Quotes of Assembly

“ Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. ”

- Mark Twain

“ Congress is so strange. A man gets up to speak and says nothing. Nobody listens — and then everybody disagrees. ”

- Boris Marshalov

“ This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer. ”

- Will Rogers

“ Getting an idea should be like sitting down on a pin. It should make you jump up and do something. ”

- E. L. Simpson

“ It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress. ”

- Mark Twain

“ Talk is cheap, except when Congress does it. ”

- Cullen Hightower

“ We are bound to our bodies like an oyster to its shell. ”

- Plato

“ Would it be possible to stand still on one spot more majestically — while simulating a triumphant march forward — than it is done by the two English Houses of Parliament? ”

- Alexander Herzen

“ There is no gathering the rose without being pricked by the thorns. ”

- Pilpay

“ Congress is not an ATM. ”

- Robert Byrd

“ You know, there are a lot of would-be governors of Texas sitting around today who never took the opportunity to get into a race when the time was right. ”

- Laura Bush

“ When a member of the House moves over to the Senate, he raises the IQ of both bodies. ”

- Everett Dirksen

“ Well, I'll be available to debate you before the Republican state convention Saturday. You name the time, and I'll be there. ”

- Tom McClintock

“ Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature. ”

- Kin Hubbard

“ The attendance has just been incredible. ”

- Steve Jones

“ The meeting of preparation with opportunity generates the offspring we call luck. ”

- Anthony Robbins

“ They all pledged to back whatever decision I made,... But I knew the heavy flak they were getting from other members of Congress and, more important, from their own constituents. ”

- Trent Lott

“ For the first time, Congress will take a detailed look at why the primary guardians of Enron's shareholders were unable to protect them. ”

- Susan Collins

“ Congress' fall legislative agenda has been significantly modified. ”

- Bill Frist

“ Synods are mystical Bear-gardens. Where Elders, Deputies, Church-wardens, And other Members of the Court, Manage the Babylonish sport. ”

- Samuel Butler

“ Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes and the grass grows by itself. ”

- Zen Saying

“ The most eloquent silence; that of two mouths meeting in a kiss. ”

- Unknown

“ Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down. ”

- Charles F. Kettering

“ Lobbyists are not permitted in our meetings and are not involved in the program in any way. ”

- Dick Clark

“ The thing is, if you control the Senate meetings, you control the gavel. And the gavel is a very important instrument… an instrument of power. An instrument that establishes the agenda. ”

- Dan Quayle

“ Charity requires sacrifice, and members of Congress could set a good example of charity by giving up their pay increase. ”

- Tom Coburn

“ I think we need to do a little more all-weather testing. ”

- Pete Conrad

“ With her high pale brow under her faded brown hair, she was like a rock washed clean by years of her husband's absences at conventions, dinners, committee meetings or simply at the office. ”

- Louis Auchincloss

“ Ambassador (L. Paul) Bremer has suggested some timelines, and we'll wait and see what the resolution says and how the Governing Council responds to the invitation that will be in the resolution. ”

- Colin Powell

“ Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me: / For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia. ”

- Bible
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