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Calvin: Do you believe in the devil? You know, a supreme evil being dedicated to the temptation, corruption, and destruction of man? Hobbes: I'm not sure that man needs the help

Publius Cornelius Tacitus Quotes

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Corruption is a tree, whose branches are Of an immeasurable length: they spread Ev'rywhere; and the dew that drops from thence Hath infected some chairs and stools of authority.

Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher Quotes , Source: Honest Man's Fortune (act III, sc. 3)

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When rogues like these (a sparrow cries) To honours and employments rise, I court no favor, ask no place, For such preferment is disgrace.

John Gay Quotes , Source: Fables (pt. II, fable 2)

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"Corruption continues with us beyond the grave," She said, "and then plays merry hell with all ideas

Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes

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Corruption and hypocrisy ought not to be inevitable products of democracy, as they undoubtedly are today

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes

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. . . thieves at home must hang; but he that puts Into his overgorged and bloated purse The wealth of Indian provinces, escapes.

William Cowper Quotes , Source: Task (bk. I, l. 736)

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Power corrupts. Knowledge is power. Study hard. Be evil.

Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes

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Don't buy a single vote more than necessary. I'll be damned if I'm going to pay for a landslide.

Joseph P. Kennedy Quotes

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

Bess Myerson Quotes

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It is said that power corrupts, but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.

David Brin Quotes

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The spiritual virtue of a sacrament is like light; although it passes among the impure, it is not polluted. [Lat., Spiritalis enim virtus sacramenti ita est ut lux: etsi per immundos transeat, non inquinatur.]

Saint Aurelius Augustine Quotes , Source: Works (vol. III)

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'Tis the most certain sign, the world's accurst That the best things corrupted, are the worst; 'Twas the corrupted Light of knowledge, hurl'd Sin, Death, and Ignorance o'er all the world; That Sun like this (from which our sight we have) Gaz'd on too long, resumes the light he gave.

Sir John Denham Quotes , Source: Progress of Learning

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I know, when they prove bad, they are a sort of the vilest creatures: yet still the same reason gives it: for Optima corrupta pessima: the best things corrupted become the worst.

Owen Felltham (Feltham) Quotes , Source: Resolves (XXX, Of Woman, p. 70), (Pickering's Reprint of Fourth Edition)

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At length corruption, like a general flood (So long by watchful ministers withstood), Shall deluge all; and avarice, creeping on, Spread like a low-born mist, and blot the sun.

Alexander Pope Quotes , Source: Moral Essays (ep. III, l. 135)

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So true is that old saying, Corruptio optimi pessima.

Samuel Purchas Quotes , Source: Pilgrimage--To the Reader, of religion

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The men with the muck-rake are often indispensable to the well-being of society, but only if they know when to stop raking the muck. - Theodore Roosevelt,

Theodore Roosevelt Quotes , Source: address at the corner-stone laying of the Office Building of House of Representatives

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