No one has a finer command of language than the person who keeps his mouth shut.

— Sam Rayburn

The most mouth-watering Sam Rayburn quotes that are little-known but priceless

Readiness for opportunity makes for success.

Opportunity often comes by accident; readiness never does.

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There's no education in the second kick of a mule

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Poverty only tries men's souls. It is loneliness that breaks the heart.

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They may be just as intelligent as you say.

But I'd feel a helluva lot better if just one of them had ever run for sheriff.

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If a man has common sense, he has all the sense there is.

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Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it.

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If you want to get along, go along.

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You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too.

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A damn independent boy; independent as a hog on ice.

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Too many critics mistake the deliberations of the Congress for its decisions.

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A jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build one.

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There are no degrees in honorableness. You either are or you aren't.

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About Sam Rayburn

Quotes 26 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Politician
Birthday October 16

Let the other fellow get the headlines. I'll take the laws.

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In my many years as a Representative in Congress it is my observation that the district that is best represented is the district that is wise enough to select a man of energy, intelligence, and integrity and reelects him year after year. A man of this type and character serves more efficiently and effectively the longer he is returned by his people.

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Any man who will cheat for you will cheat against you.

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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.

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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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When the concept of Social Security came before the House, every Republican but one voted against it. Had it not been for the Democrats, Social Security would never have passed, and our older people would not have this great support that our people provide. It has been my experience that Democrats generally vote to protect the people, while Republicans seem to try to protect the interests of big business.

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I will not deny that there are men in the district better qualified than I to go to Congress, but gentlemen, these men are not in the race.

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I like power and I like to use it.

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Don't ever talk until you know what you're talking about...

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The real actor has a direct line to the collective heart.

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Son, always tell the truth. Then you'll never have to remember what you said the last time.

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When you get too big a majority, you're immediately in trouble.'

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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.

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