Fleas can be taught nearly anything that a Congressman can.
...the smallest minds and the selfishest souls and the cowardliest hearts
that God makes.
Congressman is the trivialist distinction for a full grown man.
All Congresses and Parliaments have a kindly feeling for idiots, and
a compassion for them, on account of personal experience and heredity.
Illustration from AMERICAN EXAMINER, 1910
from the Dave Thomson collection
The lightning there is peculiar; it is so convincing, that when it strikes
a thing it doesn't leave enough of that thing behind for you to tell whether--Well,
you'd think it was something valuable, and a Congressman had been there.
- Mark Twain's Speeches, "The Weather"
It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.
- Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar
It is the foreign element that commits our crimes. There is no native criminal class except Congress.
- More Maxims of Mark, Johnson, 1927
Whiskey is carried into committee rooms in demijohns and carried out in demagogues.
- Notebook, 1868
...I never can think of Judas Iscariot without losing my temper. To my mind Judas Iscariot was nothing but a low, mean, premature, Congressman.
- "Foster's Case," New York Tribune, 10 March 1873
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