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17 Bribery Quotes

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.

George Washington Quotes , Source: Moral Maxims--Virtue and Vice--The Trial of Virtue

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Alas! the small discredit of a bribe Scarce hurts the lawyer, but undoes the scribe.

Alexander Pope Quotes , Source: Epilogue to Satire (dialogue II, l. 46)

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By gold all good faith has been banished; by gold our rights are abused; the law itself is influenced by gold, and soon there will be an end of every modest restraint. [Lat., Auro pulsa fides. auro venalia jura, Aurum lex sequitur, mox sine lege pudor.]

Sextus Propertius Quotes , Source: Elegioe (III, 13, 48)

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No mortal thing can bear so high a price, But that with mortal thing it may be bought.

Sir Walter Raleigh Quotes , Source: Love the Only Price of Love

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Too poor for a bribe, and too proud to importune, He had not the method of making a fortune.

Thomas Gray Quotes , Source: On His Own Character

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Judges and senates have been bought for gold; Esteem and love were never to be sold.

Alexander Pope Quotes , Source: Essay on Man (ep. IV, l. 187)

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'Tis pleasant purchasing our fellow-creatures; And all are to be sold, if you consider Their passions, and are dext'rous; some by features Are brought up, others by a warlike leader; Some by a place--as tend their years or natures; The most by ready cash--but all have prices, From crowns to kicks, according to their vices.

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) Quotes , Source: Don Juan (canto V, st. 27)

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But here more slow, where all are slaves to gold, Where looks are merchandise, and smiles are sold.

Samuel Johnson Quotes , Source: London (l. 177)

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And ye sall walk in silk attire, And siller hae to spare, Gin ye'll consent to be his bride, Nor think o'Donald mair.

Miss Susanna Blamire Quotes , Source: The Siller Clown

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Flowery oratory he [Walpole] despised. He ascribed to the interested views of themselves or their relatives the declarations of pretended patriots, of whom he said, "All those men have their price."

William Coxe Quotes , Source: Memoirs of Walpole (vol. IV, p. 369)

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A hoarseness caused by swallowing gold and silver.

Demosthenes Quotes , Source: bribed not to speak against Harpalus, he pretended to have lost voice

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Our supple tribes repress their patriot throats, And ask no questions but the price of votes.

Samuel Johnson Quotes , Source: Vanity of Human Wishes (l. 95)

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There is gold for you. Sell me your good report.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Cymbeline (Cloten at II, iii)

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'Tis gold Which buys admittance--oft it doth--yea, and makes Diana's rangers false themselves, yield up This deer to th' stand o' th' stealer: and 'tis gold Which makes the true man kill'd and saves the thief, Nay, sometimes hangs both thief and true man.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Cymbeline (Cloten at II, iii)

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What, shall one of us, That struck for the foremost man of all this world But for supporting robbers--shall we now Contaminate our fingers with base bribes, And sell the mighty space of our large honors For so much trash as may be grasped thus?

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Julius Caesar (Brutus at IV, iii)

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There is thy gold--worse poison to men's souls, Doing more murder in this loathsome world, Than these poor compounds that thou mayst not sell. I sell thee poison; thou hast sold me none Farewell. Buy food and get thyself in flesh.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Romeo and Juliet (Romeo at V, i)

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Every man has his price.

Sir Robert Walpole Quotes , Source: in a speech

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