Yoshizumi: Life is wonderful.
President Richardson: [watching the sun set, for what he suspects will be his last time] I wanted my name to be entered into the history books, but I wanted it to be for something meaningful, something lasting. What could I have done that would have made the slightest damn bit of difference... wha... what could I have done?
[explaining why a Soviet nuclear missile is aimed at the American polar station]
Captain Nevsky: The United States had no particular monopoly on idiots.
President Richardson: [about Senator Barkley] You were my opponent in every political battle, but you were never... you were never my enemy.