I wanna marry you, but more than that, I want you to be happy. So you gotta choose the person who's gonna make you happy, the person that would be best for you. And whatever you do, I'll be behind you. I just wanted you to know that."

 The Train

Dr. Mike:"... I promise you, if the day ever comes that I see your heart breaking, and you can't take it any longer, we'll pack up."

 Fathers and Sons

Sully:(to Michaela) "There's only one thing I know about women - you gotta be lucky enough to find the right one, and then never let her go."

Washington Affair

Michaela:(to President Grant) "I understand that the man I love and was going to marry is scheduled to be executed at dawn. I understand that you're the only human being in this world that can prevent that. I'm begging you to save his life."


Ely Parker: "You're not a bad doctor."
Dr. Mike: "And you're not a bad general."


Matthew: "I think Dr. Mike's in trouble."
Brian: "What kind of trouble?"
Matthew: "What kind of trouble does she usually get into?"

Ladies Night

Michaela: (to Brian) "When that tree gets to be a hundred, it doesn't matter that you're not here to see it. What matters is today. Today you held a hundred years in your hand."


Loren: "Someone stole my purse!!"
Michaela: "I'm sorry to hear that, Loren, but I must say, you are looking quite lovely this evening."


Michaela: "Standing alone doesn't make the fight less important. You just have to try harder."

 Sully's Recovery

Sully: "Will you quit singin'. We ain't drivin' cattle."
Loren: "Keeps my mind off the pain." (his broken leg)
Sully: "Well you're givin' me pain. I'm gettin' a headache."
Loren: "Why don't ya just drop me down the side of the mountain and have done with it."
Sully: "Don't tempt me."

 For Better or Worse

Sully: "I'll be your family."
Michaela: "And I'll be your best friend."


Loren: (after Marjorie's outburst, he points to Mike) "And I thought this one was bad!"

 Promises, Promises

Dorothy: "Keeping promises when it's convenient is easy Michaela, but easy don't count for much in life.

Fifi's First Christmas

Sully: "Just 'cause somethin's out of reach don't mean ya can't get it."

Dead or Alive

Preston: "You'll have to excuse Sully. He has a tender spot in his heart for squirrels and bunnies and such."


Preston: "What do you say, Sully? You think I should keep my mouth shut?"
Sully: "Don't think that's possible."


Michaela: "Are you still racing horses?"
Dr. Cassidy: "Of course. Are you still dressing up as men to ride them?"


Michaela:"Dr. Cassidy, it's quite apparent that my definition of a woman will always differ from yours, so let's just agree to disagree and leave it at that, shall we?"

Woman of the Year

Mike:"They expect so much. Always wanting me to be so strong. Decisive. Know everything about everything...They don't see the other side of me."
Sully:"They see what ya let 'em see."
Mike:"It took me so long to win their confidence. Sometimes I think if I let down for one second...I know it's silly."
Sully:"No it ain't."
Mike:"There're some mornings, I just want to stay in bed and hide under the covers. Or take a buggy ride out to the lake, without anyone knowing where I am... just let life go on without 'Dr. Mike' for a few days."
Sully:"It would, y'know."


Michaela: "Being a doctor, it isn't just what I do, it's who I am."

Season of Miracles

Sully: "Sometimes the miracle is in finding the strength to accept what's happened."

Farewell Appearance

Loren: "There's such a thing as being to patient ya know, hang on so long you forget how to let go."


Michaela:"That's the truest test of love. Allowing those who are dearest to us to make decisions that might disappoint us, or hurt us, and loving them just the same."

The Most Fatal Disease

Kid Cole: " What if she can't take it? What if she...what if she leaves?"
Michaela: "If that's what your afraid of, you don't know how much she loves you."
Kid Cole: "Why'd ya have to put your two cents in anyway?"


Loren: "Ya only get one chance in this life time to love somebody with every fiber of your being. And I don't want you missing out on that chance by settling down here with me. There's somebody out there waiting for you Rose, and if he don't treat you good he's gonna have Loren Bray to answer to."


Kid Cole: "Good-bye don't necessarily mean good-bye Michaela. Ya never know what tomorrow might bring."


Martin: "A jailbreak? How exciting!"


Elias Burch: "Well I don't think I'll be needing your defender. I've got my own lawyer, Matthew Cooper."