Fear stimulates my imagination.
The quote is from Season 1, Episode 1: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes. At the time, the quote seemed glib and witty, a sigh of relief and a show of confidence all at once.
In retrospect, though, we found out that it’s startlingly true. Time and again, Don has been driven by fear; riddled with fear, and made up lies, stories, alibis—often with a glib veneer of ease. But this is something we have learned more and more: Don is afraid. He lives on his own fear.