Words of Wisdom from a few Mad Men

A new season of the retro hit TV series has started and once again we're mad for mid-century. Here are some favorite nuggets of wisdom from the show, along with retro imagery from The Advertising Archives.

"Know your strengths."

- Joan Harris

Illustration from magazine, 1959 (colour litho) / The Advertising Archives

"Only boring people are bored."

- Betty Draper

Front cover of 'John Bull,' February 1959 (colour litho) / The Advertising Archives

"You are the product."

- Don Draper

Illustration from 'John Bull', 1955 (colour litho) / The Advertising Archives

"If you don't want to have a fight, then stop talking."

- Joan Harris

Illustration from 'John Bull', 1954 (colour litho) / The Advertising Archives

"There will be fat years and lean years but one thing is for certain, it's gonna rain."

- Don Draper to client, London Fog

Front cover of 'John Bull', October 1947 (colour litho) / The Advertising Archives

"When God closes a door, he opens a dress."

- Roger Sterling

Part-time bachelor, illustration from 'John Bull', 1950s (colour litho) / The Advertising Archives

"There's a place to cry - your apartment."

- Joan Harris

Illustration from magazine, 1951 (colour litho) / The Advertising Archives

"Live like there's no tomorrow, because there isn't."

- Don Draper

Illustration from 'John Bull', 1957 (colour litho) / The Advertising Archives

"Have a summer house."

- Roger Sterling

Front cover of John Bull, September 1959 (colour litho) / The Advertising Archives

"Put your nose down and pay attention to your work."

- Don Draper

Front cover of 'John Bull', October 1956 (colour litho) / The Advertising Archives

 

 

View more retro imagery from The Advertising Archives.

Quotes are from AMC's Mad Men Rules

Share

 


Back to top