from Frank Underwood

Life Lessons

from Frank Underwood

On paper, House of Card's Frank Underwood isn't exactly an inspiration. He's a crooked politician. A manipulative cheater. A stone-cold killer with no evidence of a conscience. But he sure knows how to make a point when he turns towards the camera and schools the audience, doesn't he? In anticipation of the show's fourth season dropping on Friday, we've rounded up some of Underwood's most memorable tutorials—some insightful, some insidious.

"You build your future ... it isn't handed to you."

"If you don't like how the table is set, turn over the table."

"If you don't like how the table is set, turn over the table."

If we didn't do the things we shouldn't do, we'd never feel good about doing the things we should."

"Every kitten grows up to be a cat. They seem so harmless at first, small, quiet, lapping up their saucer of milk, but once their claws get long enough, they draw blood, sometimes from the hand that feeds them."

"There are two kinds of pain. The sort of pain that makes you strong, or useless pain. The sort of pain that's only suffering. I have no patience for useless things."

"Shake with your right hand, but hold a rock in your left."

"A great man once said, everything is about sex. Except sex. Sex is power."

How quickly poor grades are forgotten in the shadow of power and wealth."

"The road to power is paved with hypocrisy and casualties. Never regret."

"Nobody's a Boy Scout. Not even Boy Scouts."


The show shoots in a warehouse that was once a Macy's distribution center in Maryland. Driving scenes are shot on green screen in an old refrigerator that once stored fur coats.