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“Politics requires sacrifice. The sacrifice of others, of course.”
Michael Dobbs, House of Cards
“His deepest need was that people should like him. An admirable trait that; in a spaniel. Or a whore.”
Michael Dobbs, House of Cards
“You might very well think that - I couldn't possibly comment.”
Michael Dobbs, House of Cards
“It’s not respect but fear that motivates a man; that’s how empires are built and revolutions begin. It is the secret of great men. When a man is afraid you will crush him, utterly destroy him, his respect will always follow. Base fear is intoxicating, overwhelming, liberating. Always stronger than respect. Always.”
Michael Dobbs, House of Cards
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Truth lies in the hands of its editor.”
Michael Dobbs, House of Cards
“Politics. The word is taken from the Ancient Greek. “Poly” means “many.” And ticks are tiny, bloodsucking insects.”
Michael Dobbs, House of Cards
“Why waste a life in search of an epitaph? ‘Fondly Remembered’. Who other than a halfwit has that chiselled above his head?”
Michael Dobbs, House of Cards
“Loyalty may be good news, but it is rarely good advice.”
Michael Dobbs, House of Cards
“I knew what was waiting out there for me,” he said. “Terrifying things. There were German patrol boats, mine fields, and nearly a thousand miles of stormy seas.” “So why did you do it?” “Because also waiting for me was the most terrifying and wonderful thing of all. The future.”
Michael Dobbs, House of Cards
“This will not be easy,’ he said. ‘Neither is failure.”
Michael Dobbs, House of Cards
“It’s not respect but fear that motivates a man; that’s how empires are built and revolutions begin. It is the secret of great men.”
Michael Dobbs, House of Cards
“She went up on tiptoes, just so she could look down on him.”
Michael Dobbs, House of Cards
“La política requiere sacrificio. El sacrificio de los demás, por supuesto. No importa qué pueda conseguir un hombre sacrificándose por su país, siempre se saca mayor provecho dejando que otros lo hagan primero.”
Michael Dobbs, House of Cards
“Politicians are much like aging authors and older women. The dangerous phase in their lives is when they are no longer content with the respect of friends but demand the adulation of an audience.”
Michael Dobbs, House of Cards
“Nothing lasts, not forever. Not laughter, not lust, not even life itself. Not forever. Which is why we make the most of what we have. Why”
Michael Dobbs, House of Cards
“The design is based on the old St. Stephen’s Chapel, where the earliest parliamentarians sat, like choirboys in facing pews, yet there is little that is angelic in the modern set-up. Members face each other in confrontation, as antagonists. They are separated by two red lines on the carpet, whose distance apart represents the distance of two sword lengths, yet this is misleading, for the most imminent danger is never more than a dagger’s distance away, on the benches behind.”
Michael Dobbs, House of Cards
“No es el respeto, sino el miedo lo que motiva a un hombre; así se construyen imperios y se ponen en marcha revoluciones. Ése es el secreto de los grandes hombres. Cuando un hombre tiene miedo de que lo aplastes, de que lo destruyas por completo, su respeto siempre vendrá detrás. El temor más elemental siempre es embriagador, abrumador, liberador. Siempre es más intenso que el respeto”
Michael Dobbs, House of Cards
“Politics. The word is taken from the Ancient Greek. “Poly” means “many.” And ticks are tiny, bloodsucking insects. Monday,”
Michael Dobbs, House of Cards
“A prime minister can chose his friends and his Cabinet but not his relatives. Part Chairman Lord Williams”
Michael Dobbs, House of Cards
“Why waste a life in search of an epitaph?”
Michael Dobbs, House of Cards
“Party conferences can be such fun. They resemble a nest of cuckoos. Sit back and enjoy watching everyone trying to push the others out. The”
Michael Dobbs, House of Cards
“The time for change is when it can no longer be resisted. In other words, when you have a man by the balls and are pulling hard, he will invariably follow in your footsteps.”
Michael Dobbs, House of Cards
“Nada dura para siempre. Ni la risa, ni la lujuria, ni siquiera la vida en sí. Para siempre, no. Por eso le sacamos el máximo jugo a lo que tenemos.”
Michael Dobbs, House of Cards
“You might think that, I could not possibly comment”
Michael Dobbs, House of Cards
“¿Por qué desperdiciar la vida buscando un epitafio? «Te recordamos con cariño.» ¿Quién salvo un idiota quiere algo así cincelado sobre su cabeza? No es más que incontinencia sentimental.”
Michael Dobbs, House of Cards
“Cristóbal Colón fue una gran decepción. Cuando zarpó no tenía ni idea de adónde iba y cuando llegó no tenía ni idea de dónde estaba. Si quieres joder a los nativos, es mucho mejor quedarse en casa.”
Michael Dobbs, House of Cards
“these days there was little room left in Hal’s life for his younger brother, and Charlie felt—what did he feel, deep down, when he allowed himself to be honest? Angry, stinking bloody one-bottle-a-time furious—not with Hal, of course, but with life. It hadn’t worked out for him, and he didn’t understand why.”
Michael Dobbs, House of Cards
“There was always plenty of collateral damage; politics left a trail of pain and tortured families in its wake.”
Michael Dobbs, House of Cards
“The eyes, when they came up to meet hers, were like unhammered steel. “You think I’m shallow enough to turn on an old friend just because you flash your tits at me?” An”
Michael Dobbs, House of Cards
“O’Neill jumped out into the road, jammed a note into the driver’s hand, and dodged another motorcyclist as he made his way past the endless huddle of peep shows and Chinese restaurants into a narrow, Dickensian alley piled high with rubbish.”
Michael Dobbs, House of Cards

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