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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Mark Twain (1835–1910)
QUOTATION: A jay hasn’t got any more principle than a Congressman. A jay will lie, a jay will steal, a jay will deceive, a jay will betray; and four times out of five, a jay will go back on his solemnest promise.
ATTRIBUTION: MARK TWAIN (Samuel L. Clemens), A Tramp Abroad, vol. 1 (vol. 3 of The Writings of Mark Twain), chapter 2, pp. 25–26 (1879, reprinted 1968).
SUBJECTS: Congressmen