Collected Quotes: House of Cards

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Best Of

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


“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.”


“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.”


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.”


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

— “Chapter 49,”


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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