15 Important Lessons Learned From Brilliant “House Of Cards” Lines

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You either fall into one of two categories when it comes to “House Of Cards”: you love it or don’t care about it. No matter where you fall on the scale of devotedness, everyone can learn a thing or two from Underwood and company.

“If you don’t like how the table is set, turn over the table.”
There are plenty of rules we have to live by, but one isn’t to sit by and let things happen. If you don’t like the way something is going, change it.

“For those of us climbing to the top of the food chain, there can be no mercy. There is but one rule: hunt or be hunted.”
This is one of those rules mentioned above. If you don’t want to be thrown under the bus for things, you have to be the one on top. I’m not saying you have to be the one trampling over everyone else, but if the bear is only two steps behind, the best way to distract him is with fresh meat.

“The nature of promises, Linda, is that they remain immune to changing circumstances.”
It is always important to keep promises: to your friends, to your family, but, most importantly, to yourself. Things may change and incidents may come up, but unless the unthinkable happens, stay true to your word.

“There’s no better way to overpower a trickle of doubt than with a flood of naked truth.”
The truth will always overpower doubt. Know your facts. When you don’t have an answer, be honest and find the right answer, not just what sounds good. And above all, be confident.

“I strangle her, Francis, so she doesn’t strangle me.”
So many people believe learning from the past is an important part of growing. Sometimes, though, the only way to move on with your life is to leave some things in the past. Constantly reliving a horrific experience or trauma is no way to get over it. Learn from your past, but don’t let it consume your every thought and action.

“I should have thought of this before. Appeal to the heart, not the brain.”
Logic only gets you so far. Everyone has emotions and a heart, even those who rarely seem to act upon their feelings. Whenever you really want to make someone do what you want, pull at their heartstrings.

“From this moment on, you are a rock. You absorb nothing, you say nothing and nothing breaks you.”
There are times to learn, times to take in everything around you. There are other times when you need to be immune to the things around you in order to survive. Sometimes it’s just better to be a fly on the wall.

“If we never did the things we shouldn’t do, we’d never feel good about doing the things we should.”
No, the things you have to do, like going to work every day, paying taxes, keeping up with the bills, and other grown up things are not fun. It’s important to make time for the things you love, or you’ll hate the things you have to do that much more.

“‘To improve is to change. To perfect is to change often.'”
This was a Winston Churchill quote inscribed on the back of a watch gifted to Remy from Frank. No one ever got better at anything by sitting on his or her couch watching Netflix (but finish “House Of Cards”, of course–that will take you places, my friend). Being static isn’t a way to achieve anything, so get up and keep changing.

“Money is the McMansion in Sarasota that starts falling apart after 10 years. Power is the old stone building that stands for centuries. I cannot respect someone who doesn’t see the difference.”
They are not mutually exclusive. Money does not mean power, and power does not mean money. Power lasts as long as you cultivate it and exercise it. Money just doesn’t last. You either need to hide it away, in which case it’s like you don’t even have it, or you need to keep making more. Which would you rather have?

“Friends make the worst enemies.”
The worst people to turn your back on are those who know you best. They may not have the motive, but the definitely have the means to take you down.

“There are two types of vice presidents: doormats and matadors. Which do you think I intend to be?”
Replace “vice presidents” with whatever you aspire to be or are. It always rings true. To be the best at what you are, you can’t let people walk all over you and still expect to excel. Unless you aspire to be a welcome mat.

“Give him your heart. Cut it out and put it in his fucking hands.”
The only way to get things done is by putting your heart into it, whatever that task may be. Want someone to think you’re being sincere? Give him or her your heart, by whatever means necessary.

“I wouldn’t be sitting here if I wanted a shoulder to cry on.”
Don’t expect pity from anyone, especially as an entry-level or new employee. Everyone above you has paid his or her dues–that’s why they’re no longer sitting where you are–and all of your unemployed friends are just too tired of looking for work to listen to you complain about your job. Buck up and get on with it, but remember how bad it was when you’re sitting on the other side of the table.

“Even Achilles was only as strong as his heel.”
This is so simple it’s astounding. Don’t let your weakest point be your downfall. Whatever it may be, work at it so you’re not an easy target.

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