Sam Rayburn

Samuel Taliaferro Rayburn (January 6, 1882 - November 16, 1961) was a Democratic politician from Bonham, Texas. "Mr. Sam", as he was widely known, served as the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives for seventeen years, and is regarded by some historians as the most effective Speaker in history

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A jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build one.
Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it.
Dont try to go too fast. Learn your job. Dont ever talk until you know what youre talking about. If you want to get along, go along.
If a man has common sense, he has all the sense there is.
It has always been my ambition since childhood to live such a life that one day my fellow citizens would call me to membership in this popular branch of the greatest lawmaking body in the world. Out of their confidence and partiality they have done this. It is now my sole purpose here to help enact such wise and just laws that our common country will by virtue of these laws be a happier and a more prosperous country. I have always dreamed of a country which I believe this should be and will be, and that is one in which the citizenship is an educated and patriotic people, not swayed by passion and prejudice, and a country that shall know no East, no West, no North, no South, but inhabited by a people liberty loving, patriotic, happy, and prosperous, with its lawmakers having no other purpose than to write such just laws as shall in the years to come be of service to human kind yet unborn. [Applause]
Son, always tell the truth. Then you'll never have to remember what you said the last time.
Too many critics mistake the deliberations of the Congress for its decisions.
You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too.
You'll never get mixed up if you simply tell the truth. Then you don't have to remember what you have said, and you never forget what you have said.
Youll never get mixed up if you simply tell the truth. Then you dont have to remember what you have said, and you never forget what you have said.

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