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Corruption Quotes

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.

Author: Saul Alinsky (1909-1972)

Profession: American Radical Activist

Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist.

Author: Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

Profession: British Political Writer, Statesman

Wherever you see a man who gives someone else's corruption, someone else's prejudice as a reason for not taking action himself, you see a cog in The Machine that governs us.

Author: John Jay Chapman (1862-1933)

Profession: American Author

I have often noticed that a bribe has that effect -- it changes a relation. The man who offers a bribe gives away a little of his own importance; the bribe once accepted, he becomes the inferior, like a man who has paid for a woman.

Author: Graham Greene (1904-1991)

Profession: British Novelist

I am against government by crony.

Author: Harold L. Ickes


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

Author: Karl Kraus (1874-1936)

Profession: Austrian Satirist

Corrupt, stupid grasping functionaries will make at least as big a muddle of socialism as stupid, selfish and acquisitive employers can make of capitalism.

Author: Walter Lippmann (1889-1974)

Profession: American Journalist

The sun shineth upon the dunghill, and is not corrupted.

Author: John Lyly

Profession: British Writer

The accomplice to the crime of corruption is frequently our own indifference.

Author: Bess Myerson


When rich villains have need of poor ones, poor ones may make what price they will.

Author: William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Profession: British Poet, Playwright, Actor

The jingling of the guinea helps the hurt that Honor feels.

Author: Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)

Profession: British Poet

There is no odor so bad as that which arises from goodness tainted.

Author: Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Profession: American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist

When I want to buy up any politician I always find the anti-monopolists the most purchasable -- they don't come so high.

Author: William Vanderbilt