Sam Rayburn
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"Samuel Taliaferro "Sam" Rayburn" was a Democratic Party (United States)/Democratic lawmaker from Bonham, Texas, who served as the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives/Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives for 17 years, the longest tenure in U.S. history. He is one of six Speakers to serve more than one non-consecutive term, and the only Democrat to do so. Along with Henry Clay, he is one of only two to serve three different terms as Speaker.

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

Leadership must be established from the top down.

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

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

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

If you want to get along, go along.

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.

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

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

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