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If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send one hundred
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"If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour?"

- Thomas Jefferson

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This quote, attributed to Thomas Jefferson, describes the tendency of Congress to participate in endless discussion, discussion, and discussion, a lot of which totals up to "talking for the sake of speaking." Jefferson recommends that this is not unexpected given the makeup of Congress, which is composed primarily of legal representatives whose training and career involve examining every little thing and also promoting in support of their customers. Lawyers are educated to say both sides of a problem and also to resist concession, which can make it difficult for Congress to reach agreement or take decisive action. Jefferson implies that Congress would be a lot more effective if it were composed of people with more diverse backgrounds and experience, as opposed to mostly lawyers.

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Thomas Jefferson This quote is written / told by Thomas Jefferson between April 13, 1743 and July 4, 1826. He was a famous President from USA. The author also have 143 other quotes.

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