A collection of quotes of the former Secretary Alexander Pierce.


Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Spoken by Alexander Pierce

"Captain, somebody murdered my friend and I'm gonna find out why. Anyone gets in my way, they're going to regret it. Anyone."
―Alexander Pierce[src]
"My father served in the 101st."
―Alexander Pierce[src]
"The timetable has moved. Our window is limited. Two targets, level six. They already cost me Zola. I want confirmed death in ten hours."
―Alexander Pierce[src]
"Your work has been a gift to mankind. You shaped the century. And I need you to do it one more time. Society's at a tipping point between order and chaos. And tomorrow morning, we're going to give it a push. But, if you don't do your part, I can't do mine. And HYDRA can't give the world the freedom it deserves."
―Alexander Pierce[src]
"Let me ask you a question. What if Pakistan marched into Mumbai tomorrow, and you knew that they were going to drag your daughters into a soccer stadium for execution, and you could just... stop it. With a flick of this switch. Wouldn't you? Wouldn't you all?"
―Alexander Pierce[src]
"Hail... HYDRA..."
―Alexander Pierce[src]

Spoken about Alexander Pierce

"This man declined the Nobel Peace Prize. He said peace wasn't an achievement, it was a responsibility. See, it's stuff like this that gives me trust issues."
―Nick Fury[src]


"A breach like this raises serious questions..."
"Like how the hell did a French pirate manage to hijack a covert S.H.I.E.L.D. vessel in broad daylight?"
"For the record, Councilman, he's Algerian. I can draw a map, if it'd help."
Yen, Rockwell and Alexander Pierce.[src]
"I appreciate your wit, Secretary Pierce. But this council takes things like international piracy fairly seriously."
"Really? I don't. I don't care about one boat; I care about the fleet. If this council is going to fall to rancour every time someone pushes us on the playing field, maybe we need someone to oversee us."
Rockwell and Alexander Pierce[src]
"More trouble, Mr. Secretary?"
"Depends on your definition."
―Councilman Rockwell and Alexander Pierce[src]
"I work forty floors away and it takes a hijacking for you to visit?"
"A nuclear war would do it, too."
―Alexander Pierce and Nick Fury[src]
"I'm here to ask a favor. I want you to call for a vote. Project Insight has to be delayed."
"Nick, that's not a vote; that's a sub-committee hearing. A long one."
"It could be nothing. It probably is nothing. I just need time to make sure it's nothing."
"But if it's something?"
"Then we'll both be damn glad those helicarriers aren't in the air."
"Fine. But you gotta get Iron Man to stop by my niece's birthday party."
"Thank you, Sir."
"And not just a flyby. He's gotta mingle."
Nick Fury and Alexander Pierce[src]
"Nick Fury was murdered in cold blood. To any reasonable person, that would make him a martyr, not a traitor."
"You know what makes him a traitor? Hiring a mercenary to hijack his own ship!"
"Nick Fury used your friendship to coerce this council into delaying Project Insight; a project he knew would expose his own illegal operations. At best, he lied to you. At worst..."
"Are you calling for my resignation? I've got a pen and paper right here."
"That discussion can be tabled for a later time."
"But you do want to have a discussion, though?"
"We've already had it, Mr. Secretary. This council moves to immediately reactivate Project Insight. If you want to say something snappy, now would be a good time."
―Alexander Pierce, Rockwell, Singh and Hawley[src]
"That photo was taken five years after Nick and I met, when I was at State Department in Bogotá. ELN rebels took the embassy. Security got me out, but the rebels took hostages. Nick was Deputy Chief of the S.H.I.E.L.D. station there, and he comes to me with a plan: he wants to storm the building through the sewers. I said, ‘No, we'll negotiate." Turned out, the ELN didn't negotiate, so they put out a kill order. They stormed the basement, and what do they find? They find it empty. Nick had ignored my direct order, and carried out an unauthorized military operation on foreign soil; and saved the lives of over a dozen political officers, including my daughter."
"So you gave him a promotion?"
"I've never had any cause to regret it."
―Alexander Pierce and Captain America[src]
"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 the diplomacy and the handshaking and the rhetoric, that to build a really better world sometimes means having to tear the old one down. And that makes enemies."
―Alexander Pierce[src]
"With all due respect, if S.H.I.E.L.D. is conducting a manhunt for Captain America, we deserve to know why."
"Because, he lied to us. Captain Rogers has information regarding the death of Director Fury. He refused to share it. As difficult as this is to accept, Captain America is a fugitive from S.H.I.E.L.D."
Sharon Carter and Alexander Pierce[src]
"If you do this, none of your past is going to remain hidden. Are you sure you're ready, for the world to see you as you really are?"
"Are you?"
―Alexander Pierce and Black Widow[src]
"I'm glad you're here, Nick."
"Really? Because I thought you had me killed."
"You know how the game works."
"So why make me head of S.H.I.E.L.D.?"
"Because you were the best, and most ruthless person I ever met."
"I did what I did to protect people."
"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? A holding action, Nick. A band-aid. And you know where I learned that: Bogotá. 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."
"No, I have the courage not to."
―Alexander Pierce and Nick Fury[src]
"You know, there was a time when I would've taken a bullet for you."
"You already did. You will again, when it's useful."
Nick Fury and Alexander Pierce[src]

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Episode 1.19: The Only Light in the Darkness

Spoken about Alexander Pierce

"Ever had any contact with Alexander Pierce?"
"I've met him. We shook hands."
Eric Koenig and Melinda May[src]
"Garrett would get a call from him once in a while, said they had mutual friends."
Antoine Triplett[src]
"Ever made contact with Alexander Pierce?"
Eric Koenig and Grant Ward[src]

Episode 1.20: Nothing Personal

Spoken about Alexander Pierce

"Coulson needs help. And he won't take it from me anymore."
"Where is he?"
"Providence base. And he's got enough to worry about without obsessing over T.A.H.I.T.I. and who covered it up."
"You mean besides us. How much does he know?"
"Enough. That they used alien biology, rewrote his memories, and that Fury did it under someone else's direction. I want to know who that was."
"You're afraid it was Alexander Pierce."
"Secretary Pierce was the man in charge the only person Fury took orders from and he was HYDRA. Having a man like that design your brain? You can understand my concern."
"Fury took his cues from pretty high up. That much I know. But when I asked him who it was, Fury said that he buried that intel when he decided not to bury Coulson."
Melinda May and Maria Hill[src]

Episode 2.08: The Things We Bury

Spoken about Alexander Pierce

"So, who is this guy again?"
"Some german researcher. Undersecretary Pierce took pity on him. Said it wasn't his choice which side of the war he was on."
"Pierce is just trying to make himself look good. It's budget cuts, my man."
Rivera and Hauer[src]

Episode 3.09: Closure

Spoken about Alexander Pierce

"I'm not asking you to follow. I'm asking you to lead! I've been waiting for this moment for a long time, yes, but I'd hoped that I'd find someone to seize it with me. I thought it might be Pierce, but he was bloodthirsty."
Gideon Malick to Grant Ward[src]