An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





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 (1909-1972, American radical activist)


I either want less corruption or more chance to participate in it™.


Ashleigh Brilliant (1933-, British-American humorist)

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Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist.


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, 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.


John Jay Chapman (1862-1933, 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.


Graham Greene (1904-1991, British novelist)


I am against government by crony.


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.


Karl Kraus (1874-1936, 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.


Walter Lippmann (1889-1974, American journalist)


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


John Lyly (c.1554-1606, British writer)


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


Bess Myerson


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


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


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


Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892, British poet)


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


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, 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.


William Vanderbilt


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