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.
W. B. Ragsdale, "An Old Friend Writes of Rayburn", in U.S. News & World Report (October 23, 1961), p. 72.
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.Sam Rayburn
Too many critics mistake the deliberations of the Congress for its decisions.Sam Rayburn
A jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build one.Sam Rayburn
You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too.Sam Rayburn