Collected Quotes: House of Cards

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“Discussions are not the same as commitment.”
— “Chapter 29.” House of Cards


“You’re thinking about where we are instead of where we’re headed.”
— “Chapter 25.” House of Cards


“Pay attention to the fine print, it’s far more important than the selling price.”
— “Chapter 16.” House of Cards


“Decisions based on emotion aren’t decisions at all. They’re instincts, which can be of value. The rational and irrational complement each other. Individually, they are far less powerful.”
— “Chapter 12.” House of Cards


Conscience has an unmistakable stink to it, sort of like raw onions and morning breath. But a lie stinks even more when it’s coming from someone who isn’t used to lying. It’s more like rotten eggs and horseshit.

—  “Chapter 46.” House of Cards


Loss is a sobering phenomenon. […] Loss makes us reevaluate what we hold dear.

— “Chapter 49,” House of Cards


Season 4

To mourn is not to fear. To grieve is not to admit defeat.
—  “Chapter 52.”


He had the facts wrong, but he had the story right.

—  “Chapter 52.”


I didn’t want a second opinion. I wanted a different opinion.

—  “Chapter 50.”


Loss is a sobering phenomenon. […] Loss makes us reevaluate what we hold dear.

— “Chapter 49,”


[…] I’m not sure if you’ve noticed or not, but politics is no longer just theater, it’s show business.
—  “Chapter 47.”


Conscience has an unmistakable stink to it, sort of like raw onions and morning breath. But a lie stinks even more when it’s coming from someone who isn’t used to lying. It’s more like rotten eggs and horseshit.

—  “Chapter 46.”


Your job is not to dissuade me, but to figure out how to sell it.

—  “Chapter 43.”


If you don’t like the way the table is set, then turn over the table.

—  “Chapter 43.”


Season 3

“What is the face of a coward? The back of his head as he runs from battle.”

— “Chapter 29.”


“Discussions are not the same as commitment.”

— “Chapter 29.”


“You can’t turn a ‘no’ to a ‘yes’ without a ‘maybe’ in between.”

— “Chapter 29.”


“Men like you don’t show up for dinner without an appetite.”

— “Chapter 29.”


“I don’t want a version, I want a vision!”

— “Chapter 27.”


Season 2

“You’re thinking about where we are instead of where we’re headed.”
— “Chapter 25.”


“Pay attention to the fine print, it’s far more important than the selling price.”
— “Chapter 16.”


“You think I don’t want to smash things? I know what that anger is more than you can imagine. […] Everytime I think of her, pinned down like that, I strangle her […] so she doesn’t strangle me. I have to, we have to. The alternative is, it’s unlivable. […] You’ll still feel that hate in the morning, you’ll use that, but not on him.”
— “Chapter 15.”


Season 1

“Decisions based on emotion aren’t decisions at all. They’re instincts, which can be of value. The rational and irrational complement each other. Individually, they are far less powerful.”
— “Chapter 12.”


“You are a rock. You absorb nothing, you say nothing, and nothing breaks you.”
— “Chapter 6.”


“Treading water is like drowning for people like you and me.”
— “Chapter 3.”

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