House of Cards
The Complete Third SeasonDVD - 2015
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Frank on "American Works:" Good evening. For too long, we in Washington have been lying to you. We say we're here to serve you when in fact, we're serving ourselves. And why? We are driven by our own desire to get re-elected. Our need to stay in power eclipses our duty to govern. That ends tonight. Tonight, I give you the truth. And the truth is this: the American Dream has failed you. Work hard, play by the rules? You aren't guaranteed success. Your children will not have a better life than you did. Ten million of you can't even get a job, even though you desperately want one. We've been crippled by Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, by welfare, by entitlements... and that is the root of the problem: entitlements. Let me be clear: You are entitled to nothing. You are entitled to nothing. America was built on the spirit of industry. You build your future, it isn't handed to you. ...
Dunbar: I don't have to run to make sure you leave office, you couldn't win anyway. I'm running because I know I'd make a good President.
Frank: Oh you might very well make a good President, but right now you're being delusional.
Frank: Mr. Mahmoud, you may hate me. You may hate the office I hold. But here's the reality: I must make decisions every day that I hope are just. I don't know right from wrong all the time. I wish I did. But what I can't be is indecisive.
-It says in the Quran that the taking of one life is like the taking of all mankind.
Frank: It also says that the saving of one life is like the saving of all mankind.
Frank: What is the face of a coward? The back of his head as he runs from the battle.
Frank: You can't turn a no to a yes without a maybe in between.
Frank: There won't be a revolution because you freed one man.
Viktor: Revolutions sneak up on you, one small step at a time. I can't ignore the smallest step.
Frank: No writer worth his salt can resist a good story, just as no politician can resist making promises he can't keep.
Frank: I understand the Old Testament God, whose power was absolute, who ruled through fear. But Him?
-There's no such thing as absolute power for us, except on the receiving end. Using fear will get you nowhere. It's not your job to determine what's just. It's not your place to choose which version of God you like best. It's not your duty to serve this country alone, and it better not be your goal to simply serve yourself. You serve the Lord, and through Him you serve others. Two rules: Love God, and love each other. Period. You weren't chosen, Mr. President. Only He was.
Frank: He was a coward, and I'm glad he's dead.
Claire: He had more courage than you'll ever have.
Frank: Do you really wanna discuss courage, Claire? Because anyone can commit suicide, or spout their mouths off in front of a camera. You wanna know what takes courage? Keeping your mouth shut, no matter what you may be feeling. Holding it all together when the stakes are this high.
Claire: We're murderers, Francis.
Frank: No, we're not. We're survivors.
Claire: If we can't show respect for one brave man and still accomplish what we set out to do, then I'm disappointed in both of us.
Frank: I never should have made you ambassador.
Claire: I never should have made you president.
Frank: Sometimes I think the presidency is the illusion of choice.
Frank: I don’t know right from wrong all the time. But what I can’t be is indecisive. ... The American Dream has failed you. Work hard? Play by the rules? You aren’t guaranteed success. Your children will not have a better life than you did. Ten million of you can’t even get a job, even though you desperately want one…. You are entitled to nothing. ... Imagination is its own form of courage. ... If you don’t like how the table is set, turn it over. ... You can’t turn a ‘no’ into a ‘yes’ without a ‘maybe’ first. ... We have to reverse our thinking. When the wind’s blowing at gale force, there’s no point in sailing against it. ...
I'm used to talking to candidates, not chauffeurs.
-I'm not a chauffeur.
Well, it's your hands on the wheel.
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