Our list of the best quotes from Apple TV+ dystopian sci-fi television show created and written by Graham Yost, based on the Silo book series by Hugh Howey. Set in a ruined and toxic future, thousands live in a giant silo deep underground, in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. After its sheriff breaks a cardinal rule and residents die mysteriously, engineer Juliette (Rebecca Ferguson) starts to uncover shocking secrets and the truth about the silo.
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1. Freedom Day
Sherriff Holston: We do not know why we are here. We do not know who built the Silo. We do not know why everything outside the Silo is as it is. We do not know when it will be safe to go outside. We only know that day is not this day.
Deputy Marnes: Please, Sheriff. Don’t say it.
Sherriff Holston: Deputy Marnes.
Deputy Marnes: Please, Sheriff.
Sherriff Holston: I want to go out.
'Talking is not listening.' - Allison (Silo) Click To Tweet
Gloria Hildebrandt: Sheriff, Mrs. Becker. I don’t mean to intrude.
Sherriff Holston: So don’t.
Gloria Hildebrandt: There’s your famous tell-it-like-it-is manner. Why everyone likes you.
Sherriff Holston: If everyone likes me, I’m not doing my job.
Allison: Impregnate me. Now.
Sherriff Holston: Yes, ma’am.
'What's the value of swearing an oath if you only stick to it when it's easy?' - Sherriff Holston (Silo) Click To Tweet
Allison: At some point, this is going to start feeling like work.
Sherriff Holston: Best work ever.
2. Holston’s Pick
Knox: I can’t believe they’re sending the sheriff out to clean.
Hank: You know, once he said it, they didn’t have any choice.
Knox: But why would the sheriff want to go out?
Sherriff Holston: [after he’s oustide seeing the beautiful scenery] Dammit, Allison. You were right. They have to see.
'The not knowing, it's going to haunt you forever.' - Sherriff Holston (Silo) Click To Tweet
Teddy: [after Holston collapses and takes his helmt off] Where’s he going?
Juliette Nichols: To be with his wife.
Sandy: [to Marnes, referring to Holston] He really loved her. If you’re wondering why.
Shirley: You’re not a drinker, Jules.
Juliette Nichols: Not a good one, no.
Knox: Even an hour in darkness will be utter chaos.
'We've always been one catastrophic failure away from the end of it all, and this just makes everyone conscious of it. Maybe that's not a bad thing. Makes you appreciate the day you have.' - Deputy Marnes (Silo) Click To Tweet
Knox: You punched Cooper in the face. You either got to do a day on the trash line, or work off some tickets with Walker.
Juliette Nichols: Can’t I just let him punch me back?
Mayor Ruth Jahns: What did your numbers say about Holston?
Bernard Holland: They said he’d be a great sheriff, which he was until he wasn’t.
Mayor Ruth Jahns: I wonder what your numbers say about me.
Bernard Holland: F*** the numbers. You brought brandy.
Robert Sims: [referring to Jahns] Bernard’s not wrong here. It’ll be bad enough when word gets out she’s dead. Add murder to that and the situation might become unmanageable.
Bernard Holland: People of the Silo need comfort.
Deputy Marnes: Don’t say “she”! You don’t say “she” about her! That’s Mayor Ruth Jahns! She carried every level every election for the past forty years! There wasn’t a soul from top to bottom didn’t love her.
'Not everything can be fixed.' - Dr. Pete Nichols (Silo) Click To Tweet
Sandy: I was told to stock the fridge in the apartment, but I have no idea what you people eat down deep.
Juliette Nichols: Children mostly. Sometimes each other.
Sandy: I don’t know who you are, or why you’re here.
Juliette Nichols: You haven’t asked.
Sandy: I don’t give a damn!
'There are some things a shotgun isn't the best solution for.' - Juliette Nichols (Silo) Click To Tweet
Juliette Nichols: [to Sandy] I’m Holston’s replacement, which I’m guessing makes me your boss? Yeah, I’m from the Down Deep. I eat the same s**t you eat. Maybe with a little bit more salt.
5. The Janitor’s Boy
Paul Billings: I’m guessing he had his skull crushed in with the butt of his own shotgun.
Robert Sims: It couldn’t have been easy. Marnes was made of iron, anger, and spite.
Robert Sims: This is Paul Billings. He’s your…
Juliette Nichols: Oh. That’s the guy you wanted to be sheriff.
Robert Sims: He’s your new Chief Deputy.
Juliette Nichols: The old one’s not even cold.
Bernard Holland: Well, Marnes was right. Someone really wanted him dead.
Robert Sims: This could’ve all been avoided if our new sheriff had posted someone to watch Marnes tonight.
Juliette Nichols: Well, your new sheriff offered, and he said no.
Juliette Nichols: [referring to Jahns and Marnes] We bury them together.
Robert Sims: Sorry, what?
Juliette Nichols: One funeral. One grave. Conservation of resources.
Bernard Holland: Times like this, people don’t give a s**t about conservation. But we could say they were in love.
Robert Sims: Were they?
Bernard Holland: The way they nagged at each other, I always wondered.
6. The Relic'People leave traces. History is just traces of a whole lot of people over a whole lot of time. Everything from the shirt on my back, to the shoes on our feet.' - George Wilkins (Silo) Click To Tweet
Paul Billings: [as he finds the George’s hard drive in Trumbull’s place] What the heck is this?
Juliette Nichols: What you got?
Paul Billings: Honestly, I don’t know. But we’re going to need a relics bag.
Juliette Nichols: Am I your only friend? Like, I know I’m your only friend down here. But am I your only friend in the entire Silo? Because that’s pretty sad.
