Stanley Tucci: Dr. Abraham Erskine
Steve Rogers : Can I ask a question?
Abraham Erskine : Just one?
Steve Rogers : Why me?
Abraham Erskine : I suppose that's the only question that matters.
Abraham Erskine : [Displaying a wine bottle] This is from Augsburg, my city. So many people forget that the first country the Nazis invaded was their own. You know, after the last war, they... My people struggled. They... they felt weak... they felt small. Then Hitler comes along with the marching, and the big show, and the flags, and the, and the... and he... he hears of me, and my work, and he finds me, and he says "You." He says "You will make us strong." Well, I am not interested. So he sends the head of Hydra, his research division, a brilliant scientist by the name of Johann Schmidt. Now Schmidt is a member of the inner circle and he is ambitious. He and Hitler share a passion for occult power and Teutonic myth. Hitler uses his fantasies to inspire his followers, but for Schmidt, it is not fantasy. For him, it is real. He has become convinced that there is a great power hidden in the earth, left here by the gods, waiting to be seized by a superior man. So when he hears about my formula and what it can do, he cannot resist. Schmidt must become that superior man.
Steve Rogers : Did it make him stronger?
Abraham Erskine : Yeah, but... there were other... effects. The serum was not ready. But more important, the man. The serum amplifies everything that is inside, so good becomes great; bad becomes worse. This is why you were chosen. Because the strong man who has known power all his life, may lose respect for that power, but a weak man knows the value of strength, and knows... compassion.
Steve Rogers : Thanks. I think.
Abraham Erskine : [Gesturing toward the wine] Get it, get it. Whatever happens tomorrow, you must promise me one thing. That you will stay who you are, not a perfect soldier, but a good man.
Col. Chester Phillips : [looking over the men] You're not REALLY thinking about picking Rogers, are you?
Abraham Erskine : I wasn't just THINKING about it. He is a clear choice.
Col. Chester Phillips : When you brought a ninety-pound asthmatic onto my army base, I let it slide. I thought "What the hell, maybe he'd be useful to you like a gerbil." Never thought you'd pick him.
Peggy Carter : [to soldiers doing push-ups] UP!
Col. Chester Phillips : You put a needle in that kid's arm it's gonna go right through him.
Peggy Carter : [to the soldiers doing jumping jacks] Come on, girls!
Col. Chester Phillips : [looking at Steve's best effort but belabored execution] Look at that. He's makin' me cry.
Abraham Erskine : I am looking for qualities beyond the physical.
Col. Chester Phillips : Do you know how long it took to set up this project? Of all the groveling I had to do in front of Senator What's-his-name's committee?
Abraham Erskine : Yes, I'm well aware of your efforts.
Col. Chester Phillips : Then throw me a bone. Hodge passed every test we gave him. He's big, he's fast, he obeys orders - he's a soldier.
Abraham Erskine : He's a bully.
Col. Chester Phillips : You don't win wars with niceness, doctor. You win wars with guts.
[the Colonel pulls the pin of a grenade and throws it among the recruits]
Col. Chester Phillips : GRENADE!
Col. Chester Phillips : General Patton has said that wars are fought with weapons but are won by men.
Loud Jerk : You just don't know when to give up, do ya?
Steve Rogers : I could do this all day.
Col. Chester Phillips : Our goal is to create the greatest army in history.
Steve Rogers : I should be going with you. Look, I know you don't think I can do this...
James 'Bucky' Barnes : This isn't a back alley, Steve. It's war!
Col. Chester Phillips : But every army begins with one man.
Abraham Erskine : Five tries in five different cities. I can offer you a chance.
Col. Chester Phillips : He will be the first in a new breed of super-soldier.
Steve Rogers : Why me?
Abraham Erskine : Because a weak man knows the value of strength, of the value of power.
Steve Rogers : That wasn't so bad.
Abraham Erskine : That was penicillin.
Col. Chester Phillips : We are going to win this war because we have the best men.
Abraham Erskine : Now, Mr. Stark.
[Howard Stark engages the machine]
Col. Chester Phillips : And they will, personally, escort Adolf Hitler to the gates of Hell.