An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





The Senate is a body of old men charged with high duties and misdemeanors.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


Great is the power, great is the authority of a senate that is unanimous in its opinions.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


We have the power to do any damn fool thing we want to do, and we seem to do it about every ten minutes.


James W. Fulbright (1905-1995, American democratic politician)


The Few assume to be the deputies, but they are often only the despoilers of the Many.


Georg Hegel (1770-1831, German philosopher)


I have seen in the Halls of Congress more idealism, more humanness, more compassion, more profiles of courage than in any other institution that I have ever known.


Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978, American Vice President)


The American, if he has a spark of national feeling, will be humiliated by the very prospect of a foreigner's visit to Congress -- these, for the most part, illiterate hacks whose fancy vests are spotted with gravy, and whose speeches, hypocritical, unctuous, and slovenly, are spotted also with the gravy of political patronage, these persons are a reflection on the democratic process rather than of it; they expose it in its process rather than of it; they expose it in its underwear.


Mary McCarthy (1912-1989, American author, critic)


When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.


P. J. O'Rourke (1947-, American journalist)


There should be one day when there is open season on senators.


Will Rogers (1879-1935, American humorist, actor)


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


Will Rogers (1879-1935, American humorist, actor)


With Congress, every time they make a joke it's a law, and every time they make a law it's a joke.


Will Rogers (1879-1935, American humorist, actor)


If we were left solely to the wordy wit of legislators in Congress for our guidance, uncorrected by the seasonal experience and the effectual complaints of the people, America would not long retain her rank among the nations.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


The debates of that great assembly are frequently vague and perplexed, seeming to be dragged rather than to march, to the intended goal. Something of this sort must, I think, always happen in public democratic assemblies.


Alexis De Tocqueville (1805-1859, French social philosopher)


There are two enemies to every bill proposed in Congress; the fools who favor it and the lunatics who oppose it.


Author Unknown


This is a Senate of equals, of men of individual honor and personal character, and of absolute independence. We know no masters, we acknowledge no dictators. This is a hall for mutual consultation and discussion; not an arena for the exhibition of champions.


Daniel Webster (1782-1852, American lawyer, statesman)


I believe if we introduced the Lord's Prayer here, senators would propose a large number of amendments to it.


Henry B. Wilson


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