Corruption Quotes

Corruption is like a ball of snow, once it's set a rolling it must increase.- Charles Caleb Colton


Corruption is worse than prostitution. The latter might endanger the morals of an individual, the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country. -Karl Kraus


All things may corrupt when minds are prone to evil.- Ovid.


Corruption, the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty. -Edward Gibbon


Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power. -Eric Hoffer


Power does not corrupt men. Fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power. -George Bernard Shaw


The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws. -Tacitus


Corruption never has been compulsory.- Anthony Eden


I either want less corruption, or more chance to participate in it.- Ashleigh Brilliant


...when it comes to corruption, Nigerians make Jamaicans, and every other nationality in the world, look like mere amateurs. -Diane Abbott


Suspicion is not less an enemy to virtue than to happiness; he that is already corrupt is naturally suspicious, and he that becomes suspicious will quickly be corrupt. -Joseph Addison


Corruption is authority plus monopoly minus transparency.- Unknown

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.- Friedrich Nietzsche

Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely.- Lord Acton

Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.- George Bernard Shaw

Power attracts the corruptible. Absolute power attracts the absolutely corruptible.- Frank Herbert

It has often been said that power corrupts. But it is perhaps equally important to realize that weakness, too, corrupts. Power corrupts the few, while weakness corrupts the many. Hatred, malice, rudeness, intolerance, and suspicion are the faults of weakness. The resentment of the weak does not spring from any injustice done to them but from their sense of inadequacy and impotence. We cannot win the weak by sharing our wealth with them. They feel our generosity as oppression.- Eric Hoffer

Money is truthful. If a man speaks of his honor, make him pay cash.- Robert A. Heinlein


The kind of corruption the media talk about, the kind the Supreme Court was concerned about, involves the putative sale of votes in exchange for campaign contributions.-James L. Buckley


The knife of corruption endangered the life of New York City. The scalpel of the law is making us well again.-Edward Koch


The starting point of sanctification is the filthiness, corruption, or stain of sin.-William Ames


The time has come to tell the truth about the corruption of the government employee unions in this country.-Newt Gingrich


The winner must promote social jusitce, remove corruption and discrmination, and stand against political, cultural and economic plots.-Ayatollah Khamenei


Then there is the worst part of Christianity, which is awful: power, corruption, manipulation... But then again, these feature are ever present in any organization.-Bruce Kent


Therefore, until the day I die, I am going to do what I can, regardless of the cost to me, to try to stop this awful corruption that is destroying our beloved democracy.-John Jay Hooker


They have seized upon the government by bribery and corruption. They have made speculation and public robbery a science. They have loaded the nation, the state, the county, and the city with debt.-Denis Kearney


This circulating medium has a natural tendency to lessen by degrees the value and the use of money, and finally to render it powerless; and consequently to sweep away all the crushing masses of fraud, iniquity, cruelty, corruption and imposition that are built upon it.-Josiah Warren


This is a matter of public health. The public was sick and tired of DeLay and his corruption.-Jim Hightower


This source of corruption, alas, is inherent in the democratic system itself, and it can only be controlled, if at all, by finding ways to encourage legislators to subordinate ambition to principle.-James L. Buckley


Until we can fully grasp the extent of corruption and fraud involved in the administration of the Oil-for-Food program, and until the United Nations decides to cooperate in the investigation, no American taxpayer dollars should go to the United Nations.-John Ensign


We are angry about paying the highest income taxes and property taxes in the nation and getting less and less for it. We are angry about our incompetent, dysfunctional government that pays no attention to the desires of the people. We are angry about the cesspool of corruption and conflicts of interests and self-dealing that is Albany.-Carl Paladino


We did not call it propaganda, for that word, in German hands, had come to be associated with deceit and corruption.-George Creel


We do not need international help to stop corruption, we need strong Louisiana Leadership.-David Vitter


We don't know what proportion of public funds is regularly lost to collusion and corruption. Is it 25 per cent? 30 per cent? We do know that a portion of these public funds are feeding organized crime.-Pauline Marois


We establish no religion in this country, nor will we ever. But we poison our society when we remove its theological underpinnings. We court corruption when we leave society devoid of belief.-Jeff Miller


We see violence to forcibly seize land, at any price, murders and corruption.-Claudio Hummes


What people fail to appreciate is that the currency of corruption in elective office is, not money, but votes.-James L. Buckley


What saddens me is the corruption of youth and beauty, and the loss of soul, which is only replaced by money.-Lisa Bonet


In the final analysis, the incident is seen as originating from an emotional expression of the frustration and anger of the proud people of China who had been subject to ever increasing oppression from without and decadent corruption from within.-Chen Ning Yang


In the lead up to the Iraq war and its later conduct, I saw at a minimum, true dereliction, negligence and irresponsibility, at worse, lying, incompetence and corruption.-Anthony Zinni


In this financial year we will be spending at least $1.5 billion on foreign aid and we cannot be sure that this money will be properly spent, as corruption and mismanagement in many of the recipient countries are legend.-Pauline Hanson


It is not the young people that degenerate; they are not spoiled till those of mature age are already sunk into corruption.-Charles de Montesquieu


It's not just spending, it's not just taxes, it's not just corruption, it is progressivism, and it is in both parties. It is in the Republicans and the Democrats.-Glenn Beck


It's very simple. If the American people care about a lot of things including corruption in government, then, in fact, if you use the power to appoint in order to do political business, to clear fields, to save your party money and so on, if it's not a crime - and I believe it is - it certainly is business as usual, politics of corruption.-Darrell Issa


Life is a corrupting process from the time a child learns to play his mother off against his father in the politics of when to go to bed; he who fears corruption fears life.-Saul Alinsky


Look at Mexico. We need to make that government better and end the corruption. If people have a better life in their country, they won't come over here.-Tony Garza


Look, we know we screwed up when we were in the majority. We fell in love with power. We spent way too much money - especially on earmarks. There was too much corruption when we ran this place. We were guilty. And that's why we lost.-Eric Cantor


Money and corruption are ruining the land, crooked politicians betray the working man, pocketing the profits and treating us like sheep, and we're tired of hearing promises that we know they'll never keep.-Ray Davies


My government will be open. Anyone found guilty of corruption will be dealt with in accordance with the law. If you are corrupt you will have to hang your boots.-George Weah


New York State is upside down and backwards; high taxes and low performance. The New York State government was at one time a national model. Now, unfortunately, it's a national disgrace. Sometimes, the corruption in Albany could even make Boss Tweed blush.-Andrew Cuomo


No pen can give an adequate description of the all-pervading corruption produced by slavery.-Harriet Ann Jacobs


No science is immune to the infection of politics and the corruption of power.-Jacob Bronowski


None of us is guaranteed against failure or corruption of any kind; witness what's going on in the world in this moment, the follies of human nature and the failures of human nature.-Morris West


Obscenity, which is ever blasphemy against the divine beauty in life, is a monster for which the corruption of society forever brings forth new food, which it devours in secret.-Percy Bysshe Shelley


Only the old are innocent. That is what the Victorians understood, and the Christians. Original sin is a property of the young. The old grow beyond corruption very quickly.-Malcolm Bradbury


Other than my hundreds of arrests I really don't have that much experience with the law. While the majority of people aren't corrupt, there certainly is an awful lot of corruption in this country.-James Patterson


Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.-Thomas Jefferson


Over the last decade, at considerable cost to me in money and effort, confronted with ridicule and intimidation, I have brought more than a dozen lawsuits challenging the corruption in the election process in Tennessee.-John Jay Hooker

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