George Wilkins: No. No. It’s pretty great. I mean, if I got to have one.
'You shouldn't give up on the day, even at the end of it, because a whole day could be saved with just a smile.' - Lukas Kyle (Silo) Click To Tweet
Juliette Nichols: George, that tape saves lives, okay? Maybe not IT’s s**tty tape, but Mechanical’s does, and that’s why I did it. I didn’t take a risk for myself. I did it for everyone. And these strange things you have here, they’re just not worth risking a life for. Especially when you don’t know what they are.
George Wilkins: If these things aren’t worth risking our lives for, why do they make it a risk to our lives to have them?
Juliette Nichols: I don’t know.
George Wilkins: Neither do I.
'You got no concept of time. You think you do, but you don't. It's because you got a whole lot more ahead of you than behind. Time to you is just an idea.' - Martha Walker (Silo) Click To Tweet
George Wilkins: This may not appear as valuable as a refurbished socket wrench, or as romantic as flowers from the Mids. But to me, this watch is everything. And I want to give it to you.
Juliette Nichols: George, it’s broken. No, I’m serious. It’s like a paperweight, cheaper than the paper it would hold up.
George Wilkins: It’s a gift. And in a world filled with a million unknowns, it is possible that this watch, and crazy relics like these, are the key to answering the Silo’s biggest questions.
7. The Flame Keepers
Paul Billings: I don’t know how things are in the Down Deep, but up here we learn early not to question the workings of maintenance, unless you want your toilet to stop working.
Juliette Nichols: Down in Mechanical, we fix things ourselves.
Paul Billings: You’re going to brush off the mayor a day after the holiday with the whole Silo still on edge.
Juliette Nichols: I’m not worried about the mayor, just like I’m not worried about leaving you in charge for a few hours.
Kathleen Billings: Excuse me, Deputy. I’d like to report a crime. My husband forgot his lunch this morning.
Paul Billings: I’ll make sure he’s apprehended, ma’am.
Paul Billings: The people are scared, and they’re angry, and they need their sheriff.
Juliette Nichols: Billings.
Paul Billings: I’m not done! In addition to getting an elbow to the face, I had to cover for you when the mayor turned up asking why you never showed. I lied for you.
Juliette Nichols: Okay. I’m sorry.
Paul Billings: We’re past that!
Hanna Nichols: No one’s getting caught.
Mosley: Don’t be so sure. The Silo always wins.
Robert Sims: You weren’t very cooperative with my agents. I hope you’ll be more cooperative with me, Gloria.
Gloria Hildebrandt: You’re the security man. Your wife had a miscarriage.
Robert Sims: Your memory is sharp. That bodes well for us.
'Loss affects people differently. Sometimes it shrinks your world, draws you inward.' - Dr. Pete Nichols (Silo) Click To Tweet
Robert Sims: If you cooperate, and give me what I’m looking for, I’ll personally guarantee you’re never kept from your dreams again.
Gloria Hildebrandt: If I don’t help you? You going to send an old woman out to clean?
Robert Sims: No. I’ll leave her in this room unmedicated to spend the rest of her days staring at these walls.
Gloria Hildebrandt: Why should I trust you?
Robert Sims: Because thanks to you, I have my son. I take no pleasure in putting you in this position. But now the situation is of grave importance to the Silo.
'The needs of the many require the sacrifices of the few.' - Bernard Holland (Silo) Click To Tweet
Gloria Hildebrandt: Do you really think you’ll win?
Robert Sims: We have to.
9. The Getaway
Bernard Holland: [referring to Juliette] Where the f*** is she?
Robert Sims: Amundsen and his team searched the level, every apartment, every closet, under every bed.
Bernard Holland: What, has she mastered the art of invisibility? Because that’s a skill I’d really love to learn.
Paul Billings: You ask me if I’m okay, I feel fine. Physically, I feel normal, but look at this. Even now, my hands won’t stop. All these medicines and herbs. At this point, I’d rather people just know I have the Syndrome than think I’m incompetent.
Paul Billings: I am more than qualified to do this job!
Kathleen Billings: I am not saying that you’re not! But one sheriff was already sent out to clean, and the other was on their way, and neither of them had children! So when you think of your secrets, and your pride about what you’re qualified to do, picture your daughter growing up without you. Think about that.
Paul Billings: Kat, that’s not fair.
Kathleen Billings: It’s the truth.
Paul Billings: I am not limited by what others think I’m capable of, and I’m allowed to make mistakes.
Paul Billings: [referring to Juliette] I’m going to catch the person I let go. I’m going to make this right.
Juliette Nichols: We’re being lied to. Everyone has to see this.
Patrick Kennedy: Everyone who?
Juliette Nichols: Everyone.
Bernard Holland: [to the watchers] What you have just seen, you will unsee.
'People can handle the truth.' - Juliette Nichols (Silo) Click To Tweet
Robert Sims: What about Nichols?
Deputy Molly Karins: We have the level on lockdown. We’ll find her.
Robert Sims: Yeah, we’ve heard that before.
Bernard Holland: She’s smart. And she’s brave.
Knox: Judicial is here.
Shirley: What? Wait. How did they know she was here?
Knox: I told them. There is nowhere that we could hide her they wouldn’t find. They’d tear Mechanical apart. Everybody in the Down Deep would pay the price.
Shirley: You a**hole.
Juliette Nichols: No. He’s right.
'Doesn't make any sense. Unless it does.' - Martha Walker (Silo) Click To Tweet
Martha Walker: [to Juliette] All things considered, it would’ve been better if you’d stayed in the Mids with your dad when you were thirteen years-old.
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