Mark Twain, on Congress

To my mind Judas Iscariot was nothing but a low, mean, premature Congressman.

— Letter to the editor, New-York Daily Tribune, March 10, 1873.

I think I can say, and say with pride, that we have legislatures that bring higher prices than any in the world.

— Quoted by Caroline Thomas Harnsberger in Mark Twain at Your Fingertips‎.

Suppose you were a member of Congress. And suppose you were an idiot. But I repeat myself.

— Quoted by Albert Bigelow Paine in Mark Twain: A Biography.


And a bonus quote, not by Twain, but regarding Congress…

Boris Marshalov:*

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

*A Russian observer, after visiting the House of Representatives; reported in Senator Alexander Wiley, Laughing with Congress (1947).


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