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